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home : ag & business : ag September 15, 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


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

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., Growmark.com, 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

Farm income, innovations conference to highlight finance
Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2019 Farm Income and Innovation Conference, to be held July 30-31, 2019 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Montgomery Co. gift provides opportunities for ACES students
Before gifting her farmland to the University of Illinois in the early 2000s, and long after she had moved from Illinois, Lora Sims recounted that she was once advised to sell off her Montgomery County land.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two Farmer Share events scheduled this weekend
The Christian County Farm Bureau (CCFB) will host a Farmer Share Dinner during the Pana’s Farmers Market on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. under the Chautauqua building at Kitchell park.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Corn prices heating up, supply issues may follow
Despite the USDA raising 2018-19 marketing-year ending stocks for corn in last Thursday’s WASDE report, corn prices moved higher to end the week. December corn futures prices returned to the levels seen before the surprising June Acreage report. Strengthening basis levels indicate supply issues to come if the dry, hot weather persists over large areas of the Corn Belt, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WIU offers 1-year ag bus MBA degree
A new program at Western Illinois University will let agriculture students get a graduate degree quicker.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ag Appreciation Dinner to be held July 25 at CC Fairgrounds
The guest speaker for the annual Ag Appreciation Dinner will be Nicole Moore, Marketing Representative and Grand Administrator for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The Ag Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 25th starting at 11:30 a.m. in the entertainment pavilion at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Farm income and innovations conference to highlight trade, financial management
Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2019 Farm Income and Innovation Conference, to be held July 30-31, 2019 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

THS FFA finds success on a global stage
The success of the Taylorville FFA program has been nothing short of prolific over the years. The program needed no introduction even before the livestock judging team brought home a national championship back in January. Still, that was a milestone for the program, one that opened up incredible opportunities for the five students involved.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death found in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Weekly Outlook: June acreage report heightens uncertainty
URBANA, Ill. — On June 28, the USDA released the Acreage and Grain Stocks reports. While the Grain Stocks report provided support for both corn and soybeans, the Acreage report indicated higher-than-expected corn acres and lower-than-expected soybean acres. The acreage numbers injected a substantial amount of uncertainty into both markets that appears set to stay in place throughout the summer, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Illlinois producers attend annual U of I Dudley Smith Farm Field Day
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Over 50 Illinois producers attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to learn about the latest research in soil health, beef cattle management, and water quality. The agricultural research farm is located in rural Christian County off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death found in Illinois
The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Weekly Outlook: June acreage report heightens uncertainty
On June 28, the USDA released the Acreage and Grain Stocks reports. While the Grain Stocks report provided support for both corn and soybeans, the Acreage report indicated higher-than-expected corn acres and lower-than-expected soybean acres. The acreage numbers injected a substantial amount of uncertainty into both markets that appears set to stay in place throughout the summer, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Illlinois producers attend annual U of I Dudley Smith Farm Field Day
Over 50 Illinois producers attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to learn about the latest research in soil health, beef cattle management, and water quality. The agricultural research farm is located in rural Christian County off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

More diverse presentations at Agronomy Day 2019
The public will have the opportunity to learn from more University of Illinois scientists than ever before during the 62nd Agronomy Day on Aug. 22. Researchers and Extension specialists from across the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will share the latest discoveries and best practices in agronomy and land stewardship.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Christian Co. team named state 4-H senior livestock judging champions
Over the past three years, Christitan County 4-H members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the United States, Illinois, and especially the State 4-H Contest. This past week the State Senior and Junior 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Morrisonville Farmers' Coop celebrating 100 years
In the span of the last century, there have been some iconic brands that have come and gone. Pan  Am, Blockbuster, Amoco Oil, and Borders bookstores, to name a few, never hit the hundred-year mark.

For a small-town business to eclipse the century mark, that’s an incredible achievement. The Morrisonville Farmers’ Coop has done just that, and the company will be celebrating its anniversary tomorrow from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

T'ville FFA named Superior Gold Emblem chapter
The annual Illinois State FFA Convention was held June 11-13 at the Springfield Convention Center. This convention is held for Illinois FFA members and Chapters to receive awards and recognition for their hard work and efforts at contests, community service, and leadership activities throughout the year. This year the Taylorville FFA Chapter and it’s members received numerous awards and honors. Some of these awards are the highest-ranking honors given by the Illinois State FFA Association.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019












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