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Virus imperils state's equine industry
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ equine industry is being threatened as the state adopts social distancing guidelines in response to growing coronavirus concerns.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Farmers cautious about corn, soybean season despite projected rise in plantings
SPRINGFIELD – Despite projected increases in corn and soybean plantings this year after a disastrous 2019 planting season, farmers are gripped by uncertainty surrounding spring weather and the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

County fairs hurt financially, too, by COVID-19 shutdowns
SPRINGFIELD — The social distancing guidelines that led Illinois county fairs to cancel off-season events on their grounds through the end of April is one part of a financial impact double-whammy, a trade official said.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Christian County 4-H livestock judging team takes top 2 spots at invitational
The Christian County 4-H Blue Ribbon club members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the state and nation.

Just like all events, the season will be cut short due to the COVID 19. Nearly all contests that were scheduled throughout the spring have been cancelled or postponed.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Weekly Outlook: Planting season begins another year under much uncertainty
The planting season begins another year under considerable uncertainty. While trade issues remain, the continued spread of the coronavirus and the ensuing market collapse complicates an already difficult decision, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Illinois ag in the classroom offers online lessons
Illinois families doing their part to social distance during school and restaurant closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic can add additional agriculture educational activities to the digital resources at their fingertips.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Protecting ag's essential pollinators
Chemicals are routinely applied around residential landscapes to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds, but many are indiscriminate and devastate pollinators in the process.

Over the past 30-plus years, pollinator populations have crashed worldwide due to a variety of reasons, including pesticide and herbicide exposure, invasive pests and diseases, loss of habitat, loss of species and genetic diversity, and a changing climate, scientists say.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coronavirus fears over farmers markets could hit new growers hard. . .
The familiar sight of weekend shoppers brushing shoulders at farmers markets across the U.S. is under threat from the coronavirus and fears of its spread.

In Seattle, farmers markets have been suspended altogether. In New York state  the epicenter of the U.S.'s fight against the virus  they remain open, but residents are being warned against gathering in groups and told to practice social distancing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Assumption farmer has passion for organic farming
Back in the 1960’s, local farmer Jack Erisman pushed the boundaries of agriculture, using as much fertilizers and herbicides as he could, producing bumper crops each season. It took about 10 years, but by the 70’s, he was looking for a better way - a way to get out from under the chemical dependency his crops were under in order to grow healthier crops and farm animals. It wouldn’t be until 1990, but that’s when he began practicing organic farming. He says it has been a 30-year learning experience.

According to Erisman, organic farming is more of a methodology.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Down On The Farm
David and Kristy Hebert, along with their two sons, Noah and Evan, are in the family farming business. They are the 5th and 6th generations, respectively, to farm their land in rural Owaneco.

Hebert Farms raise cattle, chickens, peacocks, pigeons, bunnies and crops, in addition to making soap and lotion to sell at the local farmer’s market.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Explore and assess your seeds this winter
While there may still be snow on the ground outside, it is never too early to start planning your garden for the spring. Begin by digging through your old seed packet stashes to find those still viable to plant.
Monday, March 23, 2020

American Angus Reserve National Champion Auctioneer helps CEO with Banquet Auction
When most guests attend a benefit auction they think they will be bidding to a local auctioneer that has been in the business for several years. This year at the Christian County CEO Banquet Auction there were two auctioneers for the evening events, veteran auctioneer Col. Joe Curvey and Taylorville Junior High Student Drew Mickey.
Monday, March 23, 2020

Fun Ag Facts
Monday, March 23, 2020

Your own veggies
Empty produce shelves greeted many of us this past week and it got me to thinking about getting out in the garden and starting some veggies. I’ve been planting what I would call a supplemental vegetable garden for several decades now. My produce doesn’t mean I don’t shop for veggies at stores and at the farmers’ market, but it’s nice to have my own produce to add to those items that I do buy. My garden includes tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, green beans, lettuce, cucumbers, and Swiss chard. Herbs like basil, sage, and dill are there. I have blueberry bushes and a few raspberry plants as well.
Monday, March 23, 2020

THS FFA places 2nd at poultry event
The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently competed in the Section 16 FFA Poultry Career Development Event.  The Section 16 event was held Wednesday, March 11  at Shelbyville High School. The Taylorville Team placed 1st overall with team members Lacey DeClerck, Mylie Corso, Will Colbrook, Jonathon Scott, and Chris Hartwig. Three Taylorville FFA members made the top ten individuals overall and they were Lacey DeClerck was 3rd, Mylie Corso was 5th, and Will Colbrook was 7th.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Drop-off in economic activity certain, only duration and severity unknown
Sharp price drops across equity and commodity markets over recent trading sessions indicate that investors foresee a drop-off in economic activity over the near term. Only the duration and severity of the economic contraction remain uncertain, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

USDA announces feeding program partnership in response to COVID-19
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19:
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Edinburg student is selected District FFA Proficiency winner
Edinburg Illinois's Emma Stuart was selected as the District FFA Proficiency Winner in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. Emma Stuart is a member of the Edinburg FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA. Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences or SAE. FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award. SAEs allow students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Corn growers and Illinois scientists estimate crop production in real time
University of Illinois scientists, with help from members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time. The research, published in Remote Sensing of Environment, combines field measurements, a unique in-field camera network, and high-resolution, high-frequency satellite data, providing highly accurate productivity estimates for crops across Illinois and beyond. 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Central A&M FFA places second at veterinary science career development
On Tuesday, February 25th, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE at Richland Community College. Team members included Ella Forlines, Mallory Schmitt, Aaron Schmitt, Alyssa Nichols, Abby Vidmar, Izac Virden, Logan Virden, Tucker Long, and Victoria Billups. As a team, Central A&M FFA received 2nd place overall.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

CA&M FFA sends three members to districts in record book judging
Central A&M FFA Advances three to districts in Section 16 Record Book Judging. The following Central A&M FFA members participated in the Section 16 Proficiency Award judging on Thursday, February 20 at Maroa-Forsyth High School. Members who competed and their place are
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Grain markets higher despite wild market swings in response to coronavirus
Financial markets around the globe surged Monday in response to widespread speculation that policy makers around the world would implement economic measures to offset the toll taken on the markets by the recent coronavirus outbreak. That sudden influx of buying in the financial markets worked to buoy the grain markets as well.

For the week, May corn is trading 13 cents higher, and May soybeans are up 11.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Fire Protection District Purchases Rescue Auger
Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Protection District has purchased a grain tube Rescue Auger with a generous donation from the Morrisonville Farmers Co-op. The Rescue Auger is used with a grain rescue tube. Once the tube is secure around the victim, the Rescue Auger is placed in the tube and it removes the grain from around the victim.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020








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