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home : ag & business : ag April 22, 2018

CAM's Forlines advances to state competition
On Wednesday, March 21, Erin Forlines of the Central A&M FFA Chapter participated in the District IV Job Interview Career Development Event held at Lake Land College in Mattoon.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018


How one state's agriculture department is promoting local agricultural venues
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering a $5,000 grand prize package in its wedding contest.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Extension offering home orchard class
To help the public learn more about establishing and maintaining a healthy orchard, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger will host an interactive class designed to provide an overview of the care for fruit trees. The Home Orchard Series will be loaded with tips and strategies to help you improve and maintain your backyard orchard.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Celebrate returning Monarch butterflies
Celebrate the return of migratory Monarch butterflies from Mexico and California during Monarch Madness at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Discover what these insects eat, where they live, and how they protect themselves from predators. This program is free and for all ages. Must pre-register online by noon on April 27 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

THS FFA Students Attend Ag Legislative Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bovines online: Farmers are using artificial intelligence to help monitor cows
Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence?
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lincoln Land Livestock Judging Team members earn All-American status
Two members of the Lincoln Land Community College Livestock Judging Team, coached by Craig Beckmier, professor of agriculture, recently earned All-American status at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Central A&M FFA competes at Lake Land Livestock Judging Invitational
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CAM FFA Participates In Poultry Judging Event
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Local Angus breeder recognized for herd productivity

TAYLORVILLE — Tanner Mickey, Taylorville, Illinois, recently re-enrolled in the American Angus Association’s MaternalPlus program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are keenly focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the number one profit driver in the cow-calf industry.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Urban poultry needs more regulation to protect human and animal health
Colorado has received a lot of attention recently as one of the first states to allow recreational marijuana, but it’s also legalizing other things. Denver, one of the nation’s hottest urban real estate markets, is surrounded by municipalities that allow backyard chicken flocks.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rhode Island buying farms and selling them cheap to help new farmers
Rhode Island is launching a program to buy farms and sell them to new farmers for dirt cheap.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

McConnell looks to complete hemp's comeback
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a full pardon for hemp.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Edinburg FFA wins at the poultry judging event
The Edinburg FFA Chapter had competed in the Poultry Judging CDE on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, hosted by the Shelbyville FFA Chapter.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

McMillan and Heberling complete ag leadership development program
Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) created Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT), an agricultural leadership development program designed to give participants a head start on tackling tomorrow's responsibilities.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

THS FFA members named Illinois State FFA proficiency award winners
The State finals of the Illinois FFA Proficiency Awards were held Saturday March 24, 2017 at the University of Illinois in Lincoln Auditorium. Taylorville had five members competing for State honors which were  more students qualifying for this event than any other school in the state of Illinois.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Guest speakers educate and entertain the Morrisonville Lads and Lassies
On Sunday, March 18th, the Morrisonville Lads and Lassies met for their monthly meeting.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Farm Crawl
An old fashioned Farm Crawl will be the newest thing coming in May of 2018.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

U OF I Extension to host Home Orchard Series
To help the public learn more about establishing and maintaining a healthy orchard, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger will host an interactive series designed to provide an overview of the care for fruit trees.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Farm facts
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Companies with deep ag roots honored
Three companies with deep agricultural roots were named the top businesses in Illinois history as part of the Illinois Top 200 project.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Managed money may have reached risk limit in ag markets
Grain markets took a breather from their recent rally early this week after a few rains over the weekend in South America created some selling interest on Monday. Corn even gapped lower on the chart, which likely set up some additional pressure.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

House Bill exempts farms from reporting emissions
A bipartisan bill to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms yesterday was introduced in the U.S. House.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Morrisonville FFA attend Women Changing The Face of Agriculture Conference
The Morrisonville FFA chapter had six members attend the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference recently.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Farm facts
Farmers and ranchers receive only 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

THS FFA wins Section FFA Poultry CDE
The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently competed in the Section 16 FFA Poultry Career Development Event. The Section 16 event was held Wednesday, March 14  at Shelbyville High School. The Taylorville Team placed 1st overall.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Farm-to-table is changing the restaurant business
Farm-to-table establishments reduce carbon footprints by cutting back on the amount of resources necessary to get food from the farm to the restaurant. The farm-to-table movement began as a countermeasure to big agriculture and chemically controlled produce.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ag Department kills animal welfare rule for organic meat
New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal government on Monday, frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional egg and livestock farm groups rejoicing.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

THS Agriculture students preparing for Spring
Taylorville Agriculture and Horticulture students are learning through doing in the THS Greenhouse.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Farm to table businesses booming
Consumers’ appetites for local foods are growing, and restaurants have taken notice.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Tractor Restoration Program Continues to Grow
The agriculture machinery students at THS have been busy all year restoring a 1956 Oliver Super 77.
Monday, March 19, 2018

THS FFA members advance to State Proficiency awards
Recently, five THS FFA members won their respective areas at the District 4 Proficiency Awards and will be advancing onto State competition March 24 at the University of Illinois, Champaign.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Salmonella is 'no yolk' when raising backyard chickens
City dwellers and suburbanites have flown the coop, so to speak. A growing interest in raising chickens has enabled coops and nesting birds to spring up in neighborhoods one would not typically associate with chickens.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

What do cows think of daylight savings?
Fun bovine fact: Cows do not sleep in long, contiguous segments as do people and some other animals.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Reasons to shop farmers' markets
A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The United States Department of Agriculture says that, between the years of 2008 and 2013, the number of farmers’ markets doubled across the country.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Taylorville student introducing FFA to Visionway Christian School
Taking part in an SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) is an integral part of being an FFA member. Taylorville FFA has always taken pride in pushing students to their max in maintaining a record book. Students can keep records on 47 different areas from beef production, small animal care, and electrical technology all the way to agriculture education.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Maple syrup season gets early start in parts of New England
The annual maple season got off to another early start with warmups in parts of New England, and producers are hopeful the recent cold and snow will extend it.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger
Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people. In 1990, only 13 percent of world seafood consumption was farmed; by 2014, aquaculture was providing more than half of the fish consumed directly by human beings.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Need a cowboy hat? Try Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Mark Hollar spends his days selling and shaping upscale hats meant to last decades.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Kara Brockamp selected as Campus Ambassador for AFA
Who better to influence an organization designed to develop young leaders than the young leaders themselves? Agriculture Future in America (AFA) has selected 10 Student Advisory Team members and 16 Campus Ambassadors to serve for the 2018-19 year.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Countryside Vet Clinic Provides Funds For FFA Chapters
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Farm bureau conference today, Thurs.
Illinois Farm Bureau is hosting its annual Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference today and tomorrow at the Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Some frustrated by Ag Dept. killing animal welfare rule for organic meat
New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal government this week, frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional egg and livestock farm groups rejoicing.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

$1.5B settlement in Syngenta suit
A $1.5 billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beans break, corn tests major resistance despite bearish influences
Metals and energies have been under pressure this week while equities and the dollar have strengthened. That’s a tough combination for the grain markets, especially in an environment that is overbought and due for a correction.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ISU lab focuses on water quality issues
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University officials are looking for ways to expand the work of a special lab involved in water-quality research that has analyzed nearly 7,000 water samples since opening a year ago.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Illinois Products Expo To Celebrate 20 Delicious Years
SPRINGFIELD, IL – This year, the annual Illinois Products Expo celebrates 20 delicious years of introducing Illinois products to the public.  Dozens of Illinois food companies, wineries and agricultural associations will take part in this agricultural showcase on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, March 3-4, 2018. 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

U of I: Can bean prices maintain strength through 2018? 
URBANA, Ill. — Due to dry weather in Argentina, soybean prices showed recent strength despite rising ending-stocks projections for the current marketing year. At 530 million bushels, the current forecast for soybean ending stocks represents a 228 million bushels increase over last marketing-year’s ending stocks.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

USDA sits alone with lofty South American bean estimate
TAYLORVILLE — Weather conditions have not improved in some of the most dire locations in Argentina; analysts there continue to make downward revisions to their expectations, which continues to drive the market.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ag production, innovation focus for county leadership program this week

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Ag Production and Innovation, this week’s focus for the Christian County Leadership program, took participants to Stonington’s Monsanto Seed Research and Manufacturing plant and GSI’s Taylorville facility. 


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Petting Zoo
TAYLORVILLE — FFA held a petting zoo for North Elementary Students on Wednesday, February 21. Students were able to view bunnies, goats, dogs, a cow and chickens.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

FFA Dress Like An Animal Day
TAYLORVILLE — This Wednesday the Taylorville FFA kicked off the second dress up day of FFA Week by hosting “Dress Like a Farm Animal Day.” Members and students alike dressed like their favorite farm animal. It was a fun way to raise awareness for agriculture. A popular costume was a Holstein dairy cow. Overall, students enjoyed the fun and freedom of “Dress Like an Animal day.” Pictured are Lia Rexroad, Lyndzi Whitehead, Blake Tippitt, Jett Vickery, Harley Leatherman and Gracie Corso.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Farming crops with crushed rock to reduce CO2
URBANA, Ill. — Farming crops with crushed rocks could help to improve global food security and capture CO2 from the atmosphere, a new study has found.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Morrisonville 4-H Group Celebrates Valentines Day
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville 4-H group members are pictured with their Valentines. The members are, from left, (front row) Hayden Harker, Brody Harker, Elayna Harker, Adelaide Dunkirk, Rayla Brown, Riley Brown, Mackenzie Harmon, (back row) Isabella Murphy, Madison Lush, Everett Albright, Bekka Fesser, Kara Fesser and Maria Brockamp.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Clover 4-H Club Donates To Food Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Clover 4-H Club brought bags full of supplies for birthday parties which will be given to the Taylorville Food Pantry. Pictured from left are (front row) Drew Mickey, Liam Piatt, Tyler Corpin, Mallory Zimmerman, Josie Cole, Claire Vaira, (back row) Mylie Corso, Brooke Bates, Natalie Cook, Ethan Belsher, Jonathon Scott, Tanner Mickey, Macy Richards, Meredith Cook, Sophia Robinson and Hayden Baker.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

FFA began at a time when boys were leaving farms
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In 1928, 33 students from 18 states gathered in Kansas City, Mo., to form the Future Farmers of America.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Corporate America organizing FFA alumni chapters
BURR RIDGE, Ill —  CNH Industrial announces the charter of a CNH Industrial FFA Alumni Chapter, consisting of CNH Industrial employees and employees of the company's global agricultural brands Case IH and New Holland Agriculture. Through the work of the alumni chapter, company volunteers will build relationships with FFA chapters and support the education of students in the areas in which CNH Industrial and its brands do business.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Farmers can nominate schools for STEM grants
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will go unfilled. To help K-12 educators enhance their STEM curriculum and excite their students about these fields, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will once again provide farmers with the opportunity to nominate their local public schools for the chance to receive $10,000 or $25,000 grants.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

County Lady Landowners plan meetings in new year
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Lady Landowners is in its 56th year of existence. The group was organized to help women learn more about the business of operating a farm. This year, the group’s meeting topics include information for the farm as well as daily living.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lincoln Land Ag Club competes at state
SPRINGFIELD — Twelve Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization spring conference held at LLCC Feb. 9. Students from seven community colleges and universities participated in contests designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lads & Lassies Meet
MORRISONVILLE — On Sunday, January 21, the Morrisonville Lads and Lassies met for their monthly meetin where they made Valentine's cards for nursing home residents and concluded the meeting with a demonstration of how to make Rice Krispie treats. Pictured in the top photo are Clover Buds Rayla Brown and Michael Albright. Below are Cover Bud Gentry Dunkirk and Isabella Murphy.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FFA member's project more than counting sheep
TAYLORVILLE — It is easy for some FFA members to have a successful livestock Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project since some members grow up on farms. Over the past three years Taylorville FFA member, Chris Kindermann has successfully completed his SAE in the sheep placement category, has been recommended for his State FFA Degree and has no direct ties to production agriculture.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

TMH accepting applications for ag scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce they are accepting scholarship applications for the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who has graduated from a central Illinois high school with priority given to a Christian County resident. Applicants must be enrolled in a two or four year college or university and have the intention to pursue a career in agriculture or food nutrition.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ag Machinery learning new technologies in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Twelve FFA members and Agriculture Machinery Service students at Taylorville high school attended the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday February 14-16.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Forest stewardship conference Mar. 10
URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension are hosting the 2018 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference on Saturday, March 10, at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Edinburg FFA Chapter plans for upcoming events
EDINBURG — This has been an exciting year for the Edinburg FFA Chapter. They started the year off by electing a new Officer Team. This year’s officers are Adam Yoder (President), Samantha Sabo (Vice President), Zander Doan (Treasurer), Luke Milan (Secretary) and Noah Oller (Sentinel). The chapter stayed busy last semester attending various conferences, Career Development Events and different school activities.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Job experience helps FFA member win state degree
TAYLORVILLE — Duncan Beck started his adventure in Agriculture Education his freshman year with Introduction to Agriculture. He created an award-winning SAE project while working with his dad at his agricultural plumbing business, Beck’s Plumbing.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

FFA member plans to pursue medical career
TAYLORVILLE — An extremely important part of any FFA member’s life is their SAE, or Supervised Agricultural Experience. For some students it is not easy to find the perfect SAE, especially if they are not from a farm or agriculture background.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting set for March 9
URBANA, Ill. — Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2018 Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting planned for March 9 at Sauk Valley Community College outside Dixon. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Working on family farm leads to successful SAE
TAYLORVILLE — Though every student enrolled in an Ag class is encouraged to keep a record book of a Supervised Agricultural Experience, many struggle to find a hobby or occupation with enough agriculture influence to compete with the book. Senior Kent Girard, on the other hand, has kept three active record books since his freshman year in the areas of Beef Placement, Grain Placement and Soybean Placement.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THS FFA Alumni members attend FFA conference
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Taylorville  FFA Alumni Chapter attended the 2018 Illinois FFA Alumni Conference in Champaign, Illinois at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel on January 26-27, 2018.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Did you know?
Monday, February 19, 2018

THS FFA State Degree Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Six members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter won State FFA Degrees. Pictured from left, the winning members are (front row) Ryan Held, Ellie Tippitt, Abel Gunn, (back row) Chris Kindermann, Kent Girard and Duncan Beck.
Monday, February 19, 2018

THS FFA advances 3 to public speaking event
TAYLORVILLE — On January 25, the Taylorville FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE. The students who attended were Ryan Held, Jett Vickery, Tanner Mickey, Molly Smith, Lance DeClerck, Conner Grant, Isabelle Norris, and Gracie Corso. The different types of speaking were, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, FFA Creed Speaking, and Prepared Public Speaking.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Teen turns family business into award-winning SAE
TAYLORVILLE — For Harley Leatherman, working at her family's business turned into an amazing SAE without her even knowing. Harley’s family owns and operates Grand Stand Attractions, a demolition derby operation that hosts competitions in multiple states, involving combines, lawn mowers and cars. Harley’s SAE project has offered her a variety of positions to hold while working with her family.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Project Completed
Senior FFA members Ryan Knight and Kevin Childers sit atop the Model A tractor they restored in ag class.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Taylorville FFA busy this year with project, events
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA Chapter is always busy, and this year has been no different. To date, the Taylorville Chapter has attended numerous Career Development Events, several Leadership Events and worked on numerous community service projects. When the Taylorville FFA Chapter reflects on its year’s accomplishments during FFA Week, many highlights come to mind.
Monday, February 19, 2018

FFA Fun Facts...
The FFA jacket was adopted as official dress in 1933. More than 50,000 FFA jackets are manufactured every year.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Central A&M FFA hosts Food Science CDE
MOWEAQUA — On Wednesday, January 17, eight members from the Central A&M FFA participated in the Section 16 Food Science CDE in which Central A&M placed 1st overall.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Central A&M FFA advances two to district competition in FFA Public Speaking CDE
OKAW VALLEY — On Thursday, January 25, three members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Okaw Valley High School to compete in the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE. CAM FFA had a great night, placing in the top three in each area.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nebraska, Mississippi colleges start poultry degree program
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has signed a cooperation agreement with Mississippi State University to train students for careers in the poultry industry.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Did you know?
Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, have been a topic of heated conversation for the last several months. People have strong opinions on both sides of the GMO debate.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA Greenhands compete in Quiz Bowl
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville FFA Greenhands sport smiles after competing in their first career development event, the section 19 Greenhand quiz bowl. Pictured from left: Cade Bethard, Isaac Ferrill, Larry Scott, Gabby Foster, and Mackenzie Harmon.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA Week
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville Dairy Foods team takes fourth place
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Dairy Foods team won 4th place at the Section 19 Dairy Foods competition this year. Maria Brockamp placed 8th as an individual in the event. Pictured from left are: Mr. Josh Bullard, Johnny Davidson, Kara Fesser, Hallie Schneider, Carly Goebel, and Maria Brockamp.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA attends National Convention
MORRISONVILLE — In October, four students from the Morrisonville FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. While there, the students spent time in the general meeting sessions and career fair and were also able to watch the rodeo and a hypnotist show. Members from left: Maria Brockamp, Ali Harris, Mackenzie Harmon, and Carly Goebel.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA installs 2017-18 officers
MORRISONVILLE —Pictured is the Morrisonville FFA Chapter 2017-18 officer team with their new Ag teacher, Mr. Josh Bullard (center). Officers from left: Kara Fesser, Reporter; Madison Lush, Vice President; Bailey Wilkinson, Chaplain; Johnny Davidson, Sentinel; Mr. Josh Bullard, Advisor; Bekka Fesser, Historian; Maria Brockamp, President; Mackenzie Harmon, Secretary; and Carly Goebel, Treasurer.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA travel to Farm Machinery Show
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville FFA Members are pictured after traveling to Louisville, Ky. for the Farm Machinery Show. They were able to view an array of new machinery and technology that the agriculture industry has to offer. Pictured from left are: Cameron Harmon, Brendan Meyer, Madison Lush, Mackenzie Harmon, Bailey Wilkinson, and Maria Brockamp.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

FFA experience creates wide variety of opportunities
TAYLORVILLE — When THS senior Abel Gunn started his FFA project as a freshman, he had no idea that he would have the opportunity to work in two different types of jobs in two different towns.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Taylorville FFA member creates SAE Project, helps THS
TAYLORVILLE — Many people think that FFA is just for farm kids; however, today it is for all kids, and senior Ryan Held is proof of that. Ryan has an SAE in Diversified Horticulture that is unique and makes a difference to the campus at Taylorville High School. An SAE project is a supervised agriculture experience that requires students to work on projects and keep records on them. Ryan spends his summers landscaping around the school yard at Taylorville High School. For the past two years he has been spraying roundup and keeping the school yard looking nice.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Taylorville students take home Star Greenhand
TAYLORVILLE — Recently 12 students in Section 16 FFA competed for the Star Greenhand FFA Degree. When applying for the Greenhand Degree, students have the opportunity to compete for special awards such as Star in Farmer, Placement, Entrepreneurship and Agri-Science. This year THS took four participants to interview to gain their degree. The four were Tanner Mickey, Jett Vickery, Tucker Hamm and Molly Smith.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ten Taylorville FFA members advance to district FFA Proficiency Awards
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, ten THS FFA members won their respective areas at the Section 16 Proficiency Awards and will be advancing onto the District competition on March 7 at Sullivan High School. The proficiency award competition started at the Chapter level in January when the Taylorville Chapter selected the top students to represent the chapter at the Section 16 competition. There are 47 total areas that students can compete in. After the Section 16 competition, ten Taylorville FFA members won their area and advanced onto Districts.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Proposed farm legislation offers conservation incentives 
BLOOMINGTON — U.S. House Agriculture Committee members Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th District) and Mike Bost (R-IL 12th District) have introduced Farm Bureau-initiated legislation creating a new conservation assistance loan (CAL) program for corn, soybean and wheat producers that will provide additional assistance for farmers who plant cover crops.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

University of Illinois crunches USDA export numbers
URBANA, Ill. — Corn and soybean export projections for the 2017-18 marketing year changed substantially in the February 8 WASDE report. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the adjustments to export projections for both crops confirmed recent market information associated with export pace and foreign production potential.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beans find chart momentum despite Chinese cancellations
TAYLORVILLE — Hot and dry conditions in Argentina continue to be a driving force behind strength in the grain markets. This week, March corn is up four cents and march soybeans are up 28 cents.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pana Hill Top joins Angus Association
PANA, Ill. — Hill Top Angus, Pana, Illinois, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

UI launches bioenergy research center
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is launching a new bioenergy research center that will be used to generate new fuel products directly from plants.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Resilient farm roadshow this month
URBANA, Ill. — Some of the habits of successful farm managers include being innovative and cost-conscious, and evaluating the returns on alternative technologies and investments. Cash flow management is key in preserving working capital in these tight economic times. Crop insurance and marketing presents opportunities to manage risks. These and other topics will be discussed during a series of half-day workshops throughout Illinois in February.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops
 URBANA, Ill. — According to a recent ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2018. Although this figure is down slightly from last year, the industry is still growing at a modest pace. However, until now, producers have had to rely on incomplete information and unrealistic, small-scale studies in guiding their decisions about which feedstocks to grow, and where. A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Clarkson Grain Co. CEO to speak on markets
DECATUR — The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship Spring 2018 Speaker Series will start on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with keynote speaker Lynn Clarkson, chairman of Clarkson Grain Company Inc. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. in Banquet Room B on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin University's campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Logan Co. family honored, sustainable ag award
SPRINGFIELD —  The Illinois Department of Agriculture has named the Bishop family of PrairiErth Farm in Logan County the winners of the annual R.J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Local Extension sponsoring Dudley Smith Farm winter meeting Feb. 15
TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Extension Office in Taylorville is hosting a Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the U of I Christian County Extension Office at 1120 N. Webster Street in Taylorville. This “in-office” field day will feature a variety of topics including cattle management, stretching your hay budget and current research that takes place at the U of I Dudley Smith Farm near Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Farm Bureau Foundation and Young Ag Leaders announce scholarships
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Farm Bureau (CCFB) Foundation Board of Trustees and the Christian County Young Ag Leaders (YAL) continued its commitment to supporting young agriculturists by approving to continue sponsoring scholarship allotments for 2018 at their November Board of Trustees Meeting.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

National Farmers Union, Illinois Farm Bureau respond to State of Union
WASHINGTON – In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump continued his promises to turn the page “on decades of unfair trade deals” and to rebuild the nation’s “crumbling infrastructure,” both issues of major concern for American family farmers and ranchers.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Corn technicals turn positive, cross major thresholds; beans stay steady
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been higher this week on lingering concerns about South American weather and technical buying.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Two county residents reappointed to state fair board

SPRINGFIELD (Jan. 23, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has reappointed twelve members to the State Fair Advisory Board, including Christian County residents Sue Schafer and Gary McConnell; he also named three new members to the board. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

South American weather, Bitcoin technology capture market focus

TAYLORVILLE — Domestic fundamental news has been sparse this week as grain markets are still fixated on South American weather and the prospect that some yield loses could materialize there as a result of too much moisture in some areas and not enough in others.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

U of I economist: Can corn prices get above the current range?

URBANA, Ill. — March corn futures prices continue to hover in a range between $3.48 and $3.60 since the release of the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. 


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