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  • Prairie Central wins two national FFA contests
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:00 PM
    Five judging teams from Prairie Central FFA traveled to the National FFA Convention to compete, and two came home as national winners. “When we came home, the fire trucks met us and escorted us into town,” said Kyle Miller, one of three FFA advisers at the school in Fairbury, Ill. “And we had a big reception at school.” 
  • Young farmer invests in farmland
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:00 PM
    Working on his family farm started long before Tommy Justison began his FFA project. “I started with 81 acres my freshman year, and by my senior year I worked my way up to 476 acres,” the Hillsboro FFA member said. “I started my freshman year keeping records, but I’ve been working on my family’s farm since I was knee high to a grasshopper.” 
  • Indiana FFA members recognized
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:00 PM
    Years of hard work paid off for three Indiana students when they were named winners of this year’s National Agricultural Proficiency Awards. The awards were given in 49 categories during the National FFA Convention. 
  • Not your father’s auctioneering industry
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:00 AM
    Big data and other technologies are expected to play an important role in the future of the auctioneering industry. When Kurt Aumann graduated from auction school in 1982, the scene was different than it is now. Online auctions were unheard of. Mobile phones weren’t used for Internet browsing. 
  • Auctioneers should recognize trends, expert says
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:00 AM
    Agriculture sales are an integral part of the auction industry. From farm land to equipment, there are many items on the market. Professionals recently met in Indianapolis for the Indiana Auctioneers Association convention. Several of the attendees were involved in agricultural auctioneering. 
  •  Darren Frye
    It’s summer, and if you have a grain operation, you’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. At times, the weekly forecast seems to change almost every day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if your production plans changed as often as the weather forecast does? 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 



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