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.

Why I Chose Ag

Breanne Gullidge

June 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

This is a question I have received countless times while embarking on my college journey. Agriculture is one of the largest, most diverse industries in the United States and what makes me think...


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...


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...


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...


How to Make Corn Plastic at Home

Shae Ruppert

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

Click the image below for the full directions


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...


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...