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  • Rauner open to review of livestock facilities law
    Friday, August 26, 2016 5:00 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he would consider opening up for review the state’s Livestock Facilities Management Act that governs the permitting, siting and construction of livestock facilities in the state.
  • Chopped Challenge tests culinary chops
    Friday, August 26, 2016 3:00 PM
    When it comes to talking about food and cooking, Tom Mueller, chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and a corn farmer from Taylor Ridge, probably is more comfortable talking about all the ingredients that can be made from corn.
  • Spotlighting local foods
    Friday, August 26, 2016 1:00 PM
    When it comes to salsa, Derek Zinck, likes it hot. But sweet. “I like the hot one better. It’s got a little bit of a sweet taste at the beginning then you’ll get a little jalapeno kick at the end of it,” he said.
  • Crandall wins auction contest, sells champion steer
    Friday, August 26, 2016 11:00 AM
    Les Crandall’s Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair was golden. Not only did the Decatur-area auctioneer win the annual bid calling contest, he went on to sell the Illinois State Fair’s grand champion steer for a record price.
  • Tradition, technology enhance state fair experience
    Friday, August 26, 2016 9:00 AM
    The Illinois State Fair kicked off in high gear Aug. 11 with the help of Danimal, Mongo and Otis. Also known as Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson, the threesome from the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion team were grand marshals of the fair’s Twilight Parade.
  • Sharing, caring with friends
    A little more than seven years ago at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation Auction, I joined with a small group of women to bid on a weekend stay at the lake home of one of our colleagues. That getaway has become an important part of the summer for each of us.
  • Weather affects disease pressure in cornfields
    SPONSORED: In DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist Lance Tarochione’s neck of the woods, a white-knuckle level of drought in June has yielded some unexpected benefits.
  • Crop reporting simplified
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers and ranchers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents also require these reports.
  • Corn plants susceptible to disease pathogens
    SPONSORED: As the corn crop moves from reproduction to making grain, Kirby Bacon has his eyes on harvest — and some potential disease issues that could impact harvest.
  • Monitor cattle during high heat, humidity
    Recent temperatures have soared after starting off cool. While the high temperatures have facilitated corn and bean planting, those with livestock must begin to worry about heat stress.
  • Heavy rains highlight need for fairground repairs plan
    Social media was filled with photos and videos by Saturday morning of leaky roofs at the Illinois State Fair. More than 5 inches of rain fell within two hours Friday evening, forcing fair visitors into permanent buildings and canceling the night’s events.
  • The art of people watching
    Besides couponing, shopping and being a mommy, one of my favorite things to do is people watch. My Grandma Bechman is the one who first taught me just how interesting sitting back and observing people really can be.
  • Tire swing raffle spawns memories
    A rope, a tire and sturdy limb was all that was needed to give my three brothers and I hours of summer entertainment as kids.
  • Ag business likely to suffer if trade deals die
    The circus that is the presidential election has drawn concerns from agriculture. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have taken swipes at trade agreements already in place and those in the hopper such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • 4-H opens doors for youths
    I covered the 4-H State Fair Leadership Conference, and it was such a great opportunity. I interviewed Steve McKinley, the program director.



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