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  • INFB leader gives voice to farmers
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:00 PM
    Having a unified voice representing an organization can be vital, especially when it comes to the agriculture industry. This week, the agriculture VIP light shines on an individual who uses his voice to unite a statewide agriculture organization, and that person is Randy Kron, who serves as the president of Indiana Farm Bureau.
  • Planning FFA convention takes team effort
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:00 PM
    Preparations for events usually take place weeks or even months before they occur, so when the big day arrives everything goes according to plan. However, preparing and planning the logistics and events for the National FFA Convention takes a little more time and finesse.
  • Your list of must-attend FFA convention events
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 1:00 PM
    Indianapolis is preparing to be swarmed by a sea of blue and gold corduroy jackets as the 2016 National FFA Convention moves back to the city Oct. 19-22.
  • FFA grants for environmental, preparedness projects
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:00 AM
    FFA chapters that developed a plan to tackle an environmental or emergency preparedness issue in their communities now have the funding from a national grant to bring their ideas to life.
  • Corn maze celebrates Indiana Bicentennial
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:00 AM
    When some farmers look at a cornfield, they see much more than just corn growing. They see a potential masterpiece waiting to be carved out.
  • FFA officers busy advocating for ag
    The state officer team has been incredibly busy ever since we were elected. Some of the events we have attended seemed to have focused around one central theme: maximizing awareness.
  • Tropical weather spawns ongoing disease issues
    SPONSORED: When the weather turns tropical in Illinois, corn diseases that love heat and humidity take over.
  • Read this: There’s too many laws
    I love to read. I always have. When Mrs. Ash introduced me to Dick, Jane, Sally, Puff and Spot in first grade, my world expanded, and my passion for the written word was borne.
  • Leaf diseases show up late in Indiana corn crop
    SPONSORED: Leaf diseases in the Indiana corn crop took a while to show up, but the good news is that their late arrival should do little damage to the crop, said Kiersten Wise, associate professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University.
  • Soybean board freshens strategic plan
    The Illinois Soybean Association membership and checkoff programs kicked off a new fiscal year last month with an updated strategic direction for 2017-2020. With the first-ever USDA estimation of an average state soybean yield of 60 bushels per acre, ISA inches ever closer to our target of using 600 million bushels of Illinois soybeans by 2020.
  • Mazes lead to corny good times
    It’s no secret that I love the agriculture industry, and I am passionate about advocating for agriculture and helping to preserve the future of the industry.
  • Be patient our you’ll be a patient
    I highly doubt that what I’m about to write will be read by the folks that it’s aimed at because they’re clueless about agriculture, but here goes. Harvest is in high gear, and motorists need to be alert and be patient — or you will be a patient.
  • Reaching noteworthy milestones
    No matter what the occasion is or what is being celebrated, whether it is graduating college or learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, a milestone of any kind is something that deserves fanfare of some kind.
  • What will ag mergers mean to farmers?
    Several years ago while attending Beck’s first field day at its Central Illinois Practice Research Farm near Downs, I received a poster that broke down which company owns various seed products. There were many that I was aware of, but also some surprises.
  • Thanks to our four-footed friends
    It may sound crazy, but my cat can tell when I’m sick or sad. It’s true. If, at the end of a long day, I face plant into the couch and sigh, my 1-year-old cat Stella will be at my side. Or on top of me. Poking me with her paws or curled up in a ball to keep me warm.

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