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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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Brownfield Ag News

Hot temps at tasseling are a concern for Iowa farmer

West-central Iowa farmer Jeff Frank says his corn crop is holding up pretty well through the recent hot and dry conditions. “Things here aren’t terribly bad. We’re dry, of course, and we’re starting to pollinate, so we could use a shot,” Frank says. “But our ground where I farm is pretty heavy dirt, so we…read more »

Central Nebraska farmer says crops look ‘really good’

Central Nebraska farmer Brandon Hunnicutt says their crops look “really good” right now.  And he says he’s not too concerned, at this point, about the long stretch of 90-plus degree days in the forecast. “It going to be a little bit of a concern, but the crops look like they’re handling it well,” Hunnicutt says.…read more »

Corn tar spot expected in irrigated fields

A plant pathologist is recommending farmers especially scout this year for corn tar spot in irrigated fields as it thrives in wet conditions. “We want to try to minimize leaf wetness so perhaps irrigating during the day or when we’ve already go dew forming on the plants at 5 o’clock in the morning start it…read more »

Impact of dicamba ruling

Farmers were blindsided during the heart of spraying season when a 9th Circuit Court in California vacated the registrations of three dicamba herbicides. The court would later allow growers with these products on hand to continue to use the technology, and University of Minnesota Extension soybean agronomist Seth Naeve suggests the overall impact of the…read more »

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