More money is headed to the marketing of Illinois corn. Farmers have approved an increase in the check-off rate that goes to the organization in charge of it. “The vote that was on March 28 did pass,” says Illinois Corn Marketing Board chairman Bill Christ, “with nearly 80 percent of the vote voting in favor of the quarter-cent increase from 3/8 of a cent to 5/8 of a cent per bushel.”
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Christ says the state’s corn growers identified four areas as priorities for funding: river infrastructure development, education, ethanol (E-15) marketing, and urging the EPA to rely more on science in its decisions and regulations. Christ, of Metamora in Woodford County, is a fifth-generation family farmer.