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  • Pumpkin festival draws thousands to Morton
    The Morton Pumpkin Festival originally was created around the celebration of pumpkin harvest and has developed into a homecoming for the community. 
  • Pumpkin production adds diversity
    Seeds planted on John Ackerman’s farm come from several continents. “We plant 30 acres of ornamental pumpkins, gourds and squash,” said Ackerman, whose farm is near Morton. 
  • Farm sells Angus cattle across country
    Although Prairie View Farms may not be in a traditional cowherd location, it has become a great place to sell purebred Angus cattle. “We have been in the purebred Angus business for a number of years,” said Alan Miller, a third-generation cattleman. 
  • ‘Farm Hats’ Facebook group highlights headgear
    As a testament to exactly how many hats Kent Blunier owns, he offers, “I haven’t had the same hat on twice since I started it.” 
  • Illinois growers can participate in EQIP sign-up
    The U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded funding for a special project to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. 
  • Old barns get new life as Flags for Heroes
    In their heyday, the barns that now sit in Sangamon Reclaimed’s warehouse in Springfield served multiple purposes. They housed livestock and stored crops such as hay. 
  • Corn price trends show dominant cycle
    Historically, grain prices show a series of peaks and valleys, and the good news is the cycles have shortened in recent years. Richard Brock, Brock Associates president, said that the long-term price cycle for grains peaked in 2011 and was extended by the 2012 drought, but has yet to bottom out. 
  • Rain deals wildcard in crop outlooks
    From lackadaisical marketing decisions to future price scenarios, Richard Brock, president of Brock Associates, covered a myriad of issues when his company hosted its annual summer seminar tour. 
  • Vintages, scenery abound in southern Illinois
    Those interested in doing some sightseeing in southern Illinois can drink in the views while sipping on a glass of wine at The Bluffs. The Jackson County winery provides an eagle-eye view of the surrounding countryside. That view occasionally includes an eagle or two. 
  • Traditional corn products popular at Moews
    As corn traits for everything from rootworm resistance to herbicide tolerance have gained popularity with farmers, the demand for some traditional products has stayed steady. 
  • Moews Seed stays in family, on farm
    When it comes to knowing what’s happening on the farm, Moews Seed may have a leg up on some competitors in the corn seed sales world. 
  • Churches organize garden to help drug addicts
    Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems. 
  • Repairs start on Black Hawk statue
    Preparations are starting in an $825,000 restoration project to repair a more than century-old statue of a Native American overlooking the Rock River in northern Illinois. 
  • Hand-sewn quilt tells Kansas town’s story
    A large quilt that tells the story of the former Kansas territorial capital of Lecompton is hanging at a museum in the northeast Kansas town. 
  • 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. 
 



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