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TRAFALGAR, Ind. — After being elected as the 2019-2020 Indiana FFA state president, Nathan Muhlenkamp has been busy settling into his new role and working with his fellow teammates to plan and organize Indiana FFA activities.

INDIANAPOLIS — The last general session of the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention marked the highlight of Morgan Hinz’s time in FFA to date, when she was elected as the 2019-2020 Indiana FFA state northern region vice president.

TRAFALGAR, Ind. — Since being elected as the 2019-2020 Indiana FFA state southern region vice president at the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention, Nathan Fairchild has been busy bonding with his fellow teammates and interacting with hundreds of Hoosier FFA members.

TRAFALGAR, Ind. — Although it has been less then two months since Eion Stephens was elected as the 2019-2020 Indiana FFA state sentinel, he and his fellow teammates already are busy setting up the FFA Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

There are many unfamiliar names for antiques and even vintage collectibles. What is a collectible “dumbwaiter,” a “finger vase,” or a “swift” — and what is a “tazza” and how was it used?

Black-eyed peas have had a tremendous influence on both my writing and culinary career. My first book for children was entitled “Picking Peas for a Penny.”

Here at Farm Bureau, we’re family. We come from all regions and produce all commodities, but our differences fall away when we need each other. We are united in friendship, purpose and our love of agriculture.

There is a new player in the “fake meat” game. By “fake meat,” I am referring to plant-based protein that is intended to compete with hamburger.

PRINCETON, Ill. – The Bureau County Farm Bureau and U of I Extension will host the Bureau County Master Showmanship Contest on July 19 at 7:30 p.m. (or approximately ½ hour after the end of the swine show) in the Swine/Sheep Livestock Barn at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

PRINCETON, Ill. – Youth ages 5 to 12 are invited to join University of Illinois Extension in a fun, educational Nature Detective Camp. The camp will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Bureau County Extension office, 850 Thompson St., Princeton.

URBANA, Ill. – Now that summer is finally here and our summer road trips have begun, we can fully enjoy the trees and natural landscapes. During my travels, I have been noticing more and more diseased or dead trees in Illinois. When I notice those trees, the concern that comes to mind is safety.

STERLING, Ill – Join Whiteside County master gardeners at Summer Paint Night from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 from at KIDZ Turn in Sterling. KIDZ Turn is located at the intersection of Route 30 and Lawrence Road, next door to the University of Illinois Extension office.

PRINCETON, Ill. – Friends of 4-H & Extension who help to support outreach educational programs for the Extension Service and 4-H/Youth Development Programs in Bureau County is pleased to announce the winners of the cash raffle fundraiser.

Dedicated volunteers Dr. John Ehrhardt and Laurie Delgado were recognized at the June 18 University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, La Salle, Marshall, Putnam Multi-County Unit Council meeting.

You have probably heard of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by now, but in case you have not, it addresses nutrient losses to waters in Illinois and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico from both point and non-point sources of pollution. In Illinois, we have goals to reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses by 15% and total phosphorus losses by 25% by the year 2025.

ROCKFORD, Ill.— Farmers and landowners are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 9, at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford to learn more about cover crops during this challenging season. Local experts will share their research and experiences using different cover crop systems in northern Illinois.