Farm policy impacts our members, their farms, and their families

Our overarching goal is to promote policy that drives corn demand, as demand will ultimately help family farmer profitability.

Our specific priorities are:

  1. Ethanol policies like clearing up the Renewable Volume Obligation issue and maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard will ensure the health of the ethanol market.

  2. Trade policies like new free trade agreements and new investment in international markets will provide new avenues to sell Illinois corn.

  3. Secure funding for the Navigational Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) which will enable new and upgraded locks and dams along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  This relates to our second priority, as adequate infrastructure is needed to ship more corn overseas.

  4. Preserve a robust and sustainable crop insurance for U.S. farmers to help them manage weather risk.  Our members tell us that crop insurance is working to keep them in business.

The 2022 Mid-Term Elections Promises More of the Same in Washington – and That’s Not All Bad.

Brooke Appleton

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

This year’s election results are still trickling in as of this writing, but there is one thing that is certain: while there will be some changes in Washington, for the most part, we’re going to...

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ICGA Submits Public Comments Supporting Continued Access to Atrazine

Lindsay Mitchell

October 13th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

IL Corn is focused on helping farmers use conservation practices to improve soil health, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and build a sustainable future for generations of future farmers. "Each...

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IL CORN: VALUED PARTNER IN TWO USDA FUNDED CLIMATE-SMART PROPOSALS

Lindsay Mitchell

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

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, IL Corn celebrates being named as a valued partner in multiple projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart...

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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....

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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

In a step forward for energy security, the environment and the nation’s consumers, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), with the support of Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and...

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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

Upon hearing news at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today against imposing tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers imported from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago, IL Corn Growers...

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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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EPA RESURRECTS RADICAL ATRAZINE PROPOSAL, THREATENS KEY SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

Triazine Network News Release

July 11th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

In an unprecedented move, EPA today announced it is reopening the finalized reregistration of atrazine, putting this key crop protection tool and today’s carbon-smart farming practices at risk....

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Illinois Legislation Allows More Aggressive Development of IL Industrial Biotech Industry

Lindsay Mitchell

April 13th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Last week, the Illinois General Assembly sent a signal that Illinois is ready to designate itself as the premiere location for industrial biotechnology companies and innovation.   SB 1693, the...

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USDA Announces PACE program for Illinois Farmers

IL Corn

January 6th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Farm Policy

  WHAT Post Application Coverage Endorsement – An insurance product to cover the risk of not getting farmers in-season nitrogen applied.   WHY Our internal data indicates the number...

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RSVP for next week listening sessions

Tara Desmond

December 8th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Public Outreach |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy |  Precision Conservation Management

  The Illinois Corn Growers Association will hold in-person listening sessions throughout the state to help prepare for the 2023 Farm Bill.  As a grassroots organization, we value farmer input...

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ICGA Evaluates Fertilizer Challenge on Behalf of Illinois Farmers

Lindsay Mitchell

November 1st, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Last week, the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) contacted Illinois representatives on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Agriculture Committee to alert them of the concern we have...

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IL Corn Optimistic About New Opportunities Within Budget Reconciliation Bill

Megan Dwyer

October 6th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Unpacking the proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation legislative package reveals optimism. The Illinois Corn Growers Association (IL Corn) is appreciative of the commitment to biofuel...

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Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

June 2nd, 2021  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops   Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the...

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ICGA Announces Legislative Priorities for the Upcoming Year

Dan Obert

February 11th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

ICGA Announces Legislative Priorities for the Upcoming Year   Farmers remain optimistic that we will accomplish our top priorities in 2021.  We look forward to seeing a new lock and dam start on...

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Review of Illinois Lame Duck Session

Jacqueline Muhammad

January 22nd, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Review of the Illinois Lame Duck Session By: Jacqueline Muhammad Contributions By: Rich Clemmons and Liz Brown-Reeves Emanuel “Chris” Welch was elected Speaker of the Illinois House, making him...

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Conservation Reserve Program General Signup Begins, Quality Loss Assistance Now Available

Dan Obert

January 11th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Conservation Reserve Program General Signup Begins Farmers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up beginning January 4, 2021 through February 12, 2021. The goal of the...

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Cover Crop Savings Program

Dan Obert

December 10th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Conservation |  Farm Policy

Cover Crop Savings Program   The Illinois Department of Ag (IDOA) Cover Crop Premium Discount Program gives farmers a $5/acre insurance premium discount on acres that are planted with a cover...

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ICGA Advises Director Costello of Opportunities to Help Hurting Illinois Farmers

Lindsay Mitchell

April 9th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

This week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association prepared and delivered a list of opportunities for the State of Illinois to invest in the agriculture industry as we face turbulent markets and...

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Don't Delay: Sign Up For Farm Programs Now

Lindsay Mitchell

February 3rd, 2020  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Farmers considering whether Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) are the right farm programs for them have until March 15 to make sign up decisions.  Get to your local FSA...

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