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.
Illinois Leopold Conservation Award Finalists Selected
Three finalists have been selected for the inaugural Illinois Leopold Conservation Award®. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the prestigious award is presented in...More
New Kid Activity: Learn about Soil
What's in soil and why is it important for corn? Check out this fun indoor activity you can do with your children or grandchildren to teach them about the importance of soil in growing...More
Precision Conservation Management Releases 2023 Data
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...More
PCM and PepsiCo Partner To Increase Conservation Adoption in Illinois, Kentucky and Nebraska
Precision Conservation Management (PCM) will be increasing conservation acres in Illinois through a partnership with PepsiCo extending through 2030, according to PCM Director Greg...More
PepsiCo Announces $216 Million Investment in Long-term Partnerships with Three Major Farmer-facing Organizations to Support Regenerative Agriculture Transformation on More than Three Million Acres of U.S. Farmland
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, and the Illinois Corn Growers Association partner with PepsiCo to drive adoption of regenerative agriculture practices and reduce carbon...More
2nd Annual Water Testing Challenge Announced
IL Corn and Illinois Soybean Association are teaming up again on another Water Testing Challenge. Through this effort, both corn and soybean checkoff programs hope to give Illinois FFA chapters...More
Brown Helps to Serve Farmers in Central IL
Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is thrilled to welcome Leyton Brown to the organization as a PCM Specialist. He will be serving farmers in Champaign, Vermillion, and surrounding...More
New Addition to PCM Specialist Team
Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is thrilled to welcome Andrew Hiser as a specialist this February. He will be serving farmers in Sangamon, Christian, and Macoupin...More
Illinois Farmers Win NCGA Field of Corn Photo Contests
National Corn Growers Association has been doing a photo contest for the past 9 years and IL Corn is thrilled to congratulate this year’s Illinois farmer winners. With eight different photo...More
Dr. Laura Gentry to Speak at NASA Booth for 2nd Time at Commodity Classic
NASA doesn’t disappoint with their famous Hyperwall. NASA's Hyperwall is a video wall capable of displaying multiple high-definition data visualizations simultaneously across an arrangement of...More
Conservation Corner - WOTUS
While many of us are waiting for a precipitation recharge, the U.S. EPA has released it’s final WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule. If you recall, back in August of 2021 the EPA and Army...More
IL FFA Chapters Win Prizes While Learning About Farming Conservation
In April, IL Corn and Illinois Soybean Association partnered up on a hands-on learning opportunity for FFA chapters in Illinois called the Water Testing Initiative Challenge. This new...More
Leopold Conservation Award Comes to Illinois
A prestigious award program celebrating voluntary conservation on farmland and forestland is coming to Illinois. The Leopold Conservation Award® recognizes agricultural landowners who inspire...More
Fall Covers for Spring Savings Sign Up Opens December 15 at 8 am
The Fall Covers for Spring Savings program sign up will open on December 15 at 8 am and close on January 15, 2023. Historically, acres fill up within hours of the program’s opening, so don’t delay...More
Spring Applied Fertilizers are the Most Profitable Option for Illinois Farmers
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...More
New Counties in Illinois Eligible for PACE
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...More
ICGA Submits Public Comments Supporting Continued Access to Atrazine
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...More
IL CORN: VALUED PARTNER IN TWO USDA FUNDED CLIMATE-SMART PROPOSALS
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...More
IL Corn and IL Soybean Association are working on bringing the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award to Illinois
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....More
A Modern Farmer
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...More