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.

 

Making Nitrogen Decisions

In Illinois, researchers have been testing different amounts of nitrogen in corn fields for years. They collected the data from these tests and created an online tool. This tool considers the current prices of corn and nitrogen fertilizer to figure out the best amount of nitrogen to use for maximum profit per acre. It's called the "Maximum Return to Nitrogen" rate (MRTN). Farmers can use this tool to make sure they're getting the most economic benefit from their nitrogen program and feel sure about their decisions.

nitrogen calculator

Gain Access to Illinois' Premier Conservation Program

 

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

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PCM PROGRAM

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Brad Stotler and Rachel Dame

May 30th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

As the legislative session adjourned this week, lawmakers in Springfield passed legislation that creates strong regulations for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects in Illinois. IL Corn...

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Carbon Capture Law Delivers Opportunity for Ethanol & Protects Landowners

May 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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Global Markets Fuel Illinois: 3 Trade Facts You Need to Know

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Old Data Could Limit Illinois’s Economy and Export Potential 

Haley Bickelhaupt

May 14th, 2024  |  Ethanol

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GREET Model is Key for Science-Based Climate Policy

Lindsay Croke

May 7th, 2024  |  Ethanol

If America’s goal is truly to decarbonize the transportation sector, the rules by which we determine which practices and products will accomplish the goal must be based on sound science.   On...

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A Farmers Guide to the GREET Model

May 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  Ethanol

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model is catching the eyes of not only airlines and policy gurus, but also midwestern corn farmers. The model is critical to...

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New GREET Model Will Limit Availability of Cleaner Jet Fuel in the Short Term

May 1st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois corn farmers are very concerned by the announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury (USDOT) limiting corn-based ethanol's contribution to the decarbonization of the aviation...

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Japanese Media Team Learn About Illinois Agriculture

April 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol

In a partnership between IL Corn and the U.S. Grains Council, 12 members of a Japanese media team toured Illinois this week, beginning in Chicago and traveling through McLean and Piatt County,...

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Illinois Uniquely Positioned for SAF Production

Haley Bickelhaupt

April 24th, 2024  |  ICGA |  Ethanol

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Access to Higher Blends of Ethanol During Summer Months a Win for Illinoisans

April 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Upon hearing the U.S. EPA announcement that it will issue a temporary waiver allowing access to lower-cost, lower-emission E15, the IL Corn Growers Association President Dave Rylander from...

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From Fields to Flight: IL Corn Plays Role in SAF Conference

Haley B

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Seeds are being sown to position Illinois as a hub for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  On March 21-22, IL Corn and the Illinois Manufacturing Association hosted the inaugural Sustainable...

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IL Corn Growers Association Responds to EPA Final Tailpipe Emissions Rule

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized their Tailpipe Emissions Rule last week, making the rule even a bit more stringent than originally proposed. IL Corn joined several groups in...

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Inaugural Sustainable Aviation Fuel Conference Highlights Opportunity for Renewable Fuel to Lower Emissions and Transform Industries

March 21st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Inaugural conference will discuss latest in scientific research, production, and logistics   The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), in partnership with Intersect Illinois and the IL...

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New EPA Rule Ignores Ethanol as a Solution and Threatens Rural Economies

March 20th, 2024  |  Ethanol

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced their final climate rule on vehicle emissions standards for sedans and light- and medium-duty trucks. While this rule is supposed to...

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Coalition of Business, Labor, Agriculture Groups Unveil Landmark Legislation to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage in Illinois

March 14th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

IL Corn represents farmer members in discussions to promote ethanol market development and protect landowner rights   A coalition of business, labor and agriculture groups have united behind...

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Policymakers Must Take a Broader Approach to Reducing Tailpipe Emissions

February 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Additional Research

America is in pursuit of a clean energy future, but to get there, our leaders must prioritize a solution that already exists at gas stations across the country.   Ethanol, made from corn...

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White House to Greenlight Year-Round E15 Availability by 2025: Midwest Governors' Request Answered, Promising Environmental and Economic Benefits

Lindsay Croke

February 22nd, 2024  |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The White House announced today that it will answer the April 2022 request of Governor Pritzker and seven other Midwest governors to make E15 available year round starting in 2025. E15 is a 15...

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Put the BRAKES on HB1634

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This week, Illinois state lawmakers tried hitting the gas to incorporate California’s extreme vehicle emissions standards into the Midwest. HB1634 allows California to govern Illinois Vehicle...

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IL Corn Thanks Lawmakers for Support of GREET

February 15th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Seven members of Illinois’s congressional delegation joined a group of 43 lawmakers in a letter to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Lifecycle Analysis Interagency Working Group voicing their support...

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Bipartisan Victory: Next Generation Fuels Act Gains Traction as a Solution Lowering Carbon Emissions Nationwide

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 17th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The IL Corn Growers Association and the ethanol industry have their foot on the petal in full support of the Next Generation Fuels Act in 2024.   The bill, which sets a new clean fuel standard,...

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