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  • ‘Little boutique’ idea takes on life of its own
    Paul Hahn’s carpentry and farming background has served him well since reading an article in an electric cooperative’s magazine18 years ago. 
  • Advocate reflects on historic farm’s move to organics
    It’s been said that you can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.Herman Brockman of Congerville lives that notion daily and parallels that philosophy with a strong belief that land stewardship is of the utmost importance in farming. 
  • Project’s success tastes sweet
    By planting strawberries in a vertical arrangement under high tunnels, researchers have found a way to more than double profitability in a given amount of space. 
  • Janie’s Farm exemplifies organic production success
    After 23 years of conventional farming, Harold Wilken was looking for a change, and that’s when he received a call from a retired professor that would be a godsend. 
  • Expert: Corn losses, but hope for beans
    Water may have destroyed some corn crops statewide, but soybeans still have a chance, said University of Illinois Extension Crop Specialist Emerson Nafziger. 
  • Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy poses challenge, opportunity for farmers
    Jennifer Tirey, the new executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, chose well for one of her first presentations in that capacity. She spoke at the Carlyle headquarters of The Maschhoffs. She wore a dress and heels on the slightly humid, sunny day. 
  • Farmers wait, worry for Clean Water Rule impact
    Even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule is finalized and becomes effective Aug. 28, the new rule brings more questions than answers. 
  • Admiration, respect turned into brick, steel
    John Block never got to use the building that now bears his name because of a job opportunity at the national level, yet it serves as a fitting tribute to the western Illinois farmer. 
  • Illinois’ first Ag Ambassadors
    Two siblings whose business has been on the cutting edge of agricultural production advancements for more than six decades were named the state’s inaugural Ag Ambassadors for the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair. 
  • Teacher empowers students to explore ag
    A northern Illinois high school teacher from a southern Illinois family farm was honored at the Illinois State Fair.Donna Page, an 11th-year teacher at Rochelle Township High School, was selected among five finalists as recipient of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers’ Excellence in Teaching Award. 
  • ‘This is who we are and what we do’
    A new feature at this year’s Illinois State Fair was the Ask a Farmer booth in the Department of Agriculture’s tent.Farmers were on hand to answer consumers’ questions about farming and where their food comes from. The booth was sponsored by the Illinois Farm Families program. 
  • Building wetlands
    For many farms that host association events and open houses, what’s left after the guests leave is maybe some cleanup, nice memories and new acquaintances. 
  • Vintage farm equipment draws crowds
    The site of this year’s Farm Progress Show at Decatur will be buzzing with staff from national and international agriculture companies making last-minute tweaks to displays highlighting the latest seed, chemical, steel and software technologies in the days leading up to the event. 
  • Benefits seen from robotic milkers
    Significant changes have been made to the Arentsen Dairy Farm, which has been operated by the family for several generations. “I’m the third-generation Arentsen farming here and Phillip is the fourth,” said Jerry Arentsen, who farms together with his son, Phillip. 
  • Vegetables thrive despite wet weather
    Even before Mike Huff started talking, the crates and flats of vegetables, from the first eggplants of the season to trays of tomatoes of various shapes, sizes and colors, to early zucchini and plentiful green beans, told the story. 



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