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home : ag & business : ag January 22, 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

FS Donates To Central A&M FFA
Carrie Harshman and Julie Williamson from South Central FS visited the Central A&M FFA chapter during lunch to present them with a check for being one of the top 5 chapters voted for during their Farm Progress Show check-in. While there, they talked to  members about what FS is all about and the many opportunities they have to offer.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

LLCC Ag earns nat'l award
Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture is one of just six programs nationwide to receive the 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award. The award was presented at the NAAE annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 3.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

State FFA Officers Visit Central A&M
On Tuesday, September 19th, the State FFA President Gage Miller and Section 16 President Zane Gardner, visited the Introduction to Agriculture class at Central A&M High School.  During their visit with the 1st year FFA members, they discussed perspective and how everyone sees things differently. They also discussed the many different and diverse areas of agriculture. At the end of the presentation FFA members were given goal cards to write their goals on and keep with them to reflect on.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Illinois Farm Bureau foundation offering ag scholarships
Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $118,000 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Corn, soybean markets seek safety amid uncertainty in the Middle East
Tensions in the Middle East have had a mixed effect on U.S. grain prices this week. In general, there is a bit of a wait-and-see mentality which led to some investors pulling their dollars back from the market. That, of course, brought some selling interest late last week.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Two THS FFA students named All Americans
In the high school livestock world, being named an “All American” at the North American International Livestock Exposition is a goal that ranks towards the top of the list of titles that students would like to be awarded.

In order to be named an “All American” competitors must rank in the 20 individuals in the nation at the North American Livestock Evaluation Contests and be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

THS FFA Greenhands win the Section 16 Conduct of Meetings Contest
On December 11, seven Taylorville FFA members competed in the Section 16 Conduct of Meetings contest at Sullivan High School. This is the first time Taylorville FFA has ever competed in this event.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

CAM Attends Agronomy Career Development Event
On Thursday, November 14th, nine members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign. Team members included Sami Huckstep, Ella Forlines, Abby Vidmar, Hunter Mott, Tucker Long, Tanner Etherton, Valerie Golden, Alyssa Nichols and Logan Virden. 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

TJHS Students Engage In Ag In The Classroom Learning Opportunity
Rebecca Livingston from the Christian County Extension Office provided an "Ag in the Classroom" lesson for Ms. Laker's class at TJHS. The excited fifth graders learned about "Football and Agriculture" in their latest learning experience.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dates are announced for Illinois Farm Economics Summit
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 2020 outlook for crop and livestock prices, the next farm bill, farm profitability and management topics, and the impacts of trade and policy issues at the 2019 Illinois Farm Economics Summit in December.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Central A&M FFA Students Attend Leadership Training Event
On Wednesday, November 13th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter visited Sullivan High School for the Section 16 Leadership Training School.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bean price prospects moving into '20
The two major drivers of uncertainty impacting soybean prices in 2019 appear set to carry over into 2020. The status of trade negotiations with China continues to move soybean markets despite numerous fits and starts in the process, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.

“Another USDA estimate of the 2019 soybean crop comes out in January. Without supportive information on either issue, the sustainability of the recent price rally into 2020 seems remote,” Hubbs says.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Helps Out At The Museum
On Wednesday November 27, 2019 Morrisonville FFA volunteers spent the afternoon doing maintenance at the Morrisonville Historical Museum.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IDOA to hold hemp summit on Dec. 17th
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will host a Hemp Summit on December 17th at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Illinois Hemp Summit follows the release of USDA's 2019 Hemp Rules that have raised questions and concerns amongst Illinois hemp farmers and their advocacy groups.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

THS FFA members rank in top ten at section dairy event
The Taylorville FFA is on a winning streak and was named high team overall at the Section 16 dairy products contest held at Sangamon Valley High School. This is the third win at the section level for the Taylorville FFA Chapter so far this year.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

High horse: Animal gets stuck in barn loft
A farm animal with unbridled ambition in South Carolina has given new meaning to the phrase “get off your high horse.”
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sen. Manar honored for his work to strengthen ag education
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was honored with the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education for his efforts to expand and promote agricultural education in Illinois schools.

The award was presented individually to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including State Representative Norine Hammond, State Senator Dave Syverson and former State Representative Don Moffitt.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Join Christian County Youth Leadership Team at 4-H Express
All aboard the 4-H Express! 4-H Express is a holiday-themed event that will be held on Friday, December 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office (1120 N.. Webster St., Taylorville). Learn more about 4-H and participate in a variety of holiday-themed arts & crafts and games!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Weekly outlook: Soybean crush appears back on track for 2019-20 year
The release of the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) soybean crush estimates last Friday indicated crush levels picked up substantially in October. Driven by a moderate export pace for soybeans and a decent crush margin, soybean crush appears back on track for the 2019-20 marketing year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.

For the 2019-20 marketing year, the USDA projects soybean crush at 2.105 billion bushels in November, down 15 million bushels from the previous projection in October. Despite the lowering of crush, the forecasted total sits 1% above last year and at a record amount for a marketing year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Edinburg FFA Competes In Agronomy
Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 FFA Agronomy CDE, hosted by Parkland Community College on November 14th.  Students competed based on their ability to judge different groups of crops and identifying different species of crops, insects, weeds, and farming equipment.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Central A&M FFA attends national convention
The Central A&M FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo. The top 10 members with the most FFA activity points had the opportunity to attend this year’s convention. Abbi Durbin, Maygan Durbin, Ella Forlines, Valerie Golden, Hunter Mott, Alyssa Nichols, Mallory Schmitt, Parker Smith, Madison Thompson, and Spencer Uphoff began their trip on Wednesday, November 30. During the trip we were able to tour Tuttles Orchard and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center which were both great experiences! We had the opportunity to hear motivational speaker, Bob Goff as well as many inspirational retiring addresses delivered by the National FFA Officer Team.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

THS FFA and FFA alumni bring large group of students to nat'l convention
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Taylorville FFA loaded up students and adults from the Taylorville area on two charter buses to go to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 92nd annual National FFA Convention.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Edinburg FFA
Edinburg FFA members Jessica Carlile and Robert Younker attended the Build conference held Oct. 14-15 in the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur, Ill. BUILD is a conference sponsored by the Illinois FFA and the Illinois Farm Bureau; it is a combination of the past 360 Conference and the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Conferences.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Attends National Convention
At this year’s National ConventionThe Morrisonville FFA were able to expand their horizons and learn what FFA is truly all about: being surrounded by other students that share the same passions and enthusiasm, they were given the opportunity to meet barrel racing star, Amberley Snyder, as well as hypnotist, Dr. Jim Wand.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Weekly Outlook: What does a trade deal promise for soybean exports?
The proposed Phase 1 trade deal with China continues to move toward a resolution. An initial announcement of $40 to $50 billion a year of agricultural exports gradually morphed into a $20 billion arrangement. Subsequently, a scenario popped up from Chinese trade commentators framing increased U.S. agricultural imports as China market demands require, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FFA Tours Bayer Plant
On October 8, the Morrisonville Ag Science Class and work Co-op Class went to the Bayer plant formerly known as the Monsanto Plant in Stonington. The students were able to learn the whole process of selecting seeds for traits, processing, cleaning, and the growth cycles of seeds within the research portion of the plant. The students were also able to go through the processing plant and see the shipping methods in machinery used for uniformed seed selection for sale. 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Morrisonville FFA Members Attend Green Hand Event
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the FFA freshman of Morrisonville High School attended the Green Hand Conference at LLCC in Springfield. They learned many leadership skills and participated in many team building activities.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Growmark Foundation awards FFA jackets locally
In April 2019, Mike Builta, a GROWMARK vice president and long-time employee, passed away unexpectedly. To honor his memory, the GROWMARK Foundation will be providing 100 FFA jackets to FFA members in Illinois.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Morrisonville Competes
On October 7, 2019 the Morrisonville FFA chapter took a group of FFA members to Kaskaskia College to compete in the Section 19 Soil Judging CDE. They competed against other schools from Sections 19 and 21.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Freshmen FFA team brings home the Greenhand title for new members
The annual Section 16 Greenhand Quiz Bowl contest was held at Sullivan High School on Monday, October 21st.

This competition encourages greenhands, or first-year FFA members, to become more involved with their chapter. In this competition, freshmen from schools across the section go head-to-head to see who knows the most about the FFA organization. They are asked about important dates, people, and symbols found in FFA.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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