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 FamiliesIL 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

Dan Obert

March 18th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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ICGA Supports Farmers Seeking to Continue Using Atrazine

Lindsay Mitchell

February 18th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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Review of Illinois Lame Duck Session

Jacqueline Muhammad

January 22nd, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Review of the Illinois Lame Duck Session By: Jacqueline Muhammad Contributions By: Rich Clemmons and Liz Brown-Reeves Emanuel “Chris” Welch was elected Speaker of the Illinois House, making him...

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ICGA Welcomes President Biden to Office, Shares Priorities

Lindsay Mitchell and Dan Obert

January 20th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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ICGA 2021 Federal Synopsis

Jacqueline Muhammad

January 14th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Illinois Corn Growers Association 2021 Federal Synopsis   In a historic move following the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump...

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ICGA Urges the Importance of NESP

Dan Obert

January 13th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

ICGA Urges the Start of NESP   New construction on locks and dams on the inland waterways system is critical to agriculture and other industries throughout the state, Midwest and...

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Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training Program Launched

Krista Lisser (Press Release)

January 4th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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Ag Groups Seek Help from State

Dan Obert

December 2nd, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Livestock |  Legislation & Regulation

Ag Groups Seek Help from State   Illinois agriculture asks Governor JB Pritzker to please continue to consider employees of livestock processing plants as essential workers to gain earlier access...

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Dicamba Ruling with IL Corn Board Director Randy DeSutter

Dan Obert

October 30th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation

Audio Update:   Randy DeSutter, farmer from Woodhull and IL Corn Director, speaks about the latest Dicamba ruling and the confirmation from the EPA. Listen Here

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EPA Approved Dicamba Products For Use Through 2025

Lindsay Mitchell

October 27th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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ICGA Submits Comments on JCAR Ruling

Dan Obert

October 14th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

ICGA Submits Comments on JCAR Ruling The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) took comments on the anhydrous ammonia certification. ICGA submitted comments on behalf of Illinois’ corn...

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Illinois Corn Growers Association Welcomes Bustos’ Next Generation Fuels Act

Lindsay Mitchell

September 24th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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EPA Announces Interim Decision on Crucial Crop Protection Tools

Lindsay Mitchell

September 21st, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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ICGA Supports Availability of Neonicotinoids

Lindsay Mitchell

August 31st, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

ICGA Supports Availability of Neonicotinoids In comments to the EPA today, the Illinois Corn Growers Association supported the registration of neonicotinoids, a commonly used class of...

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ICGA Political Action Committee Upcoming Events For Members

Lindsay Mitchell

August 27th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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COVID Can't Stop Corn Farmers from Connecting with Candidates and Elected Officials

Lindsay Mitchel

August 12th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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CFAP Guidance with Additional Resources

June 10th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation

In an effort to help you be more prepared for your appointment or complete the application at home, we’ve compiled some resources for your use in regards to the CFAP program.   Highlights: -...

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Dicamba Registration Pulled by Ninth Circuit Court

Lindsay Mitchell and Dan Obert

June 4th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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NCERC, COVER CROPS, AND LIVESTOCK: IL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Lindsay Mitchell

May 27th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Livestock |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Released

Dan Obert

May 22nd, 2020  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation

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...

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