Jan 11, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICMB

Efforts by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board to educate Washington policy-makers on farmer’s advances and innovation received special recognition from the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) at the Region II Best of NAMA awards program.

NAMA recognized ICMB, a partner in the Corn Farmers Coalition, with a first place for excellence in the Public Affairs/ Issues Management Program category. ICMB also received a first place in the best Radio Series category for educational radio messages played in a dozen states including Illinois.

“Americans are the most productive corn farmers in the world, growing five times more than we did in the 1930s on 20 percent less land. Thanks to amazing innovations, the corn we can grow on each acre will double again in only 25 years. Decision leaders and consumers need to be aware of these advances as we make critical decisions touching on our nation’s largest industry,” said Jim Rapp, ICMB Chairman.

CFC, an alliance of corn farmers from 10 states and the National Corn Growers Association, formed in 2008 to educate policy-makers in Washington about how tech-savvy, innovative farmers are growing more corn every year - for food, animal feed, ethanol and exports - while using fewer resources and protecting the environment.

"ICMB works hard to tell our story and strengthen the bond between farmers and our customers so it is a real honor for us, CFC and the NCGA to be recognized by the largest professional association for professionals in the agri-marketing business,” Rapp said.