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.

What in the husk are corn plastics?

Tara Desmond

January 25th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Biotechnology |  Ethanol

You already know that corn can be a solution to so many of our world’s climate challenges, but do you know enough about each renewable opportunity to explain it to your off-the-farm peers? In this...

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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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10 Gift Ideas from IL Corn

Tara Desmond & Lindsay Mitchell

December 9th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Biotechnology

Are you doing some last minute shopping but want to support your local corn farmer?  IL Corn has put together a list of 10 ways you can do that.     Hey Dude Shoes Hey Dudes...

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Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training Program Launched

Krista Lisser (Press Release)

January 4th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology |  Legislation & Regulation

Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training Program Launched   Certified Grower Training is now available on the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) website.    Under a new state regulation...

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IDOA Set to Launch Anhydrous Ammonia Grower Training

December 9th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology

IDOA Set to Launch Andydrous Ammonia Grower Training By: Krista Lisser The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced a new anhydrous ammonia grower training platform available online...

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FFAR Addresses Corn Tar Spot Disease

November 16th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology

FFAR Addresses Carn Tar Spot Disease   By: Sarah Goldberg WASHINGTON - Since 2018, an epidemic of corn tar spot has plagued corn growers from Florida to Michigan and as far west as Idaho. This...

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Use of Corn as an Acceptable Feedstock Clarified by the Department of Energy

Julie Busse and Dan Obert

August 6th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Biotechnology

Use of Corn as an Acceptable Feedstock Clarified by the Deparment of Energy   An important step forward to driving demand for corn was recently achieved, thanks to the work of state and national...

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Dicamba Registration Pulled by Ninth Circuit Court

Lindsay Mitchell and Dan Obert

June 4th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology |  Legislation & Regulation

June 10 Update: Many questions still float around about the decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in regards to usage of Dicamba. The Illinois Department of...

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THANKFUL FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

Lindsay Mitchell

November 7th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology

This month, just in time for Thanksgiving and food celebrations all over America, the new non-browning Arctic Apple will be available in grocery stores in the Midwest.   The apple joins nine...

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GMOs PLAY A ROLE IN MY ROAD OUT OF POVERTY

MOTLATSI MUSI

October 17th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology |  Public Outreach

IL Corn is a member of the Global Farmer Network: an advocacy group led by farmers from around the world who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and...

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INDIA ACCEPTING GM FOOD CROPS

Shelby Carlson

June 30th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology

Even though India is tasked with feeding the second largest population in the world, they don’t allow genetically modified (GM) food crops. In 2015, the population of India alone was 1.3 billion....

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BIOTECHNOLOGY AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: A GENERAL OVERVIEW

May 23rd, 2017  |  Biotechnology

Industry, government and academic scientists tout the benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods for agriculture, ecosystems, and human health and well-being, including feeding a world population...

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AUDIO UPDATE: CLEARING UP MYTHS ABOUT GMOS JUST TAKES A CONVERSATION

Tricia Braid

May 9th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology

Oh, what a difference a conversation can make. A few weeks ago, Illinois Farm Families took about two dozen consumers, professionals, and government officials to St. Louis to tour the Monsanto...

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THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLANT BREEDERS

January 4th, 2011  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology

Recognizing the importance of research developments to the long term viability and profitability of corn farmers, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, using corn checkoff dollars, has funded two...

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