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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

Central A&M FFA Members
Thursday, February 27, 2020

CC Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Applications being accepted
The objective of the CCFB Foundation’s 2020 Scholarship program is to provide scholarships to college students who major in agriculture, agribusiness or an ag-related course of study. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional scholastic ability and/or financial need. Applicants may have been the recipient of a previous CCFB Foundation Scholarship.
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Study shows universally positive effect of cover crops on soil microbiome
Only a fraction of conventional row crop farmers grow cover crops after harvest, but a new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows the practice can boost soil microbial abundance by 27%.

The result adds to cover crops’ reputation for nitrogen loss reduction, weed suppression, erosion control, and more. Although soil microbial abundance is less easily observed, it is a hugely important metric in estimating soil health.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ag in the Classroom
Rebecca Livingston of the University of Illinois Extension office has been busy with activities for the Ag in the Classroom Project. Livingston has been visiting local schools and educating students about soil and how important it is to us.
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Night Hikes at Griswold Conservation Area
Venture into the darkness during one of several Night Hikes at Griswold Conservation Area this spring.  Choose from Saturday, March 7, April 18, and May 23 from 8pm-9:30pm.
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Alex Weitekamp talks about his experience in FFA
Pana High School FFA officer, Alex Weitekamp, recently sat down and put pen to paper to answer questions about his experience with FFA and farming. Here are his answers:
Thursday, February 27, 2020

THS Agriculture Program continues to add new classes to the curriculum
The Taylorville Agriculture Program has continued their mission of keeping up with educational progress by thinking outside the box and adding courses that are valuable to students’ futures and offer real-world content.
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Yes, hard-working farm boys really do still exist
Throughout Section 16 FFA, four exceptional students each year are named Stars in different areas. This year, each of the four Stars came from the Taylorville FFA Chapter. These awards require hard work, diligence, and dedication to the FFA. No student exemplifies the necessary qualities like the Star Farmer, Tanner Mickey.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Proud Of Their FFA Roots
Pictured from left are Pana High School FFA Officers Chase Temmen, Alex Weitekamp, Ellie Kuhn and Amanda Hall. Not pictured Serenity Eiler.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Researchers find way to detect presence of turtles
The prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle may be the largest freshwater turtle in North America, but that doesn’t make it easy to spot. The up-to-200-pound armored beasts have only been officially recorded in Illinois 16 times since the late 1800s. But, in a recent study, University of Illinois scientists have demonstrated an effective new method to detect the secretive reptiles in the wild.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Central A&M FFA Involved In Many Activities
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Master gardener says prepare your body for gardening
Ahh! Spring! When will it get here? For most of us, spring won't get here soon enough. But are you ready? Maybe you've forgotten that strained back muscle or cramps you had in your legs after doing gardening last year. Maybe you need to start now to do some simple stretching exercises to get ready this spring. Most of these exercises do not require heavy or expensive equipment or even a trip to the local gym. You can start by doing 10 repetitions and work your way up to as many as you care to do and with just a few ordinary household items most will have around the house. But as always, check with your physician to make sure you are up to exercise.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Virus prompts more selling in the grain markets
Coronavirus fears seem to have the markets, both financial and agriculture, in a state concern that is teetering on the edge of panic.

The U.S. CDC has told Americans to begin preparing for the possible spread of the virus in the United States. “The data over the past week about the spread in other countries has raised our level of concern and expectation that we are going to have community spread here,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s head of respiratory diseases said.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Central A&M FFA
Central A&M FFA members toured Tuttles Apple Orchard while attending the National FFA Convention in October.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CAM FFA members named Greenhand Star Farmers
On Monday, February 3, 2020, Parker Smith and Spencer Uphoff traveled to the National Sequestration Building at Richland Community College in Decatur where they attended the Star Greenhand Interviews.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Large Group Of Morrisonville FFA Students Attends Farm Progress Show
The Morrisonville FFA  is active year-round in many activities. The group is pictured above at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

U of I ag team charts yields and light fluctuation
Komorebi is a Japanese word that describes how light filters through leaves—creating shifting, dappled “sunflecks” that illustrate plants’ ever-changing light environment. Crops harness light energy to fix carbon dioxide into food via photosynthesis. In a special issue of Plant Journal, a team from the University of Illinois reports a new mathematical computer model that is used to understand how much yield is lost as soybean crops grapple with minute-by-minute light fluctuations on cloudy and sunny days.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Edinburg student attends FFA 212° Conference
Edinburg  FFA chapter member, Emily Schleyhahn attended the annual 212° conference in Decatur, on February 7-8th, 2020. 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

THS FFA dominates public speaking contest
Winning every category at the public speaking contest in Clinton Wednesday night, the FFA Chapter came home with a pretty successful record. This event is one that the chapter competes in every year given that it is a great way for the students to get more comfortable speaking in front of people, which will in turn help them in their future careers.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Monday, February 24, 2020

THS FFA students take home Star Greenhand award
Recently eight students in Section 16 FFA competed for the Star Greenhand FFA Degree.

When applying for the Greenhand Degree, students have the opportunity to compete for special awards such as Star in Farmer, Placement, Entrepreneurship, and Agri-Science. This year Taylorville High School took Briar McLaughlin and Lizzie Schafer to interview to gain their degree.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Central A&M students attend FFA 212° Conference
Central A&M FFA chapter members, Logan Virden, Emily Harter, and Karsyn Andricks attended the annual 212° Conference in Decatur, Ill., on February 7-8, 2020. 
Monday, February 24, 2020

THS' Eric Schafer is a FFA Star in science
On February 3, 2020 many Taylorville students competed to earn their State Degrees, which is a high honor in FFA. But, four of Taylorville’s outstanding senior FFA members were also named Section 16 Stars.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Taylorville FFA takes home eight state degrees
On February 3rd, eight Taylorville FFA members competed for their State Degree. This degree is an honorable prestige in Illinois. Only a small percentage of Illinois FFA members ever have the chance to obtain it. In order to get the degree, recipients must have logged either 750 hours in their record book or showed a profit of $1500. This year Taylorville FFA maintained a high standard of achievement by not only earning eight degrees, but for the first time in Taylorville FFA history all four star areas were won by THS FFA members.
Monday, February 24, 2020

PHS FFA members attend 212° Conference
Pana FFA chapter members, Toby Barringer and Connor McGlauchlen attended the annual 212° conference in Decatur, Illinois on February 7-8, 2020.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Schleyhahn Competes At Section 16 FFA Creed Event
Emily Schleyhahn, of the Edinburg FFA Chapter, placed 6th in the Section 16 FFA Creed speaking leadership development event in Clinton Illinois on January 29, 2020. The competition requires contestants to recite the FFA Creed. Speakers then answer a series of questions based on their interpretation of the creed.
Monday, February 24, 2020

THS FFA members compete at Section 16 Proficiency Awards
During February, several Taylorville FFA members completed various SAE projects not only for competition, but to learn valuable career and life skills that they will use the rest of their lives.

This large group of students competed with their record books at the local chapter level in order to advance on to sections. On February 20, 2020, 17 Taylorville FFA members traveled to Maroa High School to compete in 26 areas at the Section FFA SAE Proficiency Award Interviews.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Agriculture mechanics and the trades are the future
TAYLORVILLE — Hands-on learning has always been a focus of Agriculture Education and specifically for the Agriculture Mechanics classes at THS.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Pana FFA to celebrate FFA Week with activities
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Edinburg FFA celebrates National FFA Week early
EDINBURG — Edinburg FFA celebrated National FFA week a week early this year. The FFA members planned activities for the week to help keep the school involved and excited. Members encouraged students to dress up with them each day and chose the following themese: Tuesday - school colors; Western Wednesday, Barnyard animal Thursday, and FFA Colors Friday (Blue and Gold).
Saturday, February 22, 2020

THS' Tucker Hamm named named Star Placement
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School senior Tucker Hamm has been involved with FFA for all four years of high school.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

THS Livestock Judging Team takes Iowa Beef Expo
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the United States, Illinois, and invitational contests. Livestock judging contests require students to evaluate cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and then present oral reasons defending their decisions.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

THS FFA senior serves as Section 16 vice president
TAYLORVILLE — Senior Molly Smith has been a dedicated Taylorville FFA member that has had a strong work ethic and passion for success for the past four years. Molly earned her State FFA Degree as Junior through her work at Bayer Crop Science in Stonington and her National award winning FFA Agriscience Fair project.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Cutting corners is not an option for this senior
TAYLORVILLE — Most FFA students do not start their SAE projects until their freshman year of highschool, however this is not the case for Taylorville High School senior Hayden Chamberlain.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Floral Design and Horticulture a big hit at THS
TAYLORVILLE — Last spring when THS students selected classes for their 2019-2020 schedules over 100 students picked Floral Design and Horticulture. And even though they are just semester-long classes, those 18 weeks are full of projects and hands-on activities that keep the students busy.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

THS FFA has been busy with projects this year
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville FFA Chapter is always busy and this year is no exception. To date, the Taylorville Chapter has attended numerous Career Development Events, several Leadership Events, and worked on several community service projects.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Central A&M celebrates National FFA Week
MOWEAQUA — The Central A&M FFA chapter has had a very busy 2019-2020 school year. Members have been active in contests, conventions, training schools, workshops, conferences, and much, much more.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Beyond the classroom: THS Ag Department brings livestock to its students
TAYLORVILLE — The Agriculture Department at Taylorville High School always has some type of project going on or competition students are preparing for. One of the most recent “projects” was turning one of the tractor paint booths into a temporary farrowing house for one bred gilt.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

A look at FFA on the national level: 700,170 members and 8,612 chapters
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education.
Saturday, February 22, 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

'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

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

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