LEARN ABOUT TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FROM US GRAINS COUNCIL

|  Sep, 04, 2019

RFD's Rita Frazier interviewed Tricia Braid, ICGA, and Ryan LeGrand, U.S. Grains Council at the Farm Progress Show where ICGA's tent focused heavily on trade.  The two discussed the opportunities that lie ahead of Illinois corn farmers if the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement is passed in 2019.

TUNE IN TO HEAR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE 2019 MFP FIRST TRAUNCH PAYMENT

|  Aug, 02, 2019

Sign up started on July 29, but before you head to town, better make a phone call to your local FSA office to be sure they are ready to help you!  IL Corn is still working to analyze the payment distribution calculation, but we believe it's a more equitable distribution of funds.  We've also got perspectives from the USDA Office of Communications for more details.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IMPACTS OF SIGNIFICANT RAIN IN ILLINOIS TO EXPORTS

|  May, 02, 2019

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue believes that U.S. farmers will see an immediate reponse from China regarding commodity purchases once a free trade agreement is signed.  Additionally, USDA Barge Analyst comments on the impacts these heavy rains will have on barge traffic on the Mississippi River.  May 1 usually ushers in continuous barge traffic, but navigation is currently stopped at...

VARIED COMMODITY CHECKOFF DOLLARS COLLABORATING ON SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

|  Nov, 14, 2018

Three commodity promotion and research boards are joining forces to advance producer sustainability efforts across agriculture. The National Corn Growers Association, the National Pork Board, and the United Soybean Board recently celebrated a memorandum of understanding designed to formalize collaboration and alignment among their checkoff-funded efforts relating to the broad topic of...

FARMERS WORRY ABOUT TRADE FUNDING GAP

|  Sep, 20, 2018

We are officially ten days away from the Farm Bill 2014 expiration date.  On September 30, farmers are operating under no farm policy, unless Congress either finalizes a new bill or extends the current bill.  The closer we get to the deadline, the more likely an extension becomes, but an extension leaves an important trade program, the Foreign Market Development program, unfunded.    Listen...

CRITICAL WATERWAYS LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE

|  Sep, 14, 2018

House and Senate committee leaders reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation earlier this week, known as the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (House Amendment to S. 2800). Learn more about this news in this audio update with IL Corn and Waterways Council, Inc., President and CEO Mike Toohey.

MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM BEGINS TODAY

|  Sep, 04, 2018

The Market Facilitation Program that will provide direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy and hog farmers who have been directly impacted by illegal retaliatory tariffs, begins today.  If farmers plan to apply for the payments, they must due so before January 15, 2019.

AG ECONOMIST REMARKS ON EPA ETHANOL VOLUMES RULE

|  Jul, 10, 2018

In this audio update from IL Corn, University of Illinois agricultural economist Scott Irwin gives his take on the recently proposed rule regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligation numbers published by EPA.

FRESH BEEF CAMPAIGN IS SIZZINGLY SUCCESSFUL

|  Jun, 25, 2018

The Illinois Beef Association held their summer conference last week in Galena, Illinois. IL Corn’s own Lou Lamoreaux and his family were named the Illinois Beef Association Environmental Steward of the Year. The beef producers at the meeting heard some good news from McDonald's regarding demand for fresh beef. University of Illinois Extension’s Todd Gleason explains in this audio...

RFS AND RINS WHITE HOUSE MEETING UPDATE

|  May, 09, 2018

University of Illinois agricultural economist Scott Irwin has been engaging online and in social media on the White House level discussions and deal-making that’s been underway now for many weeks. In this audio update, U of I’s Todd Gleason speaks with Irwin about the specifics of the latest meeting.