Corn Crop Continues to Look Great

In Farming, State Groups, USDA by Cindy

Despite heavy rains and some brutal summer heat, the corn crop nationwide looks great. According to the latest USDA report out this week, 72 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent, with a few more percentage points moving over to the excellent side. On the progress side, 84 percent of the crop is silking – compared to 70 …

MO Corn Growers Help Feed Hungry

In General, State Groups by Cindy

Hungry families in the Kansas City region got a sweet donation of fresh produce from Missouri corn growers last week. Members of the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Malta Bend FFA and Mid-Missouri Energy, a farmer-owned ethanol plant, donated 3,366 pounds of sweet corn for Missouri families in need. The fresh produce was delivered to Harvesters Community Food Network in …

Ethanol Enemies Post Ugly Comments

In Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

A post on the Illinois Corn Growers blog Corn Corps this week generated a slew of comments about ethanol that are as ugly as the pictures of oil-covered pelicans in the Gulf. The Corn Corps post was about a story in “The Ethanol Monitor” (not available online) by editor Tom Waterman that listed the top 10 enemies of ethanol, as …

Indy 500 Winner Thanks Iowa Corn Farmers

In Audio, Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

2010 Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti is looking forward to a possible third win out of four races at the 4th annual Iowa Corn Indy 250, presented by Pioneer, on June 20 in Newton, Iowa. Dario won the very first Iowa Corn Indy in 2007, when the series first started using 100 percent ethanol, and again last year. He says …

Free Groceries for Learning About MO Farmers

In Farming, General, State Groups by Cindy

Two Missouri consumers won free groceries for a year this week just for taking the time to learn more about farmers in the state. Over the past three months, some 93,000 Missourians went to FarmersFeedUs.org to register for $5000 worth of groceries by watching a video about a Missouri farmer and answering some trivia questions based on it. The promotion …

Corn Farmers Coalition Showcases Facts About Family Farmers

In Activism, Current News, Education, Environmental, Farming, General, government, Media, Politics, Regulations, State Groups, Sustainability by Mark

If you haven’t already tuned into the new level of activism in agriculture, especially regarding misinformation on our largest industry, then you won’t find better evidence of this evolving cultural phenomenon than the Corn Farmers Coalition. Speaking to a couple of family farmers recently they expressed their frustration at the misinformation, innuendo and outright fabrications that are being used to …

Corn Crib Opens in Illinois

In Audio, State Groups by Cindy

Illinois’ corn farmers helped build a Field of Dreams in the Normal-Bloomington area. Tuesday night was the inaugural home game for the Normal CornBelters, a new professional team for the region, playing at the all new Corn Crib ballpark, thanks in part to a multi-year partnership with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB). ICMB Chairman Jim Rapp of Princeton threw …

MN and WI Corn Growers Sponsor Ethanol Border Battle

In Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Corn Growers Associations teamed up last week to promote ethanol in a border battle last week between two fuel retailers on opposite sides of the St. Croix River. As part of the fun, Alice in Dairyland (aka Cheryl O’Brien), Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador, squared off with the University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher to represent each …

Illinois Blender Pump Offers Consumers Choices

In Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

Flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) drivers in central Illinois have more choices at the pump now thanks to a blender pump just installed in Sullivan, Illinois. The pump is the first of 20 planned in the state under a pilot program approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture with support from the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the American Lung …

Ag Boycotts Chipotle

In Activism, Animal rights, State Groups by Cindy

Illinois corn growers are among many in the agriculture industry taking a stand against Chipotle for its support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). As they point out in a post on “Corn Corps,” Chipotle is supporting HSUS efforts to regulate animal agriculture in Ohio: Chipotle is a corporate sponsor for their effort. They are allowing ballots …