Monthly Archives: July 2012


Back to School with Agriculture in Mind It’s that time of year, the time that parents look forward to the most and the time children dread. It’s time for children everywhere to go back to school! At the end of … Continue reading

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USDA supporting vegetarianism to save the environment? This was quite the mishap when the USDA announced support for a Meatless Mondays campaign. The announcement was sent out internally to staff about how employees can reduce their environmental impact while dining … Continue reading

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Illinois farmers are concerned about the effects of the drought on their crops.  Only seven percent of the corn in the state is rated in good or excellent condition.

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They say time flies by when you’re having fun, and this summer I have experienced that first hand! As the summer Agriculture in the Classroom intern, I presented to teachers at Summer Agriculture Institutes around the great state of Illinois … Continue reading

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This time of year, I spend a good portion of my day checking over all the plants and animals I take care of. The lack of rain and the extremely hot weather in Illinois has really done a number on … Continue reading

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Educating at Chicagoland Speedway

During NASCAR race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway the Illinois Corn Growers put a lot of effort into communicating with the general public attending. Here’s a picture of David Loos with the t-shirt gun in action. He had a crowd hoping … Continue reading

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RAB Racing at Chicagoland Speedway

The RAB Racing team competed in last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 225. The driver of the 09 Toyota Tundra was John Wes Townley, pictured on the right with team founder Brack Maggard (center) and Chris Rice … Continue reading

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Winning the STP 300

It has been a great weekend of NASCAR action for Illinois corn growers at Chicagoland Speedway. Capping it off was today’s 2nd Annual Nationwide STP 300. Ethanol had another victory on the NASCAR track today when Elliott Sadler won the … Continue reading

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Family Farmers in STP 300

This is the car we’d love to see win the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300. The race is on and I’ll post the result later today. We got a few raindrops right before the green flag and then that was … Continue reading

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5th Generation of Corn Farmers Next Door to Chicagoland Speedway

Kenny Wallace calls Glenn Fritz “the ultimate farmer.” This morning the Illinois Corn Growers hosted an off the track pre-race meal that included an appearance by Kenny. We were located at Greenfields Campground owned by farmer Glenn Fritz. I kind … Continue reading

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