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EWING, Ill. — Illinois is a top grower of pumpkins, so it’s no surprise that University of Illinois Extension staff have 75 pumpkin varieties growing at the Ewing Demonstration Center.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — By Jan. 1, 2019, beef producers that raise feed lot cattle in Indiana will have to complete Beef Quality Assurance training to earn certification.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are among the most commonly taken classes of drugs in the world, with 17 million Americans alone taking them daily. Although these drugs are generally safe, any medication has the potential for side effects.

It turns out that last year alone, some 2,300 hospital emergency room visits by consumers were reportedly for pizza-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Farmers and ranchers have needed a fix to our broken immigration system for more than two decades now. Not only are we still waiting on a fix, but in that time the problem has gotten worse, even as job numbers continue to grow across the country.

Most reading this column are farming, ranching or involved to some degree in production agriculture or agribusiness. As such, you are exposed to what many would consider a unique workplace. Unfortunately, it is also a hazardous workplace.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast 2018 net farm income at $65.7 billion in its Aug. 30 data release, the third lowest level over the 2009-2018 period — 2016: $61.6 billion; and 2009: $62.2 billion. This is a decline of $9.8 billion from a year earlier.

SYCAMORE, Ill. – Now’s your chance to ride in a combine. DeKalb County Farm Bureau is coordinating combine rides with local farmers during corn harvest. Rides will be given in Sycamore area cornfields on Oct. 13.

The Perennial Plant Association membership has selected Stachys ‘Hummelo’ as the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year. Sometimes called Betony, this well-behaved perennial offers a neat basal clump of glossy, dark-green leaves and rose-lavender dense spikes atop mostly leafless flowering stems.

Enjoy home-grown herbs all year long by harvesting and drying them for tasty teas and added flavor for many meals.

The flavor of black walnuts lends a special flavor to many favorite recipes, and having a black walnut tree in the back yard can supply a large quantity of an otherwise expensive and difficult to find nutmeat.

URBANA, Ill. – Fall is coming, and that means it’s a great time to bring home a new tree. But before they do, homeowners should repeat the mantra “right plant, right place.”

URBANA, Ill. – Succulents have long been a favorite group of plants for gardeners, for one great reason: They don’t need to be watered often! For a gardener who feels watering is a chore, succulents are a dream.

I have a love-hate relationship with spiders. I am continually fascinated when watching a spider spin its web. However, cleaning up cobwebs can be very frustrating.