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

What is the Farm Bill?

Grace May

June 13th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Breaking Down the Titles of the Farm Bill In a simple explanation, the farm bill is a package of legislation that governs an assemblage of agriculture and food programs. However, there is nothing...

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Illinois Commodities Request Ag Trade Protection

May 29th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

Earlier this week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and four other state commodity organizations called on Illinois’s congressional delegation to grow export opportunities and protect...

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USDA Awards Additional Millions to Build Agriculture Exports

Lindsay Croke

May 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

This week, the U.S. Grains Council received notice of additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Regional Agriculture Promotion Program (RAPP). The award will disperse...

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

May 22nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports

International trade drives the United States economy.   The United States is the second largest exporter in the world and thrives with access to export markets. As we celebrate May as World...

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GM Corn Ban Updates

February 9th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Biotechnology |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

A timeline has formulated as efforts continue to resolve Mexico’s proposed ban on genetically modified (GM) corn for human consumption.    In December 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López...

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Experts Remain Optimistic Despite Hurdles Overseas

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Public Outreach

National Corn Growers Association Lead Economist Krista Swanson remains optimistic despite overseas obstacles for United States corn exports. Drought in Central America and turmoil in the Middle...

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IL Corn Growers Association Monitoring Fertilizer Tariffs and 2024 Crop Budgets

Lindsay Croke

January 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Bloomington – Last week, the US Department of Commerce set a tax of 7.41% on imports of phosphate fertilizer from Morocco and Russia, which is a decrease from the previous rate of 19.97%.  The...

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ICMB Efforts in Mexico Magnified by Rail Issues

Haley Bickelhaupt

December 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Exports |  Public Outreach |  Additional Research

Eighty-degree December weather is not ideal for grain storage on Steve Fourez’s farm in Fairmont, Illinois. Although hot weather and humidity poses challenges for grain sitting in bins, the IL...

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Illinois Corn Farmers Concerned About Rail Crossing Closures to Mexico

Lindsay Mitchell

December 20th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

Today, the IL Corn Growers Association reacted to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) closing of international rail crossings at Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas. The rail crossings have...

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Agricultural Community to the International Trade Commission: Tariffs on Moroccan Fertilizers Hampering Family Farms

December 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

IL Corn Growers Association, along with the National Corn Growers Association and 56 other agriculture organizations, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission today to consider the impacts...

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ICGA THANKS USDA FOR BOOST TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE

October 26th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary Tom Vilsack for releasing $1.3 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funds (CCC) to support trade...

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NCERC Hosts Group of Indian Leaders on Trade Mission

NCERC

October 19th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) hosted a team of 10 executives from India’s automotive, biofuels and automotive sectors. The team, brought here through a U.S. Grains Council Trade...

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IL Corn Leaders Elected to U.S. Grains Council

Tara Desmond

August 3rd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

For decades, IL Corn and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) have forged a close partnership that has been invaluable to Illinois agriculture and farmers. Together, they have played a pivotal role in...

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Illinois Farmers Council looks ahead at the future of agriculture

Haley Bickelhaupt

August 3rd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Livestock |  Exports |  Farm Policy

Yesterday, the IL Corn Growers Association teamed up with agricultural organizations throughout the state to discuss emerging markets and legislation impacting the industry.     The 2023...

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Japan Collaborates with IL Corn and Partners to Boost Ethanol Market and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Collin Watters

June 15th, 2023  |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports

Japan is a major producer and consumer of gasoline.  IL Corn, in collaboration with partners in the ethanol industry and the US Grains Council, has prioritized this market for future ethanol...

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Weinzierl Wins Award

Tara Desmond

June 15th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Exports |  Public Outreach

The 2023 Rail & Maritime Summit, a prominent event that unites distinguished professionals from the rail and maritime sectors, has proudly presented the esteemed Diolkos Award to Rod Weinzierl,...

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U.S. Trade Representative Announces Next Step in Trade Dispute with Mexico

Lindsay Mitchell

June 2nd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 CONTACT: Lindsay Mitchell                                                                   June 2, 2023 (309) 846-6622   BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, U.S....

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IL Corn Top Priority Discussed in D.C.

Haley Bickelhaupt

May 11th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Exports |  Farm Policy

Representative Jonathan Jackson (D-1) questioned witnesses about funding the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program during a House Agriculture Subcommittee...

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IL Corn Happy To See Consultations with Mexico Begin

Lindsay Mitchell

March 6th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

After the U.S. Trade Representative’s announcement today that the U.S. is requesting technical consultations with the Government of Mexico under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures...

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