Who are Illinois corn farmers?
One of our priorities is to help non-farmers understand who you are and what you do. We’ve focused quite a few our efforts in Chicago, knowing from research that consumers in Chicago are particularly disengaged from the agriculture going on downstate and that their votes impact your farms and families.
For a general overview of the outreach that we’re involved in, check out the following programs:
Illinois Farm Families: IL Corn provides this program in coalition with IL Beef, IL Milk, IL Pork, IL Soybean Associations, and the IL Farm Bureau to talk with Chicago moms and give them on-farm experiences.
Illinois Runs on HomeGrown Corn: This program gives non-farmers the opportunity to “visit” a farm using the newest technology! We’re using virtual reality viewers and 360-degree filming technology to produce on-farm videos throughout the growing season.
CornBelters: IL Corn tests messages locally and attempts to change opinions in our own college town of Normal, IL by working with the Normal CornBelters.
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Association: Through the National Corn Growers Association, IL Corn participates in this national collaborative, bringing factual information about agriculture to anyone who wants to know more. This partnership also brought you the documentary, Farmland.
Farmers Meet Representatives During Virtual Hill Visits Corn farmers met virtually with 17 Illinois congressional representatives over two days in place of their annual Fly-In to D.C. ICGA...More
ICGA Supports Farmers Seeking to Continue Using Atrazine This week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association submitted comments in support of the reregistration of atrazine, an important chemical...More
ICGA Welcomes President Biden to Office, Shares Priorities In line with Inauguration Day festivities, ceremony and traditions, IL Corn Growers Association President Randy DeSutter sent a letter...More
Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training Program Launched Certified Grower Training is now available on the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) website. Under a new state regulation...More
Audio Update: Randy DeSutter, farmer from Woodhull and IL Corn Director, speaks about the latest Dicamba ruling and the confirmation from the EPA. Listen HereMore
EPA Approves Dicamba Products For Use Through 2025 Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA is approving registrations of three dicamba...More
Illinois Corn Growers Association Welcomes Bustos’ Next Generation Fuels Act The Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) welcomes legislation introduced by Rep. Cheri Bustos in the U.S. House...More
EPA Announces Interim Decision on Crucial Crop Protection Tools Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a long-awaited interim decision regarding the reregistration of the...More
ICGA Political Action Committee Upcoming Events For Members Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members received an ICGA Political Action Committee (PAC) letter this week, asking for their...More
COVID Can't Stop Corn Farmers from Connecting with Candidates and Elected Officials COVID-19 has had a lot of impacts on farmers in Illinois, but it has not stopped conversations between...More
June 10 Update: Many questions still float around about the decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in regards to usage of Dicamba. The Illinois Department of...More
As of May 24, around 1 am, the state of Illinois now has a budget that – although reported as creatively balanced – provides some wins for Illinois agriculture. “Illinois agriculture showed...More
The USDA released more information on how the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) would be rolled out. At first look, payment calculations may seem fairly complicated but farmers should...More