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IDOT: New mowing approach to protect Monarch
SPRINGFIELD – To help revive the shrinking populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, the Illinois Department of Transportation is adjusting its mowing routine along state highways this spring and summer. The approach, part of IDOT’s overall effort to encourage green and sustainable practices in all its programs and projects, will help to re-establish types of plants that are food sources for bees, butterflies and other insects that are native to Illinois.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Farm Credit Illinois donates to LLCC ag program
SPRINGFIELD—Farm Credit Illinois recently presented a $5,000 check to the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation for use by the college’s agriculture program. The funds will be used to support student scholarships and several events hosted by the LLCC Ag Club including the fall Ag Career Expo and spring Farmers’ Share Luncheon.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Advocates say federal role is crucial for iconic American waterway cleanups
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration makes a straightforward case for slashing $427 million in federal spending to heal ailing regional water bodies such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound: State and local governments should do the work and foot the bill.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Area students recognized at Lake Land ag awards
 MATTOON — Lake Land College recently honored students in its agricultural majors at the 46th Annual Agriculture Banquet.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Turkey season: County's harvest up from last year
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,719 wild turkeys during the 2017 Spring Turkey Season, including the youth season. The 2017 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,484 in 2016. The statewide preliminary total includes the record Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,541 birds, compared with youth season harvest of 1,045 turkeys in 2016.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lake Land offers Ag Institute I, II, and III
MATTOON — Lake Land College is offering three opportunities this summer for educators to learn more about the ag industry. Ag Institutes are designed for K-12 educators to learn about the wide impact agriculture has on our daily lives. By touring ag businesses and farms, meeting with industry professionals and engaging in hands-on activities, participants will gain firsthand knowledge they can share with their students as well as lesson plans relating to state of Illinois teaching standards. 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Taylorville native, Kari Keating, among U of I professors who win ag awards

URBANA, Ill. — Eight professors in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois have been recognized as among the best in the nation in agricultural education.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Freshman places 8th overall individually
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past 6 months, four Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the state of Illinois and especially the State FFA Contest.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Planting progress exceeds expectations despite rain; exports drop due to floods

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — After jumping out to a higher start in the beginning of May, corn has settled back into a lower grove this week. In the process, it has reinforced resistance on the charts after it failed to breakthrough the $3.80 level on the July contract.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

U of I Study: Dairy "excellent" source of protein for children
URBANA — Researchers at the University of Illinois are using pigs as a model to study the best way of evaluating protein quality in foods eaten by children.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lush green grass presents nutritional challenges for cattle
URBANA, Ill. — It is a little counterintuitive: Cattle standing knee-deep in spring grass may not be getting the nutrition they need from the lush young forage.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Prices jump as weather sparks acre transition debate
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been higher this week on weather concerns. Excess precipitation has resulted in planting delays in the corn market, and cold temperatures and snow in parts of Kansas and Texas have traders concerned about the viability of the wheat crop there.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Central A&M FFA attends Ag Career Day
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Domestic acreage battle to play key role in coming weeks

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE— The corn to soybean price ratio has improved from 2.42 percent to 2.52 percent this month, which could work to transition some corn acres to soybeans, especially if wet weather materializes in the next couple of weeks. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Current corn market price factors for 2017
URBANA, Ill. –  The July corn futures price closed over the past week at the low end of the price range, between $3.60-$3.80, which it has fluctuated within since early March. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, lower corn prices appear to reflect mixed expectations regarding demand factors and the potential for large supplies coming out of South America.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

University of Illinois Agronomy Day turns 60
URBANA, Ill. – The 60th annual Agronomy Day will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 17. Equipment and crop varieties may have changed, but the goal of Agronomy Day has been consistent since its inception in 1957: to communicate cutting-edge research results that will benefit the Illinois farming community.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Warm soils reported throughout state in April
Champaign, Ill.  — Warmer weather across the state has led to higher than normal soil temperatures, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program manager at the University of Illinois’ Illinois State Water Survey.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Central A&M FFA Attends Ag Legislative Day
SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, March 30 , members from the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to the Capitol in Springfield to participate in Agriculture Legislative Day.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Corn and soybeans: Delays in planting may influence acreage decisions
URBANA, Ill. — Since the release of the March 31 Prospective Plantings Report and the April World Agricultural Supply report, the corn and soybean markets turn their focus to spring planting.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CAM FFA Members Attend Open House
MATTOON, Ill. —Nine Central A&M FFA members traveled to Lake Land College to participate in an Open House for Ag Students.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pork industry favored by growing U.S. economy, robust growth in exports
URBANA, Ill. — Hog prices are expected to increase in 2017 even with 3 percent more pork production.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

U of I researcher is developing model to put dollar value to biodiversity
URBANA, Ill. — Talk to just about any biologist long enough and the conversation will steer toward the benefits of biodiversity.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

USDA and Brazil release reports showing increased production esimates
TAYLORVILLE — The grain markets are still stuck in a long-term downtrend. Corn has rebounded slightly on oversold conditions after the March selloff while beans, on the other hand, have stabilized, but are still hovering near recent lows. For the week, May corn is up seven cents and May beans are down three cents.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Parliamentary Procedure
SULLIVAN, Ill. — The Central A&M FFA traveled to Sullivan High School to compete in the Section 16 Parliamentary Procedure Contest on March 22.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Top Five
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Abby Forlines traveled to the University of Illinois in Champaign to compete in the State FFA Proficiency Award Judging on March 25.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Implications of prospective plantings, grain stocks reports for corn and beans
URBANA, Ill. — On March 31, the USDA released the Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports. The Grain Stocks report gives an opportunity to assess the pace of consumption for corn and soybeans during the current marketing year.  The Prospective Plantings report provides the first indication of the potential size of corn and soybean crops during 2017.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

3 THS FFA members named State FFA winners
LINCOLN, Ill. — The State finals of the Illinois FFA Proficiency Awards were held Saturday March 25, 2017 at the University of Illinois in Lincoln Auditorium. Taylorville had eight members competing for State honors which were more students qualifying for this event than any other school in the state of Illinois!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trade flatlines ahead of USDA quarterly stocks and acreage report
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been marking time this week ahead of the March 31 USDA Quarterly Stocks and Acreage report, a report that typically has widespread implications and one that is important for establishing baseline levels that serve as a barometer for production changes throughout the year.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rhubarb grows best in full sun, well-drained soil
URBANA, Ill. – As the season warms up, many gardeners begin looking forward to their first rhubarb harvests. Although it was first cultivated in central Asia more than 2,000 years ago for its medicinal properties, rhubarb is best known today as an ingredient in our early-summer pies.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Modeling the future for soybeans in the Midwest
URBANA, Ill. – How will the rising temperatures expected to occur with global climate change affect soybean growth in the Midwest? Rather than wait and see, researchers at the University of Illinois will use real crop data and computer modeling to better predict future impacts of higher temperatures on agricultural production and identify promising targets for adaptation.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Change isn't easy: What makes farmers try new practices?
URBANA, Ill. – Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Drones have next-generation impact on farming
ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — It sounds like a giant bumblebee, the 2-foot-square drone whirring to life. Its four props lift it off the ground outside Bruce Bowsher's house and once it's about 4 feet in the air, they lift up to give a camera an unobstructed 360-degree view.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Expert: Bird flu outbreak nation's worst since 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak that has resulted in the euthanasia of more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

When gardening, use integrated pest management
URBANA, Ill. – When trying to manage pests in your garden this year consider using integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Let there be light: Scientists testing 'artificial sun'
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pork produceers priority: getting FMD vaccine bank
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#ask ACES series looks at new nutrition labels
URBANA, Ill. – Whether you are trying to lose weight, reduce sodium, or increase your vitamin D intake, you are probably accustomed to studying the nutrition facts labels on the foods you buy.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DOA issues statement on Nat'l Ag Day
WASHINGTON —  Acting Agriculture Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young released the following statement Tuesday on National Agriculture Day.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Farmers union backs country-of-origin labeling
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Court rules skim milk can be called 'skim milk'
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, all-natural dairy isn’t being deceptive when it calls its skim milk “skim milk,” a federal appeals court has ruled — a victory for a Florida creamery that fought the state’s demand to label the product “imitation” because vitamins aren’t added to it.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Upcoming report brings risk aversion, chart selling
TAYLORVILLE — The  grain markets are only nine days from the USDA’s quarterly stocks and acreage report. With a bearish lean already, most traders will be hesitant to add additional risk on the long side of the market ahead of such an important report.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

America's chef Keller shows off new French Laundry remodel; credits use of locally-sourced products
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America’s most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Market research: Farm to table businesses booming
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers’ appetites for local foods are growing, and restaurants have taken notice. Today, many local businesses, including farms and restaurants, have  mutually exclusive relationships that make it possible for local residents to enjoy nutritious, locally produced meals.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ag research in Peoria focuses on Brazilian bananas
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An environmentally friendly process to extract and separate some of the most valuable components of common crops is expanding worldwide after more than a decade of development in Peoria.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Intergenerational gardening teaches a life skill
URBANA, Ill. – Like many life skills, gardening is often learned directly from family members. Grandparents might recruit the grandkids to help water transplants or drop in seeds, setting the stage for a lifetime love of gardening.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anticipating the March 1 soybean stocks estimate
URBANA, Ill. — On March 31, the USDA will release the quarterly Grain Stocks report, with estimates of crop inventories as of March 1, and the annual Prospective Plantings report. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, for soybeans, the stocks estimate is typically overshadowed by the estimate of planting intentions.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CCFB receives nutrient management grants
TAYLORVILLE — “It’s the hot topic in the ag industry right now,” Christian County Farm Bureau Manager Mellisa McMillan said of nutrient management and nitrogen runoff specifically.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Farm Bureau to hold tractor brigade on June 3
TAYLORVILLE — There will be a tractor brigade on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Taylorville thanks to Christian County Farm Bureau, which has announced its Young Ag Leaders Tractor Drive.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ca. clears final hurdle for cancer label on Roundup
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ruled that California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite insistence from the agrochemical company that it poses no risk to people.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Davis-authored pesticide bill passes House
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, presented a bill to the U.S. House of Representatives Monday to ensure pesticide safety and reliability. The bill, H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act (PRIA) of 2017, reauthorizes a 2003 piece of legislation under the same name, extends its life span for an additional seven years, and makes minor improvements.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois Wheat Association to hold yield contest
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Wheat Association will hold a wheat yield contest open to all Illinois Wheat Association members. Entries for the contest, which is in its third year, are now open and will close May 12.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Central A&M FFA hosts Food Science CDE
MOWEAQUA — On Tuesday, February 28, eight members from the Central A&M FFA participated in the Section 16 Food Science CDE in which Alaina Burgener was the 1st place individual overall and Morgan Jamison was the 6th place individual overall.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Local implement dealer offering 2 ag scholarships
HARRISTOWN, Ill. — Agriculture-focused students at the college and high school levels have the chance to help fund their education with two available scholarships from Jenner Ag.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Urban sprawl claims 1.2 million acres of farmland
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Urban sprawl is a complicated issue that has its proponents and its detractors. To many environmentalists, urban sprawl has the potential to be very problematic.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Public invited to explore Agri-Tourism benefits
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — Agri-tourism is a growing tourist activity and is described by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs as “a hybrid concept that merges elements of two complex industries—agriculture and travel/tourism—to open up new profitable markets for farm products and services and provide travel experiences for a large regional market”.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Soybean farmers can earn reward for helping UI researcher
URBANA, Ill. — In January, the University of Illinois leader of a multi-state soybean research project put out a call to farmers to help gather data for the project. Few participants have signed on, so he is putting the call out again.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Agriculture nominee Perdue will get hearing next week
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing next week to consider Sonny Perdue's nomination to be agriculture secretary.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Annie's Project educates local women on ag
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Annie’s Project, held at the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville, was a six-part course offered by University of Illinois Extension.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

TMH Foundation accepting applications for John H. Butterfield Agriculture & Nutrition Scholarship
 TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce they are accepting scholarship applications for the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chicago-area legislator hosts Christian County farmers for district tour
CHICAGO, Ill. — Christian County farmers repaid an earlier visit to Christian County by State Rep. Sonya Harper with a tour of Harper’s Chicago district. The visit was part of the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-A-Legislator program, which pairs urban and suburban lawmakers with county Farm Bureaus across the state. 
Saturday, March 18, 2017

U of I Research News: What makes farmers try new practices?
URBANA, Ill. – Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Steep declines in the number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in Mexico are not fully explained by fewer milkweeds in the northern part of their range, researchers report in a new study.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

At the farm gate
Our son irritably pressed the controller’s “A” button, yet his video game console failed to launch.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Central A&M FFA Advances to district competition
MOWEAQUA — On Tuesday, February 28, Abby Forlines and Hailey Hunter of the Central A&M FFA Chapter participated in the Job Interview Career Development Event held at Central A&M High School.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

How President Trump's proposed budget would affect ag
(AP) — The budget would reduce spending National Forest land acquisition, rural water infrastructure and statistical capabilities at the department. It also proposes reduced staff in county USDA offices, an idea that fell flat in Congress when Barack Obama proposed a similar reduction.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Agricultural robot may be 'game changer' for crop growers, breeders
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders – and eventually farmers – can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Central A&M FFA hosts kids camp
MOWEAQUA — On Friday, February 24, the Central A&M FFA hosted their 1st Annual “FFA Kids Camp” for the kindergarteners - 2nd graders from Bond Primary.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

IDOA advises livestock producers
SPRINGFIELD — Recently the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

South American forecasts place pressure on prices
URBANA, Ill. – Corn and soybean harvest future prices moved sharply lower after the release of the USDA March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on March 9.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Impending acreage report estimated at 107M tons to direct grain markets
TAYLORVILLE — Grains are trading sharply lower this week due to a flurry of bear influences. Crude oil and gold both made multi-month lows last week, which has encouraged some outside selling interest. Corn posted six consecutive lower sessions before finally finishing a penny higher yesterday and old-crop soybeans are trading at their lowest level since November.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Anticipating the March 1 corn stocks estimate
URBANA, Ill. – USDA’s release of the Quarterly Grain Stocks report on March 31 will provide an estimate of corn stocks in storage as of March 1, 2017. This estimate provides the ability to calculate the magnitude of feed and residual use of corn during the second quarter of the marketing year.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Vintage Tractors On Display In Nokomis
NOKOMIS — Aumann Auctions' customer appreciation event, dubbed "Let's Talk Tractors," was a hit on Saturday, drawing an estimated 300 to its Nokomis Auction Center for the free event.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Growing South American production estimates spark selling interest
TAYLORVILLE — Many analysts had thought that big South American production estimates were priced in, but the market is feeling their bearish effects this week as they seem to be influencing the markets with renewed vigor.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Early bird special: Spring pops up super early in much of US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring has sprung early — potentially record early — in much of the United States, bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about a climate gone askew.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IDOA now accepting specialty crop grant proposals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is now accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Outlook this week: Ethanol rumor sparks short-lived buying interest
TAYLORVILLE — Grain markets are higher this week due mostly to fund buying. March soybeans are the leader on a 12-cent rally while corn is up two cents.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017










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