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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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Milk futures, cash dairy mostly higher

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed finished the week mostly higher supported by cash trade while dairy inventories build. June up a penny at $16.30.  July down three cents at $17.08.  August three cents lower at $17.35.  September up two cents at $17.55.  October through February contracts three to 10 cents higher. Dry…read more »

Less rain, more heat ahead for parts of the Heartland

A slow-moving cold front will drift eastward across the Plains and Midwest during the next several days, generating locally heavy showers and thunderstorms. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more across the Midwest, mid-South, and eastern Plains. In contrast, only scattered showers will occur along and near the Atlantic and Gulf…read more »

Stormy weather expands across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, the latest round of rain is overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, cool but dry weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt, although ponding and lowland flooding persists in some areas. On June 16 in Ohio, only 68% of the intended corn acreage and 46% of the soybeans had…read more »

Meyer to join FAPRI-MU

USDA’s Dr. Seth Meyer will be joining the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri in July.  Meyer has been chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board since 2014. Pat Westhoff, Director of FAPRI-MU, says they are happy to welcome Meyer back to the university where he was a graduate student.…read more »

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