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Farm Bureau Gives Away Sweet Corn Today

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 305

Members of the Knox County Corn Growers will be giving away sweet corn today in Galesburg.

Andrew Bowman of Oneida told us yesterday on the WGIL Midday that they will begin the corn distribution at 10am this morning in the parking lot of the Tompkins State Bank on North Henderson Street in Galesburg. He said each person can receive a half-dozen ears of farm fresh corn.

“It’ll be the same hybrid as we had last year,” Bowman said.  “It’s a Roundup-ready sweet corn being donated by a member on our board.  It’s actually grown here.  It’s local in Knox County, about 20 miles northeast of Galesburg.  It’s about as local as it gets.”

Bowman said that the cool weather has been good for sugar accumulation in the sweet corn ears, making for exceptionally good corn this year. He said producers will be on hand to help with bagging the corn, and will be happy to talk about production techniques and get out the facts on modern farming methods.

“We talk about genetically-modified organisms (GMO’s).  Our crops are genetically-modified.  We understand there are some valid concerns, that people don’t like biotechnology in those.  From a safety perspective, we’ve eaten over three trillion meals in the last 20 years worldwide, and noone’s ever died or become sick or died because of that.  We have a few facts we’d like to distribute, and just say ‘hey, we’re local.  We care about this community just like each of you,’ and offer a little bit of food for thought to go with the sweet corn.

Last year, the corn giveaway lasted about two hours before supplies were depleted. Organizers are hoping for the event to last a little longer this year, by limiting the giveaway to six ears rather than the dozen that went so quickly last time. Again that’s at the Tompkins State Bank parking lot on North Henderson Street in Galesburg this morning beginning at 10 o’clock.