IL CORN SALUTES OUR VETERANS

|  Nov, 10, 2017

Each year on November 11, Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. IL Corn honors this day, too, saluting all our veterans. We would like to draw special attention to those in our leadership who served our nation, and more broadly, the impact that rural Americans have on our nation’s military. Please join us in this...

AG SECRETARY PERDUE SAYS NAFTA WITHDRAWAL COMES WITH TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES

|  Nov, 09, 2017

Although U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue remains hopeful that the Trump Administration will be successful in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), he told reporters in a press gaggle after his Agency’s Veterans Day ceremony that USDA is preparing contingency plans, warning a withdrawal from the trilateral agreement would have “some tragic...

GOVERNOR RAUNER SIGNS IL CORN SUPPORTED HARVEST EMERGENCY DECLARATION

|  Nov, 06, 2017

In an on-farm ceremony yesterday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the signing of the so-called Harvest Emergency Declaration, which effectively allows farmers to load 10% extra weight into their grain transport vehicles for a 45-day period commencing November 5, 2017. IL Corn leaders penned a letter to the Governor in support of such a declaration on October 24th, noting that our...

U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION LEVERAGES CORN CHECKOFF TO EXPAND MEAT SALES OVERSEAS

|  Oct, 26, 2017

In this audio update, you’ll hear about a recent event held in Germany where the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) worked to expand relationships with international buyers of U.S. corn-fed meat. Livestock, a primary customer of corn and DDGS, remains a vital component of your value opportunity and profitability. 

ETHANOL EXPORTS CENTER STAGE AT SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

|  Oct, 20, 2017

Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere, including representatives from IL Corn, are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region. Listen to the audio below for an update about the summit with U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USDA NOMINEES START AT USDA

|  Oct, 19, 2017

After what has seemed like an unusually lengthy process, some key positions are beginning to be filled at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just last week, Secretary Perdue administered the swearing-in ceremony for two key positions. Listen to this audio update for the details.

COMMONGROUND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FARMER SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

|  Oct, 16, 2017

CommonGround launched a new video highlighting how farmers care for the environment and why they take more and more steps to increase sustainability on their farms. The short piece and accompanying blog posts, which feature Nebraska CommonGround volunteer Diane Karr, help consumers looking for the story behind their food. IL Corn recently joined the Common Ground effort. Click here to listen...

ILLINOIS HOGS AND PIGS NUMBERS GROW, IMPROVES CORN DEMAND OUTLOOK

|  Oct, 03, 2017

October is National Pork Month. That makes the timing of the latest USDA National Ag Statistics Service quarterly hogs and pigs report handy. The overall report indicates that the numbers are up, and Illinois hogs and pigs inventories have grown year over year, as well. In state, the swine industry is the biggest livestock user of IL Corn. 

NEW SURVEY SHOWS WEED CONTROL AND SOIL HEALTH BENEFITS OF COVER CROPS

|  Oct, 02, 2017

The Conservation Technology Information Center has released the results of their latest survey. The numbers indicate that a growing body of farmers are using cover crops, and it isn’t just the early adopters anymore. IL Corn suggests that cover crops may make sense to be part of your strategy for nutrient management. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy calls for cover crop use as one...

CALL FROM THE COMBINE: ACTION REQUEST TO SUPPORT TRADE PROGRAMS

|  Sep, 29, 2017

Your call to Senators Duckworth and Durbin could encourage their support of export programs in the future. The Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act was introduced on September 19 and would increase funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs which would significantly benefit the ag economy. ...