Founded in 1982, ICMB serves and is accountable to the interests of all Illinois corn producers. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is a group of 15 farmers from across Illinois elected by their fellow producers. The mission of this producer board is to increase the profitability of corn production by developing and maintaining markets for corn and corn products.
ICMB collects and administers the 5/8ths of a cent checkoff on each bushel of corn sold. The much-needed fun makes research possible and paves the way for the development of new uses for corn. On the research front alone, ICMB has invested $4 million in more than 50 scientific projects. Although the return on research is a slow process ICMB can already claim a number of successes such as hastening commercialization of corn-based degradable products like loose fill packing material; funding ethanol research that has been a catalyst for a 620 million bushel corn market; and laying the groundwork for futuristic technologies such as polylactic acid (PLA) which can be used to make a host of biodegradable plastic products from horticultural films to fabric.
Illinois corn producers, through ICMB checkoff dollars, also fund the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and the Poultry and Egg Export Council, leaders in overseas market development, the National Corn Growers Association which addresses domestic market development and research on a national scale and Ag Council of America which works to tell the story of Americas safe and abundant food supply. Corn Checkoff...it's an investment in everybody’s future.
2017 Meetings Dates:
- January 25-26
- March 8-9
- June 8-9
- July 5-7
- August 21-23