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Soy association and Farm Bureau offering significant scholarships for ag majors
IAA Foundation offers scholarships to Farm Bureau families

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $144,800 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


CA&M FFA Earns 2nd Career Development Event
NIANTIC — On Wednesday, November 29, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE at Sangamon Valley High School. Team members included Alyssa Nichols, Aden Sanders, Gabbie Bertin, Jacob Daniels, Lanie Jamison and Erin Forlines. As a team, Central A&M FFA received 2nd place overall. Jacob Daniels was 3rd place individual overall, Lanie Jamison was 4th place individual overall, and Gabbie Bertin was 8th place individual overall. The purpose of the Veterinary Science CDE is to demonstrate professional ethics, decision-making, communication and problem-solving skills, as well as demonstrate technical competency with small and large animals in the areas of: anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, identification, health and safety and medical terminology. Pictured from left are Erin Forlines, Alyssa Nichols, Aden Sanders, Gabbie Bertin, Jacob Daniels and Lanie Jamison.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

With ethanol production at record high, corn forecasts could be surpassed
 URBANA, Ill. — The recent strength in ethanol production has led to speculation about changes to USDA’s estimate of corn used for ethanol in the pending World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, ethanol production for the week ending Dec.1 set a new ethanol production record with an average of 1.108 million barrels per day, continuing eight consecutive weeks of more than a million barrels a day of production.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer dicamba
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Two THS FFA members rank in top ten at section dairy food contest
TAYLORVILLE — The dairy products judging team took part in the Section 16 competition for this area. At this organized event students were required to judge milk defects, identify cheese, real vs. artificial dairy products, complete a 25 question dairy food test, and perform a team food science problem.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Illinois Farm Bureau members urge President Trump to remain in NAFTA
CHICAGO — Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members urged President Donald Trump Tuesday to support American farmers by continuing trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico and remaining a part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Soybean export will play significant pricing role
URBANA, Ill. — United States soybean exports will play a significant role in determining soybean prices this marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, the recent level of soybean exports from the United States trails last year’s pace. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Edinburg FFA Food Drive
EDINBURG — The Edinburg FFA hosted a successful school wide food drive during the week of the National FFA Convention. All donations collected went to the Edinburg Food Pantry. The food drive was turned into a school wide competition between classes, with the goal being to raise more donations for the pantry. The the winning class was Señora Skinners RtI. Second place was 2nd grade and 4th grade earned third place. The students collected over 650 items. Pictured form left are: Zander Doan, Roman Hudgins, Riley Bates, Paige Baker, Gracie Rodden, and Emilee Boyd.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

High tech ag: U of I offering new degree in computer science plus crop science
 URBANA, Ill. — Technology and data are increasingly integral to agriculture, and the University of Illinois’ Department of Computer Science and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have introduced a first-of-its-kind major built on that relationship.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christian County 4-H Celebrates Achievement Night
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IDNR warns landowners to check value of trees now with high market
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois forest landowners stand to be paid record-high prices for their mature forest trees and logs on farm and forest holdings, thanks to outstanding market prices for hardwood logs and lumber. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Forest Resources is urging forest landowners to consult with a professional forester before agreeing to sell.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit will address managing financial stress
 URBANA, Ill. — This year’s Illinois Farm Economics Summit will address the profitability of Illinois agriculture and how to manage financial stress. The University of Illinois Extension and members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of ACES is offering a series of five Farm Economics Summit meetings to help producers with key issues they’re facing.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Reduce erosion, improve water quality, create habitat for wildlife, pollinators
TREMONT, Ill. — Farmers, landowners, conservation groups and community leaders interested in reducing soil erosion, improving water and soil quality, and providing wildlife and pollinator habitat are invited to apply for Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership. Trees Forever is taking applications until December 31.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2 from CA&M FFA receive organization's top award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Central A&M FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo. The top six members with the most FFA activity points had the opportunity to attend this year’s convention along with the State Employment Skills LDE Winner, Miss Abby Forlines.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

County team places first in overall livestock judging at community college
 QUINCY — John Wood Community College  held its 14th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center, sponsored by ADM Alliance Nutrition and Moorman’s ShowTec and hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club. Three hundred and thirty students from 30 Illinois and Missouri high schools, FFA and 4-H clubs participated.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ruling requires some livestock, poultry farmers to report emissions by Nov. 15
URBANA, Ill. —  Livestock and poultry farmers may have until Nov. 15 to notify public agencies if their facilities are likely to be responsible for a daily emission of over 100 lb. of either ammonia or hydrogen sulfide.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Forlines10th at National FFA Employment Skills LDE
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Central A&M FFA Member, Abby Forlines, daughter of Eric and Tami Forlines of Moweaqua, Ill. recently competed in the National FFA Employment Skills Leadership Development Event during the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

U of I economist opines on corn price prospects
 URBANA, Ill. — December corn futures closed the week ending Oct. 27 at $3.48 per bushel continuing a pattern over the last month of small deviations within a range between $3.45 and $3.55.  Additionally, the monthly average price of corn received by U.S. producers has been less than $3.50 per bushel since August 2016 and has been below $4 for 37 consecutive months. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, an extended rally in corn prices during the next marketing year requires reduced corn supplies, increased consumption, or some combination of both factors.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CAM FFA supports local farmers with meals
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On the days of Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, members of the Central A&M FFA gave out free meals to local farmers driving semis and grain trucks to and from fields in both Moweaqua and Assumption.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Slow corn harvest generates light buying interest
TAYLORVILLE — Slow corn harvest has been lending some short covering to the markets this week, which has worked to push that market slightly higher this week toward the top side of its recent range.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New machine checks bean quality at harvest
 URBANA, Ill. — When a field of soybeans is ready to harvest, speed is of the essence. But harvesting grinds to a halt every time the combine operator has to climb down out of the cab to manually check for quality—whole, un-split beans without stray husk material. Researchers from Kyoto University and University of Illinois recently developed a machine to automate the process, evaluating bean quality on the fly, so harvesting can go on uninterrupted. 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

University of Illinois Extension, ACES offering scholarships
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Extension and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) are pleased to offer up to 54 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Taylorville FFA triumphant in 2017 Ag Sales Competition
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently had the privilege of participating in the 2017 Agricultural Sales CDE in Sullivan, Illinois. Taylorville competed against 11 other schools in a battle for the top position. 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Markets shrug harvest delays, maintain sideways trend

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The fundamentals of the market are still bearish in response to what is expected to be a very large harvest, not just domestically, but in South America as well. As harvest continues to progress stateside, and as more of those crops move to market, this is not typically a seasonal time frame associated with prolonged upside. 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hands on opportunity for THS ag students
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Agriculture classes are taking advantage of the good fall weather and performing some basic landscape design practices.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Live local food conference to bring farmers, industry together
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Farm Bureau again this year will host the Live Local Food Conference, Nov. 6-7 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The local and regional food conference, which aims to help farmers growing and marketing local produce expand their businesses, will feature two days of training, workshops, speakers, and tours of local farms.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Grains oversold as bearish news expected on Thursday report
TAYLORVILLE — Markets have been sluggish this week thanks to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday and some position squaring ahead of tomorrow’s monthly USDA supply and demand report. For the week, December corn is down only three-fourths of a penny, and November soybeans are down six cents.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CAM attends soil judging competition

SHELBYVILLE — On Tuesday September 26th, 10 members of the Central A&M FFA traveled to Lakewood for the Shelby County Soil Judging Competition, hosted by Shelbyville.

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IFB, John Deere announce partnership
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Farm Bureau and John Deere recently announce a new partnership which will give Farm Bureau members special access to the John Deere’s GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program, providing members with a free two-year Platinum 2 membership. 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Edinburg FFA attends leadership conference at U of I
URBANA, Ill. — Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter, Edinburg, Illinois, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The leadership conference focused on first-year FFA members from 47 chapters around the state.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bullish stocks report fails to garner buying interest

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Grain stocks held in storage didn’t decline materially, but they were down from expectations. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Corn prices unlikely to find support from Sept. 1 Stocks Report
URBANA, Ill. — Corn prices continue to reflect the presence of a large, old-crop ending stock and higher-than-expected corn production. The USDA will release the Quarterly Grain Stocks report on Sept. 29. The report will provide an indication of corn use during the fourth quarter of the 2016-17 marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, corn prices are unlikely to find any support with the release of the report on Friday.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Markets sag ahead of Friday's quarterly stocks report

Owen Lasswell

Owen Lasswell
Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Soybeans have been pressed this week by profit taking, technical selling, and forecasts of cooler weather after extending into multi-week highs last week. There is plenty of support just below the market near the $9.50 area. The charts looked to be establishing a five-wave up pattern that would have tested the $10.00 area, but they will need to avoid a close below $9.58 to keep that intact. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Taylorville FFA member ranks top 5 at World Beef Expo
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. —  Taylorville FFA member Tanner Mickey competed at the World Beef Expo Sweepstakes Contest at the World Beef Show & Expo in Milwaukee, Wisc. Agriculture students from around the country competed in this challenging bovine science event. 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tree failure: Getting to the root of the problem is first step in resolution
WASHINGTON — One of the major causes of tree failure is root damage. When a tree's root system has been extensively damaged, the whole tree can fall to the ground – or onto your house.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Local FFA members attend leadership conference at University of Illinois

URBANA, Ill. — Members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The leadership conference focused on first-year FFA members from 47 chapters around the state.

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Taylorville native finds unexpected success in agriculture education career

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In 2011, Taylorville native and 1989 Taylorville High School graduate Kari (Hall) Keating found herself in unfamiliar territory. She was at the front of a University of Illinois classroom, a Teaching Assistant Professor addressing a classroom of mostly ag education students in the famed College of ACES.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senators join in to promote US agriculture abroad
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two senators are part of a push to increase funding for American agriculture promotion programs.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

USDA issues advice on becoming certified organic
WASHINGTON  — Certifiers are responsible for making sure that USDA organic products meet all organic standards. There are five basic steps to organic certification:
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brothers in Indiana farm hops for beer brewers

HAYSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — It's like gardening — only on steroids.

That's how Ellen Vonderheide describes the daily work put in by volunteers at the White River Hops farm in Haysville, a business that was started in 2015 by brothers Dean and Kurt Vonderheide with the intention of providing homebrewers and small microbreweries around the area with a variety of different hops not prevalent in Indiana.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Animal study links anti-social behavior, infections
URBANA, Ill. — When a pregnant woman gets a bad case of the flu, her immune system may react in a way that affects her baby’s developing brain, which could lead to behavioral disorders like autism in the child or schizophrenia in the young adult. The link is well established in humans, which is one reason it’s standard practice to get a flu shot during pregnancy. But until now, the majority of studies testing the underlying causes have been done with rodents, including two that were released just last week. 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Taiwan signs $576-million wheat deal with US
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Taiwan has once again agreed to purchase a large share of U.S. wheat over the next two years, with most of it coming from Idaho, North Dakota and Montana.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

NFU reinforces need for trade agenda reforms
 WASHINGTON — Ahead of a third round of renegotiation talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) reinforced it’s call for a fair trade agreement framework that benefits American family farmers, ranchers and consumers, and restores American sovereignty on farm and food policy.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Perdue issues statement on Censky and McKinney
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday gave high marks to Steve Censky and Ted McKinney for their joint appearance before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Extension, 4H to hold Farm Safety Day Sept. 27
TAYLORVILLE — Approximately 300 area elementary students from Taylorville, Moweaqua, Morrisonville, and Kincaid will converge on the Christian County fairgrounds next week, September 27, for the University of Illinois Extension and 4H annual Farm Safety Day.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Live chat next week: Figuring out the Farm Bill
URBANA, Ill. — What: Figuring out the Farm Bill, a one-hour live #askACES Twitter chat with experts from the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ohio grower set to harvest crop of freshwater prawns
LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — On a 40-acre patch of Fairfield County, Ohio, surrounded by rolling fields of soybeans and corn, Don Maloney is about to harvest a crop that's unusual in these parts.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wait-and-see strategy can pay off some times
 URBANA, Ill. — Some people are quick to purchase the latest technology or sign up for a new service. Others adopt a wait-and-see strategy. A recent study by University of Illinois economist Hope Michelson, finds this is true for farmers in Nicaragua who enter into contracts with Walmart. 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AB InBev partners with agriculture technology firm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and Agrible, Inc. Wednesday announce a global partnership to improve barley production while minimizing environmental impact. The two companies are joining forces to help farmers around the world access better data and predictive analytics on crop management and climate effects. AB InBev is the largest brewer and user of malt barley in the world.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Markets sluggish as traders await harvest, yield results
TAYLORVILLE — It’s the doldrums of fall in the grain markets. Yield speculations have run rampant for months, but there is little left to have a dramatic affect on the markets until the bushels are counted. Until then, the market seems content to bide its time; December corn is down six cents on the week, sticking to the long-term downtrend, and November beans are down three cents as they continue to flirt with overhead resistance near the $9.75 mark.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Farmers and beekeepers are putting aside differences in order to aid bees
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse the trend.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017











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