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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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Lobbyist says farmers wonder if lawmakers are listening

Farmers and ag groups want to make sure their elected officials understand rural issues. Shawn Pfaff Agricultural lobbyist Shawn Pfaff tells Brownfield representation in the State Capitol has become more urban and less rural, and farmers need to help educate lawmakers about their issues including the rural economy. “We need to show optimism. We also…read more »

NCGA official promotes more grassroots ag advocacy

A commodity group leader says farmers engaging with elected officials on agricultural issues can be very effective.  Steve Uram with the National Corn Growers Association says grassroots advocacy is a team sport and everybody plays, and when farmers reach out to their elected officials, they’re paying attention. “Every vote counts. Every message counts. Every email…read more »

Missouri farm income projection is down

The Missouri farm income projection by FAPRI-MU is down for 2019. Director Pat Westhoff tells Brownfield the estimate is based on 2017 information, “As we look forward, these very preliminary projections look like to us that the future looks like the recent past, unfortunately. That we keep net farm income in Missouri below $2-Billion-dollars a…read more »

Cattle futures mixed ahead of Cattle on Feed report

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mixed, mostly higher, with nearby contracts under pressure with position squaring ahead of the Cattle on Feeder report, but the higher cash trade did help to support markets.  Concerns about quality and feedlot conditions are adding pressure to prices.  April live cattle closed $.22 lower at $126.92…read more »

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