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.

Exports of Grain Critical to Illinois

July 17th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

Exports of grain and grain products added $8.04 Billion in value to the Illinois economy in 2022, according to a ComplEat Analytics study commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council and the National...

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Holding Corn and Working Towards Better Markets

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports

Farmer Matt Raben shared a weary smile during his less-than-ideal update to the IL Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) of directors. On his farm corn sits in grain bins, waiting to go to market. In a...

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Amid Legislative Doubts, ICGA Advocates for Strong Farm Bill

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 3rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) will push to ensure the farm bill does not fall off the political radar during ICGA's annual July fly-in to Washington D.C.   On Monday, Punchbowl...

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IL Corn Top Three Game Plans to Drive Demand

Lindsay Croke

July 3rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Additional Research

Illinois corn farmer profitability is a problem your checkoff is ready to tackle. We’re opening our strategic playbook to give you a glimpse of the long-term investments we’ve made to drive corn...

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What is the Farm Bill?

Grace May

June 13th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Breaking Down the Titles of the Farm Bill In a simple explanation, the farm bill is a package of legislation that governs an assemblage of agriculture and food programs. However, there is nothing...

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Illinois Commodities Request Ag Trade Protection

May 29th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

Earlier this week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and four other state commodity organizations called on Illinois’s congressional delegation to grow export opportunities and protect...

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USDA Awards Additional Millions to Build Agriculture Exports

Lindsay Croke

May 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

This week, the U.S. Grains Council received notice of additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Regional Agriculture Promotion Program (RAPP). The award will disperse...

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Global Markets Fuel Illinois: 3 Trade Facts You Need to Know

May 22nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports

International trade drives the United States economy.   The United States is the second largest exporter in the world and thrives with access to export markets. As we celebrate May as World...

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GM Corn Ban Updates

February 9th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Biotechnology |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

A timeline has formulated as efforts continue to resolve Mexico’s proposed ban on genetically modified (GM) corn for human consumption.    In December 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López...

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Experts Remain Optimistic Despite Hurdles Overseas

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Public Outreach

National Corn Growers Association Lead Economist Krista Swanson remains optimistic despite overseas obstacles for United States corn exports. Drought in Central America and turmoil in the Middle...

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IL Corn Growers Association Monitoring Fertilizer Tariffs and 2024 Crop Budgets

Lindsay Croke

January 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Bloomington – Last week, the US Department of Commerce set a tax of 7.41% on imports of phosphate fertilizer from Morocco and Russia, which is a decrease from the previous rate of 19.97%.  The...

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ICMB Efforts in Mexico Magnified by Rail Issues

Haley Bickelhaupt

December 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Exports |  Public Outreach |  Additional Research

Eighty-degree December weather is not ideal for grain storage on Steve Fourez’s farm in Fairmont, Illinois. Although hot weather and humidity poses challenges for grain sitting in bins, the IL...

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Illinois Corn Farmers Concerned About Rail Crossing Closures to Mexico

Lindsay Mitchell

December 20th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

Today, the IL Corn Growers Association reacted to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) closing of international rail crossings at Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas. The rail crossings have...

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Agricultural Community to the International Trade Commission: Tariffs on Moroccan Fertilizers Hampering Family Farms

December 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

IL Corn Growers Association, along with the National Corn Growers Association and 56 other agriculture organizations, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission today to consider the impacts...

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ICGA THANKS USDA FOR BOOST TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE

October 26th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary Tom Vilsack for releasing $1.3 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funds (CCC) to support trade...

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NCERC Hosts Group of Indian Leaders on Trade Mission

NCERC

October 19th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) hosted a team of 10 executives from India’s automotive, biofuels and automotive sectors. The team, brought here through a U.S. Grains Council Trade...

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IL Corn Leaders Elected to U.S. Grains Council

Tara Desmond

August 3rd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

For decades, IL Corn and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) have forged a close partnership that has been invaluable to Illinois agriculture and farmers. Together, they have played a pivotal role in...

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Illinois Farmers Council looks ahead at the future of agriculture

Haley Bickelhaupt

August 3rd, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Livestock |  Exports |  Farm Policy

Yesterday, the IL Corn Growers Association teamed up with agricultural organizations throughout the state to discuss emerging markets and legislation impacting the industry.     The 2023...

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Japan Collaborates with IL Corn and Partners to Boost Ethanol Market and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Collin Watters

June 15th, 2023  |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports

Japan is a major producer and consumer of gasoline.  IL Corn, in collaboration with partners in the ethanol industry and the US Grains Council, has prioritized this market for future ethanol...

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