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 Families: IL 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.
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HOUSE PASSES FISCAL YEAR 2023 MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL ENERGY & WATER DEVELOPMENT BILL INCLUDED
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Illinois Senators Champion Cost-Share Change Enabling Lock Modernization
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Inland Waterways, Critical to Illinois and the Nation, Get Their Due
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IL Corn Celebrates the Passage of FY 22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill with Funding for Locks and Dams
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RSVP for next week listening sessions
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ICGA Statement on the November 5 Passage of Infrastructure Bill
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Waterways Campaign Highlights Environmental & Economic Impacts
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Bipartisan Senate Infrastructure Bill Includes Funding for Upgraded Locks and Dams
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Lock and Dam Upgrades Receive $22.5 Million
Lock and Dam Upgrades Receive $22.5 Million The locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers are one step closer to the renovation and rebuilding that they desperately need after the...More
Waterways Included in the American Jobs Plan
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ICGA Urges the Importance of NESP
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ICGA Statement on Water Resources Development Act 2020 Passage
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WRDA 2020 Alive in Lame Duck Session
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In Support of a New Lock and Dam Start in 2021
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Audio Update: Importance of the Lock and Dam System with Marty Marr
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LaGrange Lock on the Illinois River Reopens; Other Newly Maintained Locks Follow
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New Lock and Dam Start Expected in FY21
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