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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


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

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

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

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

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

Illinois grain tour for international buyers starts today

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is poised to host more than 20 international buyers from six countries in an effort to increase export sales for the state grain industry.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bankers seek new crop of agricultural lenders

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Michelle Paulus made up her mind on a career in agricultural lending well before college.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ruddock joins US Bank as ag lender

TAYLORVILLE — U.S. Bank in Taylorville has named Jace Ruddock, commercial ag lender.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Report: Illinois soybean production up, corn down
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are expected to harvest less corn this fall than last year, but soybean production is forecast to increase to a record high.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Airline industry could fly thousands of miles on biofuel from a new and promising feedstock
URBANA, Ill. — A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane.
Monday, September 18, 2017

THS FFA builds float for Homecoming parade

TAYLORVILLE — This year the Taylorville FFA Chapter assisted with homecoming activities by finding eight rack wagons for school clubs and organizations to build floats. 

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Horticultural therapy is all about people, not the plants, the experts say
URBANA, Ill. – Gardeners may be familiar with the sense of calm and peace that can come from relaxing in a patch of fragrant and colorful flowers. It’s little wonder that the gardens have been harnessed for their therapeutic effects. 
Monday, September 18, 2017

Trees, shrubs offer new food crops to diversify farms
URBANA, Ill. – What if we could design a landscape that would provide a variety of nutritious foods, high-quality habitat, and ecosystem services, while also delivering a healthy profit to the landowner? According to University of Illinois researchers, it is not only possible, it should be adopted more widely, now.
Monday, September 18, 2017

THS agriculture classes attend largest working agriculture show in America
RANTOUL, Ill. — Taylorville agriculture classes experienced a little bit of their heritage by attending the Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul. 
Monday, September 18, 2017

LLCC Foundation presents estate planning seminar

SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9-11:30 a.m., the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is presenting a free seminar on estate planning, “If there’s a will … it’s your way!” The presentation will be held in the Trutter Center at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Central A&M Hosts Back-To-School FFA Cookout
Monday, September 18, 2017

UI Ag Ed places student teacher at THS
TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Agricultural Education program has placed a student teacher, Elise Hackett, with Agricultural Science Instructors Sue Schafer and Katie King at Taylorville High School. From January through April, Ms. Hackett will teach agriculture courses, assist with coaching and advising students for FFA events, and attend FFA conferences.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

U of I researchers are harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
URBANA, Ill. — Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range—from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more complete picture of cropland and to estimate crop yield in the U.S. Corn Belt. 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma delivers a serious punch to Florida agriculture
(AP) — Florida fruit growers and farmers have just barely begun to assess the damage Hurricane Irma wrought on the state's citrus, sugar cane and vegetable crops — but they expect it will be significant.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In the air, on the ground: Experts discuss future of drones, robotics in ag
URBANA, Ill. — Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and other robotic vehicles are no longer seen as toys for hobbyists, but are becoming an important tool for the future of agriculture. But many people still have questions about the safety of drones, about how farmers are using UAV on their farms, and what kinds of regulations exist in order to use these new technologies. 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

August in Illinois was the 12th coolest on record
Champaign, Ill. — The statewide average temperature in August was 70.6 degrees, 3 degrees below normal. This was the 12th coolest August on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. This followed June and July which were both slightly above normal.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Attendance and revenue estimates both increase for 2017 Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  Fueled by great weather, new attractions, and a diverse grandstand lineup, the Illinois State Fair experienced wide-spread success at this year's fair. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon is proud to announce that preliminary estimates indicate that attendance at the 2017 fair increased by 15.5-percent, while gate and parking revenue increased by nearly 10-percent.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Veterinarian discusses how expansion of farming changed his practice
GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Pike County veterinarian Bill Johnson has treated animals out of the same office for 40 years and has no intentions of stopping as long as it is still fun.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Illinois to host plant sciences symposium
URBANA, Ill. — Top scientists and students will come together on Sept. 29 to highlight innovative technologies that are improving agriculture and helping feed the world. The occasion marks the second time the DuPont-Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium has been held in the ACES Library at the University of Illinois. 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Champion
SPRINGFIELD — Schafers Kingsly 6940 won senior bull calf champion at the 2017 Illinois State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Aug. 15 in Springfield, Ill. Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., owns the winning bull.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Central Illinois farmer puts the future of the cattle industry on display
CAMP POINT, Ill. (AP) — What may be the future of the cattle industry in Illinois was on display on Aug. 8 near Camp Point.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017












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