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Midwest Cover Crops Council annual meeting and conference February 20
The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), in collaboration with University of Illinois Extension, will be holding its annual meeting in Springfield, Feb. 20-21. This is the first time Illinois will be the host state for the MCCC conference. The meeting will be held at the Northfield Inn Suites & Conference Center, located at 3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

USDA reports provide little support for corn, soybeans
The USDA finally released a set of highly anticipated reports on Friday. The results projected lower ending stocks for corn and soybeans during this marketing year. Despite lower ending-stock forecasts, the results disappointed and produced a somewhat bearish outlook, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

US Dept. of Ag to host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation listening session
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Deadline tomorrow for producers affected by unjustified trade retaliation
Producers have until February 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program(MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

IDNR accepting apps for wildlife grants
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is accepting new applications for Habitat and Pheasant project grants in the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program through February 15, 2019.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

USDA sending out surveys soon to Illinois farmers
Farmers should expect a survey in the mail soon, as the United States Department of Agriculture works to measure nutrient management practices.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Corn syrup in beer: It's for fermenting not sweetening
Bud Light is touting that it doesn’t use corn syrup, but that doesn’t make it nutritionally much different from its competitors.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

ADM reports lag in 4Q earnings, shares down 5%
Shares in Archer Daniels Midland slid 5 percent after the company reported lower-than-expected profits as costs rise and a trade dispute with China drags on the price of commodities.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Public hearing set for proposed industrial hemp regs
A public hearing is set for Tuesday, February 5, 2019, to gather comments on proposed rules for the regulation of industrial hemp production and processing. Those proposed rules were published December 28 in the Secretary of State's Illinois Register, opening the 45-day First Notice public comment period, which ends at close of business on February 11.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How many soybean acres do we need in 2019?
We have reached the time of the year where speculation about acreage for the 2019 crops begins in earnest. While the number of acres planted to soybeans appears set to decrease, current projections indicate an intention to plant significantly more acres than necessary to reach breakeven prices in Illinois under current consumption and stock level forecasts, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

State's new ag director talks trade, Farm Bill and department's priorities
After 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly, former state Sen. John Sullivan is settling into his new role in state government, that of acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ADM named to Most Admired Company list
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) was named one of the world's most admired companies in the food production industry by Fortune magazine for the 11th year in a row.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Edinburg FFA Competes at Career Development Event
Edinburg FFA chapter had members compete at the Section 16 Food Science Career Development Event (CDE) on January 16, 2019 at Central A & M High School.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Annie's Project, education for farm women, begins Feb. 19
“Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women” is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Christian-Jersey-Macoupin-Montgomery Unit, starting in February and continuing into March. Annie’s Project is designed to help farm women develop their management and decision making skills in the dynamic, complex world of agriculture.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Agricultural tourism pioneer Herb Teichman dies at age 88
An agricultural tourism pioneer who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition that drew international competitors and attention to southwest Michigan has died at the age of 88.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Beef association seeks applicants for young beef leaders program
Illinois Beef Association (IBA) members between the ages of 21-40 have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the beef industry and meet business leaders around the state. IBA is seeking members to take part in its Young Beef Leaders (YBL) program. The annual program provides tours of farms and businesses in the beef industry and opportunities to meet legislators and other farmers.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rural bankers in 10 states worry over farm loan defaults
A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Growmark announces nationwide agriculture scholarship program
The GROWMARK Foundation is once again offering a $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, pursing two- or four-year degrees or trade school certification in anagriculture-related field.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Extension beef specialist Travis Meteer discuses advantages of BQA program
A total of 2,520 beef producers throughout Illinois became Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified at workshops help throughout the state or by completing an online certification course in 2018. The checkoff-funded BQA program is important to the cattle industry, as it provides producers a set of best practices for producing quality beef. It also assures consumers that the beef they eat is both safe and wholesome.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Corn charts turn sour and beans are caught in fundamental seesaw
March corn had a pretty ugly day on the charts Tuesday. Admittedly, an eight-cent decline is hardly approaching limit down, but it almost jumps off the page in a chart that’s been littered with one, two,  and three-cent days over the last several weeks. In fact, the plunge took out some light support that was created  toward the end of December; it also crushed some intermediate momentum that looked to be building off the early November lows. Without fundamental reason, this market is still likely to sputter within its recent range, but the momentum prior to Tuesday’s decline had the market poised for retest of the $3.90 level. Now, the chart looks like it will first test support at $3.65
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ducks Unlimited, Illinois DNR add nearly 250 acres of new public land along the Illinois River
Outdoor enthusiasts in central Illinois have an extra 247 acres of public land to explore, hunt and hike because of a major Ducks Unlimited conservation effort with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Measure could reduce pollution in ag drainage
Every summer, a “dead zone” forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Plumes of oxygen-robbing algae, fed by excess nitrogen coming in from the Mississippi River, kill off marine life and threaten the livelihoods of those who fish the Gulf. States bordering the Mississippi River are putting strategies in place to limit nitrogen from wastewater treatment plants, surface runoff, and agricultural fields. In a new study, University of Illinois scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 percent.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lake Land College Ag Division selected for national award 
Lake Land College Agriculture Division in Mattoon, Ill., is one of only six programs nationwide that received the 2017 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award. The award was presented at the NAAE annual convention in San Antonio, Texas on November 28. The instructors are Ryan Orrick, Allen Drake, Ryan Wildman, Anthony Reinhart, Russell Neu, Robert Miller, Jordan Rauch, Mark Niemerg, and Dyke Barkley.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

ANAD: USDA rule may harm food safety
The new farm bill, signed into law December 20 by President Trump, will serve the public by investing in a strong food safety net, nutrition education programs that promote healthy people, and a robust food system and strengthened economy, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Startup uses tech to help farmers compare seed prices
A company with roots in Silicon Valley is trying to shake up the farm economy — and hundreds of farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas are dipping their toes in the waters.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Central A&M FFA competes in dairy contest
NIANTIC — On Wednesday, November 28, the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Sangamon Valley High School to participate in the Section 16 Dairy Products CDE.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The fault lines of farm policy: New book traces farm bill history
URBANA, Ill. — Just as a new farm bill sailed its way through the U.S. Senate and House last week, a newly released book by a University of Illinois law and policy expert explores the 100-year history of the farm bill, tracing the political evolution of American farm and food legislation.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

As the financial markets go this week, so go the grain markets
TAYLORVILLE — Wednesday’s market activity should set the pace for the rest of 2018. Trade volume figures to be exceedingly thin for the remainder of the week as most traders are typically away from their desks until after the new year. Those that are around are unlikely to accumulate what could be considered long-term risk with another  long weekend upcoming. That would suggest some position squaring over the next couple of days, which would actually bode well for grain markets.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

USDA launches 2nd round of payments to farmers
President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Roundup from the sky kills dozens of feral hogs in Missouri
Feral hogs are a menace in parts of Missouri, so federal officials are taking to the skies to combat the wild animal that can destroy multiple acres of farmland in a single feeding frenzy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ADM recognized for promoting workplace diversity
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that Together We Grow—a consortium ADM began in 2016 to focus on educating, recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce in the agriculture sector—has been recognized with Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2018 Innovations in Diversity Award.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

With China's return, U.S. sees optimism restored in grain export markets
Corn futures firmed last week following statements from China that it intends to purchase additional U.S. corn.  China’s National Bureau of Statistics noted a decline in corn production there, saying the 2018 crop is down 1.7 million tons to 257.3 million tons. The news hasn’t sparked tremendous follow through this week, but March corn futures are up about a penny for the week.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Farmers urged to support Trump rollback of EPA water rules
The Trump administration on Tuesday called on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw federal protections for many of the country's waterways and wetlands.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New building dedicated at 4-H Memorial Camp
Longtime University of Illinois and Illinois 4-H supporter Lila Jeanne Eichelberger was honored at a ceremony Nov. 28 at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello during the dedication of a 4,000 square-foot hands-on, multi-purpose learning facility, which bears the name Eichelberger Hall.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm safety-net programs for 5 yrs.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2019 Certified Livestock Manager training workshops will begin in January
The 2019 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, will be held in 11 locations throughout the state, beginning Jan. 30 in Springfield and concluding Feb. 28 back in Springfield. The University of Illinois Extension workshops provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

USDA announces summer 2019 internship program for college students
Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Taylorville's Nathan Rogers earns 2018 IFB crop adviser award
Nathan Rogers from Taylorville, Ill., in Christian County, received the 2018 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Dec.. 1-4. 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Large fire damages egg farm in Illinois
A fire has caused major damage at a large egg farm in rural northeastern Illinois.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

THS FFA members rank in top ten at dairy contest
The dairy products judging team took part in the Section 16 competition for this area. At this organized event students were required to judge milk defects, identify cheese, real vs. artificial dairy products, complete a 25 question dairy food test, and perform a team food science problem.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Illinois farm economics summit set for December
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 2019 outlook for crop and livestock prices, the farm profitability outlook and management challenges, the next farm bill, long-term trends in grain prices, and prospects for farmland values at the 2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit in December.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

THS FFA hosts their first-ever Tornado Tuesday
Filling the ag shop with the smell of food and the sound of laughter on Tuesday, November 20, 46 Taylorville High School students attended the first ever Tornado Tuesday, hosted by the Taylorville FFA Chapter after school.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Deere & Co. profits soar in fourth quarter, but still doubts on Wall Street
A boost in construction equipment sales drove profit higher for Deere & Co. in the fourth quarter, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations and pulled on shares before the opening bell Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

6'4" steer gets reprieve
Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

$60 million set aside to repair key lock
Nearly $60 million in federal money has been set aside to repair a lock on the Illinois River deemed vital for barges carrying agricultural goods to market. 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Farm bankruptcies on the rise in Upper Midwest
The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CA&M FFA
On Monday, November 19, seven members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Homegrown by Heroes program for veterans in agriculture
The Illinois Department of Agriculture aids veterans and current active duty service members who are interested in a second career in our state’s number one industry, agriculture. The Homegrown by Heroes program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on the ag products they sell to the public, allowing these heroes’ products to be visible to consumers while giving them the chance to tell their story.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

FFA member wins district ag sales competition
The Taylorville FFA Chapter recently had the privilege to participate in the 2018 District Agricultural Sales CDE in Mattoon, Illinois. Taylorville was selected to compete in this event due to winning the Section 16 Ag Sales event.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fed report shows farm income on the decline
A report by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank says farm income is continuing to decline within its district.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018















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