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  • Poultry producer ramps up biosecurity
    Phil Overdorf takes great pride in what he does as a poultry farmer. The Tipton native always knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer, and today he can’t imagine doing anything else. 
  • Farmer turns to cover crops to improve soil
    For the first time in his farming career, Brian Niemann was unable to plant crops on all of the land he operates in Montgomery County. “I’ve never had this problem and my father has never had this problem, but this year I did not plant 160 acres,” Niemann said. 
  • Fisherman combines hobby with taxidermy
    Terry Page has been a fisherman almost his entire life. “My dad was a fisherman, and he built rods for a hobby,” said Page, who is a retired industrial arts teacher. Page caught his first fish when he was only 3 years old. 
  • Access to markets benefits farmers
    Access to markets, productive soils and byproduct feed availability are benefits enjoyed by Macon County farmers. “The No. 1 benefit for buying land in Macon County is our location to processors,” said Chase Brown, who farms near Warrensburg on the western edge of the county. 
  • Museum documents history of Macon County
    Visitors to the Macon County History Museum can tour the first courthouse in the county where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. “This courthouse was where Lincoln did at least five court cases and possibly seven,” said Nathan Pierce, museum director. 
  • High-yield plots smash 300, 100 barriers
    Completion of the transcontinental railway in 1869, the first around-the-world flight in 1924, breaking the sound barrier in 1947, the four-minute mile in 1954 and the moon landing in 1969 are just a small snippet of goals mankind has achieved. 
  • 5 reasons not to miss 2015 Farm Progress
    The premier agriculture trade show returns to Illinois for 2015, Sept. 1-3 in Decatur. The Farm Progress Show gives producers and farm companies the opportunity to connect face-to-face and discover how to build mutually beneficial relationships, said Matt Jungmann, show manager. 
  • New building highlights expansion project
    An Illinois community college has responded to a demand in the job market, which includes significant growth in agriculture-related fields, by expanding its offerings and constructing a facility to train more students for careers. 
  • Richland welding program suits Decatur native
    Even though Caleb Nale is training to be a welder, his career options are wide open. The 24-year-old Richland Community College student said he can pursue work with his welding skills in myriad locations and industries. 
  • Fulton County native runs both Illinois state fair events
    Fulton County native Patrick Buchen began May 5 as manager for both the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Avon, where his 90-year-old mother remains. 



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