Monthly Archives: March 2012

IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME TO USE E85, IT’S NOW

You might have noticed that E-85 and other higher blends of ethanol are significantly cheaper than regular gasoline at the pump.  It is a good time to own an FFV vehicle and buy E-85. This week the price of wholesale ethanol … Continue reading

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DO YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND FOOD LABELS!?

You’re having a cookout, and you need some pork chops to throw on the grill.  Upon arriving at the meat counter in the local grocery store, you’re instantly bombarded with several choices and a decision to make.  Natural? Organic? Free … Continue reading

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AND MORE PINK FOODS MAKE THE HEADLINES …

While we’re talking about pink foods (did you see yesterday’s post about pink coffee at Starbucks?) I’m sure you’ve heard about “pink slime.”  What exactly have you read? If you are interested in hearing both sides of this issue, check … Continue reading

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STRAWBERRY FRAPP A LA BUGS PLEASE

Have you heard?  In an attempt to minimize the use of artificial ingredients, Starbucks is using crushed up insects rather than dyes to give their Strawberry Frappuccino’s a pink color.  What really “bugs” me about these articles isn’t the idea of … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS CORN FARMERS IN EUROPEAN UNION

Last week while most of the Illinois Corn Growers Association board and staff were in Washington, DC, a couple of our members were in the European Union to learn more about our trading partners there. Themes for the mission varied.  … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: FARMERS IN DC

The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s farmer leaders were in Washington, D.C. this week for our yearly lobbying visit. Priorities for the four days were preserving the integrity of the Renewable Fuels Standard, negotiating an effective farm bill, and encouraging Congress … Continue reading

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AGRICULTURE: THE BRIGHT SPOT IN AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

In 2008, the economic downturn which has sent most of the country into financial turmoil began. Jobs continue to be difficult to find, the stock market has only just passed its pre-financial crisis level, many banks and other businesses continue … Continue reading

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EASTER EGGS, ALL-STARS AND COUNTRY MUSIC TO INVADE THE CORNCRIB THIS YEAR!

March 31 Events / Frontier League All-Star Home Run Derby & Game / Dierks Bentley Concert The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have been hard at work preparing the Corn Crib to be more than a turf baseball … Continue reading

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CITY GIRL TO COUNTRY GIRL: HOW AGRICULTURE SHAPED THE FUTURE

Fifty-three years ago this May, a young woman’s life was changed forever.  What happened in May 1959 that altered the life of Jane Thomas?  She married a young man who lived on the farm, leaving the city life behind her. … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING NATIONAL POULTRY DAY

It seems like our culture dedicates at least one day out of the year to celebrate any type of food or pastime imaginable. Whether you are a fan of chips and dip, peanut butter, or just plain goofing-off, you can … Continue reading

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