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Corporate America organizing FFA alumni chapters
BURR RIDGE, Ill —  CNH Industrial announces the charter of a CNH Industrial FFA Alumni Chapter, consisting of CNH Industrial employees and employees of the company's global agricultural brands Case IH and New Holland Agriculture. Through the work of the alumni chapter, company volunteers will build relationships with FFA chapters and support the education of students in the areas in which CNH Industrial and its brands do business.
Thursday, February 22, 2018


Petting Zoo
TAYLORVILLE — FFA held a petting zoo for North Elementary Students on Wednesday, February 21. Students were able to view bunnies, goats, dogs, a cow and chickens.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

FFA Dress Like An Animal Day
TAYLORVILLE — This Wednesday the Taylorville FFA kicked off the second dress up day of FFA Week by hosting “Dress Like a Farm Animal Day.” Members and students alike dressed like their favorite farm animal. It was a fun way to raise awareness for agriculture. A popular costume was a Holstein dairy cow. Overall, students enjoyed the fun and freedom of “Dress Like an Animal day.” Pictured are Lia Rexroad, Lyndzi Whitehead, Blake Tippitt, Jett Vickery, Harley Leatherman and Gracie Corso.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Farming crops with crushed rock to reduce CO2
URBANA, Ill. — Farming crops with crushed rocks could help to improve global food security and capture CO2 from the atmosphere, a new study has found.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Morrisonville 4-H Group Celebrates Valentines Day
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville 4-H group members are pictured with their Valentines. The members are, from left, (front row) Hayden Harker, Brody Harker, Elayna Harker, Adelaide Dunkirk, Rayla Brown, Riley Brown, Mackenzie Harmon, (back row) Isabella Murphy, Madison Lush, Everett Albright, Bekka Fesser, Kara Fesser and Maria Brockamp.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Clover 4-H Club Donates To Food Pantry
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the Clover 4-H Club brought bags full of supplies for birthday parties which will be given to the Taylorville Food Pantry. Pictured from left are (front row) Drew Mickey, Liam Piatt, Tyler Corpin, Mallory Zimmerman, Josie Cole, Claire Vaira, (back row) Mylie Corso, Brooke Bates, Natalie Cook, Ethan Belsher, Jonathon Scott, Tanner Mickey, Macy Richards, Meredith Cook, Sophia Robinson and Hayden Baker.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

FFA began at a time when boys were leaving farms
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In 1928, 33 students from 18 states gathered in Kansas City, Mo., to form the Future Farmers of America.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Farmers can nominate schools for STEM grants
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will go unfilled. To help K-12 educators enhance their STEM curriculum and excite their students about these fields, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will once again provide farmers with the opportunity to nominate their local public schools for the chance to receive $10,000 or $25,000 grants.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

County Lady Landowners plan meetings in new year
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County Lady Landowners is in its 56th year of existence. The group was organized to help women learn more about the business of operating a farm. This year, the group’s meeting topics include information for the farm as well as daily living.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lincoln Land Ag Club competes at state
SPRINGFIELD — Twelve Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization spring conference held at LLCC Feb. 9. Students from seven community colleges and universities participated in contests designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lads & Lassies Meet
MORRISONVILLE — On Sunday, January 21, the Morrisonville Lads and Lassies met for their monthly meetin where they made Valentine's cards for nursing home residents and concluded the meeting with a demonstration of how to make Rice Krispie treats. Pictured in the top photo are Clover Buds Rayla Brown and Michael Albright. Below are Cover Bud Gentry Dunkirk and Isabella Murphy.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FFA member's project more than counting sheep
TAYLORVILLE — It is easy for some FFA members to have a successful livestock Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project since some members grow up on farms. Over the past three years Taylorville FFA member, Chris Kindermann has successfully completed his SAE in the sheep placement category, has been recommended for his State FFA Degree and has no direct ties to production agriculture.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

TMH accepting applications for ag scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce they are accepting scholarship applications for the John H. Butterfield Agriculture and Nutrition Scholarship. One $1,000 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.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ag Machinery learning new technologies in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Twelve FFA members and Agriculture Machinery Service students at Taylorville high school attended the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday February 14-16.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Forest stewardship conference Mar. 10
URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension are hosting the 2018 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference on Saturday, March 10, at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Edinburg FFA Chapter plans for upcoming events
EDINBURG — This has been an exciting year for the Edinburg FFA Chapter. They started the year off by electing a new Officer Team. This year’s officers are Adam Yoder (President), Samantha Sabo (Vice President), Zander Doan (Treasurer), Luke Milan (Secretary) and Noah Oller (Sentinel). The chapter stayed busy last semester attending various conferences, Career Development Events and different school activities.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Job experience helps FFA member win state degree
TAYLORVILLE — Duncan Beck started his adventure in Agriculture Education his freshman year with Introduction to Agriculture. He created an award-winning SAE project while working with his dad at his agricultural plumbing business, Beck’s Plumbing.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

FFA member plans to pursue medical career
TAYLORVILLE — An extremely important part of any FFA member’s life is their SAE, or Supervised Agricultural Experience. For some students it is not easy to find the perfect SAE, especially if they are not from a farm or agriculture background.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting set for March 9
URBANA, Ill. — Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2018 Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting planned for March 9 at Sauk Valley Community College outside Dixon. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Working on family farm leads to successful SAE
TAYLORVILLE — Though every student enrolled in an Ag class is encouraged to keep a record book of a Supervised Agricultural Experience, many struggle to find a hobby or occupation with enough agriculture influence to compete with the book. Senior Kent Girard, on the other hand, has kept three active record books since his freshman year in the areas of Beef Placement, Grain Placement and Soybean Placement.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THS FFA Alumni members attend FFA conference
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Taylorville  FFA Alumni Chapter attended the 2018 Illinois FFA Alumni Conference in Champaign, Illinois at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel on January 26-27, 2018.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Did you know?
Monday, February 19, 2018

THS FFA State Degree Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Six members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter won State FFA Degrees. Pictured from left, the winning members are (front row) Ryan Held, Ellie Tippitt, Abel Gunn, (back row) Chris Kindermann, Kent Girard and Duncan Beck.
Monday, February 19, 2018

THS FFA advances 3 to public speaking event
TAYLORVILLE — On January 25, the Taylorville FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE. The students who attended were Ryan Held, Jett Vickery, Tanner Mickey, Molly Smith, Lance DeClerck, Conner Grant, Isabelle Norris, and Gracie Corso. The different types of speaking were, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, FFA Creed Speaking, and Prepared Public Speaking.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Teen turns family business into award-winning SAE
TAYLORVILLE — For Harley Leatherman, working at her family's business turned into an amazing SAE without her even knowing. Harley’s family owns and operates Grand Stand Attractions, a demolition derby operation that hosts competitions in multiple states, involving combines, lawn mowers and cars. Harley’s SAE project has offered her a variety of positions to hold while working with her family.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Project Completed
Senior FFA members Ryan Knight and Kevin Childers sit atop the Model A tractor they restored in ag class.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Taylorville FFA busy this year with project, events
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA Chapter is always busy, and this year has been no different. To date, the Taylorville Chapter has attended numerous Career Development Events, several Leadership Events and worked on numerous community service projects. When the Taylorville FFA Chapter reflects on its year’s accomplishments during FFA Week, many highlights come to mind.
Monday, February 19, 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

Ten Taylorville FFA members advance to district FFA Proficiency Awards
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

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










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