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  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 
  • Big data is raising big questions for farmers
    If it’s new, it’s better, right? Right? Everything new and advanced is automatically better than whatever came before it. I’d add a resounding “No!” We used to have a joke in the daily newspaper newsroom. 
  • Winter finally gives way to farmers market shopping
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who has struggled with it this year. Winter is the easiest time to gain weight, and it has to be one of the worst feelings ever! 
  • Soy protein, oil levels are now improving in Illinois
    Over the past few years, the Illinois Soybean Association has been educating farmers about the importance of producing quality soybeans in order to remain competitive in a global market. 
  • Elephant farmers?
    At a recent beef meeting I attended, a speaker quickly got my attention when he said, “Manure is a gold mine for livestock producers.” I think many livestock producers are well aware that they see results in their crop yields when manure is applied to fields. However, it was quite interesting to learn about the research on this topic. 
  • Pontiac FFA chapter takes field trip to remember
    Twenty Pontiac FFA members recently took the opportunity to travel to New Jersey and New York City to learn about an agricultural industry that is a little different than in Illinois. “This is the sixth chapter exchange we’ve done,” said Jesse Faber, FFA adviser, who together with Parker Bane leads the Pontiac chapter. 
  • Biofuels are big in Indiana
    Biofuels play an important role in Indiana’s economy. I had heard about biofuels before, but when I started my job at AgriNews I learned that the ethanol industry is a big deal. Claypool, Ind., is home to the world’s largest integrated soy biodiesel plant, Louis Dreyfus. We have 13 ethanol plants total and rank fifth nationally in ethanol and corn production, according to the Indiana Soybean Alliance. 
  • Agriculture's message must engage, not confuse people
    There, their, they’re. Why did the actual Olympic events start before the opening ceremonies? If you laughed at the first one, scratched your head at the second one, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. 
  • No reason to panic about the new antibiotic rules
    A debate about the use of antibiotics in food animals has been ongoing for some time. On Dec. 11, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced steps to address one approach to the antimicrobial resistance in human medicine. 


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