You make your living from the land.  


You have been raised in the country, you’ve worked with Mother Nature all your life, and you understand that if you want the same sort of life for your children, you must preserve and conserve what is in your care.


Best management practices are the techniques and methods farmers use to take the best care of the soil, water, air, plants, and animals around them. IL Corn wants to partner with you to help you understand the best science, the best techniques, the best opportunities to care for your natural resources. 

We have programming that will help you test your water for nutrient levels, try out cover crops for the first time, and apply nitrogen in the most responsible way.  Our programming in this area continues to grow!  Please stay plugged in with us to keep learning and growing as a conservationist.


In 2016, the Illinois Corn Growers Association launched a farmer service program, Precision Conservation Management (PCM), in response to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  Today PCM is funded still by ICGA and other organizations.

PCM works with farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices. They provide one-on-one support to qualifying farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices.

They provide FREE access to the Farmer Portal to any farmer who wants to contribute their farm data, and access recommendations based on other farmer participant’s aggregated, anonymized data.



Spring Applied Fertilizers are the Most Profitable Option for Illinois Farmers

Peter Metivier

November 11th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Fall-applied nitrogen is not the most profitable nitrogen timing for Illinois farmers according to Precision Conservation Management (PCM) data published in June 2021. Compared to other nitrogen...


New Counties in Illinois Eligible for PACE

Tara Desmond

November 10th, 2022  |  Today's News |  Conservation

IL Corn · 2022 Pace - New Counties in Illinois   What is PACE? The Post-Application Coverage Endorsement (PACE) Crop Insurance Policy has been expanded for the 2023 crop season for...


ICGA Submits Public Comments Supporting Continued Access to Atrazine

Lindsay Mitchell

October 13th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

IL Corn is focused on helping farmers use conservation practices to improve soil health, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and build a sustainable future for generations of future farmers. "Each...



Lindsay Mitchell

September 14th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, IL Corn celebrates being named as a valued partner in multiple projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart...


IL Corn and IL Soybean Association are working on bringing the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award to Illinois

Tara Desmond

September 7th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in 24 states for their efforts to improve soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat on their working land....


A Modern Farmer

Shae Ruppert

August 4th, 2022  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

Farming is a constantly evolving practice, and technology within the industry has always been an integral part of a farmer’s success. The technology available to farmers today has allowed us to...



Triazine Network News Release

July 11th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

In an unprecedented move, EPA today announced it is reopening the finalized reregistration of atrazine, putting this key crop protection tool and today’s carbon-smart farming practices at risk....


Precision Conservation Management Releases 2022 Conservation and Financial Data

Lindsay Mitchell

June 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Precision Conservation Management (PCM), a program of IL Corn and the Illinois Soybean Association, released their annual “Business Case for Conservation” this month in the Prairie Farmer...


Corn Growers Weigh-In on Redefining WOTUS

Bryan Goodman

May 25th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are holding ten regional roundtables to gauge the implications of recently proposed changes to the definition of Waters of the U.S.   Megan Dwyer, Director of...


Conservation Corner - Myth Busters

Megan Dwyer

April 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Myth: “Planting into cover crops just doesn’t work; it’s too cold for my herbicides to work so I can’t manage cover crops in the spring; if you don’t kill them early, they get out of control; all...



IL Soybean Association

April 4th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

The IL Corn Growers Association and Illinois Soybean Association are teaming up to offer a new water testing initiative challenge for Illinois FFA chapters to learn about nutrient loss and water...


PCM Welcomes New Employee to Team

Tara Desmond

March 31st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Darren Cudaback joins the Precision Conservation Management (PCM) team as a specialist in Nebraska. Darren has spent the last 24 years in the ag industry helping producers with marketing programs...


Farmers Net $12.70 Per Acre on Crop Insurance Endorsement Sponsored by IL Corn

Lindsay Mitchell

March 16th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation

The Trend-Adjusted Yield Endorsement has been available to Illinois farmers as a crop insurance endorsement since 2012, making 2022 the eleventh year of its availability. In this article, the...


Nayak Farms | A farm based on innovation and giving

Tara Desmond

February 17th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation

I got the chance to catch one of the founders of Nayak Farms, Dr. Nayak, and was extremely impressed by their mission and how they’re helping Illinois.  Here’s a brief summary of what I...


Welcome New Precision Conservation Management Director

Tara Desmond

February 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

IL Corn welcomes Greg Goodwin to the Precision Conservation Management (PCM) team as the Director. We're excited for Greg to join the PCM team. Greg has an extensive background in helping farmers...


EPA Renews Enlist Product Registrations with New Control Measures, Providing Growers with Certainty for the 2022 Growing Season


January 13th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

The EPA is issuing seven-year registrations for two herbicide products, Enlist Duo and Enlist One, to ensure growers have access to effective pesticide tools for the 2022 growing season. The new...


What you need to know about WOTUS

Tara Desmond

January 13th, 2022  |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation

2021 Clean Water Rule On November 18, 2021, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their proposed rule formally repealing the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) and...


USDA Announces PACE program for Illinois Farmers

IL Corn

January 6th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Farm Policy

  WHAT Post Application Coverage Endorsement – An insurance product to cover the risk of not getting farmers in-season nitrogen applied.   WHY Our internal data indicates the number...


Illinois Farmers Engaging In State-Specific Efforts, Action, Progress In Reducing Nutrient Loss

Lindsay Mitchell

December 22nd, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

              Illinois’ agriculture community continues to focus efforts & investments on conservation   Illinois family farmers are working to preserve the soil and water on their...


ICGA Responds to the U.S. EPA Proposed Blending Volumes

Lindsay Mitchell

December 9th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation

On December 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a biofuel blending volumes proposal, calling for an increase in the  biofuel blending requirement for 2022 of 22.77 billion...