Who are Illinois corn farmers?

One of our priorities is to help non-farmers understand who you are and what you do. We’ve focused quite a few our efforts in Chicago, knowing from research that consumers in Chicago are particularly disengaged from the agriculture going on downstate and that their votes impact your farms and families.

For a general overview of the outreach that we’re involved in, check out the following programs:

Illinois Farm FamiliesIL Corn provides this program in coalition with IL Beef, IL Milk, IL Pork, IL Soybean Associations, and the IL Farm Bureau to talk with Chicago moms and give them on-farm experiences.

Illinois Runs on HomeGrown Corn: This program gives non-farmers the opportunity to “visit” a farm using the newest technology!  We’re using virtual reality viewers and 360-degree filming technology to produce on-farm videos throughout the growing season.

CornBelters: IL Corn tests messages locally and attempts to change opinions in our own college town of Normal, IL by working with the Normal CornBelters.

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Association: Through the National Corn Growers Association, IL Corn participates in this national collaborative, bringing factual information about agriculture to anyone who wants to know more.  This partnership also brought you the documentary, Farmland.

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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Illinois Pork and Commodity Groups Donate 4,100 pounds of Pork to Eastern Illinois Foodbank

April 21st, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Illinois Pork and Commodity Groups Donate 4,100 pounds of Pork to Eastern Illinois Foodbank   Every day food banks provide access to healthy and nutritious food to keep families across Illinois...

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Checkoff Reaches Consumers in Chicagoland

Dan Obert

April 15th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

Checkoff Reaches Consumers in Chicagoland   Consumer outreach messaging continues to amplify Illinois farmers’ voices to the most densely populated area of the state.     Illinois Farm Families,...

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Illinois Pork Power Food Pantry Co-Op Funding Program

Dan Obert

March 30th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Illinois Pork Power Food Pantry Co-Op Funding Program   The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is sponsoring a program that will match up to $250 for the purchase of pork products for...

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New IL State Delegation Meets Illinois Farmers

Lindsay Mitchell

February 17th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

New IL State Delegation Meets Illinois Farmers All members of the Illinois House and Senate received a copy of an Illinois Farm Families “Innovation Grows Here” brochure this week, detailing the...

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Illinois Pork, IL Corn and ISA Donate Pork to IL Foodbanks

Dan Obert

January 12th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Illinois Pork, IL Corn and ISA Donate Pork to IL Foodbanks   Since its inception, Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign has donated over 3 million servings of pork to date....

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IL Corn and Partners Donate Pork to Hungry Illinois Families

November 19th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

IL Corn and Partners Donate Pork to Hungry Illinois Families As part of Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), the Illinois...

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Teacher Resource Program Fosters Passion for Ag in Youth

Dan Obert

October 15th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Teacher Resource Program Fosters Passion for Ag in Youth School is in full swing across the state and even though things may look a little different this year, agriculture education continues to...

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New Campaign Showcases Corn's Versatility

Dan Obert

September 15th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

New Campaign Showcases Corn’s Versatility A new marketing campaign highlighting corn’s versatility rolled out this past month. The ads help those living in cities better understand one of...

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IL Corn Partners with WIU in Soil Bucket Program for Third Year

Lindsay Mitchell

July 6th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

IL Corn Partners with WIU in Soil Bucket Program for Third Year For the third year in a row, the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture is partnering with the Illinois Corn Marketing...

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New IFF Video Featuring Farmers Investing in Pollinator Habitat

Lindsay Mitchell

July 1st, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

New IFF Video Featuring Farmers Investing in Pollinator Habitat   Today, Illinois Farm Families (IFF) released a third video in their “Innovation Grows Here” series, highlighting how Illinois...

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IL Corn Donates over $600 to FFA Thanks to Farmer Water Testing Engagement

Lindsay Mitchell

June 17th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

IL Corn donated $635 to Illinois FFA chapters, a result of Illinois farmers testing water supplies on their farms for nitrates.   The program focused on raising awareness on Illinois farms of...

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Illinois Farm Families Facilitates Farmer-Nonfarmer Conversations During COVID-19

Lindsay Mitchell

April 29th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Farmers have an important role to play helping non-farmers understand food and food systems during the current global pandemic. Illinois Farm Families is helping.   Through Illinois Farm...

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Illinois corn farmers go on offense during the big game

January 29th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

BLOOMINGTON, ILL., January 28, 2020 – During the biggest game in football, IL Corn is going on offense to remind consumers around the state that Illinois runs on homegrown corn.   Viewers in...

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ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES BIOPLASTIC VIDEO

January 7th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

 Across the globe a million water bottles are bought every minute with 91% never being recycled. We have come to realize we use too much plastic. Now is the time to switch to renewable resources....

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INNOVATION GROWS HERE: GROWING BIOFUELS

Lindsay Mitchell

November 5th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

This exciting new video starts a conversation about biofuels: how they can save us from diminishing fossil fuels, how they clean our are, how they are locally grown and saving rural...

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ILLINOIS’ HOMEGROWN CORN PROVIDES SUSTAINABILITY FOR GENERATIONS

Tricia Braid

February 22nd, 2019  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Thanks to the diligence and hard work of Illinois corn farmers, Illinois corn remains the state’s leading agricultural product. The impacts of homegrown corn stretch far and...

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