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home : ag & business : ag May 22, 2015

Price at the Pump printed May 15, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015


Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation names scholarship winners
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — This year, the Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation is awarded four, $1,250 scholarships and the Young Ag Leaders awarded two $500 scholarships to Christian County Students pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Markets dodge weather scare, await fund movement
TAYLORVILLE — Any optimism that had crept into the grain markets as a result of the recent short-covering rally in wheat was washed away on Tuesday after  corn and beans dodged a significant weather bullet.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LLCC Agriculture Club members compete in national PAS contest
SPRINGFIELD — Five students in Lincoln Land Community College’s Agriculture Club competed this spring in various contests at the 2015 National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Conference in Boise, Idaho. In order to qualify for the national competition, they had to place either first or second at an Illinois PAS event during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Price at the Pump printed May 14, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Price at the Pump printed May 8, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Price at the Pump printed May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Plan to attend U of I Agronomy Day 2015
URBANA, Ill. – Mark your calendars for an opportunity to discover the latest findings in crop sciences during the 59th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 20.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Beef industry dancing to a different drummer this year
URBANA, Ill. — The beef industry stands alone in 2015 in its continued reduction in supplies available to consumers. The year 2014 was a special year for the animal production industries with record-high farm-level prices for cattle, hogs, broilers, turkeys, milk, and eggs.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Central A&M FFA celebrates the end of a successful year
ASSUMPTION — On Sunday, April 12th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter held their annual awards banquet at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Assumption for FFA members, their families and supporters.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ideal weather prompts dynamic increase in planting
TAYLORVILLE — Corn trade has featured a thirty cent break since April 20th and is hovering just above the fall lows.  Fundamentally, there is little reason for a sustained rally, but the markets are technically oversold. Corn, in fact, posted an outside-up day on Tuesday, which could promote a small bounce.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Price at the Pump printed May 1, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Corn market expects large supply and weak demand
URBANA, Ill. — Corn prices have come under renewed pressure, with a decline of nearly 20 cents in futures prices over the past week. Those prices are now at the lowest level since October 2014. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, old-crop basis continues to strengthen seasonally in most markets.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bearish weather items contend with bird flu scare
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been mixed in choppy trade this week. Weather items have emerged as the primary bearish influence, but lingering bird flu concerns have worked to limit feed demand significantly. The weekly net change is five lower on the July corn contract while July beans were are seven higher.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 27, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015

ISWS requiring water reports for irrigators
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is now requiring Illinois irrigators to report their water usage to the state. 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring nitrogen management: Form and timing
URBANA, Ill. — Most corn producers have planned their spring nitrogen program for 2015, and many have already started to implement their program. Such plans might include fall ammonia application, early spring application of ammonia or another form of nitrogen, or plans to apply all of the nitrogen at or after planting, said a University of Illinois crop scientist.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Will soybean consumption reach the USDA projection?
URBANA, Ill. — With plentiful supplies of soybeans available, the magnitude of 2014-15 marketing-year ending stocks of U.S soybeans has limited implications for old-crop prices.  According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, those stocks will reveal the strength of demand for U.S. soybeans, will be part of next year’s supply, and could have some influence on prices during the 2015-16 marketing year.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bird Flu scare breeds unenthusiastic trade
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been mixed this week in response to the bird flu outbreak and some unwinding of bull spreads. The weekly net change is six lower on the May corn contract while beans are 7 higher on the May contract.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Local FFA Members Attend Conference
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — More than 500 FFA members, County Farm Bureau Managers, FFA advisors from 81 Illinois counties attended the 2015 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference, March 30-31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 16, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 15, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cuba removed from terrorism list: ISG pleased
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Today the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) commends U.S. President Barack Obama and the State Department for recommending removing Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Cuba, which is 90 miles off the U.S. coast, has been on the list since March 1, 1982.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grain Belt opposed by Farm Bureau
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to oppose the Grain Belt Express-Clean Line (GBE-CL) transmission line, which is proposed to run through the southern part of Christian County. The Farm Bureau is opposed to GBE receiving access for the project along with eminent domain authority from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Raising the Bar Officer Training
URBANA, Ill — Representatives of the Illinois Junior Angus Association were among several Angus youth at the 2015 National Junior Angus Association's Raising the Bar Officer Training, March 19-22 in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Uneventful USDA report produces mixed trading
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been mixed this week, though early selling interest in corn and soybeans was precipitated by a decline in the wheat market, which featured a 24 cent sell-off on Monday. The weekly net change is 4 lower on the May corn contract while May soybeans are 9 higher for the week.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 10, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 9, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Price at the Pump printed April 8, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

More hogs than expected, mystery continues
URBANA, Ill. — More hogs than expected was the theme of the pork market in the first quarter of 2015. The USDA March Hogs and Pigs report did little to help explain why hog numbers were high, other than to simply admit that hog inventory counts from previous surveys were too low.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Southern planting delays capture market attention
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been lower this week due to some light fund selling in thin post-holliday trade. In fact,  some analysts indicated that Tuesday’s session represented the lowest volume session in corn so far this year. The weekly net change is three cent lower on the May corn contract while May beans are fifteen lower.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Friday, April 3, 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

ISG calls to ease trade restrictions for U.S. ag exports with Cuba
CHICAGO — On March 31, the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) joined the Illinois Cuba Working Group and other leaders in calling to ease trade restrictions for U.S. ag and soybean exports with Cuba.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

USDA planted acre report takes center stage
TAYLORVILLE — The emphasis in the grain markets this week fell entirely on Tuesday’s USDA Planted Acre and Quarterly Stocks report. Leading up to the report, most traders were actively participating in any and all risk aversion measures in order to avoid any potential surprises. Even still, the USDA has an incredible knack for finding those who remain steadfast.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

THS FFA members win Illinois State FFA Proficiency Award
LINCOLN, Ill — The Illinois FFA Proficiency Awards State Finals were held Saturday March 28, 2015 at the University of Illinois in Lincoln Auditorium. Taylorville had 10 members compete for state honors; more qualifying students for this event than any other school in the state of Illinois.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

U of I Study: Pigs perform similarly on corn, soy-based diets
URBANA, Ill. - Distillers dried grains with solubles, or DDGS, are increasingly common in swine diets in the United States. In recent years, different types of DDGS have come on the market.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cash values to direct beef market
TAYLORVILLE — Light short covering and some pre-report uneasiness in the grain markets produced some optimism in the cattle markets last week, but selling interest has emerged early this week due to some long profit taking. For the week, April live cattle are down $1.30 per hundredweight while April feeder cattle are down $1.15.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

USDA to provide $332M to protect lands
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A&M FFA member recognized at state
MOWEAQUA — On Saturday, March 28th, Matthew Hardeman traveled to the University of Illinois in Champaign to compete in the State FFA Proficiency Judging.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Price at the Pump printed March 30, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015

Price at the Pump printed March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015

Price at the Pump printed March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Risky venture reaches milestone - 1,000 posts on farmdoc daily
URBANA, Ill. — Four years ago, a crazy idea was hatched: post an original article that analyzed an aspect of Corn Belt farm economics every day. Today, University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good had the honor of posting the 1,000th article on farmdoc daily.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Markets expected to consolidate ahead of acre report
TAYLORVILLE — The upward momentum that has accumulated in the grain markets over the past week is beginning to wane as traders minimize risk and exposure heading into the all-important March 31st stocks and acreage report. The corn market, in particular, saw a 27 cent bounce over the last five sessions. Most of which, was attributed to the liquidation of long wheat, short corn spreads.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Upcoming soy stocks to be overshadowed by planting intentions
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s estimate of Dec. 1, 2014, stocks of U.S. soybeans was surprisingly small, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. Based on the estimated size of the 2014 crop and estimates of exports and domestic crush during the previous quarter, the stocks estimate implied a record-large residual use of soybeans during the first quarter (September-November) of the 2014-15 marketing year.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Price at the Pump printed March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Price at the pump - printed March 23, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015

Price at the Pump printed March 20, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015

USDA Provides $57.9 Million to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $57.9 million in funding, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to support project suggestions from across the country to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests, diseases and pathogens, as well as to ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Farm Futures survey shows less corn, more soybeans
CHICAGO —  Stressed margins continue to roil farmer planting decisions this spring, forcing major shifts in crop choices for 2015, according to Farm Futures latest survey of growers. In addition to planting less corn and more soybeans, producers are searching for other crops to grow as they try to pencil out a profit.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Researchers tracking threatened 'mudpuppies'
CARBONDALE, ILL. — These puppies won’t come when they’re called, so researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale catch them instead.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

TMHF introduces the John H. Butterfield Scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to introduce a new scholarship opportunity, the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship. One $1,000.00 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 related career.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pork Producers need exports; TPA promotes trade
WASHINGTON, D.C — The National Pork Producers Council in congressional testimony given today reiterated the importance of trade to U.S. pork producers and urged lawmakers to approve legislation that facilitates finalizing free trade agreements, which boost exports and create jobs.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Illinois celebrates National AG Day
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor Bruce Rauner and Acting Director Philip Nelson joined together with producers and commodity groups from across the State today to celebrate National Ag Day in Illinois.  The two took the opportunity to recognize the hard work of generations of families and agribusinesses, as well as discuss the priorities of the Department to ensure that agriculture continues to be the #1 industry in Illinois and increase its market share, both domestically and internationally.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Family farms are the focus of new agriculture census data
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, "What is a family farm?"
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Agriculture Mechanics class restores vintage tractor
TAYLORVILLE — In the 2014-2015 School year the Agriculture Mechanics classes restored a 1948 Allis Chalmers WD that was purchased non-working at a local farm sale.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

National Archery State Tournament to be held in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament on Saturday, March 21 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation continues to grow as 1,056 archers from 38 schools have qualified to compete. Participation in the State Tournament has climbed steadily from 400 in 2012 to 700 in 2013 and 873 in 2014. Top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament to be held May 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NFU concludes 113th anniversary convention
WICHITA, KS — National Farmers Union (NFU) concluded its 113th Anniversary Convention today in Wichita, Kansas. The four-day event drew more than 480 family farmers, ranchers and fishermen from across the country and featured a number of high-profile speakers, workshops and grassroots policymaking.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

USDA Rural Development speaks to the importance of local, regional foods
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— The local food movement is becoming an established part of the overall marketplace, and beyond healthy benefits for human nutrition, provides increased economic health and strength to participating communities.  A local food conference held in Godfrey, Illinois on March 31 is designed to help area producers, entrepreneurs, communities and consumers explore the many ways to participate in the movement.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A&M FFA Attends Horse Fair Judging Contest
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A&M Compete in District Proficiency Judging
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Elevated dollar index leads to diminished exports
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Renewed selling interest has emerged in the markets over the last week as soybeans posted their fourth consecutive lower session on Tuesday, while corn saw an outside week down on the charts last Friday. Both could, be a sign of things to come. The weakness was precipitated by a lack of strong fundamental input and a surging dollar.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

4-H Medical SPIN Club
TAYLORVILLE — Are you a 6th grade-12th grade student and interested in a career in medicine? The 4-H Medical SPIN Club will be meeting this Thursday March 19th at 4pm at the Taylorville 4-H office. At the request of the community, the club will be opening up to junior high aged students now, grades 6-12.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Indiana farmer saves freezing baby cow with hot tub swim
ROSSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana farmer jumped into a hot tub with a shivering baby cow to save the calf's life.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Maureen McCollum honored with award for excellence in agricultural communications
WICHITA, Kan. (March 15, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) today awarded Maureen McCollum of Wisconsin Public Radio with the Milton D. Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Communications during its 113th Anniversary Convention.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Greater-than-additive management effects key in reducing corn yield gaps
URBANA, Ill. — While many recent studies have documented that agricultural producers must significantly increase yields in order to meet the food, feed, and fuel demands of a growing population, few have given practical solutions on how to do this. Crop science researchers at the University of Illinois interested in determining and reducing corn yield gaps are addressing this important issue by taking a systematic approach to the problem.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Miscanthus produces higher yield and profit
URBANA, Ill. — A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. Models predict that miscanthus will have higher yield and profit, particularly when grown in poor-quality soil. It also outperformed corn stover and switchgrass in its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dept. of Ag Plans Meeting for Illinois Community Garden:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A meeting will be held for Illinois residents hoping to participate in the seventh annual community garden at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Field Of Agriculture: A Look At Careers
ILLINOIS — The most obvious careers are directly related to the farm or ranch. But did you know that only 10 percent of Americans are involved in traditional farming? If that is the case, then what other careers comprise the agricultural field? There are approximately 22 million people who work in agriculture related fields. Unlike agriculture of our grandparents' day, today's agriculture offers over 200 rewarding and challenging careers.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Getting to know a few of Illinois' invasive species
URBANA, Ill. — Before getting to know what plant species are considered invasive in Illinois, it is important to know what characteristics a plant must have in order to be considered invasive, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

BLM hosting horse and burro adoption in Illinois
EWING, Ill. — Approximately 40 wild horses and burros gathered from western public rangelands will be available for adoption in Ewing, Illinois at an adoption event on Sat., March 21from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A preview will be held Fri., March 20, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Farmers Mom of Year contest sponsored by Monsanto
MARS HILL, Maine — American Agri-Women (AAW) has the inspiring and humbling task of helping select the “farm mom of all farm moms.” A panel of AAW judges will help select the semi-finalists for the 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest, sponsored by Monsanto.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

A&M members attend Women-in-Ag conference
URBANA — The sixth annual Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference took place on March 6 at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. The event provided young women professional development and networking opportunities.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Horses: Costly, labor-intensive and rewarding
TAYLORVILLE — Whether raising a horse for pleasure or profession, it is important to know that caring for horses can be labor-intensive. The reward for properly taking care of a horse is a healthy and well-trained animal. But horse ownership is a significant  and expensive responsibility, so it is important that prospective owners understand what they are getting into before they make any final decisions.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

DECATUR, Ill. — Wildflowers and weather are the topics of two events being held at Rock Springs Nature Center in the next few weeks.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Free, local tree workshop offers practical advice
TAYLORVILLE — Trees Forever TreeKeepers and others interested in the proper care of trees are invited to learn more during a free, hands-on workshop. The Taylorville TreeKeepers Workshop & Workday is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21 at Manners Park.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Farmers market, food grant writing workshops offered
URBANA, Ill. – Through the effort of Extension programs across the country, a series of farmers market and local food grant-writing workshops have been scheduled for three locations in Illinois during the month of April.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Plans For Solar Farms In Illinois This Summer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill — Prairie Power, Inc., an electric generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Springfield, Ill., has announced plans to build, own and operate two 500 kW solar electric production facilities. When completed the two solar farms will produce enough electricity to supply 1,500 families every day.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Central A&M FFA Busy With Chapter Activities
Saturday, March 14, 2015

NWTF urges swift passage of Sportsmen's Act
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) applauds Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), along with original cosponsors, Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for their introduction of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Noted cheesemaker offers workshop
LERNA, Ill. – Abraham Lincoln grew up in a time and place where families had to make most of their food, including cheese. Now the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is offering visitors a chance to learn the craft of making cheese from one of the Midwest’s top artisans.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Creating a people- and pollinator-friendly garden
URBANA, Ill. — Just imagine your dining table without the delectable fruits of apples, blueberries, cherries, and peaches or the versatile almond or pumpkin. Flowering plants and their associated pollinators are responsible for an estimated one out of every four mouthfuls of food and beverage. Unfortunately pollinators are in perilous decline, reported a University of Illinois Extension educator.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Markets shrug USDA report, look to dollar index
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Grains largely ignored the fundamentals of Tuesday’s USDA March Supply and Demand report while they continue to draw influence from macro-economic indicators like the U.S. dollar.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Illinois soybean farmers hold forums to discuss transportation concerns
BLOOMINGTON, ILL — March, 9, 2015 -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently joined farmers and stakeholders from around the state to discuss local infrastructure issues that both limit and enable agricultural efficiency and profitability.  The groups shared insights and brainstormed possible solutions at a series of Transportation Issues Forums March 3-4.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wet fields profitable for farmers and migrating birds
URBANA, Ill. – Farmers who have a hard-to-farm wet spot on their land may be able to turn it into a well-drained, profitable field by providing a temporary wet habitat for migrating birds. According to University of Illinois ornithologist Michael Ward, about 60 fields in East Central Illinois that qualify would receive incentives to install water control structures into existing tile drainage systems.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Illinois agriculture groups to host affordable care act workshop
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Farmers who have questions about the Affordable Care Act and farm succession and estate planning are invited to attend a one-day workshop held Thursday, March 26, at the Illinois Farm Bureau, 1701 Towanda Ave., Bloomington.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Purdue's Hurt examines pork industry's boom-and-bust price pattern
URBANA, Ill. – Markets can take your breath away, and the hog market over the past year has left many breathless.  A year ago in March, the new PED virus was the talk in the livestock media. Baby pig death losses of nearly 100 percent were the reality for some herds.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Logistical fears, strike subsiding in South Americas
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The big item of conversation to start the week was the ongoing Brazilian trucker strike where violence erupted over the weekend with at least one dead.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Price at the Pump printed February 27, 2015
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Price at the Pump printed February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Outlook Forum: 2015 to see rising pork, steady beef production
According to the USDA Outlook Forum, pork production in the United States is expected to top 24 million pounds in 2015. If realized, it would be a new record and an increase of 1.25 million pounds relative to 2014.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blue Mound native heads Ill. Performance Tested bull sale
URBANA — The Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale was the lead-off event of the 2015 Illinois Beef Expo held on Feb. 19 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

USDA Outlook Forum, acre projections dominate trade talk
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Grain trade has been mixed this week as funds have liquidated long corn, short bean spreads. The subsequent action has caused corn to break down out of its three-week long range, while soybeans have maintained the $10 level on the March contract thanks to some strength in the meal and oil sectors. For the week, March corn is down 8 cents, while March soybeans are up 17 cents.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Agriculture education line item critical to ag industry's future
RANTOUL, ILL. — The Illinois Leadership Council for Agriculture Education (ILCAE) urges supporters to contact Governor Rauner’s office and their legislators to protect the Agriculture Education line item as recommended by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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