PLUG IN WITH IL CORN

This blog is awesome.  We readily admit that.  But what if you really want to see more from IL Corn and you’d like to interact with us on some other important issues?

il corn websiteCheck out our website:

It’s great for learning more about the ins and outs of farming including some complex farm policy decisions and details on why we pursue the legislative agenda that we do.  You can also get to know quite a bit about our board by clicking on the ICGA and ICMB tabs and taking a look at the regular farmers that decide what we’re going to do next!

 

il corn pinterestCheck out our Pinterest account:

Definitely of more interest if you’re a non-farmer … our Pinterest is the perfect place to dip your toe in the water of agriculture.  If you subscribe to our feed, you’ll see lots of recipes, professional development opportunities, and rural living sorts of pins, but also lots of blog posts, articles, and infographics that will teach you something about farmers and farming.

 

il corn instagramCheck us out on Instagram:

Instagram is the place to go if you love rural scenery and photography OR if you just want to keep up with us on a daily basis.  We try to tell you what’s going on what us and the farmers we represent here, and also include some fun facts and interesting quotes and statistics.  Our Instagram account is definitely everything I thought it would be … and more!!

il corn twitterCheck us out on Twitter:

If you are interested in the stuff we’re doing, here’s the place to go to get it sent straight to you!  On Twitter, we push our articles and news of interest and retweet other interesting things about the ag industry.  Start with us to build your circle of ag “friends” if you’d like to start learning more about farmers, farming, and what’s going on in agriculture.

 

il corn FacebookFollow us on Facebook:

A little bit of everything!  Our Facebook account is probably the easiest way to say in touch with us.  Just like Twitter, we share our blog and daily updates via Facebook, but also some really fun and funny stuff as well!  Check us out!

 

 

 

 

 

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IT’S BEEN A LEGISLATIVE SORT OF WEEK!

Bustos PAC eventIt’s been a really busy week, but one exciting thing we did was connect with a lot of Congressmen and women and candidates running for office in November!

Pictured is Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17) who visited the farm to hear farmers explain their concerns about infrastructure, ethanol, and low prices.  We also got to participate in the Candidate Forum sponsored by the Illinois Ag Legislative Roundtable  where IL Senator Jim Oberweis, Senator Dick Durbin, Governor Quinn, and candidate for Gov Bruce Rauner addressed the farmer audience.

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A ZUCCHINI RECIPE YOU MUST TRY TODAY!

If you have your own garden or are near someone who does, you MIGHT have a ton of zucchini on your hands.  Use that zucchini to make this recipe immediately.  Pronto.  You seriously can’t wait another minute before tasting this deliciousness.

And if you must run to the store to grab a lemon (I had to), just buy a whole bag.  Because you will want to make this again and again … I promise.

lemon zucchini cupcakesGLAZED LEMON ZUCCHINI CUPCAKES

adapted from this recipe

You will need:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (leave the peel on!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In medium bowl, blend flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In large bowl, beat 2 eggs well, then add  oil and sugar, and blend well. Then add the milk and lemon juice and blend everything well. Fold in zucchini and stir until evenly distributed in mixture.

Add this mixture to the dry ingredients in the large bowl and blend everything together, but don’t overmix.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pan (I used cupcake liners, but you could just grease well and go without) and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  While baking, make the glaze …

LEMON GLAZE

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice until well blended.  Spoon glaze over each cupcake. Let glaze set, then serve.

If you prefer a little less lemon taste – although I don’t know why you would! – use a little less lemon and a splash of milk to make your glaze.

mitchell_lindsayLindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Project Coordinator

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MEET AN ILLINOIS FARMER!

Thanks to our video farm tours, you can virtually meet Marty Marr, an Illinois Corn farmer from central Illinois!

Marty is a farmer whose priority is definitely his family. He farms with two of his sons full-time and loves every second with those grandkids!!

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5 WAYS TO STAY COOL: FARM EDITION

BREAKING NEWS: It’s hot. Really hot. And humid.

Today, I am so happy that I have a job where I work inside all day… air conditioning is an amazing thing! But I can remember being a kid on these hot summer days, and air conditioning wasn’t a thing that generally got used in our farm house. Heck, some of my friends’ houses didn’t even HAVE air conditioning!

*Cue gasps and looks of horror.*

So, what did we do to stay cool when mom got annoyed with us laying on the cool kitchen floor whining about being hot? We got creative:

1. No swimming pool? No problem.
water tank
2.Homemade ice cream! If you’ve never done it, there is a lot of stirring and/or shaking involved… which is less than ideal in the heat. But when it’s done, the cool treat is so rewarding!
ice cream maker
3. I don’t mean to suggest that farmers aren’t fashionistas… but we would wear handkerchiefs around our necks for function, not fashion. Soak one of those babies in cold water before you tie it on to keep you cool!
hankerchief
4. 4-H kids spend days on end at the county fairs with their livestock (yes, without air conditioning). We would hang those big fans up to make sure our cattle stayed cool… but we could get in the stall with the cows use them, too!
cattle fans
5. If all else fails, there is nothing like a homemade slip ‘n slide.
slip n slide

Stay cool out there, everyone!

rsandersonRosalie Sanderson
Membership Administrative Assistant

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MY FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM THE IL CORN FILES

In one month, I will celebrate seven years working for Illinois corn farmers at IL Corn. I have loved almost every single day.

And since today seemed like a day for nostalgia, here are some of my favorite photos from the IL Corn archives. I hope they tell a good story about what we’re passionate about and how much fun we have advocating for corn farmers in our state.

boxing 042My favorite photo from 2008 – Art Bunting (our then President) getting “beaten up by the media.”  This was a photo from a series of ads we did for a “Food vs. Fuel” campaign to help farmers understand that we felt their pain and we could all join together to do something about it.  It was one of my first big photo shoots, and it was a complete blast – Mr. Bunting is such a good sport!

corn cribIn 2009, IL Corn signed a partnership agreement with the Normal CornBelters and we named their stadium the Corn Crib!  For the press conference, I took photos of a bunch of corn cribs around the county and displayed them so the media could see the real life namesake for the new ball stadium.  This was one of my favorite photos … it’s also hanging in our board room!

Tim LenzTim Lenz was the President in 2010 and I loved this guy!  We did a quick photo shoot at his farm and this photo ended up being one of my favorites that I’ve ever taken.  Such a great guy, such a great background, such a great photo.

Jim reed NASCARThis photo just makes me smile.  Taken at NASCAR in 2011, I think it shows just how much fun we all have together.  Our President and Vice at the time, Jim Reed and Paul Taylor are obviously enjoying a wise crack and we captured the moment for posterity.  You really just don’t get better guys than these farmers!

combineHow many of us remember this exact image from our childhood?  Ok, so the people have changed and the combines are bigger, but this photo takes me straight back to being a little girl, waiting on the roadside for my turn to ride the combine.  It’s a great photo of John Shore and his son as they discuss their harvest plans.  Love this one from 2012.

cornbeltersI’ve gotta include my kids in at least one photo, right?  This is my son and his buddy, and I love the photo for just those two.  But I also love the signage in the background and I think it speaks to what I do a lot of here at IL Corn – I hope to help people learn more about farming and agriculture as they go about the course of their daily lives.  If at least one person read that sign, I’ve succeeded, right?

Do you have a pile of favorite photos that tell a story about agriculture?  Share them with us on Facebook!

mitchell_lindsayLindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Project Coordinator

 

 

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