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Local chapters Celebrate 2017 National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25
INDIANAPOLIS – Local chapters will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25, 2017. This year’s theme is Transform Purpose to Action, and it embraces more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.
Saturday, February 18, 2017


MHS FFA members attend State Convention
MORRISONVILLE — The members of the Morrisonville High School FFA gropu attended the State FFA Convention. Pictured from left are: Maria Brockamp, Bailey Wilkinson, Nathan Goebel, Madison Lush, Mackenzie Harmon.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

ICGA issues statement regarding Scott Pruitt
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U..S. Senate's approval of Scott Pruitt's nomination to be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nebraska food company incorporates crickets into many of their products
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Most food companies hope to keep bugs out of their products.

A Nebraska business is trying to figure out just how many insects it can put in.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Working hard on the family farm
TAYLORVILLE — There are over sixty Taylorville FFA members that have a variety of Supervised Agriculture Experience Project that deal with raising livestock and crops, mowing yards, landscaping, agriscience research, Ag communication, and various community service activities.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

MHS FFA Gain Experience At State Fair
SPRINGFIELD — Morrisonville High School FFA members gained good experience cleaning barns at the Illinois State Fair. The task was a fundraiser for the MHS chapter.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

MHS FFA Solving Team Problems
MORRISONVILLE — Morrisonville High School FFA members try to solve a team problem during the State Officer visit.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Josh Snyder makes community service project award winning SAE
TAYLORVILLE — FFA students that conduct SAE projects learn numerous valuable skills such as record keeping, budgeting, production skills, the latest in agriscience technology, communication, and basic career skills that are useful for students throughout their lives.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Morrisonville FFA Week Schedule
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Taylorville FFA students take home 7 State FFA Degrees
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, interviews for the coveted State FFA Degree took place at the Macon County Farm Bureau Office in Decatur, Ill.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

A wildlife conservationist in high school FFA program
TAYLORVILLE — Most high school kids are busy with sports, school work, and friends, but one high school senior spends several hours of time taking care of the wildlife needs on Lake Sangchris.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

CAM FFA Participates in Star Greenhand Interviews
On Friday, February 10, 2017, three Central A&M FFA members traveled to the Macon County Farm Bureau Building in Decatur to attend the Star Greenhand Interviews.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Central A&M FFA members compete in proficiency judging
On Monday, February 13th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Maroa-Forsyth High School to compete in the Section 16 Proficiency Judging. 
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Illinois lawmakers propose biotechnology tax credits
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers have proposed a plan to offer tax credits to biotechnology businesses in hopes of boosting agricultural jobs in central Illinois.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Development of soybean prices over the next year will depend on size of '17 crop

URBANA, Ill. – As we approach the midway point of the 2016-17 marketing year, planting and new crop marketing decisions are being made for the next marketing year. This is the time of year to discuss 2017-18 soybean marketing-year prospects.. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the development of soybean prices over the next year depends on the prospective size of the 2017 U.S. crop and the prospects for stocks at the end of the 2016-17 marketing year.

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christian County on list of counties allowing turkey hunting on private land
TAYLORVILLE — The USDA Outlook Forum is set for February 23, it will  set the table for the upcoming acreage debate, and it should shift market attention from South America for a at least a couple of days.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 23 Outlook Forum to set stage for upcoming acreage debate
TAYLORVILLE — The USDA Outlook Forum is set for February 23, it will  set the table for the upcoming acreage debate, and it should shift market attention from South America for a at least a couple of days.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Putting small acres to work seminar set for Mar. 24
TAYLORVILLE — University of Illinois Extension will be sponsoring a workshop on March 24, 2017 entitled “Putting Small Acres to Work” at Lincoln Land Community College – Litchfield.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

USAD: Removal of animal welfare records not final
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says “adjustments may be made” in its decision to remove animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

UI researches using crop data to predict climate change impact
 URBANA, Ill. — How will the rising temperatures expected to occur with global climate change affect soybean growth in the Midwest? Rather than wait and see, researchers at the University of Illinois will use real crop data and computer modeling to better predict future impacts of higher temperatures on agricultural production and identify promising targets for adaptation.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Christian County farmer joins Illinois Pork Producers Association board
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Pork Producers Association has three new incoming board members this year. Darren Sims will now be representing District 6, Chad Leman will be an At-Large Director and Alan Hays will be the Allied Industry Representative.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Outlook: Demand stays strong ahead of South American production update
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been back and forth in mixed trade this week, though corn is currently three higher on the March contract. March Soybeans, on the other hand, have benefited from some chart buying and are up 15 cents on the week.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Prophetstown ag program experiencing rapid growth
PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Burgeoning agriculture educator Hailey Michelson once thought buffalo wings came from actual buffaloes.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

U of I Ag Economist Hubbs: Corn consumption update
URBANA, Ill. — Since early October, the March 2017 corn futures prices have fluctuated in a price range between $3.40 and $3.70. USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released on Jan. 12 presented a mixed signal on corn consumption forecasts with a reduction of 50 million bushels in feed and residual use and an increase in corn used for ethanol by 25 million bushels for the 2016-17 marketing year.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Is it time to sell some 2017 soybeans?
URBANA, Ill. — Soybean prices increased dramatically over the week ending Jan. 20 on reduced production estimates for the United States and increased uncertainty in the prospects for South American soybean production. Old-crop soybean cash bid prices in central Illinois ended the week at approximately $10.40.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Boxwood blight confirmed in Illinois
URBANA, Ill. — Boxwood blight, a serious fungal disease, has been confirmed in Illinois. According to a University Diagnostic Outreach Extension Specialist, two boxwood samples were submitted to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic in late 2016. The samples came from Lake and Cook Counties in northeastern Illinois. Both were from recent landscape additions.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Political uncertainties sway markets in Trump's first week
TAYLORVILLE — There has been a lot of buzz this week in the agriculture markets after President Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ext. offering Beef Cow-Calf Program
TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Extension Office in Taylorville is hosting a Beef Cow-Calf Field Day Monday, January 23, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. This “in-office” field day will highlight the latest on beef cattle grazing systems, livestock management in research trials around the Midwest and those in place at the U of I Dudley Smith Farm near Pana.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

USDA reports provide support to corn and soybean prices
URBANA, Ill. — On Jan.12, the USDA released a set of reports with major implications for corn and soybean prices in 2017. The National Agricultural Statistics Service released the final estimates of the 2016 U.S. corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soybeans in storage as of Dec.1, 2016.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Markets respond favorably to Argentine flooding
TAYLORVILLE — Argentine weather was wet over the weekend as two to four inches of precipitation resulted in standing water through much of the central portion of the county.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter ration considerations for beef cows
URBANA, Ill. — Feed costs represent over half the total cost in a cow-calf production system. The majority of feed costs are from feeding cows during the winter season when most grasses are dormant. As a result, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator Travis Meteer says producers can greatly impact profitability by managing winter feed costs.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Prospects for corn consumption from ethanol production in 2017
URBANA, Ill. — The U.S. ethanol industry ended 2016 on a high note. Ethanol production for the week ending Dec. 30 set a new ethanol production record with an average of 1.043 million barrels per day.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Grain markets awaiting final US production data
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been mixed in consolidated trade this week. Weather items in South America look to be improving, which has produced some profit taking, but first-of-the-year fund rebalancing has encouraged light buying interest. For the week, March corn is unchanged while January soybeans are up 19. At midday on Wednesday, though, both markets looked to be trending lower.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

U of I Ag Economist: More pork in 2017 with higher hog prices?
URBANA, Ill. – The latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report released on Dec. 23 indicated that pork supplies in 2017 will be larger than pre-report expectations.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No-till study showing benefits, if farmers stick with it
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A long-term study into the pros and cons of no-till farming has found that it's easy to get producers to try the practice, but difficult to get them to stick with it.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Argentine tax cut could spark additional planted acres
TAYLORVILLE — South American weather remains the primary influence in the grain markets. Beans opened the new year with a firmer tone after some dry weather concerns have materialized in Northern Brazil. By and large, though, the country is experiencing near ideal weather and rains are forecasted over the next seven to 10 days, so any stress is expected to be minimal.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kentucky farms seeing more direct and local sales
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A new survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 3,200 Kentucky farms reported selling some of their products locally.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2nd Indiana beef cattle herd found with bovine tuberculosis
BROOKVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State animal health officials say a second beef cattle herd has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in southeastern Indiana.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Evansville teacher to use grant money to study food science
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A self-described Food Network junkie and foodie wanna-be, Denna Sharp will get to live out some of her dreams this summer.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Chinese tariffs unsettling for demand outlook
TAYLORVILLE — Grain markets opened the post-holiday trade with a firm undertone. March corn finished 11 cents higher while January soybeans were up 25 cents.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Keith Good's new Farm Policy News website
URBANA, Ill. — Fans of Keith Good’s Farmpolicy.com website who were sad to see it discontinued in 2015 will be happy to hear about his new University of Illinois blogsite.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Statewide program for agricultural workers with disabilities gains support
URBANA, Ill. — AgrAbility Unlimited, a state-wide program promoting independence in agriculture for people with disabilities and their families, has acquired renewed funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Prairie Fruits Farm worker knows how to talk the ag talk
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Growing up in Wisconsin, Lynn Doran and her brother always bugged their parents to buy them an ATV.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Growing South American estimates pressure grains
TAYLORVILLE — For the week, March corn has traded six cents lower while January soybeans are down 31. The selling interest has been precipitated by big South American crop estimates and a return to more favorable weather there.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Farm forensics: a livestock mystery for 7th-8th graders
Farm forensics: solve the livestock mystery and uncover the answers in this year’s Youth Livestock Conference. This University of Illinois Extension 4-H program provides leadership and team building activities as well as exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

UofI Economist: Investigating US soybean export potential
URBANA, Ill. — Despite strong U.S. soybean export numbers in the early part of the marketing year driven by Chinese imports, USDA’s  World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for December maintains the forecast of 2016-17 marketing-year exports of U.S. soybeans at 2.05 billion bushels.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Markets battling bearish supplies, bullish demand
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been mixed to start the week. March corn is up two cents for the week and January beans are down nine cents.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Farm forensics: a livestock mystery for 7th-8th graders
Farm forensics: solve the livestock mystery and uncover the answers in this year’s Youth Livestock Conference.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

UofI Economist: Investigating US soybean export potential
URBANA, Ill. — Despite strong U.S. soybean export numbers in the early part of the marketing year driven by Chinese imports, USDA’s  World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for December maintains the forecast of 2016-17 marketing-year exports of U.S. soybeans at 2.05 billion bushels.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Markets battling bearish supplies, bullish demand
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been mixed to start the week. March corn is up two cents for the week and January beans are down nine cents.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Peach grower sues Monsanto over herbicide
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's biggest peach producer is suing Monsanto Co. over illegal herbicide users suspected of causing widespread crop damage in Missouri and neighboring states.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

FFA Career Opportunities
MATTOON — Taylorville Agriculture Program and FFA members had the opportunity to attend Laker Day at Lake Land College.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

UofI: Hog prices join corn and wheat at 10-year lows
URBANA, Ill. — For many producers of agricultural commodities, prices are a key driver of their financial wellbeing. Wide-ranging price movements over time can vastly alter their financial conditions. According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, it is clear that the financial impacts of price movements affect many agricultural input businesses as well.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bioenergy grass can withstand freezing temps
URBANA, Ill. — March 2012 was unusually warm. Biomass crops around the Midwest were well established and thriving. But when a late frost came in mid-April, all of that changed.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

EPA Renewable Fuel Standard rallies soybean oil prices
URBANA, Ill. — From Oct.13 through Nov. 25, the price of January 2017 soybean futures increased by 8.4 percent. The higher prices were led by soybean oil prices, with the January 2017 futures price up 9.4 percent during the same time period, reports University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Markets bearish in response to post-holiday trade
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have featured a small-scale sell off this week as traders return to their posts after vacationing for much of the latter part of last week. Market that buy big in thin volume markets typically sell equally as big when those traders inevitably return. For the weak, December corn is down 13 cents while January soybeans are down four cents.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THS FFA students attend 212 degree conference
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville FFA chapter members, Kirra Walter and Ryleigh Hurley attended the annual 212 degree conference in Bloomington-Normal, Ill. on Nov. 18-19, 2016. This conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsors as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CAM FFA places 2nd at Section 16 Agronomy CDE
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — On Tuesday, November 15, eight members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Grains unaffected as dollar index reaches 15-year high
TAYLORVILLE — Soybeans have been the leader this week after registering their first 20-plus-cent rally since August. Chinese beans have been performing well recently, which may have sparked some buying interest, but market volume is also incredibly thin in anticipation of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Central A&M FFA attends National Leadership Conference
NORMAL, Ill. — Students from FFA chapters across Illinois attended the 360 degrees Leadership Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Normal, Ill. This conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta. Nate Coffman, Erin Forlines, and Isaac Woodard, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the event November 18-19, 2016 in Normal, Ill.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016









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