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  • Milk, good for dairy calves, too
    Developing heifers efficiently should be a primary metric for dairymen to evaluate their operations. “You are in the food production industry, and your production factory is a bunch of bioreactors called cows,” said Jim Drackley, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences.
  • USDA funds water quality projects
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high-priority watersheds the Mississippi River Basin, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.
  • Annie’s Project set for programs in Illinois and Indiana
    When Ruth Hambleton conceived the idea for Annie’s Project — Education for Farm Women, she was thinking of role of her mother, Annette Kohlhagen Fleck, in the family’s dairy and poultry farm in Will County.
  • Illinois Soybean trade mission to Asia opens doors
    Did you know that nearly half of the more than 500 million bushels of soybeans grown in Illinois last year were exported, which put about $2 billion back in farmers’ pockets? Clearly, foreign buyers are one of our best markets.
  • Survey seeks answers in wheat scab fight
    A new survey asks wheat farmers to share what varieties they are planting in hopes of developing new strategies to combat wheat scab.
  • Low wheat prices prompt smarter spending decisions
    The latest information on producing and marketing wheat will be available when the Illinois Wheat Association hosts its Winter Wheat Forum 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, off Interstate 57, in Mount Vernon.
  • Expert: Land rents need to fall
    The trip up was fast and fun. But the journey back down won’t be. “Everything comes down hard,” said Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Extension farm management specialist.
  • Learn latest trucking regulations
    Trucking regulations got you scratching your head? Hearing conflicting explanations? To sort truth from conjecture and fact from rumor join us at noon Feb. 23 at the Hunt Building in Henry, located directly behind the former car dealership.
  • Truck show to host Pinewood Derby, beauty contest
    The big question is — will the others have to pull over for the orange truck? Don Schaefer, executive vice president of the Mid-West Truckers Association, said he’s not sure if rules of the road apply here.
  • Get involved, Farm Bureau leaders urge
    Phillip Nelson, past president of Illinois Farm Bureau, urged members of the Bureau County Farm Bureau to make their voices louder.
  • Truck and trailer show rolls ahead
    A rule is a rule, but the law is the law. New rules and regulations and proposed laws for the U.S. trucking industry are creating a traffic jam of confusion for drivers and owner-operators.
  • Iowa vote is a wake-up call
    I am relieved that I’m not the only one who is in wonder at the claims by pro-ethanol groups that more than 80 percent of the votes cast in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses were cast for pro-Renewable Fuel Standard candidates. Ted Cruz won the GOP caucus and was loudly anti-ethanol during his travels throughout Iowa.
  • Feds own too much land
    The weather, the presidential election, cattle and commodity prices and government overreach are the topics that come up in almost every conversation I have with farmers. The order of importance varies depending upon the farmer and the most recent event associated with those topics.
  • Weed seeds waiting to germinate
    The 2015 growing season was a challenging year for weed control for many farmers. “A lot of weeds reached maturity and produced a fair amount of seed that’s waiting to germinate in 2016,” said Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator.
  • Field analytics tool offers real-time insights
    A global company founded in central Illinois takes field-specific data and weather forecasts to the next level of decision-making on the farm.



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