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Our Daily Update stories represent a collection of news from various sources that Illinois corn farmers might find valuable. From time to time, we also sprinkle in a bit of opinion! Our goal for the Daily Update is to provide a service to our membership – a one-stop location to catch up on the important issues of the week and to keep up-to-date on Illinois agriculture.

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  • PROTECT YOUR YIELDS BY DEFENDING BIFENTHRIN DURING EPA COMMENT PERIOD

    Published: Tue. Mar 28th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The EPA needs to hear from you to ensure you continue to have the best choices available for your crop protection toolbox. Bifenthrin – the active ingredient in Capture® LFR® insecticide, Ethos® XB insecticide/fungicide and Brigade® 2EC insecticide/miticide – is currently under review. If further restricted or not approved for continued use, the loss of bifenthrin puts more than 14 million acres of crops nationwide at risk. By law, EPA is required to re-evaluate active ingredients every 15 years. This process includes a public review and the opportunity to provide feedback during a public comment period, which is open now. …Read More »
  • UNLOCK OUR JOBS COALITION CALLS FOR GLRI FUNDING

    Published: Mon. Mar 27th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Growers Association, through its partnership and coalition work with UnLock Our Jobs, sent a letter to key Members of Congress urging funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).  The GLRI would continue and support efforts to slow, stop and reverse the migration of Asian carp, an aquatic invasive species, through cost-effective measures. In the letter, UnLock Our Jobs coalition members review the record of success that the GLRI has had in working with the State of Illinois to develop a range of strategies to control Asian carp, noting that these efforts have resulted in the removal of five …Read More »
  • U OF I CROP SCIENCES TO HOST NITROGEN MANAGEMENT WEBINAR

    Published: Fri. Mar 24th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    On Thursday, March 30 beginning at 9:00 AM, Emerson Nafziger will present a webinar summarizing our recent N management research, which is funded by the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) using fertilizer checkoff funds. Topics will include the status of N applied last fall, a summary of results from our N form and timing studies over the past three years, and a look at how well soil N tracked through the spring can tell us if we need more N. You may register for the Spring Nitrogen Management Webinar at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8090182749410833409 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing …Read More »
  • AG SECRETARY NOMINEE PERDUE FACES SENATE AG HEARING

    Published: Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    Maybe it was just a coincidence, but we’ll call it good planning! President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, took questions from the Senate Ag Committee today during National Agriculture Week festivities in Washington. Most DC insiders believe Mr. Perdue will be easily confirmed in a vote that has yet to be scheduled by the Senate. Upon hearing of Mr. Perdue’s nomination back in late January, Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan said, “We’re pleased to see that (President) Trump has chosen to nominate Sonny Perdue to his Cabinet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture plays an important …Read More »
  • ELECTED OFFICIALS HEAR ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF LOCKS

    Published: Wed. Mar 22nd, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The month of March has been full of opportunities for IL Corn Growers Association leaders and farmer members to connect with their elected officials.  The issue that always makes the priority list?  The need for upgraded locks and dams. At least three times this month, each member of the Illinois Congressional delegation has heard the same message: farmers rely on vibrant river transportation options, but our current system is old, inefficient, and decaying.  Reminding our elected officials how important river infrastructure is to Illinois farmers is critical as corn and ethanol exports represent one of the quickest ways to build …Read More »
  • FIRST RESCUE COURSE A SUCCESS

    Published: Tue. Mar 21st, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The first grain bin rescue course to train first responders how to rescue victims from grain engulfments was held in Mt. Carroll, IL on February 24-26 and March 3-5.  Participants enjoyed the newly redesigned training sponsored in part by IL Corn that helps them learn how to do these rescues safely and effectively while minimizing the time commitment for volunteer first responders. The new training is a streamlined 40 hours instead of 96 hours, 8 hours of lecture and 32 hours of hands-on experience. Additionally, to offset the cost for small communities and volunteers, IL Corn Marketing Board is considering …Read More »
  • MEXICO CONTINUES TO SHINE FOR U.S. PORK

    Published: Mon. Mar 20th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Coming off the fifth consecutive record year for pork export volume to Mexico, the Mexican market shows no signs of letting up. January volume climbed nearly one-third higher than a year ago to 72,406 mt – the third-largest monthly total on record. Export value was up even more dramatically, increasing 50 percent to $128.7 million, as Mexico’s strong buying helped sustain higher U.S. ham prices. This is excellent news for Illinois’ hog farmers.  Illinois is the fourth largest state in pork production, behind Iowa, North Carolina, and Minnesota.  One out of every four hogs is exported from the U.S. Pork …Read More »
  • IL FARMERS GO GREEN FOR ST. PADDY’S DAY

    Published: Fri. Mar 17th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    On St. Patrick’s Day, Americans everywhere – Irish and non-Irish alike – will think green to celebrate the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  But for farmers in Illinois and around the nation, thinking green isn’t something to reserve for March 17. Several new and not-so-new conservation practices are drawing attention in farm communities, driven largely by the release of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and a need for farmers to minimize nutrient run off on their fields.  So whether you’ve been thinking about trying out cover crops, changing your fertilizer application methods, or …Read More »
  • U.S. TOP ETHANOL EXPORTER THREE YEARS IN A ROW

    Published: Thu. Mar 16th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    In 2016, the United States was again the world’s largest net exporter of ethanol, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data. Net exports are calculated as the difference between exports and imports. The 2016 calendar year concluded with U.S. net exports of 838 million gallons, the second highest level ever, exceeded only in 2011. U.S. ethanol shipments exceeded 1 billion gallons, and incoming shipments totaled nearly 215 million gallons in 2016. The U.S. is both a major ethanol exporter and one of the world’s largest importers.  U.S. ethanol exports to Brazil have increased substantially due to the price …Read More »
  • RUNNING FOR OFFICE: ADVICE FOR FARMERS

    Published: Wed. Mar 15th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    As a grassroots organization, Illinois Corn Growers Association believes that every farmer's voice counts. We continue to work tirelessly to support our local, state, and national legislators on important farm policies and we sincerely thank these leaders as they continue to advocate for agriculture. However, we need more farmers in office. Your multi-generational knowledge of farming allows you to understand how the small choices affect the bigger picture. This past year, Illinois lost one of its only farmer representatives in the General Assembly. Yet, Senator John Sullivan was an effective force and voice for rural Illinois until his retirement. We …Read More »

 
 
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