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T'ville FFA named Superior Gold Emblem chapter
Clockwise, from top left: State FFA Science Fair finalists front, from left, Rachelle Bates, Lizzie Schafer, Molly Smith and Tess Patton. Back, Isabelle Norris, Cooper House, Collin Botrell and Eric Schafer. State Creed Speaking Winner Lizzie Schafer. State Proficiency Award winners Tanner Mickey, left and Eric Schafer. State Degree Award winners from left Madison Wilson, Steven Harris and Molly Smith.Submitted photos
Clockwise, from top left: State FFA Science Fair finalists front, from left, Rachelle Bates, Lizzie Schafer, Molly Smith and Tess Patton. Back, Isabelle Norris, Cooper House, Collin Botrell and Eric Schafer. State Creed Speaking Winner Lizzie Schafer. State Proficiency Award winners Tanner Mickey, left and Eric Schafer. State Degree Award winners from left Madison Wilson, Steven Harris and Molly Smith.

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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


Submit your ag photos to contest by June 26
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is encouraging young photographers to submit their photos for the 2019 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest before the June 26 deadline. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

U of I crop scientist answers questions about very late planting
- With less than half the corn crop and less than a fourth of the soybean crop planted by June 1 this year, Illinois farmers are facing some difficult decisions. Emerson Nafziger, of the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, answers critical questions.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Weather delay cuts into US yield prospects
Market attention continues to focus on the potential size of the U.S. corn and soybean crops. Acreage totals look to remain uncertain for the rest of the year and any adjustments in the next WASDE report may not reflect the changes facing both crops this year. U.S. average yields appear set to move lower in the upcoming WASDE report as severe delays in planting indicate reduced yield potential, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CAM FFA Serves
On Saturday, May 25, the Central A&M FFA served the Assumption Alumni Banquet at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Assumption.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Brockamp named Farm Credit agriculture scholar
Maria Brockamp, of Morrisonville, was recognized as one of 28 members of the class of 2019 Farm Credit agriculture scholars during a luncheon Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) in Mahomet Thursday.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

CAM FFA Awards Banquet
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

CCFB Foundation names scholarship winners
This year, the Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation is awarding five, $1,500 scholarships to Christian County Students pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.  Two of the five scholarships being awarded came from the Young Ag Leaders Tractor Drive fundraiser.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

USDA reopens continuous CRP signup
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts.  The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Prices surge as corn planting progress grinds to a halt
Grain markets started the week with strong after weekend storms moved through much of the Corn Belt, causing further planting delays. As a result, corn gapped into new highs to start the week. It is now trading at its highest level since June of 2016. Since May 13, the market has jumped 57 cents, not including Wednesday’s action.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Agronomy Day returns to the University of Illinois Aug. 22
The Department of Crop Sciences, part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, will host the 62nd annual Agronomy Day this year on Aug. 22. The event, which showcases the latest scientific discoveries from ACES researchers and Extension specialists, will feature a larger number of presentations on more diverse topics than previous years.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Growmark launches new user-friendly website
Growmark.com relaunched this week with a dynamic layout that highlights the exceptional products and services offered by Growmark.
Wednesday, May 29, 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













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