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  • Long-term farmland value outlook remains positive
    A survey showing a decline in farmland values for the first time in decades spurs concerns ranging from a return to the 1980s farm crisis, cash rent adjustments and how low is low. 
  • Rhubarb plays starring role in Mercer festival
    A common farmyard vegetable that once played a starring role on many farmhouse dessert tables is continuing that star turn in Mercer County. 
  • Demand remains high for corn, soybeans
    A first look at the upcoming crop production season indicates declines in corn and soybean acres and continued strong exports. 
  • Weather forecast shows trend corn yield 'tough target to hit'
    The coming growing season will begin with cool and dry conditions before transitioning in the later months to normal moisture and near normal temperatures. 
  • Grazing crop residues no-brainer for low-cost rations
    There are billions of acres of corn planted in Illinois each year that could be used to feed cattle after the corn is harvested. 
  • Fairs, fairgoers 'green' for economy
    Show them the money. Illinois fairs and fairgoers did just that at fairs in 2014, according to a survey of county fairs around the state. But fairs didn’t just bring money into the economy. 
  • 4-H'ers assist with county fair survey
    Challenges and opportunities, time for family reunions and chances to show non-ag consumers what farming is. That’s the information gathered, along with hard facts and economic numbers, in a summer-long survey of 15 Illinois county fairs. 
  • Farmland values drop
    Lower corn and soybean prices pushed Midwest farmland prices down for the first time in 28 years. 
  • Flider bids farewell to county fair officials
    Illinois county fairs are about competition — and in more ways than one, says the now-former Illinois director of agriculture. 
  • Ottawa alumni group forms to save FFA, ag program
    Just about a year ago, Joe Schmidt and Steve Wilson and some 50 or so members of the Ottawa FFA Alumni group were holding their breaths. On Feb. 23, 2014, the Ottawa High School Board met. 
  • Illinois FFA state president looks back on busy year
    FFA members across the country are celebrating National FFA Week, Feb. 21-28. The week-long event began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. 
  • FFA chapter focuses on leadership
    When Gretchen Keen, a senior at John Glenn High School, started her FFA journey, she wanted to be a livestock nutritionist. After deciding that this wasn’t the route for her future, Keen began searching for new opportunities. FFA helped guide her to a path she hadn’t seen coming. 
  • Profile: Dakota Westphal, FFA State reporter
    There is no “typical” day for Indiana FFA Reporter Dakota Westphal. Her itinerary could include attending chapter meetings, traveling across the state, volunteering or training for her FFA position. The hours are long, and there’s a lot of work involved, but there’s nothing Westphal would rather do. 
  • Corn growers 'pump' for higher demand
    The National Corn Growers Association is going into the gas pump business. The commodity group is working with service station chains and even manufacturers of pumps in order to expand sales of ethanol. 
  • Soy association has full plate for 2015
    Biotech approval, infrastructure improvement and pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency are main issues the American Soybean Association will tackle this year. And despite the challenges, there are some things to celebrate, said Stephen Censky, ASA’s chief executive officer. 

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