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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessing the prospects for 2017 corn production
URBANA, Ill. – The August Crop Production report surprised many market observers by forecasting 2017 corn production at 14.153 billion bushels. In particular, the corn yield forecast of 169.5 bushels per acre came under scrutiny due to higher-than-expected yield forecasts in major producing states. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, the question is whether the corn production forecast will change enough to result in higher prices than those currently reflected in the market.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AgrAbility Unlimited to coordinate health and safety tent at Farm Progress Show 
URBANA, Ill. — As important as it is to have the proper equipment in a farming operation, so is taking the proper measures to ensure health and safety while operating them. This year’s Farm Progress Show on August 29 to 31 in Decatur, Illinois features a health and safety tent coordinated by University of Illinois Extension’s Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited progam. The tent will provide free health screenings, information, and resources on farm safety and overall health.
Wednesday, August 23, 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

Christian County teachers learn how to incorporate ag in the classroom
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

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

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

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











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