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

ILLINOIS LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD FINALISTS SELECTED

Sand County Foundation

July 15th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

Three finalists have been selected for the 2024 Illinois Leopold Conservation Award®. The award honors farmers and forestland owners who go above and beyond in their management of soil health,...

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Holding Corn and Working Towards Better Markets

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports

Farmer Matt Raben shared a weary smile during his less-than-ideal update to the IL Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) of directors. On his farm corn sits in grain bins, waiting to go to market. In a...

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Grower Advocates, Navigating Unprecedented Times, Push for Bipartisanship

Brooke S. Appleton

July 11th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

As I recently sat in my car in 90-plus degree weather, blocked by traffic caused by the NATO meeting in Washington, my mind kept moving from song to song. One minute, I was hearing the 1981 hit...

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IL Corn Releases 2024 Cover Crop Coupon

Tara Desmond

July 11th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation

IL Corn is dedicated to promoting sustainable farming practices in Illinois. Working with seed suppliers, they have introduced an annual coupon program aimed at making cover crop seeds more...

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Amid Legislative Doubts, ICGA Advocates for Strong Farm Bill

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 3rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) will push to ensure the farm bill does not fall off the political radar during ICGA's annual July fly-in to Washington D.C.   On Monday, Punchbowl...

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Americans Are No Longer Plugged in to EVs

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Polls show Americans are losing interest in electric vehicles despite aggressive pushes by the Biden administration to electrify transportation.   A Pew Research Center study released last...

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Corn: More American Than Apple Pie

Lindsay Croke

July 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach |  Additional Research

Every family has its holiday traditions and obviously for Americans, sweet corn is a Fourth of July staple.   Instacart released its report on July 4th staples that customers have been...

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More Than Two Tillage Passes is Never Profitable According to New Data

Rosalie Trump

July 1st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Precision Conservation Management (PCM) recently released a summary of 9 years’ worth of in-field conservation data from Illinois farms. Through their data analysis, PCM aims to identify...

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4 Things Everyone Should Know About Dairy Farming

Shelby Barnhart

June 27th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

June is Dairy month so IL Corn touched base with some dairy farmers in Illinois. Here’s what they shared.  It’s a day in-day out job Dairy Farming is a commitment unlike most 9-5 jobs....

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The Next Generation Fuels Act Can Save our Communities and Economy

Garrett Hawkins

June 20th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

From the outside, IL Corn may sound like an echo chamber when it comes to the Next Generation Fuels Act. From countless interviews, Congressional visits, presentations at the Farm Progress show...

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Ag Night at the Normal Cornbelters Promises a Cornucopia of Fun and Education on June 28th

Tara Desmond

June 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

The Normal Cornbelters are thrilled to announce Ag Night on June 28th, a celebration that promises to be a-maize-ing for fans of all ages! Packed with tons of games, vendors, and giveaways, this...

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ICGA and Oil Industry Sue EPA 

June 13th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Today, the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) joined 12 other state corn organizations, and oil industry representatives to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for...

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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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6 Unique Father’s Day Gifts with a Farming Twist

Shelby

June 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Dad, Grandad, Papa, Pop—whatever you call your father on the farm, they deserve a day of appreciation. Farm fathers embody the hard work, resilience, and traditions that are the backbone of...

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Precision Conservation Management Unveils Annual Data: Insights on Profitability and Sustainability

Rosalie Trump

June 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Precision Conservation Management (PCM) – the premier conservation program of the IL Corn Growers Association and Illinois Soybean Association – will be publishing their annual data book The...

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Calculating the Cost of Conservation

Haley Bickelhaupt

June 6th, 2024  |  ICGA |  Conservation

Near Waterloo Illinois, Dale Haudrich’s fields of row crops look different than his neighbors.   Acres of soybeans emerge surrounded by old corn stubble and withering rye. His no-till, cover...

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Reflecting on Forward Farm Bill Movement

Brooke S. Appleton

June 6th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

It’s summertime in the nation’s capital, and members of Congress appear to be solar-powered. After a long impasse, there has finally been some movement to reauthorize the farm bill. The House...

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IL Corn Welcomes Shelby Barnhart as Summer Marketing Intern

Shelby Barnhart

May 30th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

IL Corn is thrilled to welcome Shelby Barnhart as the Marketing Intern for the summer of 2024.   Shelby is a senior at Illinois State University studying International Business and Political...

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Statehouse Update: Carbon Capture Law Delivers Opportunity for Ethanol & Protects Landowners 

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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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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