The Illinois Corn Marketing Board proposes enhancing marketing
and promotion of corn by increasing the checkoff amount by
one-eighth cent per bushel. This would increase the current
one-fourth cent voluntary checkoff rate to three-eighths of a
cent per bushel. Growers would continue to have a right to a
The public hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 66 of
the Illinois Department of Agriculture's administration building
on the fairgrounds in Springfield.
Following the public hearing, the Corn
Marketing Board will meet and review all comments presented. If,
after reviewing the comments, the board approves the proposed
amendment, the Illinois Department of Agriculture shall hold a
referendum within 90 days.
[to top of second column]
Copies of the proposed amendment to the marketing program are
available through the Agriculture Department's Marketing and
People unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments
by Feb. 14. Comments should be addressed to the Director of
Agriculture, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281.
Department of Agriculture news release received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information)