Indiana corn producers are joining together to promote the development of Indiana’s corn industry. In compliance with Indiana law, a checkoff assessment of ½-cent ($0.005) shall be collected on each bushel of corn marketed in the state of Indiana. The checkoff requirements do not apply to popcorn, seed corn, or sweet corn. Should you decide not to support the corn checkoff program, a refund will be issued. Download the refund form by clicking here. You can request additional refund forms by mail by clicking here.
Remember, funds collected from Indiana’s new corn checkoff, by law, cannot be used to lobby or perform national or state legislative and policy work for you. To support those efforts, join ICGA now by downloading a membership application. If you would like to support both the Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, download the joint application.
Meeting Notice: Indiana Corn Marketing Council
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council will meet on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau offices, Butler Room, 225 S East St. in Indianapolis. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assemble to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 15 elected producer directors and 10 appointed farmer, industry and government representatives.
Corn Checkoff Seeks Farmers for Upcoming Director Elections
Indiana corn farmers interested in directing how the state’s corn checkoff dollars are invested are encouraged to run for election to the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) board of directors. ICMC directors are responsible for seeing that the corn checkoff funds are used in promotion of ethanol, research and international market development that can strengthen Indiana’s corn industry.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (February 1, 2008) - With Congress passing a 15 billion-gallon renewable fuels standard (RFS) for corn ethanol and authorizing upgrades to locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, 2007 was a banner legislative year for Indiana corn farmers, according to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).
. Grant Offered by Indiana Corn Growers to Bring More E85 Pumps Online
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (January 18, 2008) — More E85 pumps at fuel stations across the state is the goal of a new corn checkoff-funded program offered by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC). The new grant program is designed to help fuel retailers with the cost of converting existing fuel storage tanks to hold E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) that can offer consumers a cleaner choice at the pump.
Read more... Regional Meetings Set to Gather Input on Corn Checkoff Programming
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (December 18, 2007) — Corn farmers with an interest in the new Indiana Corn Checkoff Program have a unique opportunity to provide input into the development of new programs that serve Indiana’s corn industry through a series of regional meetings starting this month.
Arthur Joins Indiana Soybean and Corn Groups as Project Manager
Cathy Arthur of Indianapolis, Ind. has joined the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) as a project manager. Arthur, who will also work with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC), will provide support for Grain Marketing, Soy and Corn Technology Commercialization, Biofuels, and Leadership Programs.
Read more... Campaign for Biofuels Specialty License Plate in Indiana
Indiana Corn is working to gain support for a Biofuels special recognition license plate to be made available through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The Biofuels license plate will promote both ethanol and soy biodiesel as Indiana-grown renewable fuels helping to move the state forward. Check out our top four design picks by clicking the link below.
Read more... Locascio Joins Indiana Soybean and Corn Groups as Biofuels Manager
The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) has named Karl Locascio of Carmel, Ind. as the organization’s new Biofuels Manager. Locascio, who will also work with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, is responsible for developing new marketing programs for soy biodiesel and ethanol.
Read more... Corn Growers, BASF Team Up on Agriculture Scholarship Program
The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation have joined forces to award five $1,000 scholarships annually to deserving undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.
“As we look back to where the agriculture industry has come from ….and where it is expected to go in the next decade, it’s clear that education is a critical key to success,” said Andy Lee, Director, U.S. Business Operations, Crop Protection Products for BASF. “We are very pleased to support the National Corn Growers Association with scholarships for deserving students who are the future of agriculture.”
Read more... Indiana Corn Marketing Council Welcomes New Directors and 2007-2008 Officers
Indiana’s new corn checkoff program has a new crop of farmer-leaders guiding the investment of Indiana corn checkoff funds. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) welcomed eight new farmer-directors and three incumbent directors to the Council at the September 13, 2007 ICMC Meeting. Eight of the directors were elected through the August 27th ICMC elections.
Matt Gibson of Morocco has been re-elected president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) for 2007-2008. Gibson, a Newton County farmer, was elected by the ICGA board at their board meeting, September 13, 2007.
Read more... Walters Joins Indiana Soybean and Corn Groups as Biofuels Director
The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) has named Mark Walters of Zionsville, Ind. as the organization's new Biofuels Director. He will work with soy biodiesel producers, retailers and industry leaders to promote the use of soy biodiesel in Indiana. Walters will also work with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) to invest state corn checkoff funds in the area of ethanol.
Read more... Ten Hoosier Corn Producers Running for New At-Large Seats on Indiana Corn Marketing Council
Hoosier corn producers are encouraged to vote in the Indiana Corn Marketing Council’s (ICMC) Annual Election on August 27 at their local county Purdue Cooperative Extension Service office.
The ICMC is in the process of expanding its board of directors to meet the requirements of the revised Indiana Corn Checkoff Law - which went into effect on July 1. The ICMC board manages corn checkoff investments and determines promotional, educational and research activities that can strengthen Indiana’s corn industry.
A new state corn checkoff program starts July 1 after the Indiana General Assembly voted in favor of Senate Bill 250 on April 28. The checkoff funds will be used to discover new uses for corn, corn research, marketing and education. In addition, 25 percent of the funds will be used for a sales tax deduction promoting the sale of E-85 ethanol fuel.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) - a board of corn producers elected from across the state - will continue to manage the corn checkoff. Hoosier corn producers will elect 15 of their peers to serve as voting members of the board, while the remaining two voting members will be appointed from the two largest general farm organizations in the state.
A stronger state corn checkoff program should be in place starting July 1 after the Indiana General Assembly voted in favor of Senate Bill 250 on April 28. The bill allows for a farmer-controlled corn marketing council to manage funds that will be automatically collected at the time of sale.
Farmers not wishing to participate in the program will have the right to a full refund. The funds will be used for corn promotion, education, and research into new uses for corn and corn co-products.
Read more... Corn Checkoff Seeks Farmers for Upcoming Director Elections
Corn farmers with an interest in how Indiana’s voluntary corn checkoff dollars are invested are encouraged to run for election to the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) board of directors.
ICMC directors are responsible for seeing that the voluntary corn checkoff funds are used in promotion of ethanol, research, and international market development that can strengthen Indiana’s corn industry, according to Dean Eppley, ICMC President.
Economists and others are looking at which changes might be needed as Congress drafts a new farm bill to retool the Agricultural Risk Coverage program. Three years of declining market prices for crops such as corn and wheat in major growing areas have eroded ARC's protection level even as net farm income remains low.