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Christian County teachers learn how to incorporate ag in the classroom
ASSUMPTION — Pictured are local teachers who took part in the University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 Agriculture Literacy Program workshop. They took a tour of GSI in Assumption. Participants inclluded Lindsey Kerby, Suzanne Grundy, Dana Murray, Courtney Just, Matt Sieben, Deb Heinemann, Judy Wood, Mary Jones, Deb Seibert, Gayle Perry and Charlotte Schuricht – Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator.
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ASSUMPTION — Pictured are local teachers who took part in the University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 Agriculture Literacy Program workshop. They took a tour of GSI in Assumption. Participants inclluded Lindsey Kerby, Suzanne Grundy, Dana Murray, Courtney Just, Matt Sieben, Deb Heinemann, Judy Wood, Mary Jones, Deb Seibert, Gayle Perry and Charlotte Schuricht – Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator.
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TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 Agriculture Literacy Program held a workshop for local teachers on August 3, at the Christian County Extension Office. The workshop was offered to K-8 teachers in Christian and surrounding counties. This program provided educators with lessons and activities to incorporate agriculture education into their existing curriculum. Speakers from the Illinois Soybean Association and the Illinois Corn Growers shared hands-on learning methods the educators can incorporate into their classrooms.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Small farm grazing operation Pasture Walk Aug. 23
DAWSON, Ill. — The public is invited to join in an educational Small Farm Grazing Operation Pasture Walk on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 starting at 4:30 pm. The walk will take place at the farm of Carzella Pritchett at 9223 Bell Fountain Rd., Dawson, IL 62520. Come see the small ruminate and beef cattle grazing operation and learn about current and past operations. Also learn the benefits of co-species grazing and the steps involved in a managed grazing operation.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Crop production report: Corn, soybean yield forecasts larger than expected
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s August Crop Production report contained larger-than-expected forecasts for the 2017 U.S. corn and soybean crops. At 169.5 bushels per acre and 49.4 bushels per acre respectively, the corn and soybean yields came in above trade expectations, says a University of Illinois agricultural economist.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Schafer wins at 2017 National Junior Angus Show
DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 700 Angus juniors and their families traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 9-15 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Eric Schafer, of Owaneco, Illinois, showed his Kingsly 6940 and won the bred-and-owned bull class 4. Schafer also won the bred-and-owned heifer class 8 with his Northern Miss 6909.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Davis to host agriculture committee leaders at Farm Progress
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)  announced that he will host House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur on August 30, 2017. The committee announced that it will hold a listening session, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” to gather input from local farmers and agriculture leaders.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields
URBANA, Ill. – Algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico use up the majority of the oxygen in the water, leading to massive “dead zones” that cannot support fish or other wildlife. The culprit? Nitrate, running off agricultural fields through tile drainage systems. But nitrate is only part of the problem. Algae in freshwater lakes and ponds flourishes when exposed to a different pollutant, phosphorus, and the tiniest amount is enough to trigger a bloom.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thursday report to feature field-based data, prevent plant acres
TAYLORVILLE — Traders are eagerly awaiting the release of Thursday's USDA supply and demand report as it is the first field-based report, one that draws data from analysis rather than computer models.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bonus tours for Agronomy Day 2017 on Aug. 17
URBANA, Ill. — Returning Agronomy Day attendees know the event offers a wealth of information on traditional crop production issues, but this year, a couple of extra tours will be available for farmers looking for something different on August 17.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Look for conservation partners at Progress Show
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Are you going to the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. this summer? It opens August 29-31 and promises to be full of new things to see, hear, and learn. Be sure to visit the “Partners in Conservation” tent. According to Illinois State Conservationist Ivan Dozier, “Stop by and see us at location 26E in the Southeast Quad. You can’t miss it! Just look for big, blue flags and a huge soil pit!”
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Culinary competition at Nat'l Junior Angus Show
DES MOINES, Iowa — Thirty-seven teams of Angus juniors recently competed in the 34th All-American Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Cook-Off July 11 in Des Moines, Iowa. The contest, sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), is one of the most popular events at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Grow Communities will award more than $3 million to nonprofits in 2018
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Nonprofit organizations help rural communities thrive, and farmers in nearby counties have the opportunity to help local organizations. Through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Illinois farmers can enroll for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dean of ACES to speak at Orr anniversary event
PERRY, Ill. — University of Illinois President Emeritus Bob Easter and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Kimberlee Kidwell will serve as keynote speakers at the 40th anniversary celebration of the University of Illinois Orr Agricultural Center and John Wood Community College Agricultural Education Center on August 2 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Aug. 1 deadline to nominate to FSA committees, enroll in ag risk coverage
SPRINGFIELD — Farmers have until August 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director for Illinois, Richard L. Graden, an .
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Taylorville FFA members attend Washington DC Leadership Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recently, three Taylorville FFA members attended the Farm Bureau Washington D.C. Heritage and Cooperative Tours.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ill. soil temperatures increase 2.1 degrees in July
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Soil temperatures are above normal in mid-July, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Department of Energy funds major bioenergy research center at Illinois
URBANA, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is doubling down on energy research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funding a multimillion-dollar Bioenergy Research Center to provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LLCC to offer free agriculture watershed management courses this fall
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College is offering select courses in agricultural watershed management and horticulture at no cost this fall. Registration is currently open.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

University of Illinois economist: corn market figures in lower yields
URBANA, Ill. — According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, recent volatility in corn prices indicates concern about the 2017 U.S. corn crop. Temperature and precipitation during July are critical to developing corn yields. With the good and excellent ratings from the USDA’s July 10 crop condition report showing a 3 percent decline and weather forecasts over the next two weeks showing extreme heat in many areas of the western Corn Belt, the potential for lower corn yields is acute.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Agriculture center at University of Nebraska seeks to link crops and health
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jeff Raikes was unapologetic as he shot down pitch after pitch from University of Nebraska scientists aiming to connect research being done on microorganisms in the digestive tract to the broader world.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Experts: "Big Muddy" Missouri River needs a plan
URBANA, Ill. — As the Missouri River flows across the Great Plains to where it meets the Mississippi River at St. Louis, it accumulates such a large sediment load that it has earned the nickname “Big Muddy.”  A recent University of Illinois study looks at the history of the river, damages and changes from the 2011 flood, and its current post-flood condition. The study concludes that the river needs a comprehensive plan with multi-state cooperation.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stifling summer heat pushes grains higher despite early week rains

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Rains materialized on Monday night, which worked to quell some of the optimism that had developed into buying interest over the last two weeks. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

USDA: New policies for school lunch debt
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Agronomy Day 2017 field tour topics announced
 URBANA, Ill. – Are you curious about how bioreactors can reduce nitrogen loss, or concerned about herbicide resistance in those pesky weeds? Plan to hear about these and other crop science topics on August 17 at the 60th annual Agronomy Day, hosted by the Department of Crop Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Program on growing hops in Illinois
URBANA, Ill. — As a new generation of commercial and home brewers emerges, the demand for locally grown hops is on the rise. Traditionally grown in the Pacific Northwest, hops can also be grown successfully in the Midwest climate. However, this crop requires more inputs and infrastructure than a typical backyard garden.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Traders turn to weather with passage of quarterly stocks, acre report
TAYLORVILLE — Now that the Quarterly Stocks and Acreage report is behind traders, it is time for the weather market to truly take center stage. Temperatures are climbing across the Midwest and precipitation seems to be in relative short supply. Analyst estimates are bound to start pouring in, most are likely to have a bullish lean as crop conditions struggle under the heat. If there is a time for a summer rally, it is now, especially after beans got a shot in the arm from Friday’s report.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CAM's Forlines wins state FFA event
SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, June 13, Abby Forlines of the Central A&M FFA Chapter competed against the top 20 Job Interview CDE participants in the state during the State FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield during the 89th Illinois State FFA Convention. 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Market focus shifts to Friday USDA report, impending hot weather

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Grain prices have declined in recent weeks following a round of precipitation that moved across much of the Corn Belt.  Corn, in fact, has decline nearly $.35 since the June 8 high when July corn reached $3.91. 


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Is buying a Buddha-shaped pear foolish or fun?
URBANA, Ill. – Square watermelons, star- and heart-shaped cucumbers, and even Buddha-shaped pears can be found in some grocery store produce bins. Who buys them? And why? A recent University of Illinois study found younger consumers with an eye for adventure are more likely to purchase these avant-garde fruits.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THS FFA Students Meet With Senator Manar
SPRINGFIELD — Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) met with Taylorville students last week during the presentation of awards during the 89th Illinois Association FFA Convention in Springfield. The awards occurred during the annual meeting June 13-15 at the Bank of Springfield Center (formerly the Prairie Capital Convention Center). Pictured with Senator Manar are Harley Leatherman, 17; Kent Girard, 17; Jett Vickery, 15; Duncan Beck, 17; Anna Rever, 17. Pictured right is Anna Rever, a senior at Taylorville High School, with State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). Rever earned a state proficiency award for her agriculture science research.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Top livestock judges selected in state contest; Eric Schafer takes first place
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Someone unfamiliar with livestock judging may have wondered what ailment had come over the young people assembled in Room 150 of the Animal Science Lab on the University of Illinois campus. Everywhere one looked, teens were mumbling to themselves while they paced the floor.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Slight changes to USDA WASDE report in June
URBANA, Ill. –  The USDA’s June World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report report of world supply and consumption projections contained a number of changes from the May report for corn and soybeans.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Winning Bull
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Pictured is Schafers Kingsly 6940 who won reserve senior bull calf champion at the 2017 Central Illinois Angus Association Preview Show, June 2 in Bloomington, Ill. Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., owns the winning bull.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

U of I Extension to Host Dudley Smith Farm Project Field Day June 21
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 will be hosting the Dudley Smith Farm Project Field Day on June 21 at the University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm located off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, IL.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Corn holds strength on short covering, grains looking to yield for direction
TAYLORVILLE — The charts continue to show a short-term uptrend on the July corn contract but there is strong overhead resistance ranging from $3.93 to $3.95 that has roots that go all the way back to July of last year on the chart.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Univ. of Illinois Extension in Taylorville holds 4-H Public Presentations
TAYLORVILLE — Formal, Illustrated, and Extempore speeches were judged at the recent 4-H Public Presentations Night. 4-H Public Presentations were held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Madison Taylor named one of twenty-four Farm Credit agriculture scholars
MAHOMET, Ill. — Madison Taylor, of Taylorville, was recognized as one of 24 members of the class of 2017 Farm Credit agriculture scholars at a luncheon at Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) in Mahomet Thursday.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Managed money poised to impact markets should prolonged heat develop
CHICAGO (AP) — A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. Those who later became pregnant were no more likely to have their cancer come back than those who did not have a baby.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pana Freshman Wins State FFA Title
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Recently, the Pana FFA chapter competed in the State FFA Livestock Judging Contest which was held at the University of Illinois Farm in Champaign. During this event students were required to evaluate cattle, swine, sheep and goats, and present oral reasons on their placings. The Pana FFA team members were Chase Temmen, Amanda Hall, Terri Hall and Eric Schafer. To prepare for the state competition the Pana team competed in the Lincoln Land Community College Judging Contest where they finished in the top five teams overall. At state, the Pana FFA team placed in the top ten overall while freshman Eric Schafer was named the High Individual of the 2017 State FFA Livestock Judging Contest. This is the first time in event history that a freshmen has won this State FFA event. The team plans to continue livestock judging in the future and expand their horizons to horse evaluation in the fall.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Illinois lawmakers consider letting farmers grow hemp
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers in Springfield have been considering a bill that would allow Illinois farmers to grow industrial hemp.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Growing, hands-on preserving workshop series offered
TAYLORVILLE — Join University of Illinois Extension as Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator and Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator team up to provide a workshop on culture, selection, care, pest management, and maintaining strawberry plants. Peterson will cover the nutritional benefits of strawberries, watch a food demonstration using strawberries, and participants will taste test recipes and water-bath can their own strawberry jam to take home.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Soybean sleuth, researcher to be keynote speaker
URBANA, Ill. — The email addresses of most of the faculty and staff at the University of Illinois are the first initial and a portion of their last name. Not so for U of I Professor Emeritus Theodore Hymowitz. His email address speaks to his passion and lifelong pursuit: soyui.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sensors replacing soil sampling at crop research site
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Illinois are trying something new on the country’s oldest experimental crop field.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Alumni invited to share ACES experience with kids
NA, Ill. — University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) alumni are encouraged to register to attend ACES Family Academies with their young Illini fans ages 8 to 13 on July 13-14.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Better than expected weekend weather, still beans test new lows, corn struggles
TAYLORVILLE — From a broader perspective, weather across much of the Midwest was mostly benign over the long weekend, which resulted in some selling interest when trade resumed on Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

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











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