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  • Solving global hunger
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 4:00 PM
    The University of Illinois served as a fitting backdrop for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to address international food security. More than 400 attended the event, hosted by the International Food Security at Illinois Initiative and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, where Vilsack noted the university’s “remarkable comprehensive set of initiatives” to solve global hunger. 
  • Speaking up for pig farmers
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:00 AM
    Schoettmer Prime Pork has experienced steady growth since the farm started in 1987. The operation has been successful thanks to the leadership of Keith Schoettmer, a first-generation farmer who is able to see the whole picture. 
  • Deadlines near for Hoosier Beef Congress
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:00 AM
    The state’s largest cattle show will be Dec. 4 to 6 this year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Entry deadlines for the annual Hoosier Beef Congress are quickly approaching with All Star and Breed Sale entries due Oct. 15 and Junior Show registration due Nov. 1. 
  • Initiative helps dairymen improve management
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:00 AM
    In just one year, the Dairy C.A.R.E. Initiative has touched the ownership or veterinary care of 25 percent of the nation’s dairy cows. “Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of this initiative that began in this tent,” said Rick Jackson, U.S. dairy product manager for Merck Animal Health. 
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:00 AM
    A program for dairymen and feedlot operators is aimed at adding value to dairy cattle by producing high-quality beef. Developed by Wulf Cattle, the Breeding to Feeding program was initiated in 2010. However, Limousin cattle have been raised by the family since 1955. 
  • Fall soybean sample collection to promote value
    We experienced a tough growing season in our area in 2015, which was the case for many farmers throughout Illinois. I had several acres that were lost to flooding. 
  • Asgrow, DeKalb products drive performance
    SPONSORED: Farmers depend on advancements in seed technology to help drive higher yield and profitability. 
  • Thinking differently about farm animals
    When Jim and I moved to Missouri more than a decade ago, we visited several churches until we found the one best suited to our spiritual needs. It was a balmy spring morning when we attended a church in one of the small towns near our home. 
  • What's new in seed technology?
    SPONSORED: This season, farmers had the opportunity to plant new Asgrow soybean and DeKalb corn products offering great new genetics and high-yield potential. 
  • Indiana Farm Bureau must look to next 25 years
    Since announcing my candidacy for Indiana Farm Bureau president almost exactly two months ago, I have traveled around the state and spoken with people interested in the advancement of ag. 
  • Meet alpacas up close
    “This one will bite you a little, but it won’t hurt,” a farmer said as I stood in a field with nothing separating me from a herd of alpacas and hesitantly held out the treat in my hand. And bite me she did. But, of course, he was right — it didn’t hurt. 
  • Visit offers reassuring look at pig farming
    I recently had the pleasure to go interview the Keller family at their hog farm in Jasper County. The farm is a breed-to-wean operation, and I talked to Bob, Jason, Anna and Art about what it takes to stay successful in the pig business for six decades and to bring two separate generations — Bob and Jason — back to the farm. 
  • Urban farming can offer more than local food
    I recently traveled to an urban farm in Indianapolis, where I expected to find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. 
  • Hemp returns to Indiana
    This week I had the chance to do something that basically no one in Indiana has done since the 1940s — I got to explore a field of hemp. 
  • U of I staff challenges end Corn & Soybean Classic
    For the past 18 years, the University of Illinois Extension has hosted the Corn and Soybean Classic and various locations throughout the state the second and third week of January. 

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