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  • Illinois Soybean trade mission to Asia opens doors
    Did you know that nearly half of the more than 500 million bushels of soybeans grown in Illinois last year were exported, which put about $2 billion back in farmers’ pockets? Clearly, foreign buyers are one of our best markets.
  • Feds own too much land
    The weather, the presidential election, cattle and commodity prices and government overreach are the topics that come up in almost every conversation I have with farmers. The order of importance varies depending upon the farmer and the most recent event associated with those topics.
  • Set vision, hit your farm’s books in 2016
    This year may prove to be a challenging one on many farms. Many farmers feel they’re facing major questions or tough situations that they haven’t faced in a long time, or maybe haven’t ever faced.
  • Smaller wheat crop in 2016?
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s December 2015 survey of winter wheat seedings revealed that producers seeded only 36.609 million acres of winter wheat last fall.
  • Preventing farm tractor rollover fatalities
    According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration study conducted in 2011, a farmer has a seven times higher fatality rate than the fatality rate for all workers in private industry.
  • Iowa vote is a wake-up call
    I am relieved that I’m not the only one who is in wonder at the claims by pro-ethanol groups that more than 80 percent of the votes cast in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses were cast for pro-Renewable Fuel Standard candidates. Ted Cruz won the GOP caucus and was loudly anti-ethanol during his travels throughout Iowa.
  • Farmer’s experience shows proof in the soil
    During the Winter Seminar hosted by AgriEnergy Resources, Jim Mitchell, who farms near Eaton, Ohio, talked about his biological farming journey that he started about 26 years ago.
  • How much cash rent are you paying?
    More than 10,000 Illinois farmers will receive a cash rents and leases survey in the mail this month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • Something great is now growing in Indy
    I love the concept of urban farms. Savings bits of green space for personal and community gardens. Having backyard chicken coops. Growing food in the least expected spaces that might otherwise not be utilized.
  • Where are ag issues in the 2016 election?
    Are ag issues the 800-pound gorilla in the 2016 presidential election room — or the 24-ounce kitten?



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