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  • Family hopes to pass down love of farming
    Friday, October 02, 2015 5:00 PM
    The Taylors started out selling sweet corn from the bed of a truck in their front lawn. Visitors pulled up and bought their corn on the way home from work or during a ride through the countryside. 
  • New growers get look at urban farming
    Friday, October 02, 2015 3:00 PM
    It can be challenging to start a farm or garden. Beginning farmers express concerns ranging from cost and absence of marketing experience to fear of making mistakes and lack of knowledge. 
  • Tree farmer must take long view
    Friday, October 02, 2015 1:00 PM
    Dan Wehr understands that trees are a lifelong investment as they take a lifetime to grow. Wehr operates Whiskey Run Farms and has about 250 acres of trees in southern Indiana. 
  • Online agronomy classes are growing
    Friday, October 02, 2015 11:00 AM
    There are more options for agriculture professionals who want to further their education. Purdue University launched the Agronomy e-Learning Academy in January and now is expanding its online course offerings. 
  • 4th-generation grower shares story at state fair
    Friday, October 02, 2015 9:00 AM
    David Lash is not only a farmer, he’s also a father, volunteer, sports coach, church member and 4-H alumni. Lash was one of 17 farmers featured at the “Year of the Farmer” at the Indiana State Fair. 
  • Talk a little less, listen more
    We do not all have to use the same color or horsepower of tractor. We don’t have to plant the same brand of seed or use the same crop inputs or apply the same amount of NPK and micronutrients to our soils. 
  • Illinois farmers benefit from Asgrow and DeKalb
    SPONSORED: An extremely wet summer and plant disease were among the challenges faced by Illinois farmers this season. 
  • U.S. rural areas need broadband
    You can’t tell the story of American agriculture without looking at how farmers and ranchers have pioneered the use of cutting-edge tools on their land. 
  • High yield potential even in challenging season
    SPONSORED: Extremely wet weather and plant disease were among the challenges faced by Indiana farmers this season. 
  • Work together to improve rural economies
    Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with multiple economic development groups in Illinois. There is a widespread recognition from them on the importance of collaboration between communities and counties and of working together to develop regional strategies. 
  • Meet alpacas up close
    “This one will bite you a little, but it won’t hurt,” a farmer said as I stood in a field with nothing separating me from a herd of alpacas and hesitantly held out the treat in my hand. And bite me she did. But, of course, he was right — it didn’t hurt. 
  • Visit offers reassuring look at pig farming
    I recently had the pleasure to go interview the Keller family at their hog farm in Jasper County. The farm is a breed-to-wean operation, and I talked to Bob, Jason, Anna and Art about what it takes to stay successful in the pig business for six decades and to bring two separate generations — Bob and Jason — back to the farm. 
  • Urban farming can offer more than local food
    I recently traveled to an urban farm in Indianapolis, where I expected to find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. 
  • Hemp returns to Indiana
    This week I had the chance to do something that basically no one in Indiana has done since the 1940s — I got to explore a field of hemp. 
  • U of I staff challenges end Corn & Soybean Classic
    For the past 18 years, the University of Illinois Extension has hosted the Corn and Soybean Classic and various locations throughout the state the second and third week of January. 

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