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.

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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RMA ADMINSTRATOR BARBRE TO HOLD LISTENING SESSIONS IN IL

Lindsay Mitchell

August 21st, 2019  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Interested farmers have an opportunity to meet with the Administrator of USDA’s, Risk Management Agency (RMA), Martin Barbre at listening sessions in Illinois the week of August 26th. RMA...

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AUDIO UPDATE: MORE DETAILS ABOUT MFP PAYMENTS

Tricia Braid

July 30th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

In this audio update: Sign up started on July 29, but before you head to town, better make a phone call to your local FSA office to be sure they are ready to help you!  IL Corn is still working to...

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IL AGRICULTURE COLLABORATES TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Lindsay Mitchell

March 12th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

The Illinois Corn Growers Association, with many other Illinois ag groups, collaborated on the new Illinois Agriculture: Let’s Grow book, which will be provided to all of the members of the...

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MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM DEADLINE APPROACHING FAST

Lindsay Mitchell

February 6th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Farmers who wish to participate in the Market Facilitation Program and have not yet signed a CCC-910 are urged to visit their local county FSA offices by close of business on Thursday, February...

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CROP INSURANCE USE AT 87 PERCENT OF CORN ACRES SINCE 2013

Lindsay Mitchell

January 31st, 2019  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

According to the U of I report yesterday, Revenue Protection is the predominate crop insurance product used for corn and soybeans in Illinois.  Many farmers use high coverage levels.  For those...

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FARMERS CAN EVALUATE 2019 CROP INSURANCE DECISIONS

Lindsay Mitchell

January 25th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Illinois corn farmers can now download the 2019 Crop Insurance Decision Tool, available here in the FAST section of FarmDoc.    This tool is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing seven tools....

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CROP INSURANCE IMPROVEMENTS FOR IL FARMERS

January 9th, 2019  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

  The Illinois Corn Growers Association worked diligently over several years to bring Illinois farmers a new crop insurance endorsement that will allow land from two counties to be combined...

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IL CORN STATEMENT ON FARM BILL SIGNING

Tricia Braid

December 20th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Ted Mottaz, President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, issued the following statement regarding President Trump signing the new farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement...

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ICGA SECURES CROP INSURANCE CHANGE

Tricia Braid

December 13th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

IL Corn scored a win for our members. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency announced a new endorsement to the federal crop insurance policies corn farmers can purchase....

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WASHINGTON HAPPENINGS RELATED TO TRADE

Tricia Braid

December 4th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Our IL Corn membership survey told us that trade and export issues are on the top of your mind. That’s not surprising to us, given that over half the Illinois corn crop leaves the state bound for...

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CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN, FARMERS NEED A FARM BILL IN 2018!

Lindsay Mitchell

November 15th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Illinois farmers should contact their congressmen and demand a farm bill before the end of 2018.  Congress only has a few days to act if they hope to complete this legislation for the farmers in...

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THINKING ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR THE MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM?

Lindsay Mitchell

October 5th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) began on September 3, but if you haven’t made it to your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office yet to sign on the dotted line, rest assured that...

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CONCERNS GROW THAT FARM BILL WILL EXPIRE

Tricia Braid

September 24th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

If you checked in with us last week, you might have heard the IL Corn Executive Director tell us that there’s a risk farmers might lose trade program funding if the Farm Bill expires on September...

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FARMERS WORRY ABOUT TRADE FUNDING GAP

Tricia Braid

September 20th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

We are officially ten days away from the Farm Bill 2014 expiration date.  On September 30, farmers are operating under no farm policy, unless Congress either finalizes a new bill or extends the...

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THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE PROPOSED TRADE UPDATE WITH MEXICO

Tricia Braid

August 31st, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

President Trump announced earlier this week that he had reached agreement with Mexico on updates to the NAFTA agreement, although he then hinted that he might kill the NAFTA deal after all, if...

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PERDUE ON TRUMP: HE WANTS SOMETHING TO GIVE TO THE REFINERIES

Tricia Braid

August 30th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke to corn and ethanol industry constituents this week at a rally to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, held at Progress City in...

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TRADE NEWS TODAY: USDA RELEASES TRADE AID PROGRAM DETAILS, DEAL BROKERED WITH MEXICO

Lindsay Mitchell

August 27th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Breaking news today, all of which will impact Illinois and American corn farmers, is that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the details of the $12 billion trade aid package and...

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ANSWER UPCOMING NASS SURVEYS; IT IMPACTS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Lindsay Mitchell

August 17th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy |  Additional Research

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in the mailboxes of Southern farmers soon, and it is very important that recipients take the...

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EXPORT MARKET DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AT RISK

Tricia Braid

July 31st, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Trade is becoming increasingly important to corn farmers, since nationally, we export upwards of 20% of our crop if you consider corn in all forms (corn, feed, DDGS, ethanol and livestock) and...

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