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  • Ryman & Fox founders honored
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 5:00 PM
    State Rep. Melanie Wright, D-Yorktown, presented Sagamore of the Wabash Awards to Thomas Rydman and posthumously to David Fox, who together founded Ryman & Fox Inc., which served the farming community for 50 years in Madison County.
  • Mold: Danger after floodwaters recede
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 3:00 PM
    As floodwaters started to recede in some areas of St. Joseph’s County and elsewhere in northern Indiana, a Purdue University disaster education specialist cautioned residents returning to their homes about another potential threat to their health and property — mold.
  • 1st Farm Credit donates $100,000 to ag groups
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 1:00 PM
    A $100,000 gift will benefit nearly 118 groups dedicated to the future of Illinois agriculture and rural communities. To capstone the 100-year anniversary of the Farm Credit System, the 1st Farm Credit Services directors made the donation to groups making a difference in their communities.
  • Superior Young Dairy Producer Award winners
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:00 AM
    The 2016 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award program was held Aug. 20 at the Illinois State Fair. Twenty-eight 4-H and FFA dairy project members from across Illinois took part.
  • USDA to buy 11 million pounds of cheese
    Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:00 AM
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.
  • 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.
  • Hats off to fairground foundation effort
    There have been articles and blogs written by yours truly about the pathetic infrastructure conditions at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, including one I wrote two weeks ago after heavy rains hit the area on opening night.
  • Yes, a second state fair
    “What do you mean there’s another state fair? Isn’t Springfield the state capital?” Yes, the Illinois State Fair in Springfield is our state’s official state fair. But there’s a second one that’s been going on since the 1920s.
  • Olympic medals and hog farming
    Over the past few weeks, my attention has been geared toward the great Indiana State Fair and all the activities that that took place during the fair. However, during the course of the state fair, the 2016 Rio Olympics also was taking place, which is another one of my interests.
  • Droning on about drones
    As I stood outside watching drones buzz overheard this morning, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in a Jetson’s episode. I was at a field day sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau.
  • Cover crops’ value seen even 100 years ago
    While looking for something else in a 1917 Livingston County farm directory, I discovered something that is as important today as it was then.

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