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  • Ag exports support thousands of Indiana jobs
    Agriculture continues to be essential to the Hoosier state, and trade in foreign markets has only enhanced that significance, shows a study of the economic impact of Indiana’s agricultural exports by the Indiana Business Research Center. 
  • Awareness key in stopping resistant weed spread
    Got weed? Burn it. Burn it all. Even though the weed being referenced does include “hemp” in its name, it’s not even close to be a recreational weed or a weed of choice for Midwest farmers. 
  • Farmers flock to new aerial ag show
    The dreaded task of crop scouting can become much easier with new technology that offers farmers a bird’s-eye view of their fields. 
  • MAGIE showcases latest ag input hardware
    “Advance Your Technology IQ” is the theme for 33 rd annual Midwest Ag Industries Exposition on Aug. 20-21 at the McLean County Fairgrounds. 
  • IBA members reactivate state checkoff
    Illinois Beef Association members approved a strategic plan for the group that focuses on three areas. “The IBA board of directors has worked on developing this plan since the beginning of the year,” explained Reid Blossom, IBA executive vice president. 
  • Hometown university serves agriculture
    Hot, buttery and delicious, the gold- and purple-tinged popcorn is not just providing a snack — it’s also sending a message. “They know who we are,” said Andy Baker, director of the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University. 
  • Institute provides research, technical assistance
    While the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture provides resources and assistance and information, the WIU-based Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs helps nourish and nurture rural communities throughout Illinois. 
  • U of I hog study tests cereal benefits for humans
    Cereal grains are a staple of human diets all over the world. However, cereal grains do not all make the same contributions to the diet, said Hans Stein, a University of Illinois animal sciences professor. 
  • Vote for Drive to Thrive winner
    Syngenta announced the 10 finalists in its Drive to Thrive contest. The finalists, who will each receive a touchscreen tablet and leather case, now will compete for the grand prize — a $500 gas card and the chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Thrive magazine. 
  • Nomination deadline nears for FSA county committees
    U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1 is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations. 
  • Climate change linked to rise in soybean disease
    With more than 100 diseases that can attack soybean crops, why would charcoal rot rise to the top of the most wanted list? University of Illinois scientists cite the earth’s changing climate as one reason that more research is needed on the fungus that causes charcoal rot. 
  • Machine performs 3 operations at once
    InterSeeder Technologies, a new company affiliated with Penn State University, has launched commercial sales of InterSeeder, a multipurpose machine that simultaneously plants three rows of cover crops while spraying post-emergent herbicide and nitrogen fertilizer in single passes. 
  • Enter WIU Bull Test Program
    Entries are being accepted for the annual Western Illinois University School of Agriculture’s Bull Test Program. Entries for the 112-day test are open to any breed and due by Aug. 31. 
  • U of I to host annual bull sale
    Seedstock breeders should be identifying bulls for consignment at the 2015 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale, said Travis Meteer, sale manager and University of Illinois Extension beef specialist. 
  • Disaster assistance payments issued
    Over 12 weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 farm bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced. 

 



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