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  • Rauner open to review of livestock facilities law
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he would consider opening up for review the state’s Livestock Facilities Management Act that governs the permitting, siting and construction of livestock facilities in the state.
  • Chopped Challenge tests culinary chops
    When it comes to talking about food and cooking, Tom Mueller, chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and a corn farmer from Taylor Ridge, probably is more comfortable talking about all the ingredients that can be made from corn.
  • Spotlighting local foods
    When it comes to salsa, Derek Zinck, likes it hot. But sweet. “I like the hot one better. It’s got a little bit of a sweet taste at the beginning then you’ll get a little jalapeno kick at the end of it,” he said.
  • Crandall wins auction contest, sells champion steer
    Les Crandall’s Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair was golden. Not only did the Decatur-area auctioneer win the annual bid calling contest, he went on to sell the Illinois State Fair’s grand champion steer for a record price.
  • Food, health blend into career
    Julia Braun is fascinated with the idea of working with food people love, to make it healthier. Her interest started at the University of Illinois when she initially studied food science.
  • Tradition, technology enhance state fair experience
    The Illinois State Fair kicked off in high gear Aug. 11 with the help of Danimal, Mongo and Otis. Also known as Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson, the threesome from the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion team were grand marshals of the fair’s Twilight Parade.
  • Illinois wine toasted at state fair
    Corn and soybeans may be kings at the Illinois State Fair, but its distant cousin in grapes makes a princely contribution to the Illinois agricultural economy.
  • Sharing, caring with friends
    A little more than seven years ago at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation Auction, I joined with a small group of women to bid on a weekend stay at the lake home of one of our colleagues. That getaway has become an important part of the summer for each of us.
  • Sorghum, barley, corn groups share updates
    During the U.S. Grain Council annual board of delegates meeting, leaders of sorghum, barley and corn organizations gave an update on their industry.
  • No kidding around in goat show
    One of the highlights for the Illinois Junior Livestock Show is the goats. One family who ruled the ring at the Illinois State Fair this year were the Hummels of Cabery.
  • Tanzanian woman starts egg farm
    Neema Minja, owner of Kebag Corporate Limited, overcame many obstacles to own and operate a poultry farm in Tanzania.
  • Weather affects disease pressure in cornfields
    SPONSORED: In DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist Lance Tarochione’s neck of the woods, a white-knuckle level of drought in June has yielded some unexpected benefits.
  • Quincy couple’s horse gear a state fair fixture
    There are plenty of reasons the McKinleys are eight-time repeat winners of Horse World magazine’s People’s Choice Tack Shop of the Year.
  • Crop reporting simplified
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers and ranchers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents also require these reports.
  • Fond fair memories inspire new assistant manager
    Tibretta Reiman may be the new assistant manager for the Du Quoin State Fair, but this local gal comes into this new position with deep roots and generations of family tradition.

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