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'Regenerative Renegade': Midwest farmer talks about beneficial practices
Cattle perked up and started to moo as Matt Maier fired up his tractor to bring over a fresh roll of baleage for his herd.

One frisky cow leaped behind the bale, nipping at the fermented hay before Maier rolled it out.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Weekly Outlook: 2020 soybean price prospects
Soybean prices put in a moderate rally last week.. An outlook for a large South American soybean crop and uncertainty of the impact on economic growth associated with the evolving coronavirus situation in China hang over U.S. soybean demand scenarios moving forward, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

FNB presents check to Meridian Ag Foundation
The Meridian Ag Foundation received a $5,000 donation from the First National Bank of Pana. Matt Beavers, President presented the check at Meridian High School towards the bank’s three-year pledge of $15,000.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A&M FFA participates in public speaking event
On Wednesday, January 29th, three members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Clinton High School to compete in the Section 16 Public Speaking LDE. Mason Warnick competed in the FFA Creed Speaking division and placed fourth in high flight.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Durbin claims that the USDA is playing favorites with trade war aid
Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of playing favorites with trade war aid payments by giving more money to southern cotton farmers who were less affected by the trade war than Illinois soybean farmers.

“USDA has overcompensated southern cotton growers, whose market losses are small and whose prices have gone up, with more aid on a county-by-county basis than Illinois’ soybean farmers,” Durbin said in a statement Monday.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ag markets still seems focused on Coronavirus, outside financial markets
The USDA monthly Supply and Demand Report showed corn ending stocks unchanged at 1.892 billion bushels on Tuesday. Meanwhile, soybean ending stocks were lowered 50 million bushels to 425 million bushels. The corn number was slightly bearish in the sense that it was higher relative to pre-report expectations of 1.864 billion. Soybeans, though, came in lower than pre-report expectations of 443 million.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Agribusiness seminar for area farmers February 19
TAYLORVILLE — With 2020 here, the Illinois crop planting season won’t be far behind, and there are plenty of tools and updates to help farmers plan and prepare for a successful season. Upcoming Agribusiness Seminars are scheduled across the state to assist farmers on a variety of topics, including Federal Crop Insurance offerings, navigating the crop insurance claims process should devastation hit your farm, and a market outlook on grain prices for 2020.
Friday, February 7, 2020

The U.S. beef cattle herd is known to cycle through periods of expansion and contraction roughly every 10 years or so. The high feed price era from 2007 to 2013 contributed to one of those contraction phases with beef cow numbers reaching a low in 2014, explains Jason Franken, agricultural economist at Western Illinois University.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Lake Land ag hosting open house March 6
The Lake Land College Agriculture Division is hosting an open house on Friday, March 6 from 9 a..m.-12:30 p.m. High school juniors and seniors are invited to learn more about the agriculture programs available at Lake Land College and enjoy lunch with current students and faculty.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2020 cattle inventory: Herd expansion comes to an end
The U.S. beef cattle herd is known to cycle through periods of expansion and contraction roughly every 10 years or so. The high feed price era from 2007 to 2013 contributed to one of those contraction phases with beef cow numbers reaching a low in 2014, explains Jason Franken, agricultural economist at Western Illinois University.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A&M FFA attends Farm Bureau Day
Central A&M FFA members attended the 2020 Farm Bureau Young Leaders Acquaintance Day on Monday, January 27. During the acquaintance day, members had the opportunity to tour Caterpillar in Decatur and learn all about the ins and outs of this top agriculture company.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Ohio rolling out strategy to save Lake Erie from toxic algae due to runoff
Nearly halfway into a 10-year pledge  to combat the toxic algae that turns Lake Erie a ghastly shade of green, Ohio has made little progress. Its patchwork of mostly voluntary efforts hasn’t slowed the farm fertilizers that feed algae blooms, leading to contaminated drinking water and dead fish.

Ohio’s governor has authorized an ambitious plan that this year will begin offering farmers financial incentives to adopt new agriculture practices and will create a network of wetlands to capture and filter runoff from fields.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

MHS FFA Members Place In Speaking Contest
The Morrisonville FFA chapter had two participants, Jhia Walker and Alaina Deal compete in the Section 19 Creed Speaking Contest on Wednesday, January 22nd. Jhia Walker placed first, and Alaina Deal placed third overall. Walker advances to District Creed Speaking Contest.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Markets shrink as Coronavirus outbreak sparks much of the selling interest
Analysts have speculated that the Coronavirus outbreak has brought about much of the selling interest in the market over the past week.

Since Friday, March corn is down a penny while soybeans are off seven cents.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Illinois Senate bill would outlaw live animal prizes at fairs and carnivals
It is a mainstay of fairs and carnivals around the country: sink a ping pong ball into a fish bowl and win the goldfish swimming inside.

But if a bill in the Illinois Senate becomes law, carnivals would no longer be allowed to award live animals – such as fish, reptiles and hermit crabs – as prizes.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

'Sudden Change' dropped temp 40 degrees in minutes
This winter has brought the usual roller-coaster temperature swings, along with bone-chilling winds and fast freezes. They’re nothing like the “sudden change” of 1836.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hay tainted by toxic beetles kills horses in Wisconsin
Hay tainted by a toxic beetle is blamed for the deaths of 14 horses and illnesses to dozens of others on a Wisconsin ranch.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Markets suffer downtick as traders await China deal results to materialize
Optimism has turned to hesitation in the grain markets. Markets are lower this week as traders appear to be waiting for the promises of the Phase One trade deal with China to materialize. Soybeans, for example, reached a five-week low after trading 13 lower this week. Corn is off two cents on the week.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Growmark scholarship applications due April 17
The GROWMARK Foundation is once again offering 15 $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, pursing two- or four-year degrees or trade school certification in an agriculture-related field.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Illinois farmers helped by latest U.S. trade deals, but many questions remain
Illinois farmers will get a much-needed lift from two international trade agreements approved by the federal government this week, but experts are uncertain if their situations will improve in the long term.

After exchanging hundreds of billions of dollars of tariffs for more than a year, the U.S. and Chinese governments agreed to the first part of trade deal on Wednesday.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Illinois Pork Producers Association invests in Feed Technology Center
Advancing its longstanding support of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has announced a financial commitment to the new Feed Technology Center currently under construction south of campus.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry
Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Grain markets mixed as traders await details of US-China trade deal
The U.S. is set to meet with Chinese delegates this afternoon to sign phase one of long-awaited resolution to the trade war that has endured for almost two years. Initially, there was some optimism around the signing, pushing markets slightly higher. Specifics of the deal, however, have yet to trickle in and markets have been choppy on light volume as traders wait for the information to trickle in.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

FS Donates To Central A&M FFA
Carrie Harshman and Julie Williamson from South Central FS visited the Central A&M FFA chapter during lunch to present them with a check for being one of the top 5 chapters voted for during their Farm Progress Show check-in. While there, they talked to  members about what FS is all about and the many opportunities they have to offer.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

LLCC Ag earns nat'l award
Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture is one of just six programs nationwide to receive the 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award. The award was presented at the NAAE annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 3.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

State FFA Officers Visit Central A&M
On Tuesday, September 19th, the State FFA President Gage Miller and Section 16 President Zane Gardner, visited the Introduction to Agriculture class at Central A&M High School.  During their visit with the 1st year FFA members, they discussed perspective and how everyone sees things differently. They also discussed the many different and diverse areas of agriculture. At the end of the presentation FFA members were given goal cards to write their goals on and keep with them to reflect on.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Corn, soybean markets seek safety amid uncertainty in the Middle East
Tensions in the Middle East have had a mixed effect on U.S. grain prices this week. In general, there is a bit of a wait-and-see mentality which led to some investors pulling their dollars back from the market. That, of course, brought some selling interest late last week.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Illinois Farm Bureau foundation offering ag scholarships
Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $118,000 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

THS FFA Greenhands win the Section 16 Conduct of Meetings Contest
On December 11, seven Taylorville FFA members competed in the Section 16 Conduct of Meetings contest at Sullivan High School. This is the first time Taylorville FFA has ever competed in this event.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Two THS FFA students named All Americans
In the high school livestock world, being named an “All American” at the North American International Livestock Exposition is a goal that ranks towards the top of the list of titles that students would like to be awarded.

In order to be named an “All American” competitors must rank in the 20 individuals in the nation at the North American Livestock Evaluation Contests and be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

CAM Attends Agronomy Career Development Event
On Thursday, November 14th, nine members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign. Team members included Sami Huckstep, Ella Forlines, Abby Vidmar, Hunter Mott, Tucker Long, Tanner Etherton, Valerie Golden, Alyssa Nichols and Logan Virden. 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

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