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Weekly outlook: Corn and soybeans move higher on supply and trade
Strong price rallies in both corn and soybeans closed out the week after a mixed reaction on Thursday. Corn prices initially fell due to higher-than-expected production levels. Severe winter weather over a substantial area of the Corn Belt, along with a possible limited trade deal, brought the subsequent rally on Friday. If the follow-through occurs on the trade front and supply impacts from the storm appear, the potential for maintaining the rally looks very feasible, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Edinburg FFA competes in Land Use Career Development Event last week
The Edinburg FFA Chapter competed at the Section 16 Land Use Career Development Event on October 10 in Bethany.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Illinois plant pathologist reports there's good news for pumpkins and apples
Illinois specialty crop growers have reason to celebrate the end of the 2019 growing season, according to plant pathologist Mohammad Babadoost of the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Elite Conference
On Thursday, September 19, four Central A&M FFA Members traveled to the Heartland Community College in Normal, IL to attend the 2019 Elite Conference.  The conference was put on for students interested in the agriculture education field.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lads and Lassies celebrate National 4-H week
MORRISONVILLE — This week is National 4-H Week. Every year at this time members of the Lads & Lassies 4-H Club in Morrisonville are invited to share their thoughts on 4-H and why they have become members. Following are comments from brand new Clover Bud and 4-H members as well as our seasoned members. 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Stephens joins Farm Credit
TAYLORVILLE — Farm Credit Illinois recently hired Garrett Stephens of Edinburg as an assistant vice president of crop insurance in the Taylorville regional office. The Taylorville office serves farm families and rural landowners in Christian and Montgomery Counties.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

U of I hub for collaborative research, Center for Digital Agriculture, opens
URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the creation of the Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA), a new center that brings together agricultural producers, researchers, and industries to innovate on the technology that is transforming agriculture to feed and support a growing global population. The center, which will launch today at the Center for Digital Agriculture Industry Conference, seeks to develop digital solutions to agricultural roadblocks.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New Illinois degree in animal sciences, technology
The Illinois Board of Higher Education this month approved a new undergraduate degree combining computer sciences and animal sciences at the University of Illinois. Incoming freshmen can enroll in the program, known as CS + Animal Sciences, starting in the fall of 2021.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Prospects for corn use in ethanol look set to recover
Ethanol plant margins, plants idling production, and continued haggling over small refinery exemptions provide the background for ethanol production moving into the 2019-20 marketing year. Corn use for ethanol production during the 2019-20 marketing looks set to recover slightly from the weak levels seen during the 2018-19 marketing year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Habitat for pollinators workshop Oct. 10 in Taylorville
Learn about the benefits of prairie plants to native bees and pollinators. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to design prairie habitat for their landscape and learn what they can do to encourage pollinator’s survival.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Central A&M FFA Attends U Of I Greenhand Workshop
On Wednesday, September 25, 9 members from the Central A&M FFA attended University of Illinois Greenhand Workshop for first year members, who are also known as “Greenhands”. Attending the training school were Sami Huckstep, Logan Virden, Seth Bliss, Mason Warnick, Tanner Etherton, Tucker Long, Abby Vidmar, Karsyn Andricks, and Emily Harter. 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lincoln Land officials break ground for new Kreher Agriculture Center
Officials of Lincoln Land Community College have broken ground on a new building for the study of agriculture.

LLCC Board Chair Wayne Rosenthal announced that the new structure on the east edge of campus will be named the Kreher Agriculture Center, in honor of the late Charles and Irene Kreher.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New bean sales and quarterly stocks estimates drive markets higher
The weekly condition report from the USDA caught a lot of traders off guard after corn conditions improved two percent to 57 percent good to excellent on Monday. The increase is likely a product of the unseasonably warm weather that has blanketed a lot of the Midwest. The higher-than-expected rating has worked to limit buying interest in the market, though the charts are still working on a short-term uptrend.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

THS FFA attends Half Century of Progress show
RANTOUL, Ill. — Taylorville High School FFA members attended the 2019 Half Century of Progress Show hosted at a retired Air Force base in Rantoul.
For this event the Taylorville FFA exhibited their most recent shop project, a 1951 Farmall H.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Palmer amaranth's molecular secrets reveal trouble
URBANA, Ill. — Corn, soybean, and cotton farmers shudder at the thought of Palmer amaranth invading their fields. The aggressive cousin of waterhemp - itself a formidable adversary - grows extremely rapidly, produces hundreds of thousands of seeds per plant, and is resistant to multiple classes of herbicides, including glyphosate.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

2019 Christian County Yield Tour
Thursday, September 19, 2019

IDOL emphasizes safety during harvest season
SPRINGFIELD — Agriculture is such an integral part of Illinois that we sometimes lose sight of not only its importance but also its danger.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Oil rally lifts grain prices; trade conflict weighs on market
TAYLORVILLE — In response to an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, President Trump authorized emergency stockpiles to help mitigate potential supply disruptions this week. The attack did shut down five percent of the global output.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Land offices were busy places in early Illinois
ILLINOIS — In Illinois' earliest days, available land was in abundance, and there was plenty of demand. To satisfy the need, land offices were opened across the state to handle transactions.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

THS FFA holds Tornado Tuesday event at school
TAYLORVILLE — Last school year, the Taylorville FFA Chapter started an after school program known as Tornado Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Several Illinois agribusinesses among recipients of USDA energy grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Illinois State Director, Douglas Wilson has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sign up begins today for more than $3B in aid for farmers hurt by disasters
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Signup for this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will begin Sept. 11, 2019.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Grains react to condition decline, prep for US Department of Ag report
Across the corn belt, weather remains nonthreatening, but the weekly USDA crop condition report actually had a few surprises as it showed quickly deteriorating corn quality. Corn condition naturally begins to fade this time of year as the crop approaches full maturity, but the Tuesday report showed a three percent week-on-week decline, from 58 percent good to excellent a week ago to 55 percent currently. Soybean condition, however, remained unchanged at 55 percent good to excellent.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

College of ACES to host Celebrate Food and Agriculture Day Sept. 14
 The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences invites the public to attend the 2019 Celebrate Food & Agriculture Day on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. This year’s event will be held in a new location at the renovated Stock Pavilion.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Corn, soybean markets weigh effects of new tariffs
Weather forecasts have been mostly favorable, which has helped to maintain a stagnant tone in the markets this week. There is some discussion of an early frost that may encroach on the Midwest, but that’s pretty standard fare for this time of year, and it’s not yet ramped up enough to produce significant buying interest.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Growmark teams up with Solinftec to increase farm efficiency
Growmark, Inc.,, has announced its partnership with global AgTech leader Solinftec on digital solutions. The partnership will help FS member companies become more efficient in their operations to cover more acres a day, which will ultimately help growers get their fields applied faster and more accurately.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Plant your native garden this fall
If you missed the window for planting native plants in your garden this spring, don't worry, you still have time to get them in the ground in the fall.

"Growing native plants is a great way to benefit the environment, wildlife, and bring some interesting and beautiful plants to your garden," says Gemini Bhalsod, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Fall is a great time to plant and establish native gardens because the weed pressure is lower than in the spring."

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Farm Service Agency expands payment options
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to now accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

ADM invests $2.5 M towards Illinois Feed Technology Center
The Archer Daniels Midland Company today announced a $2.5-million gift to assist with funding construction of the Feed Technology Center, a key asset that will advance educational and research opportunities within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, and will advance animal agriculture and companion animal nutrition across the globe.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

USDA announces investments in community facilities
USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $52 million in 45 community facilities projects that will benefit nearly 200,000 rural residents  in 16 states.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

AGCO gift advances capabilities of new Illinois Feed Technology Center
The new University of Illinois Feed Technology Center, currently under construction south of campus, will have a significant impact on research and educational opportunities in animal nutrition. Now, a gift from agricultural equipment company AGCO of three GSI 42’ – 15 ring bins with accessories including power sweeps, floors, fans, sidewall stairs and full peak walkaround, will expand those capabilities even further. The total storage capacity of the package is 200,000 bushels. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Weekly Outlook: The economic importance of U.S. animal agriculture
Diversified grain and livestock farms were once the model of U.S. agriculture. Farms often had crop and animal enterprises to help capture their complementary nature such as spreading the use of family labor throughout the year and recycling animal waste as nutrients to the crop enterprise, says Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Orr Beef Research Center field day scheduled for September 25
The annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The meeting will be held at the John Wood Agricultural Education Center located on State Highway 104. Speakers from the University of Illinois will lead discussions that will address research and situations producers are facing on-farm. A meal will be provided to those who take part in the discussions and tour.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Two awarded $1,000 ag scholarships
Two college students have been chosen as the 2019 Jenner Ag Furthering Ag Education Scholarship recipients and will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.

 Jacob Larkin, of Pontiac, will be attending South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in Precision Agriculture Technology. Larkin has been a 4-H member for 11 years, holding every position available in his club. He has also been heavily involved in community service programs in his area.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Farmers have until April of 2020 to apply for FSA emergency loans
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 102 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to excessive moisture, flooding and flash flooding that has occurred since Sept. 1, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

U of I College of Agriculture will be at Farm Progress Show Aug. 27-29
Be sure to visit the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences tent, 34W, at Farm Progress Show 2019 in Decatur, Aug. 27-29.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Study: Students have misconceptions about ag careers
Education and skills gaps have long been a challenge for the agriculture industry, as the demand for qualified candidates in agricultural science careers has significantly outpaced the pool of applicants with adequate training and education. Bayer, in collaboration with National 4-H Council, today released the results of the second annual Science Matters survey, which explores the opinions of parents, teachers and - new this year - students on the importance of agri-science in high school curriculum.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

United Producers offers first-of-its-kind cattle evaluation clinic
United Producers Inc. (UPI) in Shelbyville, Ill., is offering a free cattle evaluation clinic on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. This clinic is the first of its kind to be held at the livestock auction market and is designed for cattle producers of all ages.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Yield-boosting stay-green gene identified from 118-year-old experiment in corn
A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment at the University of Illinois could boost yields of today’s elite hybrids with no added inputs. The gene, identified in a recent Plant Biotechnology Journal study, controls a critical piece of senescence, or seasonal die-back, in corn. When the gene is turned off, field-grown elite hybrids yielded 4.6 bushels more per acre on average than standard plants.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes
Invasive silver carp have been moving north toward the Great Lakes since their accidental release in the 1970s. The large filter-feeding fish, which are known to jump from the water and wallop anglers, threaten aquatic food webs as well as the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery. But, for the past decade, the invading front hasn’t moved past Kankakee. A new study, led by scientists at the University of Illinois, suggests that Chicago’s water pollution may be a contributing to this lack of upstream movement.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

USDA opens signup for Market Facilitation Program
Signup has opened for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through December 6, 2019.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bayer Fund once again partnering with local farmers to fund local causes
This year the America’s Farmers Grow Communitiesprogram, sponsored by Bayer Fund, will once again partner with local farmers to find and fund local nonprofits that make a positive impact in their rural communities. Beginning August 1, Grow Communities invites farmers to enroll in the program for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization of their choice.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tornadoes pave the way for lasting plant invasions
When tornadoes touch down, we brace for news of property damage, injuries, and loss of life, but the high-speed wind storms wreak environmental havoc, too. They can cut through massive swaths of forest, destroying trees and wildlife habitat, and opening up opportunities for invasive species to gain ground.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Escalation of trade war with China drives weakness in corn futures
The December futures price of corn fell back to levels not seen since late May in last week’s trading despite substantial uncertainty regarding acreage and yield for the 2019 crop. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, a mild weather outlook, weak ethanol production, and dwindling corn exports spurred much of this movement.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Extension offering Southern Illinois Beef Day Conference at Rend Lake
The Southern Illinois Beef Conference will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in the Applied Science Center at Rend Lake College, Ina, Illinois from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference is designed to be useful for cow/calf and stocker/backgrounding producers of all knowledge levels. Topics covered at the conference include information on melding EPDs and cattle conformation to select replacement heifers, marketing cattle, black vultures - do's and don'ts, the latest news and basic knowledge regarding ticks and diseases transmission, and invasive plants.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Outlook: Uncertainty for beans will continue
Uncertainty regarding soybean acreage and yield potential will continue to be significant factors in soybean price movements through harvest. Without a severe crop shortfall, higher soybean prices rely on demand prospects over the next year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CCFS donates to local ag youth programs
Christian County Farmers Supply Company utilizing dollar for dollar matching donations from CoBank (Sharing Success), and GROWMARK Inc. (Enduring Commitments) donated $15,000 to Christian County based agriculture youth programs at the Christian County Fair Agricultural Luncheon on Thursday July 25. The matching donation programs are applied for by FS Member Companies and awarded to good causes throughout the FS System.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

There's a lizard in my lettuce: Illinois study spotlights surprising finds in salads
When a dead bat was found in a package of salad greens in 2017, the Florida story spurred product recalls and national media attention. The incident, assumed to be rare, was one of dozens of cases of consumers finding animals – live, dead, or severed – in fresh produce over the past 15 years. A University of Illinois study catalogues and analyzes these incidents as part of a larger effort towards greater food safety and quality improvements in the fresh produce industry.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

At The Christian County Fair
Paisley Swinger, left, 11, of Edinburg, is all smiles as she prepares her sheep for the Christian County Agricultural Fair 4H sheep show. This is her first time showing her Market Lambs. Cydney Bertolino, right, 13, of Morrisonville, won first place in the Duroc Barrow Division at the Christian County Fair 4H hog show today.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Study: Genetic control for major agricultural weeds
Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two aggressive weeds that threaten the food supply in North America, are increasingly hard to kill with commercially available herbicides. A novel approach known as genetic control could one day reduce the need for these chemicals. Now, scientists are one step closer.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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