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Ten Taylorville FFA members advance to district FFA Proficiency Awards
TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are the THS FFA Section 16 Proficiency Award interview competitors (front row) Ryan Held, Harley Leatherman, Ellie Tippitt, Kent Girard, (middle row) Sydney Yonk, Maddison Wilson, Molly Smith, Layne Lebshier, (back row) Tucker Hamm, Daniel Gardner, Jett Vickery, Mason Hutchison, Tanner Mickey, Duncan Beck, Hayden Chamberlain, Steven Harris, Abel Gunn, Chris Kindermann, Nate Johnson.
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TAYLORVILLE — Pictured from left are the THS FFA Section 16 Proficiency Award interview competitors (front row) Ryan Held, Harley Leatherman, Ellie Tippitt, Kent Girard, (middle row) Sydney Yonk, Maddison Wilson, Molly Smith, Layne Lebshier, (back row) Tucker Hamm, Daniel Gardner, Jett Vickery, Mason Hutchison, Tanner Mickey, Duncan Beck, Hayden Chamberlain, Steven Harris, Abel Gunn, Chris Kindermann, Nate Johnson.
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TAYLORVILLE — Recently, ten THS FFA members won their respective areas at the Section 16 Proficiency Awards and will be advancing onto the District competition on March 7 at Sullivan High School. The proficiency award competition started at the Chapter level in January when the Taylorville Chapter selected the top students to represent the chapter at the Section 16 competition. There are 47 total areas that students can compete in. After the Section 16 competition, ten Taylorville FFA members won their area and advanced onto Districts.
Saturday, February 17, 2018


FFA Fun Facts...
The FFA jacket was adopted as official dress in 1933. More than 50,000 FFA jackets are manufactured every year.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Central A&M FFA hosts Food Science CDE
MOWEAQUA — On Wednesday, January 17, eight members from the Central A&M FFA participated in the Section 16 Food Science CDE in which Central A&M placed 1st overall.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Central A&M FFA advances two to district competition in FFA Public Speaking CDE
OKAW VALLEY — On Thursday, January 25, three members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Okaw Valley High School to compete in the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE. CAM FFA had a great night, placing in the top three in each area.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nebraska, Mississippi colleges start poultry degree program
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has signed a cooperation agreement with Mississippi State University to train students for careers in the poultry industry.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Did you know?
Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, have been a topic of heated conversation for the last several months. People have strong opinions on both sides of the GMO debate.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA Greenhands compete in Quiz Bowl
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville FFA Greenhands sport smiles after competing in their first career development event, the section 19 Greenhand quiz bowl. Pictured from left: Cade Bethard, Isaac Ferrill, Larry Scott, Gabby Foster, and Mackenzie Harmon.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA Week
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville Dairy Foods team takes fourth place
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Dairy Foods team won 4th place at the Section 19 Dairy Foods competition this year. Maria Brockamp placed 8th as an individual in the event. Pictured from left are: Mr. Josh Bullard, Johnny Davidson, Kara Fesser, Hallie Schneider, Carly Goebel, and Maria Brockamp.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA attends National Convention
MORRISONVILLE — In October, four students from the Morrisonville FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. While there, the students spent time in the general meeting sessions and career fair and were also able to watch the rodeo and a hypnotist show. Members from left: Maria Brockamp, Ali Harris, Mackenzie Harmon, and Carly Goebel.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA installs 2017-18 officers
MORRISONVILLE —Pictured is the Morrisonville FFA Chapter 2017-18 officer team with their new Ag teacher, Mr. Josh Bullard (center). Officers from left: Kara Fesser, Reporter; Madison Lush, Vice President; Bailey Wilkinson, Chaplain; Johnny Davidson, Sentinel; Mr. Josh Bullard, Advisor; Bekka Fesser, Historian; Maria Brockamp, President; Mackenzie Harmon, Secretary; and Carly Goebel, Treasurer.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morrisonville FFA travel to Farm Machinery Show
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville FFA Members are pictured after traveling to Louisville, Ky. for the Farm Machinery Show. They were able to view an array of new machinery and technology that the agriculture industry has to offer. Pictured from left are: Cameron Harmon, Brendan Meyer, Madison Lush, Mackenzie Harmon, Bailey Wilkinson, and Maria Brockamp.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

FFA experience creates wide variety of opportunities
TAYLORVILLE — When THS senior Abel Gunn started his FFA project as a freshman, he had no idea that he would have the opportunity to work in two different types of jobs in two different towns.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Taylorville FFA member creates SAE Project, helps THS
TAYLORVILLE — Many people think that FFA is just for farm kids; however, today it is for all kids, and senior Ryan Held is proof of that. Ryan has an SAE in Diversified Horticulture that is unique and makes a difference to the campus at Taylorville High School. An SAE project is a supervised agriculture experience that requires students to work on projects and keep records on them. Ryan spends his summers landscaping around the school yard at Taylorville High School. For the past two years he has been spraying roundup and keeping the school yard looking nice.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Taylorville students take home Star Greenhand
TAYLORVILLE — Recently 12 students in Section 16 FFA competed for the Star Greenhand FFA Degree. When applying for the Greenhand Degree, students have the opportunity to compete for special awards such as Star in Farmer, Placement, Entrepreneurship and Agri-Science. This year THS took four participants to interview to gain their degree. The four were Tanner Mickey, Jett Vickery, Tucker Hamm and Molly Smith.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Proposed farm legislation offers conservation incentives 
BLOOMINGTON — U.S. House Agriculture Committee members Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th District) and Mike Bost (R-IL 12th District) have introduced Farm Bureau-initiated legislation creating a new conservation assistance loan (CAL) program for corn, soybean and wheat producers that will provide additional assistance for farmers who plant cover crops.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

University of Illinois crunches USDA export numbers
URBANA, Ill. — Corn and soybean export projections for the 2017-18 marketing year changed substantially in the February 8 WASDE report. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the adjustments to export projections for both crops confirmed recent market information associated with export pace and foreign production potential.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beans find chart momentum despite Chinese cancellations
TAYLORVILLE — Hot and dry conditions in Argentina continue to be a driving force behind strength in the grain markets. This week, March corn is up four cents and march soybeans are up 28 cents.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pana Hill Top joins Angus Association
PANA, Ill. — Hill Top Angus, Pana, Illinois, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

UI launches bioenergy research center
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is launching a new bioenergy research center that will be used to generate new fuel products directly from plants.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Resilient farm roadshow this month
URBANA, Ill. — Some of the habits of successful farm managers include being innovative and cost-conscious, and evaluating the returns on alternative technologies and investments. Cash flow management is key in preserving working capital in these tight economic times. Crop insurance and marketing presents opportunities to manage risks. These and other topics will be discussed during a series of half-day workshops throughout Illinois in February.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops
 URBANA, Ill. — According to a recent ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2018. Although this figure is down slightly from last year, the industry is still growing at a modest pace. However, until now, producers have had to rely on incomplete information and unrealistic, small-scale studies in guiding their decisions about which feedstocks to grow, and where. A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Clarkson Grain Co. CEO to speak on markets
DECATUR — The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship Spring 2018 Speaker Series will start on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with keynote speaker Lynn Clarkson, chairman of Clarkson Grain Company Inc. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. in Banquet Room B on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin University's campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Logan Co. family honored, sustainable ag award
SPRINGFIELD —  The Illinois Department of Agriculture has named the Bishop family of PrairiErth Farm in Logan County the winners of the annual R.J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Local Extension sponsoring Dudley Smith Farm winter meeting Feb. 15
TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Extension Office in Taylorville is hosting a Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the U of I Christian County Extension Office at 1120 N. Webster Street in Taylorville. This “in-office” field day will feature a variety of topics including cattle management, stretching your hay budget and current research that takes place at the U of I Dudley Smith Farm near Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Farm Bureau Foundation and Young Ag Leaders announce scholarships
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Christian County Farm Bureau (CCFB) Foundation Board of Trustees and the Christian County Young Ag Leaders (YAL) continued its commitment to supporting young agriculturists by approving to continue sponsoring scholarship allotments for 2018 at their November Board of Trustees Meeting.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

National Farmers Union, Illinois Farm Bureau respond to State of Union
WASHINGTON – In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump continued his promises to turn the page “on decades of unfair trade deals” and to rebuild the nation’s “crumbling infrastructure,” both issues of major concern for American family farmers and ranchers.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Corn technicals turn positive, cross major thresholds; beans stay steady
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been higher this week on lingering concerns about South American weather and technical buying.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Two county residents reappointed to state fair board

SPRINGFIELD (Jan. 23, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has reappointed twelve members to the State Fair Advisory Board, including Christian County residents Sue Schafer and Gary McConnell; he also named three new members to the board. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

South American weather, Bitcoin technology capture market focus

TAYLORVILLE — Domestic fundamental news has been sparse this week as grain markets are still fixated on South American weather and the prospect that some yield loses could materialize there as a result of too much moisture in some areas and not enough in others.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

U of I economist: Can corn prices get above the current range?

URBANA, Ill. — March corn futures prices continue to hover in a range between $3.48 and $3.60 since the release of the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

With sweet corn, workhorses win, U of I says
 URBANA, Ill. – When deciding which sweet corn hybrids to plant, vegetable processors need to consider whether they want their contract growers using a workhorse or a racehorse. Is it better to choose a hybrid with exceptional yields under ideal growing conditions (i.e., the racehorse) or one that performs consistently well across ideal and less-than-ideal conditions (i.e., the workhorse)? New research from the University of Illinois suggests the workhorse is the winner in processing sweet corn.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

USDA reports provide some surprises for what is expected for 2018
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA released a set of reports on Jan.12 containing information with implications for corn and soybean prices in 2018. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final estimates of the 2017 U.S. corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soybeans in storage as of Dec.1, 2017. Additionally, the World Agricultural Outlook Board reports provide new forecasts for global supply and consumption levels during the 2017-18 marketing year.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Record corn yields produce only minimal selling
TAYLORVILLE — Grain traders have little fundamental reason for a bullish sentiment this week on the heals of a USDA supply and demand report that featured a record corn yield of 176.6 bushels on Friday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pheasant season extended at area sites
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There’s good news for hunters who were lamenting the end of controlled pheasant hunting season in Illinois.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sportsmen invited to farm bill forums
SPRINGFIELD — The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partners (TRCP), in cooperation with the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF), has scheduled three public forums entitled "Illinois Sportsmen's Guide to the 2018 Farm Bill."
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CA&M FFA competes in area event
SULLIVAN —On Wednesday, December 13, the Central A&M FFA traveled to Sullivan High School to compete in the Section 16 Parliamentary Procedure Contest.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Farmers can begin nominating schools for grants to enhance STEM education
 ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In 2018, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Will Award More Than $2.3 Million to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Curriculums
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Farm groups fight rural opioid crisis
WASHINGTON – As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong,” to raise awareness of the crisis’ impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

U of I studying effects of climate change on crop yields
URBANA, Ill. – Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields. Researchers from University of Illinois are attempting to bridge two types of computational crop models to become more reliable predictors of crop production in the U.S. Corn Belt.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Grain markets looking for direction in early 2018
TAYLORVILLE — Many traders are just now filing back into the office after a long holiday break, and, as is usually the case just after the new year, the market is still trying to digest two weeks of thin trade and half-baked influences that have been the drivers without solid fundamental news.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Central A&M FFA Attends Section 16 Agronomy CDE
CHAMPAIGN — On Tuesday, November 7, seven members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign. Team members included Morgan Jamison, Ella Forlines, Erin Forlines, Jodie Smith, Alaina Burgener, Hunter Mott and Jacob Nash. As a team Central A&M FFA received 4th place overall. Hunter Mott placed 4th place overall individual and Morgan Jamison place 10th place overall individual. Pictured from left: Ella Forlines, Hunter Mott, Morgan Jamison, Jacob Nash, Alaina Burgener, Jodie Smith and Erin Forlines.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NRCS, U of I partner to help producers improve wildlife habitats
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl in Central Illinois. Funds are made possible using the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of NRCS’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS has partnered with the University of Illinois (U of I) to help producers improve natural resource concerns, namely migratory wildlife habitat and water quality. Producers can apply for this assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to plan and install drainage water management and cover crop practices.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Crude oil pulls grain markets higher in thin holiday trade
TAYLORVILLE — The grain markets are battling bearish fundamental undertones, but a strong performance from crude oil has encouraged some light buying interest in a week where the only thing predictable is unpredictability as trading volume is paper thin.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NRCS to offer IL farmers special funding for PCM techniques
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer Illinois producers special funding for precision conservation management techniques as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is an innovative service program designed to combine financial farm business planning with precision conservation technology in a way that helps producers make intelligent conservation decisions for their operation.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Anticipating the Dec. 1 corn inventories difficult
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA releases the estimate of corn stocks held in the United States on Jan. 12. On the same date, the final estimate of the size of the 2017 corn crop is revealed. The estimates show the level of corn consumption during the first quarter of the 2017-18 marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, these estimates allow for an updated projection of the level of stocks likely to be on hand at the end of the marketing year and will provide an indication of the direction for corn prices through the spring.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Career Development Event
NIANTIC — The Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Sangamon Valley High School to  participate in the Section 16 Dairy Products CDE. At the contest, members had to identify different types of cheese, differentiate between real and artificial dairy products, score and criticize milk samples, score and criticize milker head units, complete a mastitis test, take a written exam and solve a team problem. The members who attended this contest are pictured above from left are (front row) Morgan Jamison, Ella Forlines, Hailey Wilson, (back row) Maygan Durbin, Isaac Woodard and Drew Guebert. The team placed 6th overall. Drew Guebert was 8th place individual overall.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kincaid woman among Dept. of Ag employees recognized for service
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Each year, the Department of Agriculture holds a holiday luncheon to honor all employees and recognize a select few for their outstanding service.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Registration open for small farm winter webinar series on enterprise, strategy
 URBANA, Ill. — Fields and gardens may soon be snowed over, but winter is the perfect time to develop new skills in small farming and local food production, whether it’s expanding to include new specialty crops or learning the art of high tunnel production.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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










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