Yes, it’s true.  Illinois does have two corn organizations.  The Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board are both housed under this roof in Bloomington, IL.

Each have very different functions.

The Illinois Corn Growers Association is a membership organization.  Illinois corn farmers pay dues to be a part of our association and the Association lobbies in Washington, DC and Springfield, IL on their behalf.  The ICGA concerns themselves with issues like Farm Bill negotiations in Washington, DC, regulations that prevent farmers from farming the best and most efficient way, and providing information on candidates and their agricultural platforms to help our members make informed voting decisions.  We also work on educating our members on key issues and calling them to action when needed.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board administers the Illinois corn checkoff.  A checkoff is a system for Illinois corn farmers to pool their money to…

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