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home : ag & business : ag January 20, 2019

Corn charts turn sour and beans are caught in fundamental seesaw
March corn had a pretty ugly day on the charts Tuesday. Admittedly, an eight-cent decline is hardly approaching limit down, but it almost jumps off the page in a chart that’s been littered with one, two,  and three-cent days over the last several weeks. In fact, the plunge took out some light support that was created  toward the end of December; it also crushed some intermediate momentum that looked to be building off the early November lows. Without fundamental reason, this market is still likely to sputter within its recent range, but the momentum prior to Tuesday’s decline had the market poised for retest of the $3.90 level. Now, the chart looks like it will first test support at $3.65
Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Ducks Unlimited, Illinois DNR add nearly 250 acres of new public land along the Illinois River
Outdoor enthusiasts in central Illinois have an extra 247 acres of public land to explore, hunt and hike because of a major Ducks Unlimited conservation effort with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Measure could reduce pollution in ag drainage
Every summer, a “dead zone” forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Plumes of oxygen-robbing algae, fed by excess nitrogen coming in from the Mississippi River, kill off marine life and threaten the livelihoods of those who fish the Gulf. States bordering the Mississippi River are putting strategies in place to limit nitrogen from wastewater treatment plants, surface runoff, and agricultural fields. In a new study, University of Illinois scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 percent.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lake Land College Ag Division selected for national award 
Lake Land College Agriculture Division in Mattoon, Ill., is one of only six programs nationwide that received the 2017 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award. The award was presented at the NAAE annual convention in San Antonio, Texas on November 28. The instructors are Ryan Orrick, Allen Drake, Ryan Wildman, Anthony Reinhart, Russell Neu, Robert Miller, Jordan Rauch, Mark Niemerg, and Dyke Barkley.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

ANAD: USDA rule may harm food safety
The new farm bill, signed into law December 20 by President Trump, will serve the public by investing in a strong food safety net, nutrition education programs that promote healthy people, and a robust food system and strengthened economy, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Startup uses tech to help farmers compare seed prices
A company with roots in Silicon Valley is trying to shake up the farm economy — and hundreds of farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas are dipping their toes in the waters.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Central A&M FFA competes in dairy contest
NIANTIC — On Wednesday, November 28, the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Sangamon Valley High School to participate in the Section 16 Dairy Products CDE.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The fault lines of farm policy: New book traces farm bill history
URBANA, Ill. — Just as a new farm bill sailed its way through the U.S. Senate and House last week, a newly released book by a University of Illinois law and policy expert explores the 100-year history of the farm bill, tracing the political evolution of American farm and food legislation.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

As the financial markets go this week, so go the grain markets
TAYLORVILLE — Wednesday’s market activity should set the pace for the rest of 2018. Trade volume figures to be exceedingly thin for the remainder of the week as most traders are typically away from their desks until after the new year. Those that are around are unlikely to accumulate what could be considered long-term risk with another  long weekend upcoming. That would suggest some position squaring over the next couple of days, which would actually bode well for grain markets.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

USDA launches 2nd round of payments to farmers
President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Roundup from the sky kills dozens of feral hogs in Missouri
Feral hogs are a menace in parts of Missouri, so federal officials are taking to the skies to combat the wild animal that can destroy multiple acres of farmland in a single feeding frenzy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ADM recognized for promoting workplace diversity
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that Together We Grow—a consortium ADM began in 2016 to focus on educating, recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce in the agriculture sector—has been recognized with Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2018 Innovations in Diversity Award.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

With China's return, U.S. sees optimism restored in grain export markets
Corn futures firmed last week following statements from China that it intends to purchase additional U.S. corn.  China’s National Bureau of Statistics noted a decline in corn production there, saying the 2018 crop is down 1.7 million tons to 257.3 million tons. The news hasn’t sparked tremendous follow through this week, but March corn futures are up about a penny for the week.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Farmers urged to support Trump rollback of EPA water rules
The Trump administration on Tuesday called on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw federal protections for many of the country's waterways and wetlands.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New building dedicated at 4-H Memorial Camp
Longtime University of Illinois and Illinois 4-H supporter Lila Jeanne Eichelberger was honored at a ceremony Nov. 28 at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello during the dedication of a 4,000 square-foot hands-on, multi-purpose learning facility, which bears the name Eichelberger Hall.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm safety-net programs for 5 yrs.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2019 Certified Livestock Manager training workshops will begin in January
The 2019 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, will be held in 11 locations throughout the state, beginning Jan. 30 in Springfield and concluding Feb. 28 back in Springfield. The University of Illinois Extension workshops provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

USDA announces summer 2019 internship program for college students
Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Taylorville's Nathan Rogers earns 2018 IFB crop adviser award
Nathan Rogers from Taylorville, Ill., in Christian County, received the 2018 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Dec.. 1-4. 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Large fire damages egg farm in Illinois
A fire has caused major damage at a large egg farm in rural northeastern Illinois.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

THS FFA members rank in top ten at dairy contest
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 5, 2018

Illinois farm economics summit set for December
Speakers from University of Illinois Extension and the farmdoc team from the U of I Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics will explore topics such as the 2019 outlook for crop and livestock prices, the farm profitability outlook and management challenges, the next farm bill, long-term trends in grain prices, and prospects for farmland values at the 2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit in December.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

THS FFA hosts their first-ever Tornado Tuesday
Filling the ag shop with the smell of food and the sound of laughter on Tuesday, November 20, 46 Taylorville High School students attended the first ever Tornado Tuesday, hosted by the Taylorville FFA Chapter after school.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Deere & Co. profits soar in fourth quarter, but still doubts on Wall Street
A boost in construction equipment sales drove profit higher for Deere & Co. in the fourth quarter, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations and pulled on shares before the opening bell Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

6'4" steer gets reprieve
Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

$60 million set aside to repair key lock
Nearly $60 million in federal money has been set aside to repair a lock on the Illinois River deemed vital for barges carrying agricultural goods to market. 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Farm bankruptcies on the rise in Upper Midwest
The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CA&M FFA
On Monday, November 19, seven members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Homegrown by Heroes program for veterans in agriculture
The Illinois Department of Agriculture aids veterans and current active duty service members who are interested in a second career in our state’s number one industry, agriculture. The Homegrown by Heroes program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on the ag products they sell to the public, allowing these heroes’ products to be visible to consumers while giving them the chance to tell their story.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

FFA member wins district ag sales competition
The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently had the privilege to participate in the 2018 District Agricultural Sales CDE in Mattoon, Illinois. Taylorville was selected to compete in this event due to winning the Section 16 Ag Sales event.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fed report shows farm income on the decline
A report by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank says farm income is continuing to decline within its district.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Record soybean harvest expected
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to harvest the largest soybean crop on record but must deal with a constricted market in which to sell the crop because of President Donald Trump’s tariff battle with China.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LLCC Agriculture Club competes at state conference
Thirty Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization fall conference held at LLCC Nov. 1-2. Students from eight community colleges and universities participated in contests designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Millikin entrepreneurship speaker series continues Nov. 15 with Len Corzine
Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) will continue its fall 2018 Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 15 with keynote speaker Len Corzine of LPC Farms and past president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Bob & Debi Johnston Banquet Room located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Taylorville FFA receives community service grant from Pioneer
Taylorville FFA is pleased to announce that Pioneer donated $1500 toward the FFA Community Service Project as part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Soybean export sales remain front and center in the trade debate this week
Trade volume has been thin this week with most analysts glued to the mid-term election on Tuesday. There is also some hesitancy to take on additional positions ahead of Thursday USDA Supply and Demand report. In that regard, trade has been choppy in a shallow range. December corn is up only two cents on the week, and January soybeans are down three cents.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Illinois Farm Bureau issues statement on election
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the election of J.B. Pritzker for governor of Illinois. 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Pana Tri-County 4-H Members Recognized
On Friday November 2nd, 4H held their annual achievement night. Several students from Pana Tri-County kids were recognized for their contributions.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Farm-to-fork course: Illinois professor brings flock of homeless hens to school
Some take them scrambled, sunny-side up, or baked in a cookie.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called 'healthy' as FDA revamps rules
Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

History: 1938 state corn-husking contest in Modesto drew 85,000 people
Most consider football to be the most popular spectator sport in the United States. But for one day in 1938, the village of Modesto claimed that title. 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Judge upholds Monsanto verdict, cuts award to $78 million
A new survey says farmland prices are expected to continue their decline in parts of 10 Plains and Western states.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Central A&M FFA Serves At Alumni Banquet
Central A&M FFA served the Moweaqua Alumni Banquet in October.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Farmland prices expected to drop in ten states
A new survey says farmland prices are expected to continue their decline in parts of 10 Plains and Western states.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Illinois organic farmers adapt business practices as the industry changes
Organic farmers in Illinois are adapting their business practices due to a shift in the local market prompted in part by large grocers offering organic produce and meal—kit startups gaining popularity.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018















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