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Farm income, innovations conference to highlight finance
Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2019 Farm Income and Innovation Conference, to be held July 30-31, 2019 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Montgomery Co. gift provides opportunities for ACES students
Before gifting her farmland to the University of Illinois in the early 2000s, and long after she had moved from Illinois, Lora Sims recounted that she was once advised to sell off her Montgomery County land.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two Farmer Share events scheduled this weekend
The Christian County Farm Bureau (CCFB) will host a Farmer Share Dinner during the Pana’s Farmers Market on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. under the Chautauqua building at Kitchell park.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Weekly Outlook: Corn prices heating up, supply issues may follow
Despite the USDA raising 2018-19 marketing-year ending stocks for corn in last Thursday’s WASDE report, corn prices moved higher to end the week. December corn futures prices returned to the levels seen before the surprising June Acreage report. Strengthening basis levels indicate supply issues to come if the dry, hot weather persists over large areas of the Corn Belt, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WIU offers 1-year ag bus MBA degree
A new program at Western Illinois University will let agriculture students get a graduate degree quicker.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ag Appreciation Dinner to be held July 25 at CC Fairgrounds
The guest speaker for the annual Ag Appreciation Dinner will be Nicole Moore, Marketing Representative and Grand Administrator for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The Ag Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 25th starting at 11:30 a.m. in the entertainment pavilion at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Farm income and innovations conference to highlight trade, financial management
Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2019 Farm Income and Innovation Conference, to be held July 30-31, 2019 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

THS FFA finds success on a global stage
The success of the Taylorville FFA program has been nothing short of prolific over the years. The program needed no introduction even before the livestock judging team brought home a national championship back in January. Still, that was a milestone for the program, one that opened up incredible opportunities for the five students involved.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death found in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Weekly Outlook: June acreage report heightens uncertainty
URBANA, Ill. — On June 28, the USDA released the Acreage and Grain Stocks reports. While the Grain Stocks report provided support for both corn and soybeans, the Acreage report indicated higher-than-expected corn acres and lower-than-expected soybean acres. The acreage numbers injected a substantial amount of uncertainty into both markets that appears set to stay in place throughout the summer, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Illlinois producers attend annual U of I Dudley Smith Farm Field Day
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Over 50 Illinois producers attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to learn about the latest research in soil health, beef cattle management, and water quality. The agricultural research farm is located in rural Christian County off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death found in Illinois
The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Weekly Outlook: June acreage report heightens uncertainty
On June 28, the USDA released the Acreage and Grain Stocks reports. While the Grain Stocks report provided support for both corn and soybeans, the Acreage report indicated higher-than-expected corn acres and lower-than-expected soybean acres. The acreage numbers injected a substantial amount of uncertainty into both markets that appears set to stay in place throughout the summer, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Illlinois producers attend annual U of I Dudley Smith Farm Field Day
Over 50 Illinois producers attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to learn about the latest research in soil health, beef cattle management, and water quality. The agricultural research farm is located in rural Christian County off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

More diverse presentations at Agronomy Day 2019
The public will have the opportunity to learn from more University of Illinois scientists than ever before during the 62nd Agronomy Day on Aug. 22. Researchers and Extension specialists from across the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will share the latest discoveries and best practices in agronomy and land stewardship.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Christian Co. team named state 4-H senior livestock judging champions
Over the past three years, Christitan County 4-H members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparation for several contests throughout the United States, Illinois, and especially the State 4-H Contest. This past week the State Senior and Junior 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Morrisonville Farmers' Coop celebrating 100 years
In the span of the last century, there have been some iconic brands that have come and gone. Pan  Am, Blockbuster, Amoco Oil, and Borders bookstores, to name a few, never hit the hundred-year mark.

For a small-town business to eclipse the century mark, that’s an incredible achievement. The Morrisonville Farmers’ Coop has done just that, and the company will be celebrating its anniversary tomorrow from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

T'ville FFA named Superior Gold Emblem chapter
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















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