By a vote of 1,137 to 317, they passed a referendum March 28 to
raise the rate by one-fourth cent per bushel. The outcome of the
referendum was announced this week after the Illinois Department
of Agriculture completed its review of the ballots and certified
the statewide vote total.
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board requested the referendum.
The measure won approval in 71 of Illinois’ 102 counties and was
supported on 78 percent of the ballots cast. That means the
current three-eighths-cent checkoff rate will increase to
five-eighths of a cent per bushel, effective Oct. 1. If they
choose, however, corn farmers still have the right to receive a
The ICMB, a volunteer board of corn farmers elected by their
peers, administers the checkoff fund. Members invest the
proceeds in market development, research, education and
promotion programs designed to enhance the profitability of
Illinois corn farmers.
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