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  • Learn 5 reasons to promote soil health
    Thirty-five years ago, the Illinois Erosion and Sediment Control law, often referred to as the “T by 2000” program, became effective in an effort to preserve the long-term productivity of the soils and protect water quality. 
  • Vote for your favorite fair food
    If you close your eyes and imagine the state fair — the screams from the Midway, the moo’s from the cattle barn, the announcement speakers overhead — you can smell the food already. 
  • Late fertilizer runs show yield promise
    Aerial application of crop protection products has been common practice for decades and now is being looked at as an additional tool for hiking yields even further. 
  • Korean trade team visits Indiana soybean farmers
    A Korean trade team recently visited Indiana to learn more about U.S. soybeans. The delegation included soybean processors and feed industry professionals. 
  • Teutopolis farm welcomes elephants
    Two Asian elephants spent the night at an Illinois farm on their way from California to the East Coast. The female elephants, 49-year-old Tai and 31-year-old Rosie, rested up at Effingham County Fair Board President Phil Hartke’s family farm east of Teutopolis. 
  • Pittsfield man second in auctioneer championship
    Brian Curless has a way with words. The Pittsfield resident won the reserve title at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The second-place finish among 31 contestants in the contest held in Clifton, Texas, won Curless $2,000, a Gist knife and a reserve champion belt buckle. 
  • Production of bread steady, U of I agronomists say
    Let them eat cake — and bread and cookies, say the wheat farmers throughout Illinois and the region east of the Mississippi. 
  • Southern Illinois wineries embrace cider
    Seven years ago, Brad Genung took a healthy gamble. “There wasn’t enough going on with apples, in my mind,” said Genung, owner of Cobden-based Owl Creek Vineyard. “We kind of foresaw the trend of cider taking off.” 
  • New varieties show promise for little-grown crop
    The stats are enough to make anyone looking out across a flooded soybean or corn field swoon: “The organic price is $6.50.” 
  • Bustos says fight over RFS levels not over
    We want our billion back. It might be the catchphrase for a taxtime TV ad, but it’s also what one member of Congress feels farmers and gas-buying consumers in her district are owed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
  • Zein plant set to start production in August
    The first hurdle is how to pronounce it. “We’re going to pronounce it ‘zane,’ and I’m interested in taking a look at that,” said U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, an East Moline Democrat who represents the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. 
  • Martz to lead Illinois Beef Association
    The path for the Illinois Beef Association is determined by the members and the group’s board of governors. “It is evident that Joni and I have similar philosophies for IBA, but the direction for IBA will not come from us,” said Mike Martz, a cattleman from DeKalb. 
  • Pork exports hinge on trade deals, China
    Iowa State University’s Dermot Hayes had the answer, three possible ones, for his own question about U.S. pork exports. “What happens next?” he asked. “I see three outcomes,” Hayes said. 
  • Competitive edge hinges on infrastructure
    A dynamic shift in the global grain market over the last decade highlights the need for upgrading America’s transportation infrastructure. 
  • Vets for large animals scarce
    If you are one of the estimated 10,000 cattle producers in Mississippi, you may have faced a challenge in finding a veterinarian to treat a sick or injured animal right away. 



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