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home : ag & business : ag May 22, 2019

Illinois Dept. of Ag to offer free recycling program for agrichemical containers
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers as they will once again be hosting free container recycling days throughout the State.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Illinois Farm Bureau announces commitment to UI Feed Technology Center
Continuing its longstanding support of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau has announced a financial commitment to the new Feed Technology Center to be built south of campus.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to be held June 19 in Christian County
The Dudley Smith Farm in Christian County will be the site for a field day on Wednesday, June 19. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about soil health, beef cattle management, and water quality.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sixth generation Stonington farmer 1 of 6 honored as young farmers
Six young and beginning farmers or farm couples throughout central and southern Illinois were named the inaugural FreshROOTS Directors Cup honorees this week, including Ben Briggs of Stonington.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jenner Ag achieves Case IH Pinnacle dealer status for sixth consecutive year
Jenner Ag has been named a Case IH Pinnacle Dealer, with its Application Service Department reaching Pinnacle Dealer status for the sixth consecutive year.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

From dead land to farming paradise, one couple's journey chronicled in film
John and Molly Chester, a filmmaker and a chef, had made a decision that many urbanites only fantasize about: They decided to leave their life in Los Angeles and start a farm that would function in harmony with nature. Their family and friends thought they were crazy, but they were determined. They’d bought 200 acres of land 50 miles away from downtown LA, in Moorpark, California, and they’d found an investor to fund the adventure.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Funds available to assist with organic certification
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due October 31, 2019.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

California jury orders Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case
A jury on Monday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.055 billion to a couple claiming that the company’s popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Escalating trade war with China is causing anxiety in America's heartland
When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on an hourly basis as an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China creates turmoil in rural America.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

FFA Team Donation
Christian County FS donated $2,500 to the Taylorville FFA Livestock Judging Team that is set to represent the United States In Edinburg, Scotland at the Royal HIghland Livestock Judging Contest.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

60 Awards For Taylorville High School FFA At Section 16 Banquet
On Monday, APR. 29, the Taylorville FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 FFA Banquet held in Farmer City at Blue Ridge High School. This banquet was heldto present awards to FFA members from across the Section for outstanding performance in Career Development Events, Proficiency Awards, State Degrees, American Degrees, and Leadership Events. Taylorville FFA students had a memorable night by being awarded 16 proficiency awards, three State Degrees, seven High Teams at Career Development Events, 11 High Individuals at Career Development Events, one Section State Degree Stars and one New Section 16 FFA Officer. “
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New fellowship builds capacity for digital ag careers
In its efforts to feed a growing population, the U.S. agriculture industry is incorporating advanced digital technologies and increasingly relying on statisticians to process “big data.” Traditional statistics degree programs typically do not provide a background in agriculture or plant science, leading to steep learning curves for new hires in digital agriculture companies.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

4-H Hosts Livestock Clinic
Over 50 4-H members from across Illinois participated in a Livestock Clinic hosted by the Christian County 4-H at the Christian County Fairgrounds.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

USDA Extends Deadline to May 17 for producers to certify 2018 crop production for Market Facilitation Program Payments
USDA extended the deadline to May 17, 2019 from May 1, 2019 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Corn looking for wet weather bounce, beans trying to hang on
The corn market started the week with record short holdings. That fact, coupled with planting delays and more forecasted rain has produced some short covering this week. There are some analysts touting the possibility of sustained upswing fueled by the wet weather.  There has already been some discussion of switching corn acres to beans, but most producers will try to hold off on doing so until the about the last week of May.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Plan to scout for last season's crop pests and diseases
Illinois farmers planting corn and soybeans this season will want to keep a sharp eye out for pests and diseases that made headlines in 2018, according to University of Illinois crop scientists.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Livestock Judging Invitational
On Saturday, March 16th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Lake Land College to compete in the Lake Land College Livestock Judging Invitational. Team members included Mallory Burgener, Jacob Nash, Drew Guebert, Hunter Mott, Aaron Schmitt, Mallory Schmitt, Valerie Golden, Hayley Guy, Morgan Jamison, and Ella Forlines.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Applications available now for 2 ag scholarships
Illinois and Indiana high school and college students aspiring to achieve an agriculture degree will have the opportunity to achieve their goals with two scholarships from Jenner Ag.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Illinois Agriculture Coalition unveils Monarch Conservation Action Plan
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining, but efforts by Illinois agriculture are working to reverse that trend. A diverse coalition of sixteen organizations and agencies with ties to agriculture unveiled an action plan for monarch conservation on Earth Day.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

THS FFA members take home awards at district public speaking contest
On April 10th, four Taylorville FFA members competed at the District 4 Public Speaking CDE. These students were able to compete at this event because they were named the winners at the Section 16 event in January. Public speaking is a great career development contest that teaches students communication and critical thinking skills that they can use in their future endeavours.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Central A&M FFA Attends Ag Legislative Day
Members from the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to the Capitol in Springfield to participate in Agriculture Legislative Day. The day consists of delivering lunches and gift baskets full of agricultural items to various Illinois senators, representatives, and their secretaries and voicing the importance of agriculture and its funding.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Fighting fallout over Roundup, Bayer to cut 4,500 jobs in Germany
Pharma and chemicals giant Bayer says it is cutting 4,500 jobs in its home market of Germany.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Livestock Team Sweeps Joliet Jr. College Contest
The Blue Ribbon Livestock Judging Senior Team swept the Joliet Junior College Livestock Judging Contest Reasons Division on April 6th.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ag Census once again shows fewer but larger farms in the US
The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

North Dakota ethanol plant advances carbon capture project
A project to capture carbon dioxide from a western North Dakota ethanol plant continues to advance as researchers work to better understand the geology below the facility.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Corn and soybean export update
As the U.S. administration continues to negotiate a trade deal with China, the prospect of a resolution looms larger for corn and soybean export potential in 2019, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Livestock team sweeps Joliet Jr. College Contest
The Blue Ribbon Livestock Judging Senior Team swept the Joliet Junior College Livestock Judging Contest Reasons Division on April 6th.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

March A Busy Month For Central A&M FFA
On March 16th, the Central A&M FFA attended the Shelby County Farm Bureau Acquaintance Day. They received a tour of Sloan Implement, GSI, and had a lunch at Burgener Pork. The group also learned about the many career opportunities and ways to get connected before college.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Photo contest invites young photographers to share vision of ag in Illinois
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is encouraging young photographers to submit photos for the 2019 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

U of I plant pathologist seeks corn tar spot samples, offers resources
Corn growers experienced an epidemic of tar spot in 2018, with the fungal disease occurring in 172 counties across the Midwest.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

LEAD participants tour Bayer Seed and GSI plant
Ag Production and Innovation, the weekly focus for the Christian County LEADership program, took participants to the Stonington Bayer Seed Research and Manufacturing plant and GSI’s Assumption facility. LEAD participants were able to see first-hand the research and development process for next generation soybean seeds, which can take seven to eight years or longer from initial breeding through the strict government approval process
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Livestock leadership opportunity for youth in ag
Two livestock associations in Illinois are partnering to cultivate youth who may be interested in the respective industries. Together, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Illinois Beef Association (IBA), are planning an educational event for June of this year.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Local landowners invited to join conservation project
State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl through the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ag program at Lincoln Land continues to grow
Lincoln Land Community College hosts a growing Agriculture Program at its main campus in Springfield.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bayer America's Farmers Monsanto Fund donates to local Farm Bureau
Christian County farmer R.D. Elder, directed $2,500 to the Christian County Farm Bureau through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer. As part of their mission the Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation will use the funds to award more local scholarships to students pursing degrees in agriculture.” said, Mellisa McMillan, Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation, Manager.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two THS FFA members named Illinois State FFA Proficiency award winners
The State finals of the Illinois FFA Proficiency Awards were held Saturday March 23, 2019 at the University of Illinois in Lincoln Auditorium.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Illinois farms get bigger, fewer as state's farmers age
The number of farms in Illinois is going down, but the remaining operations are growing bigger as aging farmers struggle to find successors, according to agricultural officials.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Taylorville FFA places at career development event
The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently competed in the Section 16 FFA Poultry Career Development Event. The Section 16 event was held Wednesday, March 13  at Shelbyville High School. The Taylorville Team placed 5th overall with team members Toby Winans, Cooper House, Conner Grant, Mason Harris, Briar McLaughlin, Meghan Donnan, Macey Smith and Wesley Powers.
Wednesday, March 27, 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

Manar, Sullivan, THS FFA stress importance of ag education
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

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











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