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. Learn More about PCM here.

Farmers are the Foot Soldiers in the War Against Hunger

Motlatsi Musi: Pimville, South Africa

May 5th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

Farmers are the foot soldiers in the war on hunger, and that never has been more apparent than it is in today in Ukraine.   As fighter jets soar overhead, bombs drop on cities, and tanks battle...

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Inland Waterways, Critical to Illinois and the Nation, Get Their Due

Rodney Weinzierl

May 3rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Exports

If you drive over LaSalle’s Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge that spans the Illinois Waterway, you may look down to see barges being pushed by towboats, but probably don’t know exactly what is...

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A European War Grips Washington and Places a Further Strain on U.S. Farmers

Brooke Appleton

March 30th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has gripped Washington for weeks, easily becoming the city’s marquee issue as we head into spring.   Typically, this level of attention is reserved for domestic...

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American Agriculture Reaches Highest Annual Export Levels Ever Recorded

Lindsay Mitchell

February 18th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

In case you forgot, American agriculture is a powerhouse. Here’s your reminder:   Final calendar year 2021 trade data published by the Department of Commerce earlier this month shows that the...

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RSVP for next week listening sessions

Tara Desmond

December 8th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Public Outreach |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy |  Precision Conservation Management

  The Illinois Corn Growers Association will hold in-person listening sessions throughout the state to help prepare for the 2023 Farm Bill.  As a grassroots organization, we value farmer input...

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IL Corn hosts Mexican Trade Team

Collin Watters

November 16th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

Illinois Corn Marketing Board was excited to welcome Mexican white corn buyers from Gruma in Illinois after a halt in visits due to COVID.    Representatives from Gruma, a global food company...

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Turkish Feed Grain Importers Enjoy a Visit to Illinois

Tara Desmond

October 27th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports

This past week, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (IL Corn) partnered with the U.S. Grains Council and Marquis Energy to host a trade team of distiller dried grain (DDGS) buyers from Turkey for a...

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Trade Teams Utilize Other Resources

Collin Watters

October 14th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Exports

Mark and Cristin Wilson welcomed a video crew to their farm to see corn harvest in action. IL Corn staff and our partners at the US Grains Council and Illinois Pork Producers will use these videos...

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South Korea’s Largest Feed Miller Visits Illinois Corn Crop

Luke Miller

June 10th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Exports

South Korea’s Largest Feed Miller Visits Illinois Corn Crop   IL Corn hosted grain buyers from Nonghyup Feed Inc. (NOFI) on June 3, 2021, primarily to showcase Illinois’s corn crop. NOFI is the...

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What Does My Checkoff Fund: U.S. Grains Council

Lindsay Mitchell

April 27th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

What Does My Checkoff Fund: U.S. Grains Council   The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. corn, ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) via their presence in...

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Checkoff Grows Export Market for U.S. DDGS

Lindsay Mitchell

February 23rd, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

Checkoff Grows Export Market for U.S. DDGS Illinois corn checkoff investment in the U.S. Grains Council has helped build a robust global market for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles...

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IL Corn Farmers and IL Ethanol Producers Disheartened by Brazilian TRQ Expiration

Lindsay Mitchell

December 16th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Exports

IL Corn Farmers and IL Ethanol Producers Disheartened by Brazilian TRQ Expiration   Upon the expiration of the current Brazilian tariff rate quota (TRQ) yesterday and its replacement with a 20...

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Korean Buyers Purchase US Corn After Illinois Meeting

Dan Obert

November 5th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Exports

Korean Buyers Purchase US Corn After Illinois Meeting After meeting virtually with Illinois corn farmers and grain merchants, buyers representing South Korean companies committed to purchase 35...

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Farmers Meet with Mexican and Korean Business Reps

Dan Obert

October 16th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Exports

Farmers Meet with Mexican and Korean Business Reps Illinois farmers overcame physical distance during harvest to meet online with international business leaders from Mexico and South Korea for a...

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Virtual Opportunities Increase Interest in International DDGS Purchases

Lindsay Mitchell

September 17th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Exports

Virtual Opportunities Increase Interest in International DDGS Purchases   Beef and dairy cattle, swine and poultry can all benefit from U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in...

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Global Demand for Meat Increases Corn Demand

Dan Obert

September 3rd, 2020  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Exports

Global Demand for Meat Increases Corn Demand Pork exports are expected to rival poultry exports by 2021, providing Illinois corn farmers with an opportunity for increased demand.   In fact, U.S....

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Research Confirms Additional DDGS Usage

Dan Obert

August 13th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Additional Research

Research Confirms Additional DDGS Usage A new study from the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) confirms distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) use as a safe, efficient feed...

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Importance of Trade

Katie Smith and Dan Obert

August 6th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Exports

Importance of Trade Katie Smith, Communication Intern at IL Corn, sat down with Collin Watters, Director of Exports and Logistics, and asked him a couple questions about trade. Find out more...

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Raben Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman During Virtual Summer Meeting

Lindsay Mitchell

July 28th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

Raben Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman During Virtual Summer Meeting   The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) elected Jim Raben, a farmer from Ridgway, IL representing the Illinois...

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Study Quantifies Value of Red Meat Exports to U.S. Corn

Lindsay Mitchell

July 23rd, 2020  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Exports

Study Quantifies Value of Red Meat Exports to U.S. Corn Since 2015, pork and beef exports have been the fastest-growing category of corn use, delivering critical returns for corn farmers. The...

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