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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Illinois Farm Families® farmer trust-building program wins national award


May 25th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Farm Families (IFF) Coalition’s consumer engagement campaign to build trust in Illinois farmers and their farming practices was the recipient of the Public Relations Society of...


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Bryan Goodman

May 25th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are holding ten regional roundtables to gauge the implications of recently proposed changes to the definition of Waters of the U.S.   Megan Dwyer, Director of...


Farmers Help Lower Gas Prices


May 23rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

As Illinoisans begin their summer vacation travel, one thing is on everyone’s mind: gas prices. A recent decision by the Biden administration allowing for the continued use of higher blends of...


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...


Illinois Senators Champion Cost-Share Change Enabling Lock Modernization

Lindsay Mitchell

May 5th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously passed its Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. The bill includes a cost-share shift offered by Senators Tammy...


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...


Conservation Corner - Myth Busters

Megan Dwyer

April 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Myth: “Planting into cover crops just doesn’t work; it’s too cold for my herbicides to work so I can’t manage cover crops in the spring; if you don’t kill them early, they get out of control; all...


Illinois Corn Farmers Approve Increased Checkoff Investment

Tara Desmond

April 21st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

  Illinois corn farmers voted in favor of increasing the corn checkoff rate established in the Illinois Corn Marketing Act in a vote held March 29, 2022, according to Illinois Department of...


Recognizing Ag

Tara Desmond

April 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

For most in the agriculture industry, you know that what you’re doing is providing food and items that consumers use daily and could not live without.  For the average non-farmer who is...



IL Soybean Association

April 4th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

The IL Corn Growers Association and Illinois Soybean Association are teaming up to offer a new water testing initiative challenge for Illinois FFA chapters to learn about nutrient loss and water...


PCM Welcomes New Employee to Team

Tara Desmond

March 31st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Darren Cudaback joins the Precision Conservation Management (PCM) team as a specialist in Nebraska. Darren has spent the last 24 years in the ag industry helping producers with marketing programs...


Celebrating Women’s History Month: Getting to know Donna Jeschke

Tara Desmond

March 22nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

Although we celebrate women in ag throughout the year, March is nationally recognized to dedicate to women’s contributions through history and society.  According to stats from 2017 around 30,000...


Saying Dia dhuit (Jee-ah ghwitch) to Irish Farmers

Tara Desmond

March 17th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

In light of St. Patrick’s Day and also for some positive news from across the ocean, IL Corn caught up with a couple of Irish farmers in different areas.  Here’s a little bit about their...


Farmers Net $12.70 Per Acre on Crop Insurance Endorsement Sponsored by IL Corn

Lindsay Mitchell

March 16th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation

The Trend-Adjusted Yield Endorsement has been available to Illinois farmers as a crop insurance endorsement since 2012, making 2022 the eleventh year of its availability. In this article, the...


IL Corn Celebrates the Passage of FY 22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill with Funding for Locks and Dams

Lindsay Mitchell

March 10th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams

  Late in the evening on March 9, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill. The funding for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works – the line item from which lock and...


Getting My Toes Wet....in Corn

Tara Desmond

March 9th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

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Millions of Illinois consumers learn about the sustainability of corn bioplastic

Lindsay Mitchell

March 3rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Biotechnology |  Public Outreach

IL Corn partnered with six restaurants in the Chicago area to take over their takeout, replacing traditional takeout containers with corn-based alternatives.  This project was designed to help...


Congratulations Jim Raben, 2022 Master Farmer and Corn Farmer from Ridgway

Holly Spangler, Farm Progress

March 1st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

Congratulations to Jim Raben, 2016-17 IL Corn Marketing Board Chairman, on being named a 2022 Prairie Farmer Master Farmer.   Darryl Brinkmann of Clinton County, Doug Schroeder of Champaign...


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...


Public Notice


February 17th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Legislation & Regulation

PUBLIC NOTICE   In accordance with Section 21 of the Illinois Corn Marketing Act, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board petitioned the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture to conduct...


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