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Ag Open House at Sauk Valley Community College

Ag is back at Sauk Valley Community College, and there is an open house on November 1 from 9-12 so that you can see what they have been up to! Come take a look at the T2 Ag Building and see how the program has developed. Free soil testing will be available as part of…read more »

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National Farm Safety & Health Week

National Farm Safety & Health Week is September 16-22 and it’s time to remind everyone working in agriculture to make health and safety a priority. This year’s theme, “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety,” brings to focus the importance of cultivating a safe and healthy lifestyle. Each day highlights a different health and safety topic: –…read more »

Illinois Harvest Season Emergency Permits

Governor Bruce Rauner declared an emergency harvest situation, effective September 10, 2018. Illinois Harvest Season Emergency (HSE) permits can be obtained from 9/10/18 thru 12/31/18. Just as with any other overweight permit, it must be obtained from the highway jurisdiction on whose roads you intend to operate.  Where your route crosses several road jurisdictions (e.g.:  state,…read more »

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ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU ACTIVATOR NAMES FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE

llinois Farm Bureau (IFB) ACTIVATOR today announced that it has designated State Representative Tom Demmer of the 90th House District, State Representative Dan Swanson of the 74th House District, and State Senator Chuck Weaver of the 37th Senate District as Friends of Agriculture. “The ACTIVATOR Trustees for their districts voted to designate these three legislators…read more »

Farm Bureau Hosts Farm Visit Day

August 18, 2018 – AMBOY, Ill — It was a beautiful day to share the story of agriculture.  On Saturday, August 11, the Lee County Farm Bureau once again hosted their Farm Visit Day.  Don and Paula Meyer from Amboy opened the doors of their family farm and welcomed over 360 people to their farm…read more »

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Most U.S. fuel retailers plan to label E15 as Unleaded 88

Most U.S. fuel retailers plan to label E15 as Unleaded 88. Mike O’Brien is vice president of market development for Growth Energy. “Unleaded 88 is the name that more than 85 percent of the retail sites in the United States selling E15 will be labeling to, likely by the end of this year.” He tells…read more »

MU produces pigs resistant to TGE virus

A team of researchers has produced a litter of pigs that is genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus. Randall Prather (pray-thur), a University of Missouri distinguished animal sciences professor tells Brownfield “transmissible gastroenteritis virus”, or TGE, is one of many coronaviruses that are highly contagious and widespread among pigs. MU researchers helped identify the…read more »

Cattle futures mixed ahead of On Feed numbers

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mostly lower ahead of wide-spread direct trade and Friday’s Cattle on Feed report.  Long-term supply and demand concern also added pressure to the market.  October live cattle closed $.72 lower at $112.65 and December live cattle closed $.20 lower at $117.77.  October feeder cattle closed $1.07 lower…read more »

Iowa farmer is still waiting to pick soybeans

North-central Iowa farmer April Hemmes says she’s still waiting to start harvesting soybeans. “I have not picked a bean,” Hemmes says. “I have not combined one bean yet and I am in the majority here. Hardly anyone has done any beans.” They’re not alone. Only 19 percent of Iowa’s soybean crop has been harvested, according…read more »