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  • Farm-to-fork restaurant opens doors
    Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 PM
    If you’re a fan of farm-fresh bacon, burgers, pork or cheese, the new restaurant at Fair Oaks Farm might be for you. The Farmhouse restaurant opened on July 5, bringing a “farm-to-fork” experience to visitors. 
  • Chef offers tips
    Friday, July 11, 2014 3:00 PM
    When it comes to food, Executive Chef Christopher Turner knows what he’s talking about. With a lifetime of experience in the food industry and a passion for cuisine, Turner takes good farm cooking and brings it to a new level. 
  • Count butterflies at annual Encounter
    Friday, July 11, 2014 1:00 PM
    Purdue University entomologists will teach butterfly biology and identification to enthusiasts of all ages and lead a butterfly count at the annual Butterfly Encounter. 
  • Wheat, dairy dominate Washington County
    Friday, July 11, 2014 11:00 AM
    Whenever a shopper here makes a quick trip to the store for bread and milk, there’s a decent chance that farmers in Washington County helped supply both. The county — located southeast of St. Louis in southern Illinois — is tops in the state in wheat production and third in dairy. 
  • Dairyman praises health benefits of automated feeding system
    Friday, July 11, 2014 9:00 AM
    A first-in-the-continent automated feeding and milking system at a dairy here may result in happier and healthier cows. Craig Finke, a fourth-generation Washington County dairy farmer, took the plunge last November, totally automating his dairy by purchasing the equipment. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Big data is raising big questions for farmers
    If it’s new, it’s better, right? Right? Everything new and advanced is automatically better than whatever came before it. I’d add a resounding “No!” We used to have a joke in the daily newspaper newsroom. 
  • Winter finally gives way to farmers market shopping
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who has struggled with it this year. Winter is the easiest time to gain weight, and it has to be one of the worst feelings ever! 
  • Soy protein, oil levels are now improving in Illinois
    Over the past few years, the Illinois Soybean Association has been educating farmers about the importance of producing quality soybeans in order to remain competitive in a global market. 

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