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.

ICGA Statement on the November 5 Passage of Infrastructure Bill

Lindsay Mitchell

November 8th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

Illinois Corn Growers Association President Randy DeSutter, a farmer from Woodhull, made the following statement while reflecting on Friday’s passage of an infrastructure bill:   “After several...

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Waterways Campaign Highlights Environmental & Economic Impacts

Lindsay Mitchell

October 26th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is proud to partner with the Waterways Council Inc, Illinois Soybean Association, and others to help audiences understand the importance of inland waterways and...

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Bipartisan Senate Infrastructure Bill Includes Funding for Upgraded Locks and Dams

Lindsay Mitchell

August 10th, 2021  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

Today’s Senate passage of a bipartisan infrastructure package included $2.5 billion of full federal funding to upgrade and modernize the inland waterways system, with specific projects to be...

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Lock and Dam Upgrades Receive $22.5 Million

Lindsay Mitchell

August 2nd, 2021  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

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...

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Waterways Included in the American Jobs Plan

Katie Smith

March 31st, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

Waterways Included in The American Jobs Plan   President Biden announced The American Jobs Plan to rebuild the economy and invest in rural communities. One of the aspects of this plan that ICGA...

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ICGA Urges the Importance of NESP

Dan Obert

January 13th, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

ICGA Urges the Start of NESP   New construction on locks and dams on the inland waterways system is critical to agriculture and other industries throughout the state, Midwest and...

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ICGA Statement on Water Resources Development Act 2020 Passage

Lindsay Mitchell

December 22nd, 2020  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

ICGA Statement on Water Resources Development Act 2020 Passage   Following the House and Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Illinois Corn Growers Association President...

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WRDA 2020 Alive in Lame Duck Session

Dan Obert

December 3rd, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

WRDA 2020 Alive in Lame Duck Session   The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2020 remains in play as debate continues in Congress during the lame duck session. The latest is WRDA 2020 may...

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In Support of a New Lock and Dam Start in 2021

Lindsay Mitchell

October 22nd, 2020  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

In Support of a New Lock and Dam Start in 2021   This week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association has reached out to each member of the Illinois Congressional delegation, asking for their...

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Audio Update: Importance of the Lock and Dam System with Marty Marr

Dan Obert

October 20th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

Audio Update: Importance of the Lock and Dam System with Marty Marr   Illinois grain and livestock farmer Marty Marr explains the importance of the lock and dam system, the need for an efficient...

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LaGrange Lock on the Illinois River Reopens; Other Newly Maintained Locks Follow

Lindsay Mitchell

October 19th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

LaGrange Lock on the Illinois River Reopens; Other Newly Maintained Locks Follow The LaGrange Lock and Dam at Versailles, IL on the Illinois River reopened last week after a major maintenance...

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House Passed WRDA Bill That Includes Advocated For Cost-Share Shift for Lock and Dam Construction

Lindsay Mitchell

July 29th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

House Passed WRDA Bill That Includes Advocated For Cost-Share Shift for Lock and Dam Construction   The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) today,...

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New Lock and Dam Start Expected in FY21

Lindsay Mitchell and Dan Obert

July 15th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

New Lock and Dam Start Expected in FY21 This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a FY21 budget for Energy and Water Development that would include funding for one new project for...

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Major Policy Change Makes Lock and Dam Upgrades More Likely

Lindsay Mitchell

May 6th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

Today, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA). The bill included within it the Committee’s version of the Water Resources...

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$4.5 Million Awarded for NESP

Dan Obert

February 13th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams

The Navigation and Ecosystem Restoration Program (NESP) received $4.5 million dollars in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2020 work plan. This funding would allow the expansion and modernization...

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ANTICIPATED FUNDING FOR LOCKS AND DAMS

Lindsay

December 23rd, 2019  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

On December 17, just three days before short-term Continuing Resolution (C.R.) funding for the Federal government was to expire, the House passed the FY20 Energy and Water Development (E&WD) and...

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UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

Lindsay Mitchell

July 3rd, 2019  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

Locks and dams on the MIssissippi and Illinois Rivers need improvement.  The Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) has made obtaining funding for the project a legislative priority for well...

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RIVER TRANSPORTATION IS UNRELIABLE AND PRECARIOUS DUE TO FLOODING

Lindsay Mitchell

June 14th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

According to the Russell Marine Group, a logistical coordination company working on the rivers, the inland waterway transportation system and everything within is stressed and upside down, with...

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IMPACTS OF SIGNIFICANT RAIN IN ILLINOIS TO EXPORTS

Tricia Braid

May 2nd, 2019  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Exports

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue believes that U.S. farmers will see an immediate response from China regarding commodity purchases once a free trade agreement is signed.  Additionally, USDA...

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HEAR FROM WCI CHAIRMAN ON THE 2019 PRIORITIES FOR LOCKS AND DAMS

Lindsay Mitchell

March 21st, 2019  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams

Peter H. Stephaich is Chairman and CEO of Blue Danube Incorporated and Campbell Transportation Company. Currently, he is also Chairman of the Board of the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI).   WCI is...

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