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TJHS Students Engage In Ag In The Classroom Learning Opportunity
Rebecca Livingston from the Christian County Extension Office provided an "Ag in the Classroom" lesson for Ms. Laker's class at TJHS. The excited fifth graders learned about "Football and Agriculture" in their latest learning experience.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dates are announced for Illinois Farm Economics Summit
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 2020 outlook for crop and livestock prices, the next farm bill, farm profitability and management topics, and the impacts of trade and policy issues at the 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit in December.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Central A&M FFA Students Attend Leadership Training Event
On Wednesday, November 13th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter visited Sullivan High School for the Section 16 Leadership Training School.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bean price prospects moving into '20
The two major drivers of uncertainty impacting soybean prices in 2019 appear set to carry over into 2020. The status of trade negotiations with China continues to move soybean markets despite numerous fits and starts in the process, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.

“Another USDA estimate of the 2019 soybean crop comes out in January. Without supportive information on either issue, the sustainability of the recent price rally into 2020 seems remote,” Hubbs says.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Helps Out At The Museum
On Wednesday November 27, 2019 Morrisonville FFA volunteers spent the afternoon doing maintenance at the Morrisonville Historical Museum.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IDOA to hold hemp summit on Dec. 17th
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will host a Hemp Summit on December 17th at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Illinois Hemp Summit follows the release of USDA's 2019 Hemp Rules that have raised questions and concerns amongst Illinois hemp farmers and their advocacy groups.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

THS FFA members rank in top ten at section dairy event
The Taylorville FFA is on a winning streak and was named high team overall at the Section 16 dairy products contest held at Sangamon Valley High School. This is the third win at the section level for the Taylorville FFA Chapter so far this year.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

High horse: Animal gets stuck in barn loft
A farm animal with unbridled ambition in South Carolina has given new meaning to the phrase “get off your high horse.”
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sen. Manar honored for his work to strengthen ag education
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was honored with the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education for his efforts to expand and promote agricultural education in Illinois schools.

The award was presented individually to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including State Representative Norine Hammond, State Senator Dave Syverson and former State Representative Don Moffitt.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Join Christian County Youth Leadership Team at 4-H Express
All aboard the 4-H Express! 4-H Express is a holiday-themed event that will be held on Friday, December 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office (1120 N.. Webster St., Taylorville). Learn more about 4-H and participate in a variety of holiday-themed arts & crafts and games!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Weekly outlook: Soybean crush appears back on track for 2019-20 year
The release of the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) soybean crush estimates last Friday indicated crush levels picked up substantially in October. Driven by a moderate export pace for soybeans and a decent crush margin, soybean crush appears back on track for the 2019-20 marketing year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.

For the 2019-20 marketing year, the USDA projects soybean crush at 2.105 billion bushels in November, down 15 million bushels from the previous projection in October. Despite the lowering of crush, the forecasted total sits 1% above last year and at a record amount for a marketing year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Edinburg FFA Competes In Agronomy
Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 FFA Agronomy CDE, hosted by Parkland Community College on November 14th.  Students competed based on their ability to judge different groups of crops and identifying different species of crops, insects, weeds, and farming equipment.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Central A&M FFA attends national convention
The Central A&M FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo. The top 10 members with the most FFA activity points had the opportunity to attend this year’s convention. Abbi Durbin, Maygan Durbin, Ella Forlines, Valerie Golden, Hunter Mott, Alyssa Nichols, Mallory Schmitt, Parker Smith, Madison Thompson, and Spencer Uphoff began their trip on Wednesday, November 30. During the trip we were able to tour Tuttles Orchard and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center which were both great experiences! We had the opportunity to hear motivational speaker, Bob Goff as well as many inspirational retiring addresses delivered by the National FFA Officer Team.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

THS FFA and FFA alumni bring large group of students to nat'l convention
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Taylorville FFA loaded up students and adults from the Taylorville area on two charter buses to go to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 92nd annual National FFA Convention.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Edinburg FFA
Edinburg FFA members Jessica Carlile and Robert Younker attended the Build conference held Oct. 14-15 in the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur, Ill. BUILD is a conference sponsored by the Illinois FFA and the Illinois Farm Bureau; it is a combination of the past 360 Conference and the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Conferences.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Attends National Convention
At this year’s National ConventionThe Morrisonville FFA were able to expand their horizons and learn what FFA is truly all about: being surrounded by other students that share the same passions and enthusiasm, they were given the opportunity to meet barrel racing star, Amberley Snyder, as well as hypnotist, Dr. Jim Wand.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Weekly Outlook: What does a trade deal promise for soybean exports?
The proposed Phase 1 trade deal with China continues to move toward a resolution. An initial announcement of $40 to $50 billion a year of agricultural exports gradually morphed into a $20 billion arrangement. Subsequently, a scenario popped up from Chinese trade commentators framing increased U.S. agricultural imports as China market demands require, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FFA Tours Bayer Plant
On October 8, the Morrisonville Ag Science Class and work Co-op Class went to the Bayer plant formerly known as the Monsanto Plant in Stonington. The students were able to learn the whole process of selecting seeds for traits, processing, cleaning, and the growth cycles of seeds within the research portion of the plant. The students were also able to go through the processing plant and see the shipping methods in machinery used for uniformed seed selection for sale. 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Members Attend Green Hand Event
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the FFA freshman of Morrisonville High School attended the Green Hand Conference at LLCC in Springfield. They learned many leadership skills and participated in many team building activities.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Growmark Foundation awards FFA jackets locally
In April 2019, Mike Builta, a GROWMARK vice president and long-time employee, passed away unexpectedly. To honor his memory, the GROWMARK Foundation will be providing 100 FFA jackets to FFA members in Illinois.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Morrisonville Competes
On October 7, 2019 the Morrisonville FFA chapter took a group of FFA members to Kaskaskia College to compete in the Section 19 Soil Judging CDE. They competed against other schools from Sections 19 and 21.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Freshmen FFA team brings home the Greenhand title for new members
The annual Section 16 Greenhand Quiz Bowl contest was held at Sullivan High School on Monday, October 21st.

This competition encourages greenhands, or first-year FFA members, to become more involved with their chapter. In this competition, freshmen from schools across the section go head-to-head to see who knows the most about the FFA organization. They are asked about important dates, people, and symbols found in FFA.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Potential for a post-harvest corn price rally
URBANA — Central Illinois corn prices climbed to the mid-$3.80 range last week with some locations offering above $4 for fall delivery. While December futures prices struggle to break through $4, the potential for a smaller crop holds the promise of a price rally despite weak demand. A strong rally depends on the ability of supply issues to overwhelm demand weakness, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Bühler gift will power new Illinois Feed Technology Center
URBANA — As the new University of Illinois Feed Technology Center rises south of campus, Bühler Group has announced a crucial gift of equipment that will enable the center to produce innovative and nutritious feed for livestock, poultry, and pets.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Taylorville FFA members dominate sales competition
SULLIVAN — Taylorville FFA members travelled to Sullivan on Monday, October 21st to compete in the Section 16 Ag Sales Competition.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Weekly outlook: Corn and soybeans move higher on supply and trade
Strong price rallies in both corn and soybeans closed out the week after a mixed reaction on Thursday. Corn prices initially fell due to higher-than-expected production levels. Severe winter weather over a substantial area of the Corn Belt, along with a possible limited trade deal, brought the subsequent rally on Friday. If the follow-through occurs on the trade front and supply impacts from the storm appear, the potential for maintaining the rally looks very feasible, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Edinburg FFA competes in Land Use Career Development Event last week
The Edinburg FFA Chapter competed at the Section 16 Land Use Career Development Event on October 10 in Bethany.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Illinois plant pathologist reports there's good news for pumpkins and apples
Illinois specialty crop growers have reason to celebrate the end of the 2019 growing season, according to plant pathologist Mohammad Babadoost of the University of Illinois.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Elite Conference
On Thursday, September 19, four Central A&M FFA Members traveled to the Heartland Community College in Normal, IL to attend the 2019 Elite Conference.  The conference was put on for students interested in the agriculture education field.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lads and Lassies celebrate National 4-H week
MORRISONVILLE — This week is National 4-H Week. Every year at this time members of the Lads & Lassies 4-H Club in Morrisonville are invited to share their thoughts on 4-H and why they have become members. Following are comments from brand new Clover Bud and 4-H members as well as our seasoned members. 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Stephens joins Farm Credit
TAYLORVILLE — Farm Credit Illinois recently hired Garrett Stephens of Edinburg as an assistant vice president of crop insurance in the Taylorville regional office. The Taylorville office serves farm families and rural landowners in Christian and Montgomery Counties.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

U of I hub for collaborative research, Center for Digital Agriculture, opens
URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the creation of the Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA), a new center that brings together agricultural producers, researchers, and industries to innovate on the technology that is transforming agriculture to feed and support a growing global population. The center, which will launch today at the Center for Digital Agriculture Industry Conference, seeks to develop digital solutions to agricultural roadblocks.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New Illinois degree in animal sciences, technology
The Illinois Board of Higher Education this month approved a new undergraduate degree combining computer sciences and animal sciences at the University of Illinois. Incoming freshmen can enroll in the program, known as CS + Animal Sciences, starting in the fall of 2021.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Habitat for pollinators workshop Oct. 10 in Taylorville
Learn about the benefits of prairie plants to native bees and pollinators. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to design prairie habitat for their landscape and learn what they can do to encourage pollinator’s survival.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Central A&M FFA Attends U Of I Greenhand Workshop
On Wednesday, September 25, 9 members from the Central A&M FFA attended University of Illinois Greenhand Workshop for first year members, who are also known as “Greenhands”. Attending the training school were Sami Huckstep, Logan Virden, Seth Bliss, Mason Warnick, Tanner Etherton, Tucker Long, Abby Vidmar, Karsyn Andricks, and Emily Harter. 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Prospects for corn use in ethanol look set to recover
Ethanol plant margins, plants idling production, and continued haggling over small refinery exemptions provide the background for ethanol production moving into the 2019-20 marketing year. Corn use for ethanol production during the 2019-20 marketing looks set to recover slightly from the weak levels seen during the 2018-19 marketing year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lincoln Land officials break ground for new Kreher Agriculture Center
Officials of Lincoln Land Community College have broken ground on a new building for the study of agriculture.

LLCC Board Chair Wayne Rosenthal announced that the new structure on the east edge of campus will be named the Kreher Agriculture Center, in honor of the late Charles and Irene Kreher.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New bean sales and quarterly stocks estimates drive markets higher
The weekly condition report from the USDA caught a lot of traders off guard after corn conditions improved two percent to 57 percent good to excellent on Monday. The increase is likely a product of the unseasonably warm weather that has blanketed a lot of the Midwest. The higher-than-expected rating has worked to limit buying interest in the market, though the charts are still working on a short-term uptrend.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

THS FFA attends Half Century of Progress show
RANTOUL, Ill. — Taylorville High School FFA members attended the 2019 Half Century of Progress Show hosted at a retired Air Force base in Rantoul.
For this event the Taylorville FFA exhibited their most recent shop project, a 1951 Farmall H.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Palmer amaranth's molecular secrets reveal trouble
URBANA, Ill. — Corn, soybean, and cotton farmers shudder at the thought of Palmer amaranth invading their fields. The aggressive cousin of waterhemp - itself a formidable adversary - grows extremely rapidly, produces hundreds of thousands of seeds per plant, and is resistant to multiple classes of herbicides, including glyphosate.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

2019 Christian County Yield Tour
Thursday, September 19, 2019

IDOL emphasizes safety during harvest season
SPRINGFIELD — Agriculture is such an integral part of Illinois that we sometimes lose sight of not only its importance but also its danger.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Oil rally lifts grain prices; trade conflict weighs on market
TAYLORVILLE — In response to an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, President Trump authorized emergency stockpiles to help mitigate potential supply disruptions this week. The attack did shut down five percent of the global output.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Land offices were busy places in early Illinois
ILLINOIS — In Illinois' earliest days, available land was in abundance, and there was plenty of demand. To satisfy the need, land offices were opened across the state to handle transactions.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

THS FFA holds Tornado Tuesday event at school
TAYLORVILLE — Last school year, the Taylorville FFA Chapter started an after school program known as Tornado Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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