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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Legislative Team Strengthens Voice for Farmers

Haley Bickelhaupt

February 1st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

With fewer lawmakers representing rural America in Congress and in the state legislature, it is more important than ever for farmers to be well represented in Washington D.C. and at our state...


Corn Grower Leaders, Joined by Administration and Congressional Officials, Warn of Consequences from Mexico Decree, Call for Swift Action

January 31st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation

In a briefing for members of Congress and staff today, corn farmer leaders told U.S. officials to continue to hold the line with Mexico over a proposed ban that would block most U.S. corn imports...


Dr. Laura Gentry to Speak at NASA Booth for 2nd Time at Commodity Classic

Tara Desmond

January 26th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

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Carbon Sequestration allows ethanol to compete with EVs

Lindsay Mitchell & Haley Bickelhaupt

January 26th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

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ICGA builds connections with Latino community

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 26th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) leaders connected with the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus last week and discussed corn’s impact on the Latino community.   State elected officials joined...


Conservation Corner - WOTUS

Megan Dwyer

January 12th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation

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Top IL Corn Videos of 2022

Tara Desmond

January 5th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Social Media has changed the way the world sees companies and brands.  Videos are a medium that has skyrocketed over the last couple decades and IL Corn is making sure to keep up.    Reaching a...


IL FFA Chapters Win Prizes While Learning About Farming Conservation

Tara Desmond

January 3rd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

In April, IL Corn and Illinois Soybean Association partnered up on a hands-on learning opportunity for FFA chapters in Illinois called the Water Testing Initiative Challenge.   This new...


Looking Back at 2022

Tara Desmond

December 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

The year has flown by and we're thrilled at all of the accomplishments and wins for Illinois farmers.  If you're a member of the IL Corn Growers Association you receive weekly news e-mails with...


New Year Brings Continued Negotiations with Mexico Over Biotech Corn Imports

Brooke S. Appleton

December 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

As we enter 2023, we are reminded that we are now one-year out from the effective date of the decree banning most corn imports from the U.S. into Mexico.   The National Corn Growers Association,...


Year of the Farmer Campaign Launches Feb 12 During Football’s Biggest Game

Lindsay Mitchell

December 20th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

A coalition of Illinois farm associations are joining together to make 2023 the Year of the Farmer with a statewide campaign that launches February 12 during football’s biggest game.   The...



Waterways Council, Inc.

December 16th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

Washington, DC -- Last night, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 passed in the Senate by a vote of 83-11. It was included as part of the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act...


IL Corn Joins Farmer Leaders from Across the Country in Calling on Biden to Set Quick, Firm Timeline While Pressing Case on Biotech Corn with Mexico

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Bloomington, IL – The presidents of 23 state corn grower groups, joined by the president of the National Corn Growers Association, sent a letter to President Biden today calling for him to take...


IL Corn Helps Intern to Grow

Peter Metivier

December 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA

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10 Gift Ideas from IL Corn

Tara Desmond

December 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Biotechnology |  Public Outreach

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A Look at the Ins & Outs of Washington in 2022

Brooke Appleton

December 6th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

It has been an incredibly busy year with many interesting twists and turns along the way. As 2022 draws to a close and the mid-term elections are all but wrapped up, we are beginning to gain...


Leopold Conservation Award Comes to Illinois

Sand County Foundation

December 6th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

A prestigious award program celebrating voluntary conservation on farmland and forestland is coming to Illinois.   The Leopold Conservation Award® recognizes agricultural landowners who inspire...


IL Corn Continues to Support Pork Donations in IL

IL Pork Producers Association

December 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

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Rosenthal Wins 108th District in Illinois

Tara Desmond

December 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Legislation & Regulation

Wayne Rosenthal, farmer south of Springfield, ran for election to the Illinois House of Representatives to represent District 108 and won on 11/8.   Rosenthal has served this past year on the...


Fall Covers for Spring Savings Sign Up Opens December 15 at 8 am

Lindsay Mitchell

December 1st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation

The Fall Covers for Spring Savings program sign up will open on December 15 at 8 am and close on January 15, 2023. Historically, acres fill up within hours of the program’s opening, so don’t delay...


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