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  • Seed company puts customers first, profits second
    A Beck’s Hybrids employee who recently drove for hours to deliver two bags of seed to a farmer wasn’t thinking of the bottom line. But that type of behavior is exactly what company President Sonny Beck is looking for. 
  • Orr Beef Field Day to be Sept. 3
    University of Illinois researchers will be on hand to discuss current topics and situations producers are facing Sept. 3 at the annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day. The meeting will be held at the John Wood Ag Center located on Route 104, located 18 miles east of Liberty. 
  • Ceremony kicks off Illinois State Fair
    A steady drizzle didn’t dampen the opening ceremony of the Illinois State Fair. Youngsters helped Gov. Pat Quinn, State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick, Agriculture Director Bob Flider, Fair Queen Summer Robbins and Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller cut a ribbon marking the beginning of the fair. 
  • Animal docs will call shots on use of antibiotics on farms
    Veterinarians are being given wide leeway in determining how livestock producers may continue their use of antibiotics. 
  • Australian farmers get the dirt on U.S. farming
    For Ian Sutherland, it was the water. “We’re in a 12 to 13 inches of rainfall a year. We irrigate everything … that’s one significant difference,” Sutherland said. 
  • Argentine traders marvel at Illinois corn crop
    Jacinto Ramos made the sign of holding a phone up to his ear. Nearby, seven fellow grain traders from Argentina twisted off ears from outer rows of a corn field in rural Walnut. 
  • Cornpicker reunion site combines new, old techniques
    The year 1949 is best known in U.S. agriculture for the Agricultural Act of 1949, a precursor to today’s farm bill that included language about marketing quotas and price supports.  
  • Family manages outstanding Holstein herd
    The goal at Koester Dairy is to breed good, functional dairy cows. “We are not a show herd, but we are 100 percent registered,” said Dan Koester, who owns the dairy operation together with his wife, Amber, and their children. 
  • Du Quoin Fair invites public to ‘fall in love’
    Love is in the air at this year’s Du Quoin State Fair. Illinois’ “second state fair” is celebrating its 92nd year with the theme “Love a Fair.” It kicks off Aug. 22 with the twilight parade and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1. 
  • Despite challenges, event goes on for this volunteer
    For 14 years, Jerry Barrass has battled rainstorms, dwindling funds and apathy, but always helps put on one of the oldest county fairs in Illinois. 
  • Agriculture a mainstay in historic Monroe County
    Monroe County has a rich agricultural history. So does Wm. Nobbe & Co. The business, located just south of the county seat, is one of the oldest John Deere dealerships in Illinois. In business since 1907, the company began selling green machines in 1925. 
  • Flood-ravaged community has a brighter, drier future
    Two decades ago, this Monroe County community survived the municipal equivalence of a cardiac arrest. It’s doing much better today. 
  • Chesapeake nutrient mandates textbook for Illinois
    Water quality is among the Illinois Soybean Association’s top priorities, and its members are teamed with other commodity groups to promote a proactive new nutrient-reduction strategy. 
  • Maryland farmers face nutrient use regulations
    Six states and the District of Columbia in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are implementing nutrient management plans under the guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  
  • Cargill closes Milwaukee beef harvest facility
    Cargill has closed its Milwaukee beef harvest facility, which employed more than 600 people. Company officials said the closure on resulted primarily from the tight cattle supply brought about by producers retaining cattle for herd expansion. 

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