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Jones and Thomas Helps Illinois Corn Growers Association Understand the Concerns of Constituents

Illinois Corn Growers Association

Farm Policy Research


The Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) wanted to find out what corn growers thought of the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) farm policy proposal.

Primary Goal:

Create a forum for corn growers to share their ideas and attitudes regarding the NCGA farm policy proposal.

Marketing Solution:

Through the ICGA web site, Jones and Thomas solicited members to attend Farm Bill Listening Sessions. We arranged 10 Listening Sessions, each located in a different geographic region of Illinois. Corn growers were encouraged to sign up for the sessions online.

A Jones and Thomas representative was present at each session to gather responses to the proposal and to survey attendees on a number of other farm policy and economic issues.


From the survey results and attendees’ comments, Jones and Thomas first created a white paper, which was later the subject of a news conference. Taking key topics from the white paper, we then developed eight fact sheets to provide to members of Congress. These fact sheets let decision makers know the farm policy preferences of Illinois corn growers. They had a significant impact on the 2007 Farm Bill.