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Section Officer
TAYLORVILLE — Two FFA members traveled to Taylorville High School to vote for the 2018-19 Section Officer Team. Mallory Burgener was elected to the office of Section 16 Reporter. She was allowed a three minute speech to talk about her involvement in FFA and why she would be an excellent officer! Erin Forlines and Drew Guebert traveled with her to cast their votes as delegates for the Central A&M FFA Chapter. Pictured from left are Erin Forlines, Mallory Burgener, and Drew Guebert.Submitted photo
TAYLORVILLE — Two FFA members traveled to Taylorville High School to vote for the 2018-19 Section Officer Team. Mallory Burgener was elected to the office of Section 16 Reporter. She was allowed a three minute speech to talk about her involvement in FFA and why she would be an excellent officer! Erin Forlines and Drew Guebert traveled with her to cast their votes as delegates for the Central A&M FFA Chapter. Pictured from left are Erin Forlines, Mallory Burgener, and Drew Guebert.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Agronomy Day at Uof I set for Aug. 16
Agronomy Day – where science meets practice – returns to the University of Illinois for its 61st year on August 16. As in previous years, Illinois producers will hear directly from U of I faculty on the latest scientific discoveries as well as practical advice on water quality, insect management, crop production, weed control, corn and soybean genetics, plant diseases, farm economics, agricultural engineering, and more.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Indoor farming industry believes society should invest in this new form of ag
There's a budding industry that's trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America's supermarkets.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Illinois announces Weed Science Field Tour dates
The weed science program at the University of Illinois has announced its annual weed science field tour will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center located on the South Farms south of campus at 2008 South Wright St. Extended in Urbana.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CAM FFA competes In District Public Speaking CDE
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

GROWMARK and FS announce Enduring Farm winners
GROWMARK and local FS member cooperatives are recognizing farmers who implement sustainable nutrient management practices such as following the 4R principles for all nutrient applications, monitoring nitrogen levels through soil sampling, and implementing variable rate technology for phosphorous applications. Twenty-six farms are part of the inaugural Enduring Farm award
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Central A&M FFA students attend ag career day
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Young Nokomis farmer returns home, builds pig barn
Austin Betzold recently built a new 2,450 head pig barn outside of Nokomis. Friends, family, and the local community were invited to the barn for an open house and meal to celebrate the addition to the Betzold farm on May 3. Tours were offered and a meal prepared by the Illinois Pork Producers Association was provided.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Food Explorer: 19th-century plant pioneer changed how America eats
Who knew avocados, citrus and cherry blossoms had a spellbinding past full of smuggling, spying, tycoons and death-defying adventure?
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Fourth Overall In Livestock Judging
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Two area students recipients of Dorothy and Wilhemine Ratermann Scholarships
Two students from Christian County will have help paying for college tuition during the 2018-2019 school year, courtesy of scholarships awarded today by the IAA Foundation.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Youth Conference
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

$2,000 in scholarships available to ag students
Illinois and Indiana high school and college students pursuing an agriculture degree have the opportunity to further their education with two scholarships from Jenner Ag.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CAM FFA Elects Officer Team
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

University of Illinois co-hosting international feed course in Madrid, Spain
The University of Illinois, in collaboration with the Polytechnical University of Madrid, is organizing an International Feed Ingredient Course during the last week of June.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Christian County 4-H holds annual ag career day for FFA students at area farm
Christian County 4-H held its third annual Ag Career Day for FFA students on Friday, April 6. The expo was held at the picturesque hilltop farm of Linda Kehias, located on Route 16 west of Pana. Participating high schools included Central A&M, Edinburg, and Pana.
Wednesday, April 25, 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

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

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



















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