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  • Record land values make buying decisions tougher
    The increase in crop and livestock prices have generated significant profits for many farmers, which some are using to buy land. Growing demand has driven land values to record highs in many areas. Whether farmers are using cash or borrowing money, buying land should include a well-researched financial plan. 
  • DuPont Pioneer to build new soy research facility
    DuPont Pioneer announced plans to build a $35 million soybean research facility at its Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark. The nearly 134,000-square-foot facility will include two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and is expected to be completed in 2016, with room for future expansion. 
  • Foundation aids ag education in Iowa
    The Iowa FFA Foundation announced the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation as an official partner in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with its contribution of $250,000 to the S.T.E.M. effort. 
  • CPA: Include goals, philosophies in farm estate plans
    Farmers must start with their end goals when planning to pass their farms to the next generation, a certified public accountant told American Farm Bureau Federation members attending a workshop. 
  • Millions worldwide benefit from USDA food program
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year. 
  • Don’t delay reporting flood damage to crops
    Farmers in areas where heavy rainfall and flood conditions have caused crop damage should contact their crop insurance company as soon as possible, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. 
  • Row crops take backseat to fruit in Union County
    A discussion of agriculture in Union County invariably leads to specialty crops. Located in the southwestern corner of Illinois, the land is marked by extensive fruit production, especially apples and peaches. 
  • Deere introduces significant product launch
    John Deere launched one of its most significant product introductions for 2015. “This product launch is not only significant to John Deere, but I would argue it is perhaps the most comprehensive product introduction we’ve ever had,” said John Lagemann. 
  • Learn how to help wildlife
    heasants Forever will host a CP42 Pollinator workshop in conjunction with the Rock Island County NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation District. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Ed Connelly farm in Rock Island County. 
  • Coffee fungus boosts prices for high-end blends
    The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup. 
  • Candidates air agriculture platform planks
    Gubernatorial candidates may be far apart on issues, but they both agree on the importance of Illinois agriculture. 
  • Pioneering winemaker warily greets new industry model
    Paul Renzaglia never thought he’d see the day when beer would be sold at his winery. But that day is here. 
  • Automated soil sampler introduced at MAGIE
    Agriculture tools using global positioning systems, remote sensing and geographic information systems can refine nutrient management. 
  • John Deere tractors feature new suspension system
    Operators of the new John Deere 9R Series tractors will experience a much smoother ride with the HydraCushion suspension system. 
  • Study warns of sudden climate change woes
    Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth’s environment are more worrisome than climate change’s bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the U.S. government concluded. 

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