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home : ag & business : ag March 24, 2019

Manar, Sullivan, THS FFA stress importance of ag education
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan addresses the media during a news conference with the nationally recognized Taylorville High School FFA Livestock Judging Team during a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. From left to right: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill); Lizzie Schafer, freshman; Layne Lebshier, junior; Sullivan; Eric Schafer, junior; and Tanner Mickey, junior.Submitted photo
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan addresses the media during a news conference with the nationally recognized Taylorville High School FFA Livestock Judging Team during a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. From left to right: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill); Lizzie Schafer, freshman; Layne Lebshier, junior; Sullivan; Eric Schafer, junior; and Tanner Mickey, junior.
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The Taylorville FFA students who are Scotland-bound after acing a national competition this winter are a shining example of what comes from investing in agriculture education in Illinois schools, State Senator Andy Manar said Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Weekly Outlook: Spring acreage in focus
Uncertainty on trade issues and the subsequent price movements associated with speculation on the topic added a degree of difficulty to acreage decisions this year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Iowa lawmakers send new ag-gag bill to governor
The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a bill designed to prosecute people who get hired at a farm or puppy mill in order to record animal living conditions.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

African Swine Fever outbreak could expedite US-China trade talks
On Monday, China bought 664,000 tons of US beans; it’s the first purchase since Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said  earlier this year that China pledged to buy 10 million tons. Traders in the soybean market have adopted a “show me” mentality when it comes to the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China. This purchase certainly helps to reinforce some of the positive rhetoric being tossed about in recent weeks, but it’s also a far cry from 10 million tons. It’s a step in the right direction, but traders will likely continue to be hesitant on the prospects of a trade agreement until transactions like these begin to materialize on a more regular basis.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Experiences of nature boost children's learning: Critical review finds cause-and-effect relationship
Spending time in nature boosts children's academic achievement and healthy development, concludes a new analysis examining hundreds of studies
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

US regulators outline oversight on meat grown in lab dishes
Burgers made by growing cow cells in a lab dish have a clearer path to reaching supermarkets as U.S. regulators on Thursday outlined how the emerging food category will be monitored.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Secretary Perdue announces Middle List for ERS and NIFA relocation
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the initial down-select list of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Like corn and soybeans, solar panels are cropping up
Christian County has become a hot-bed of companies investigating the possibility of harvesting the power of the sun to produce electricity, just as farmers have produced millions of bushels of corn and soybeans through the generations.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

NRCS announces application cutoff dates for special IL initiatives
State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U. S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Illinois will offer funding for the following Landscape Conservation Initiatives throughout the state:
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fast Stop raising money for Taylorville FFA
During the month of March, we will be making a donation of .05 cents for every gallon of gasoline you purchase using your Fast Stop card and donating it to the Taylorville FFA Livestock Judging Team! Through their hard work, they have earned the opportunity to attend The Royal Highland Show in Ireland and Scotland this Summer.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Illinois Farm Bureau on proposed budget cuts to USDA
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to vital programs inside the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ag technology continues to grow
The THS agriculture department is beyond excited to have received the generous donation of a 4x8 CNC Plasma Cutting Table from the Hopper Foundation. This top of the line machine was ordered last semester and finally made its grand entrance to the shop on Friday February 22nd 2019. The installation and training took place the first week of March.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it's premature
U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Central A&M Middle School receives donation from Bayer
The First Lego League Team at Central A&M Middle School was gifted two Mindstorms robots and extra motors from Bayer in Stonington, Ill.
Monday, March 11, 2019

2019 Illinois EQIP application deadlines set
Look to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for conservation assistance on agricultural and forestland. Ivan Dozier, Illinois NRCS State Conservationist, explains, “NRCS has a long history of conservation planning with agricultural producers and forestry managers. We have the technical knowledge to develop a conservation plan for your resource concerns and NRCS has conservation programs to help you implement that plan.”
Monday, March 11, 2019

Early spring garden cleanup and fruit tree care
Weather permitting, early spring can provide the time to begin early garden and yard clean up, says Richard Hentschel, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
Monday, March 11, 2019

USDA announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Local angus breeder recognized for sustained efforts to improve cow productivity
Tanner Mickey, of Taylorville, Illinois, recently re-enrolled in the American Angus Association®’s MaternalPlus® program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating in MaternalPlus are keenly focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the number one profit driver in the cow-calf industry.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pompeo asks Iowa farmers to stand firm with Trump on trade
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on a trade mission Monday to persuade Iowa farmers struggling to survive low commodity prices and tariffs that have hurt sales to stand firm with President Donald Trump and his efforts to negotiate better trade deals.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Trump, Chinese President to further trade talks at March summit
Earlier this week, President Trump asked China to remove all ag tariffs, “...based on the fact that we are moving along nicely with trade discussions,” he tweeted. There is a planned summit between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping scheduled for march 27. The Wall Street Journal has speculated that an accord could be reached then.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Clif Bar creates innovative agricultural investment fund to help organic farmers weather economic challenges
Clif Bar & Company today launched the Clif Ag Fund, a new investment fund to help increase the economic resilience of organic farmers in its supply chain. The fund’s initial investment will help finance a $10 million program that could provide up to 80 organic farms with long-term energy cost savings from hosting on-farm wind turbines.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Bayer vows strong defense in Roundup cancer case
Germany’s Bayer AG, which bought Monsanto Co. last year, has underlined its determination to fight cases involving the Roundup weed-killer in the face of more than 11,000 lawsuits so far.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Much work remains to reach US-China trade deal
A U.S.-China trade agreement is far from being completed and will require much more work, particularly on enforcement, the U.S. official negotiating the pact told a House panel.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Interactive family event at University of Illinois College of Ag set for March 8
Tour greenhouses, stick your hand inside of a cow, simulate the aging process, explore invasive species of the Great Lakes, learn how ice cream arrives in your bowl, and why popcorn pops at Explore ACES on March 8!  This one-day, interactive event is located on the campus of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Illinois Performance Tested bull sale one of best sources for genetic performance
The Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale kicked off the 2019 Illinois Beef Expo, held Feb. 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The sale averaged $3,757 on 48 lots.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

'Taste of Illinois Agriculture' product expo Mar. 2-3
From pizza and hot sauce to skin care and bird seed, several new exhibitors will be among the more than 50 Illinois food companies, wineries, and agricultural associations taking part in the 21st annual Illinois Products Expo this weekend, March 2 and 3, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sharp wheat decline casts shadow over corn and soybeans this week
Beans rallied to a multi-week high on Monday before falling off sharply on Tuesday. They are currently seven cents lower on the week. March corn, on the other hand, is nine lower for the week. It’s chart looks a little sickly, and the $3.50 to $3.55 level is the only notable support.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Agriculture Mechanics Shop receives makeover
The THS agriculture department is excited to share that the shop received a makeover during winter break.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tomatoes, tilapia farmed in circle-of-life Nevada greenhouse
In a sprawling greenhouse in the northern Nevada desert, tilapia and tomatoes are being farmed in a circle-of-life partnership.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Targeting deer tick control at multiple life stages may be necessary, study says
After they hatch, deer ticks take two years to reproduce. In that time, they morph from tiny larvae to nymphs to adults, with each stage feeding on a different group of host animals. For researchers studying the dynamics of Lyme disease, understanding host-tick interactions could reveal weak spots that may leave ticks vulnerable to control. A recent University of Illinois study simulates these interactions and provides guidance for effective management.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Soy is a cost-effective way of adding protein to school lunches in developing countries, study shows
Adding soy flour to school lunches in Ghana provides a cost-efficient way of increasing the protein level, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bright future ahead for Edinburg Ag and FFA
In one year, Edinburg Ag teacher and FFA Advisor Samantha Siemer has seen huge changes happening in her school.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Farm, family, and photographs
“I’ll be outside working and I’ll see it. I’ll stop to take a picture, kinda spur of the moment.” Tanner Mickey never plans any of his pictures, not even the one he and his younger brother Drew submitted in the State Treasurer’s Cream of the Crop photo contest. That image of a mother cow licking her calf won third place for Drew’s age group. All Tanner wants to do is show the beauty of a farm to the world.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Familiar headlines send grains lower ahead of report
March corn opened the week five cents softer while March beans finished Tuesday’s trade down seven cents. The market seems to have adopted a risk-off mentality ahead of the upcoming USDA supply and demand report on Friday.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Outlook: Has cattle herd expansion ground to a halt?
Normally, at this time of year, the cattle industry focuses on information contained in the USDA's Jan. 1 estimates of the U.S. cattle herd. The Cattle Inventory report provides a wealth of information to market participants including estimates of the all cattle and calves inventory; both the beef and dairy cow inventories; and an estimate of the prior year's calf crop, according to Purdue University agricultural economist James Mintert.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Twilight hike at Rock Spgs. Feb. 28
Did you know some animals are most active during the timesbetween day and night? Tag along on a Twilight hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Thursday, Febraury 28 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Extension program: Healthy cooking with your pressure cooker
Do you want to know more about cooking healthy meals in your pressure cooker? Taylorville Memorial Hospital will be hosting a class focusing on cooking healthy meals with an Air Fryer or Instapot. The event will be held in the Janice Hopper Auditorium, located inside Taylorville Memorial Hospital, starting at 6:00 p.m. on March 14.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

U of I Dudley Smith Farm winter meeting held
Over 40 Illinois farmers and natural resources conservationists attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting to learn about the latest research in cattle management, nutrient management and water quality.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

CA&M FFA members earn proficiency awards
The following Central A&M FFA members participated in the Section 16 Proficiency Award judging on Monday, February 12 at Maroa-Forsyth High School. Members who competed and their placing are as follows
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Edinburg FFA Competes
Noah Oller and Zander Doan of Edinburg FFA, competed in the Section 16 FFA Proficiency Interviews.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Meteer: 'A must-attend for cattle producers'
Illinois cattlemen and cattlewomen will have the opportunity to hear from several experts at the 2019 Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting. The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 6, will be held at Sauk Valley Community College just outside of Dixon. An optional Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training will be held immediately following the meeting.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Taylorville students meet national FFA officers
Each year the National FFA selects one state for the entire National FFA Officer Team to visit. This year the state of Illinois was very fortunate to host and interact with a very talented group of high individuals.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Teen hog farmer works to bring new pork to Iowa
Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear  and Sally  can be found in a hog pen on the edge of West Branch, Iowa.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Morrisonville members will advance to district
On February 13, Section 19 held their Proficiency Awards judging at Nokomis High School. Three girls of the Morrisonville FFA Chapter competed with their books and won their proficiency areas.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Competes In Dairy
Members of the Morrisonville FFA Chapter are pictured at the Dairy Foods Contest.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Central A&M FFA Hosts Food Science CDE
On Wednesday, January 16, eight members from the Central A&M FFA participated in the Section 16 Food Science career development evemt (CDE).
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

It's Not All Work
The Morrisonville FFA members are pictured at their Christmas party and gift exchange.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

THS FFA takes home public speaking awards
On January 24th, eight Taylorville FFA members competed at the Section 16 Public Speaking CDE in Clinton, Ill. Public speaking is a great career development contest that teaches students communication and critical thinking skills in which they can use in the future endeavours of their lives.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A history of prescribed fire in Central Illinois
Explore the history of Using Prescribed Fire in Central Illinois at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. Join the Macon County Conservation District’s own Natural Resources Specialist, Ethan Snively, as he describes the history and purpose behind using “prescriptions of fire” as a land management tool.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Donates To THS FFA
The Taylorville office of Dimond Bros. Insurance recently presented a donation to the Taylorville FFA chapter at the local office's annual Farmer's Breakfast.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Pana High School FFA
Pictured are members of the Pana High School FFA group
Monday, February 18, 2019

Lake Land livestock judging team takes home honors
The Lake Land College Livestock Judging Team took home Reserve Champion Team and an individual team member took High Individual Overall of the prestigious National Western Stock Show competition held in January in Denver.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Morrisonville FFA continues to strive for success
Ever since the agriculture program and FFA chapter was fully reinstated at Morrisonville High School in the fall of 2017, the students have been proving themselves as future leaders in the agriculture industry.
Monday, February 18, 2019

THS FFA reaches out to all students through Tornado Tuesday activities
It’s not every day you hear kids of all backgrounds getting together to play games, watch movies and eat together after school. However, the past few months students at THS have been doing just that by attending “Tornado Tuesday”.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Taylorville FFA takes home three state degrees
Three Taylorville FFA members competed for their State Degree on February 1, 2019. This degree is an honorable prestige in Illinois. Only a small percentage of Illinois FFA members ever have the chance to obtain it.
Monday, February 18, 2019

THS FFA members compete at Section 16 Proficiency Awards
During February, several Taylorville FFA members completed various SAE projects not only for competition, but to learn valuable career and life skills that they will use the rest of their lives.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

A history of Prescribed Fire in Central Illinois
Explore the history of Using Prescribed Fire in Central Illinois at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. Join the Macon County Conservation District’s own Natural Resources Specialist, Ethan Snively, as he describes the history and purpose behind using “prescriptions of fire” as a land management tool.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fun farm facts........
Farmers and ranchers receive only 15 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Edinburg FFA sees great increase in membership this year
Edinburg FFA has had a busy year and is looking forward to this year’s FFA week.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Edinburg FFA Schedule of Events
Saturday, February 16, 2019

NFU announces speakers, themes for 117th Anniversary Convention
Family farmers and ranchers traveling to Bellevue, Washington, for the National Farmers Union (NFU) 117th Anniversary Convention will have the opportunity to hear from top speakers in American and international agriculture during the four-day conference.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Central A&M FFA compete in Parliamentary Procedure CDE
On Wednesday, January 16th, the Central A&M FFA competed in the Section 16  Parliamentary Procedure Contest.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Central A&M FFA Week Schedule
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Weather at three key growth stages predicts Midwest corn yield and grain quality, study says
Corn is planted on approximately 90 million acres across the United States every year. With all that data, it takes months after harvest for government agencies to analyze total yield and grain quality. Scientists are working to shorten that timeline, making predictions for end-of-season yield by mid-season. However, fewer researchers have tackled predictions of grain quality, especially on large scales. A new University of Illinois study starts to fill that gap.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pana FFA schedule of events
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pana FFA announces officers for 2018-19 year
The 2018-19 Pana FFA Officers are Carlee Phillips, Serenity Eilers, Babe Bradley and Alex Weitkamp.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

THS students take home Star Greenhand
Recently, there were 12 students in Section 16 FFA that 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, Taylorville High School took four participants to interview and compete for their degree. The four students participating were Conner Grant, Isabelle Norris, Toby Winans and Lance DeClerk.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Taylorville FFA plans fun filled FFA Week
The Taylorville FFA Chapter has a very exciting week planned to celebrate National FFA week.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

PHS FFA announces many highlights for 2018-19
The Pana High School FFA Chapter has had many highlights for the 2018-19 school year.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

THS FFA boasts about outstanding senior members
Mr. Zac Adams is a very outstanding young man who will represent Taylorville very well in the years to come.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

National FFA Week, a time to advocate for ag education
National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role the FFA plays in the development of agriculture's future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington's birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb 16 and culminates on Feb. 23.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Morrisonville FFA continues to strive for success in new era
Ever since the agriculture program and FFA chapter was fully reinstated at Morrisonville High School in the fall of 2017, the students have been proving themselves as future leaders in the agriculture industry.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tractor Restoration Program continues to grow
The agriculture machinery students at THS have been busy this semester with the restoration of a 1951 Farmall H. Larry Barry generously donated this tractor to the program.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

THS FFA busy with projects, conventions, contests and more
The Taylorville FFA Chapter is always busy. 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 it’s year’s accomplishments during FFA Week, many highlights come to mind.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Midwest Cover Crops Council annual meeting and conference February 20
The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), in collaboration with University of Illinois Extension, will be holding its annual meeting in Springfield, Feb. 20-21. This is the first time Illinois will be the host state for the MCCC conference. The meeting will be held at the Northfield Inn Suites & Conference Center, located at 3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

USDA reports provide little support for corn, soybeans
The USDA finally released a set of highly anticipated reports on Friday. The results projected lower ending stocks for corn and soybeans during this marketing year. Despite lower ending-stock forecasts, the results disappointed and produced a somewhat bearish outlook, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

US Dept. of Ag to host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation listening session
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Deadline tomorrow for producers affected by unjustified trade retaliation
Producers have until February 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program(MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

IDNR accepting apps for wildlife grants
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is accepting new applications for Habitat and Pheasant project grants in the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program through February 15, 2019.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

USDA sending out surveys soon to Illinois farmers
Farmers should expect a survey in the mail soon, as the United States Department of Agriculture works to measure nutrient management practices.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Corn syrup in beer: It's for fermenting not sweetening
Bud Light is touting that it doesn’t use corn syrup, but that doesn’t make it nutritionally much different from its competitors.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

ADM reports lag in 4Q earnings, shares down 5%
Shares in Archer Daniels Midland slid 5 percent after the company reported lower-than-expected profits as costs rise and a trade dispute with China drags on the price of commodities.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Public hearing set for proposed industrial hemp regs
A public hearing is set for Tuesday, February 5, 2019, to gather comments on proposed rules for the regulation of industrial hemp production and processing. Those proposed rules were published December 28 in the Secretary of State's Illinois Register, opening the 45-day First Notice public comment period, which ends at close of business on February 11.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How many soybean acres do we need in 2019?
We have reached the time of the year where speculation about acreage for the 2019 crops begins in earnest. While the number of acres planted to soybeans appears set to decrease, current projections indicate an intention to plant significantly more acres than necessary to reach breakeven prices in Illinois under current consumption and stock level forecasts, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

State's new ag director talks trade, Farm Bill and department's priorities
After 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly, former state Sen. John Sullivan is settling into his new role in state government, that of acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ADM named to Most Admired Company list
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) was named one of the world's most admired companies in the food production industry by Fortune magazine for the 11th year in a row.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Edinburg FFA Competes at Career Development Event
Edinburg FFA chapter had members compete at the Section 16 Food Science Career Development Event (CDE) on January 16, 2019 at Central A & M High School.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Annie's Project, education for farm women, begins Feb. 19
“Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women” is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Christian-Jersey-Macoupin-Montgomery Unit, starting in February and continuing into March. Annie’s Project is designed to help farm women develop their management and decision making skills in the dynamic, complex world of agriculture.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Agricultural tourism pioneer Herb Teichman dies at age 88
An agricultural tourism pioneer who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition that drew international competitors and attention to southwest Michigan has died at the age of 88.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Beef association seeks applicants for young beef leaders program
Illinois Beef Association (IBA) members between the ages of 21-40 have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the beef industry and meet business leaders around the state. IBA is seeking members to take part in its Young Beef Leaders (YBL) program. The annual program provides tours of farms and businesses in the beef industry and opportunities to meet legislators and other farmers.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rural bankers in 10 states worry over farm loan defaults
A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Growmark announces nationwide agriculture scholarship program
The GROWMARK Foundation is once again offering a $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, pursing two- or four-year degrees or trade school certification in anagriculture-related field.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Extension beef specialist Travis Meteer discuses advantages of BQA program
A total of 2,520 beef producers throughout Illinois became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified at workshops help throughout the state or by completing an online certification course in 2018. The checkoff-funded BQA program is important to the cattle industry, as it provides producers a set of best practices for producing quality beef. It also assures consumers that the beef they eat is both safe and wholesome.
Wednesday, January 23, 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










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