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    Families all over the world celebrate the holidays of Christmas, Easter and New Year’s. Farm families and agriculturalists, however, hold a special place in their heart for another national holiday. 
  • Plan unveiled to aid farmers
    America’s farmers are the backbone of our economy, and I am proud to represent the 1,200 farms that call the 2nd District of Illinois home. Strong investments in our nation’s farmers are crucial to ensuring a continued and sustainable economic recovery. 
  • China is key to sorghum plantings in 2015
    China’s grand entrance into the U.S. sorghum market began in September 2013 and roughly coincided with the import ban of a type of genetically modified corn, MR162. 
  • Many factors influence soybean yield
    Achieving top soybean yields requires intensive management. All critical aspects of soybean production must be considered, including variety selection, planting date, crop rotation and tillage. 
  • Seed treatments boost soybean success
    Soybean seed treatment usage has increased as a way to help growers address concerns often associated with earlier planting dates. 
  • Day 1: Common ground
    Just finishing up Day One of the Delmarva trip. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the word — which included me a few days ago — Delmarva is the term used for the region of the Chesapeake Bay that includes Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia. 
  • Day 1: To Chesapeake Bay
    I’ll be flying to Baltimore today to get a head start on what promises to be a fascinating tour of the Chesapeake Bay region this week. I’m joining a number of Illinois soybean growers and others in a fact-finding trip in which we hope to learn more about what farmers there are doing to address the effects of excess sediment and nutrients on water quality. 
  • Farmers' hard work keeps the world fed
    Farmers in America aren’t just worried about feeding their families or community. A hundred years ago, this probably was true. 
  • City slickers, farm folk find common ground
    Sometimes, you don’t need to beat people over the head. That might seem like an obvious statement, but I’m talking about agriculture and the ag message. 
  • Sometimes truth can be more than enough
    The story about the “story” told by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams brought back a jarring personal memory. 

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