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home : ag & business : ag August 14, 2018

Pumpkin Field Day to be held at Ewing Center
Pumpkins are a huge part of the specialty crop industry in Illinois and the Midwest. Want to learn more about raising pumpkins or get the latest information on new varieties and pest management practices? Make sure to attend the annual Pumpkin Field Day hosted by the University of Illinois Extension.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Idaho agribusiness is first ever to receive gene editing licensing rights
A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

County 4-H awarded America's Farmers Grow Communities grant
Christian County farmer, Carol Reed, directed $2,500 to Christian County 4-H as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Friday USDA report expected to show corn and bean yield increases
The short-term trends are still pointing higher for both corn and soybeans, but traders have been hesitant to increase their positions this week ahead of Friday’s USDA Supply and Demand report.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cook-Off
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Facts about monarch butterflies and milkweed
Some facts about monarch butterflies and the milkweed plants they need to survive:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Conservation districts honor State Senator Manar
State Senator Andy Manar received the 2018 legislator of the year award from the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Monday evening.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tariff talks appear to have little influence on the sale of US soybeans
This week, corn and soybeans have been supported on the heels of global wheat production concerns. Last week, the international Grains Council released a report suggesting global wheat production could drop to a five-year low due, primarily, to heat and drought concerns in Europe and Australia.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

llinois farmer turns land into wildflower wonderland, wildlife haven
Jim Barker’s pickup truck bounced slowly across a field on his Hamilton County farm.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Agriculture, urban habitat drive bird population changes
Land use changes are a major driver of species declines, but in addition to the habitat to which they’re best adapted, many bird species use “alternative” habitats such as urban and agricultural land. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications documents a century of land use change in Illinois and shows that species’ long-term fate can depend on the availability and suitability of these alternative habitats.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ag in the Classroom brings interactive summer program to Stonington
On July 10, kids at Stonington Public Library on July 12, thirty-five children learned about our Earth by listening to a story called “Our Big Home – An Earth Poem” by Linda Glasse.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

US announces $12 billion in relief to help farmers hurt by Trump tariffs
The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to ease the pain of American farmers slammed by President Donald Trump’s escalating trade disputes with China and other countries.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Agronomy Day 2018 field tour topics announced
Ever wondered how you could use drones to make life easier on the farm? Need new and effective management strategies for western corn rootworm, soybean diseases, or herbicide-resistant weeds? Plan to hear about these and other crop-related topics on Aug. 16 at the 61st annual Agronomy Day, hosted by the Department of Crop Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rodney Davis receives Friend of Farm Credit award
The AgriBank District Farm Credit Council (ADFCC) presented its 2018 Friend of Farm Credit Award to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, who has served on the House Agriculture Committee since coming to Congress in 2013 and currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ewing Demo Center celebrates 50 years of no-till research
University of Illinois Extension will host the Ewing Demonstration Center Agronomy Field Day on Thursday, July 26, at 9 a.m. in Ewing.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Beans try to break out of slump despite trade war discussions
Fundamental news in the ag markets has been slow to develop this week, which has left traders in a wait-and-see mentality. Unfortunately, the trend on the charts is currently pointing downward and no ominous weather looms, so there hasn’t been much to spark a lot of buying interest this week.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Schafer wins at IL Junior Angus Field Day
Schafers Crown Jewel 7211 won reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull at the Illinois Junior Angus Field Day. Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., owns the July 2017 son of Silveiras Style 9303. He earlier won intermediate champion.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Crop progress soars on latest report, grain trade reacts to new tariffs
Traders were optimistic that Friday’s bounce in the grain markets may have signaled a turn-around in the markets, but good weather, the prospect of robust yields, and lingering concerns stemming from the U.S. trade war with China have limited enthusiastic bulls in the grain markets this week.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Roundup cancer lawsuit can move forward
Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a U.S. judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

4R4U nutrient stewardship field day planned
Christian County Farmers Supply Company and Christian County Farm Bureau are a part of a statewide partnership between Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois county Farm Bureaus, GROWMARK, and FS companies that will demonstrate and investigate 4R nutrient stewardship practices at the local level.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Illinois to host crop sciences field day near Monmouth in July
The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center near Monmouth has scheduled a field day for July 18. University of Illinois crop sciences faculty, researchers, students, and Extension specialists will address issues pertinent to the 2018 growing season.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CAM Acres joins American Angus Association
Cam Acres, Stonington, Illinois, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Dudley Smith Farm Field Day held on June 20th
Over 50 Illinois producers attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to learn about the latest research in water quality, nutrient management, and cover crops. The research farm is located in rural Christian County off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Grand Champion
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Reserve Intermediate Champion
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Illinois announces July 19 and Sept. 13 as dates for 'aMaizeing' field days
Organic farmers are part of the fastest-growing food sector in the United States, yet breeding efforts have lagged, leaving farmers with few options for seed. Scientists, led by a group from the University of Illinois, are teaming up with farmers across the region to develop and test new maize cultivars with the goal of bringing high-quality, diverse options to the organic marketplace. And now, interested farmers and members of the public can learn more during a series of “aMaizeing” field days and workshops.  
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Stapleton joining annual Farm Aid
Chris Stapleton is joining performers for the 33rd annual Farm Aid in Connecticut.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Christian County Ag Group will hold appreciation luncheon on July 26
The Christian County Ag Group will hold their appreciation luncheon on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Taylorville FFA wins awards at 90th Annual Illinois State FFA Convention
The annual Illinois State FFA Convention was held June 13-15 at the Springfield BOS 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 20, 2018

Taylorville student gets internship opportunity with Growmark
Shane Eggimann of Taylorville is one of 9 students taking part in Growmark’s summer Exploring Agriculture Internship program. The students are spending 10 weeks working at FS companies in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Strategic roadside mowing to conserve IL monarchs continues
As concerns for declining pollinator species continue to buzz throughout the country, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public of a change in mowing operations designed to encourage the growth of pollinator species along state roadsides. The updated mowing routine, which began last May. helps to re-establish plants that provide habitat for birds and that are food sources for bees and other insects native to Illinois, including the official state insect, the monarch butterfly
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

THS Student earns national FFA Scholarship
The National FFA Organization awarded a $1,000 Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) scholarship to Ryan Held of Taylorville High School. Held plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Lake Land CommunityCollege.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Grains waffle on weather, USDA report, and North Korean summit
It’s been an interesting week in the grain markets as volatility has taken center stage. The markets opened on a weak note as traders seemed hesitant to take on risk ahead of Tuesday’s monthly USDA supply and demand report and due to the uncertainty ahead of the unprecedented summit between the U.S. and North Korea.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

LLCC to hold Ag Alumni Reunion on July 14 
Lincoln Land Community College will hold an Ag Alumni Reunion on Saturday, July 14, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road, in the student union in the lower level of Menard Hall.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NASA, Osram to work on food production research for space-travel farming
Osram, a global high-tech lighting company, recently announced it is providing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with a customized version of its proprietary connected horticulture research lighting system, Phytofy RL. The smart lighting software, coupled with a unique setup of connected grow light fixtures, will supplement the lighting technology used in NASA’s Food Production Research focused on production of salad-type crops for crews during space travel. All software, hardware and LEDs in Phytofy were developed by Osram. Osram has developed a broad portfolio of horticulture LEDs that irradiate the specific wavelengths needed for optimum growth of a wide variety of plants and flowers, allowing the light to be adapted specifically for the needs of various crops.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Money flow, political influences dictate trade despite record condition ratings
Money flow has been the primary influence this week in the grain markets. Managed speculative money added approximately 2,400 contracts in corn last week and 9,000 more contracts to their bean position; that brought their net-long position to 202,000 contracts in corn and 107,098 contracts in soybeans.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

University of Purdue Economist Hurt says pork industry may face large losses
Large pork supplies, rising costs, and potential trade retaliation from both Mexico and China continue to cast a shadow over the pork industry. Losses are expected for the rest of 2018 and 2019. According to Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt, losses will be small this summer, but then the bottom will fall out. Losses of more than $25 per head are estimated for the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

ACES Family Academies registration is open now
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois has announced dates for the 2018 ACES Family Academies. The family-friendly event will be held July 12 and 13 on the College of ACES campus in Urbana.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Angus Association
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bourne Meets With Area 4-H Members
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Illinois Pork Tour to visit Taylorville plant
A group of international pork producers will tour GSI’s AP (Automated Production Systems) pork production equipment manufacturing plant in Taylorville, Illinois Monday afternoon, June 4, as part of the 2018 Illinois Pork Tour.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rep. Davis becomes first Republican to receive organic champion award
As part of its annual Policy Conference today, the Organic Trade Association recognized Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) for his excellence in advancing organic agriculture through public service with the 2018 Organic Champion Award.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bayer selling $9 billion in agriculture business ahead of Monsanto merger
German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government’s demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. seed and weed-killer maker.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Monsanto, 2Blades Foundation collaborate to combat Asian rust
Monsanto Company and charitable organization 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a new collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to Asian soybean rust (ASR). 2Blades will deliver resistance genes in further collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL, Norwich, UK), the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions, and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), a leading university in agricultural sciences in Brazil.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Halt in US, Chinese trade war sparks optimism, soybean rally
Ag markets, especially soybeans, responded with some optimism this week as the trade war between the U.S. and China was put on hold over the weekend after the two countries agreed to remove tariffs on both sides. Since then, the market has digested a lot of rhetoric about ever-increasing bean sales to China, which has worked to bolster prices some.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wild bees are key pollinators, and some species are disappearing
Declines in bee populations around the world have been widely reported over the past several decades. Much attention has focused on honey bees, which commercial beekeepers transport all over the United States to pollinate crops.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

































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