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home : ag & business : ag 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

CAM FFA Earns 1st Place In Soil Judging
On Tuesday, October 2nd the Central A&M FFA participated in the Section 16 Soil Judging Contest which was hosted by Okaw Valley FFA.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Grain exports show mixed results, swine fever could disrupt trade
Last week, December corn showed its highest weekly close since early August; soybeans did as well.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Curtin ranked fifth in Angus registrations for Illinois
Curtin Land & Cattle, Blue Mound, ranked as fifth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Illinois with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, according to Allen Moczygemba, Association chief executive officer.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Local youth receive top honors at World Beef Expo
Taylorville FFA members Eric Schafer, Lizzie Schafer, and Jett Vickery competed at the World Beef Expo Sweepstakes Contest at the World Beef Show & Expo in Milwaukee, Wis.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Edinburg Greenhands
Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter, Edinburg, Illinois, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Edinburg FFA competes at career development event
The Edinburg FFA Chapter competed at the Section 16 Land Use Career Development Event on October 2  in Bethany.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Meet the farmers of the not-so-distant future: Robots
Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CAM FFA Attends Elite Conference
On Thursday, September 20, four Central A&M FFA members traveled to the Heartland Community College to attend the 2018 Elite Conference.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Christian County 4H members participate in Livestock Judging
John Wood Community College (JWCC) recently held its 15th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center. It was hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Leadership Conference
Members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The leadership conference focused on first-year FFA members from 50 chapters around the state.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

THS unlocking success at Leadership Training School
On Wednesday September 19, 25 THS FFA members were able to take part in Section 16 LTS (Leadership Training School). These members were able to take part in a great opening ceremony along with three breakout sessions. The sessions focused on leadership, team building and many other great skills FFA members should possess.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weekly Outlook: Anticipating September 1 stocks for corn and soybeans
The USDA will release the Quarterly Grain Stocks report on Friday, Sept. 28.. The report indicates corn and soybean use during the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, corn and soybean prices are unlikely to find any support with the release of the report on Friday.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As a billion in aid goes out to farmers, they worry bailout won't be enough
Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018













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