(As a refresher, the Illinois Corn Growers Association is a membership organization where farmers pay dues to have us represent them on legislative issues in Springfield, IL and Washington, DC. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board manages farmer check off funds which is essentially money that each farmer pays to pool their money and have a corn “public relations” division to promote and educate about their product.)
Here are some notable “Did You Know’s” about the past two weeks that might surprise you!
- The Illinois Corn Growers Association held their annual meeting on November 20 and elected two new farmers to sit on their board. Did you know that all our farmer board members are volunteer? They spend countless hours driving back and forth to meetings, in meetings, reading news releases and articles to stay current on issues, and talking with their neighbors about what we’re doing all for free because they want to build a corn industry that is better for future farmers.
- The Illinois Corn Growers Association Political Action Committee held a fundraiser on November 19. Did you know that the ICGA PAC raises money to support elected officials that understand and vote in favor of farmers, agriculture and corn production?
- The Illinois Corn Growers Association leadership and Illinois Corn Marketing Board leadership participated in the Illinois Commodity Conference on November 20 sponsored by IL Corn and Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Wheat Association, and Illinois Milk Producers’ Association. Did you know that all the Illinois commodity groups often work together on projects that benefit the ag sector as a whole? As an example, we share money and effort on Ag in the Classroom, water quality work, livestock promotion, and leader education.
- Last week, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board held their last meeting of the year and approved funding for social media interns for the spring and fall 2013 semesters. Have you applied yet?
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director