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.

10 Facts You May Not Know About the Dairy Industry

Shae Ruppert

June 23rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Dairy farmers are some of the hardest working people in our country. Tirelessly dedicating each long day to their cattle and to producing milk for consumers. Now is an even more important time...

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ICGA Looks Forward to Celebrating 50 Years of Service to Farmers in August

Lindsay Mitchell

June 16th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Save the date: the IL Corn Growers Association will celebrate 50 years of service to farmers on August 8, 2022 in Bloomington at the DoubleTree Hotel.   The IL Corn Growers Association was...

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Using Corn Starch on the Farm (or anywhere!)

Breanne Gullidge

June 6th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

When walking out of the house it is hard to grab everything we may need throughout the day. It would be much simpler if there was a product that simple did it all. Corn starch can be the answer to...

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How to Make Corn Plastic at Home

Shae Ruppert

June 3rd, 2022  |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Biotechnology |  Public Outreach |  Additional Research

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Welcome New Summer Interns

Tara Desmond

June 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Great news at IL Corn, we have two new interns that have swung into action. This duo has already started pitching in to some priorities at IL Corn.  Here's a little bit about Breanne Gullidge and...

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Illinois Farm Families Invites Families to Connect at Chicago’s Taste of Randolph

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

Illinois Farm Families® (IFF), a group of farmer volunteers committed to providing accurate information about what happens on today’s farms, are inviting Chicago families to stop by and visit with...

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

MorganMyers

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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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...

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Getting My Toes Wet....in Corn

Tara Desmond

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

Marketing has been my passion for almost 2 decades, creatively reaching audiences representing different products from real estate to restaurants to retirement financial products.  What I haven’t...

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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...

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IL Corn Will Again Advertise Regionally During The Big Football Game

Lindsay Mitchell

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

For the second time, IL Corn will air positive corn and corn farmer messages during football’s biggest game on February 13, 2022. The farmer-led checkoff association will focus on positioning corn...

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Reading about Corn

Tara Desmond

December 16th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Biotechnology |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

Illinois Ag in the Classroom offers an abundance of resources for teachers to help aid them with activities and lessons on agriculture designed to enhance the K-12 experience.  They have an...

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A Look at the Ins & Outs of Washington in 2021

Brooke Appleton

December 8th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation

This has been an incredibly busy year in the nation’s capital. We swore in a new president, welcomed new cabinet members and worked with policymakers, both old and new, as they’ve considered some...

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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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Waterways Campaign Highlights Environmental & Economic Impacts

Lindsay Mitchell

October 26th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is proud to partner with the Waterways Council Inc, Illinois Soybean Association, and others to help audiences understand the importance of inland waterways and...

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Illinois Farmers Lead Campaign to Open Minds, Share Sustainability Story in Washington

Dan Obert

May 26th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Illinois Farmers Lead in Campaign to Open Minds, Share Sustainability Story in Washington   Krista and Brett Swanson from Oneida are the face of an ongoing push to build relationships in...

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PCM Receives Grant From International HSBC Bank

Lindsay Mitchell

May 24th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

PCM Receives Grant From International HSBC Bank   The Precision Conservation Program Management (PCM) will receive grant funds from HSBC Bank via the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC), the...

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America's Corn Farmers to Sponsor MLB at Field of Dreams presented by Geico

May 20th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

America's Corn Farmers to Sponsor MLB at Field of Dreams presented by Geico   Major League Baseball (MLB) announced today that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has agreed to become an...

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Illinois Craft Distilleries Will Compete for the Title of Best State Whiskey at Heartland Whiskey Competition

Lindsay Mitchell

April 30th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Illinois Craft Distilleries Will Compete for Title of Best State Whiskey at Heartland Whiskey Competition - IL Corn sponsors competition that will include multiple corn whiskey categories along...

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