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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20 Quotes From IL Farmers

Tara Desmond & Shae Ruppert

September 19th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

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Lindsay Mitchell

September 14th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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Raben Elected As MAIZALL Director Representing U.S. Grains Council

Maizall / U.S. Grains Council

September 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

On Sept. 1, Jim Raben, a past U.S. Grains Council (USGC) chairman and grain farmer from Illinois, was elected by the Council’s board of directors as director for MAIZALL – the international maize...


3 Tips to Stay Sane During Harvest

Megan Dwyer, Farmer, Henry County

September 7th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

3 Tips from Seys Farms Like any farm household, spring and fall are not only times to relish in the changing of the seasons but hopefully reaping the bounty of your hard work and blessings of the...


IL Corn and IL Soybean Association are working on bringing the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award to Illinois

Tara Desmond

September 7th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

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Illinois Corn Marketing Board Elects Officers

Tara Desmond

September 1st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

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News Release - Gov. Pritzker Announces Proactive Steps Taken to Increase Gas Supply After BP Oil Refinery Fire

Office of Governor JB Pritzker

August 30th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA

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Vilsack and Duckworth Discuss a Clean-Energy Future with Corn-Based Ethanol

Lindsay Mitchell

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

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Dan Meyer Elected to District 12

Tara Desmond

August 19th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

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Steve Fourez Elected to District 6

Tara Desmond

August 11th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

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A Modern Farmer

Shae Ruppert

August 4th, 2022  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

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Reaching & Teaching Consumers in IL

Tara Desmond

August 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

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To Successfully Shape 2023 Farm Bill, Corn Growers Encouraged to Build Bridges with Groups Outside of the Ag Community

Brooke Appleton

July 27th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

After Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861, he appointed to his cabinet the very opponents he had vanquished in the bitter and hard-fought battle for the Republican nomination the year before....


Not Goodbye but Thank you to some Illinois Corn Marketing Board Members

Tara Desmond

July 27th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

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Senate Introduces Transformational Bill to Improve the Environment while Reducing Fuel Costs: Next Generation Fuels Act (NGFA)

Tara Desmond

July 26th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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Waterways Council, Inc.

July 21st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams

Today, the House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 minibus appropriations package by a vote of 220 yeas to 207 nays. The package included six appropriations bills: Agriculture,...


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Lindsay Mitchell

July 21st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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Statement: International Trade Commission Will Not Impose Nitrogen Fertilizer Tariffs

Lindsay Mitchell

July 18th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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Rodney Weinzierl

July 15th, 2022  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

One of the key industries in the Illinois economy – agriculture – is being threatened by unnecessary tariffs on fertilizer imports and it’s driving up the cost of food. As inflation hits a new...


Duckworth Speaks with Illinois Corn Growers and Illinois Soybean Association

Senator Duckworth's Office

July 15th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with Illinois Corn Growers and Illinois Soybean Association members to discuss how she can continue to support our nation’s...


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