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  • Raising livestock challenges, rewards female farmer
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:00 PM
    For Knox County farmer Monica Stevens, being a female farmer has plenty of challenges. Social life, for one. Dating, for another. “Socializing is hard. It’s hard to find someone who understands that a woman farms. I’ve dated guys who didn’t understand that, even if they farmed, too,” Stevens said. 
  • Active, engaged group of farmers benefits Knox County
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:00 PM
    David Erickson has a good view from where he’s sitting. Right now, that would be in the office of his farm and the one he shares with wife Nancy, who runs a farm management business. 
  • Promoting ag education vital
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:00 PM
    Every October, a group of 4-H members brings cookies — and a message — to the Knox County Board. “They’ll take five minutes to talk about why 4-H is important to them and then pass out cookies to the board members,” said David Erickson, vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau. 
  • Mexico remains vital market for U.S. pork, beef
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 AM
    Although the demand for U.S. meat exports remains strong the competition from other countries intensified. “The reality is the world is waking up to the growth in exports,” said Philip Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation president and CEO. 
  • As crop prices fall, tech's value rises
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:00 AM
    One of the first things that farmers may pull back on as crop prices edge lower is, ironically, one of the things that could help them save the most money. 
  • Heading for finish line
    Wow, what a change a week makes. Add a little heat and sun and farmers pop up in fields just like the mushrooms this time of year. I hope you found some; I haven’t hardly had time to sneak off and look. 
  • Much to do
    As I type, a rain cloud seems to be hovering above us — hate to wish away rain, but maybe just save it back of I could. Late spring means everything needs done at once — prep and planting. 
  • Spring's sights, smells
    It’s been a great week at the cattle barn. We have several new calves, one set of twins by a momma who has had twins six out of the last seven years. 
  • Illinois leads sustainable soybean production efforts
    As Illinois farmers, we are not only leaders in state soybean production, we are leaders in the conservation practices it takes to effectively manage that soybean production. 
  • Steps for maximizing soybean yields
    Growing soybeans requires more management today than 20 years ago due to earlier planting and increased disease and insect pressures. 
  • Celebrate 'Napa Valley of Midwest' with newspaper
    AgriNews is celebrating Hoosier grapes and wine with our “Winery of the Month” series. This series really hits home for me. As a big fan of wine and advocate for local businesses, I couldn’t wait to visit some of Indiana’s finest vineyards. 
  • Less corn now needed to make gallon of ethanol
    U.S. ethanol production reached record levels last year while using fewer bushels of corn to produce a gallon of the fuel. 
  • Soy contest creativity impresses audience
    What were you doing when you were 19 years old? I know I was attending classes at Indiana University in the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, living in a house with four roommates and playing on a co-ed intramural softball team. I also know what I wasn’t doing: I wasn’t inventing something. 
  • Farmers need to talk about succession plan with family
    Developing a succession plan for a farming operation is not an easy subject for families to discuss. 
  • Catfights, Chipolte and staying connected
    Today, I want to talk about catfights and Chipotle’s anti-GMO message. Real, actual catfights. I have three cats, one cat shy of cat lady status. 

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