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Library Book Donation

In honor of National Ag Day, recognized March 14, 2019, the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee donated “John Deere, That’s Who” by Tracy Nelson Maurer to the public libraries in Lee County. Josie Willett, (right) is pictured making the donation to the Pankhurst Memorial Library in Amboy.  read more »


NEW ORLEANS — Voting delegates at the 100TH annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), including 21 delegates from Illinois addressed Illinois Farm Bureau’s (IFB) priority issues, including submittals on trade, transportation, legal advocacy and Health Savings Account (HSA) reform. “Our delegates were instrumental in promoting and debating several key policy resolutions to…read more »

Hussey Receives Top County Chair Award

Shane Hussey, Franklin Grove, was recognized with the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Top County Chair Award for Membership Group III at the Young Leader Awards Program during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on December 2, 2018.  Hussey is the chairman of the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee and was recognized…read more »

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Typical fall weather across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, outside of a few light showers in the western Corn Belt, dry but cooler weather is allowing some fieldwork to resume. However, as of October 20, the corn harvest lags the 5-year average by more than 30 percentage points in Illinois (36 percent complete), while the soybean harvest remains more than…read more »

The conservation benefits and potential barriers of precision ag

Precision agriculture allows producers to farm more efficiently and more sustainably. Virginia Farmer Dustin Madison testified during a House Ag subcommittee hearing Tuesday about the economic and environmental benefits of precision ag. “If we can make better decisions and not lose money at the end of a year— that’s huge,” he says. “We never would…read more »

Selecting the right product for 2020

Harvest in full swing and it’s also the time of year farmers are making decisions about seed products for the 2020 growing season. In this Managing for Profit, Dekalb Asgrow technical agronomist Sue Eivins Brakhane talks about some considerations farmers should make when finalizing those big seed selection decisions for next year. Continue reading Selecting…read more »

China’s pork production set to decline another 25% in 2020

The USDA’s latest Livestock World Market and Trade report projects Chinese pork production to decline another 25 percent in 2020.  University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says that presents a tremendous market opportunity for the US pork sector.  “Back in 2015 the Chinese produced 56.5 billion metric tons of pork,” he says.  “But from 56.5 to…read more »

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