Exports are a growing opportunity. 

Making export growth a priority extends to the locks and dams priority (we need adequate infrastructure to move grain) and the ethanol priority (ethanol exports is a growing market). "Exports" is the place where many of our programs overlap.


IL Corn works with several important partners to accomplish our international export goals, including:

The Illinois corn checkoff increased their investment in the U.S. Meat Export Federation in 2021. That investment is starting to pay off.

Beef and pork export volumes and values are increasing, allowing livestock farmers in the U.S. to grow more livestock and feed more corn. In 2020, beef and pork exports used 530.5 million bushels of corn. At an average annual price of $3.52/bushel, beef and pork exports accounted for $1.87 billion in market value to the corn industry.

*Data from 09/2020 - 09/2021









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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....


Win for Corn Growers: Illinois Approves State Ethanol Tax Incentive

June 1st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The IL Corn Growers Association worked closely with Illinois lawmakers to approve language in this year’s legislative session to create and renew retail sales tax incentives for ethanol blends....


New Interns Join IL Corn Team

Brianna Croft

June 1st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

IL Corn is delighted to welcome two interns this summer to assist with policy and communication goals. Quickly becoming assets to the team, learn more about Brianna Croft and Emily Bruch.   Meet...


IL Corn Celebrates Lock 25 Groundbreaking

Lindsay Mitchell

May 18th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

After decades of advocacy, education, diligence and tenacity, the IL Corn Growers Association celebrates the groundbreaking of a brand-new 1,200-foot Lock 25 near Winfield, MO today, May 18,...


Budzinski, Sorensen Cosponsor New Legislation to Level the Playing Field for Ethanol

May 15th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Legislation introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives would remove an outdated provision from the Renewable Fuels Standard that prevents corn starch ethanol from being categorized as...


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...


IL Corn Growers Association Board of Directors Elections Open

May 11th, 2023  |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

  Each year five directors are elected to a three-year term in districts throughout Illinois and two at-large directors are elected for a one-year term to represent farmers all over the state....


Meet the First and Second Place IL T-shirt Contest Winners

Tara Desmond

May 11th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

If you missed it, IL Corn put on a t-shirt contest in April boosting creativity while showing the love of farming throughout the state.  Get to know the winners:   First Place: Jordan...


Corn Growers Are Heard Through Congressional Hearings

Tom Haag

May 10th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Spring is proving to be a busy time between corn planting and grower leaders taking full advantage of every opportunity to talk about our priorities for the farm bill.   The farm bill, which...


IL Corn Applauds EPAs Move for Consumer Access to Low-Cost, Low-Emission E15


April 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will use existing authority to prevent drivers from losing access to lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a higher ethanol...


IL Corn Advocates Ethanol Incentive Before State Senate Revenue Committee

April 26th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

IL Corn Director of Public Policy Brad Stotler testified last week in Springfield before the Senate Revenue Committee on SB 1869, legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Joyce to incentivize fuels with...


Rep. Mary Miller Cosponsors Bill Supporting Trade Funding in Upcoming Farm Bill

Lindsay Mitchell

April 24th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Representative Mary Miller cosponsored the “Agriculture Export Promotion Act of 2023” (H.R.648) this week, a bill that is a top priority for the IL Corn Growers Association. The bill supports...


EPA Administrator Michael Regan Testifies Before House Ag Committee

Lindsay Mitchell

April 20th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, lead by Chairman GT Thompson of Pennsylvania, held a hearing for the purpose of receiving testimony from the U.S. Environmental Protection...


IL Corn Announces Scholarship Recipients

Tara Desmond

April 20th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

Five scholarships will be awarded from IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) this year.  Included with the scholarship, recipients will also get a free one-year ICGA membership.   “We are thrilled...


IL Corn Disappointed that EPA Ignores Ethanol in Recent Proposal  

Haley Bickelhaupt

April 12th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal for new greenhouse gas and multi-pollutant emissions standards for light-duty vehicles. The IL Corn Growers Association is...


6 Ways to Strengthen Illinois’ Clean Energy Future

April 4th, 2023  |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol

In the past few years, the U.S. has experienced impacts on our supply chain, energy costs and fuel prices from global energy insecurity. Combined with an urgent focus on combatting climate change...


IL Corn Joins NCGA Call for Summer E15

Haley Bickelhaupt

April 4th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

IL Corn joined 13 states, and the National Corn Growers Association in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting an emergency waiver to keep E15 available for Americans this...


Corn Farmers Applaud Reintroduction of Next Generation Fuels Act in House of Representatives

Lindsay Mitchell

March 30th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Today, the Next Generation Fuels Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill will provide cleaner fuels through higher blends of ethanol for a new generation of vehicles...


Next Generation Fuels Act Is Next Generation Ethanol Demand

Lindsay Mitchell

March 22nd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, the Next Generation Fuels Act, was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill will provide cleaner fuels through higher blends of ethanol for a new generation of vehicles...


Why I’ve been an IL Corn Growers Association Member for 40+ years

Rob Elliott

March 22nd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA

IL Corn · Why should you become a member of IL Corn Growers Association? Listen to Audio by clicking above   My name is Rob Elliott. We live and farm near Monmouth, IL in the West Central...


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