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  • Millennials want organic foods, transparency
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:00 PM
    As the buying power of the millennial generation increases, people in industries across the board have a question: What do these consumers want?
  • Beck’s CEO looks to future
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:00 PM
    Beck’s Hybrids is an Indiana-based company that has grown considerably over the past few decades. Although the company is larger, it still remains family owned and operated.
  • Agronomy and technology update
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:00 PM
    Every year, the Beck’s Hybrids headquarters opens its doors for Becknology Days, an event dedicated to education and technology. This year’s event was a success, with a large crowd showing up to check out the latest projects.
  • Beck’s focuses on farmers’ success
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:00 AM
    Scott Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids, remembers a quote by clinical psychologist Henry Cloud that inspires him every day: “Focus your energy on what you can control that directly affects your desired outcome. You’ll see the results, and that will push you forward.”
  • Collector to sell tractors at auction
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:00 AM
    George Schaaf has earned a reputation over more than three decades as one of the nation’s foremost collectors of classic and antique farm machinery. Now, the 83-year-old Schaaf is preparing to sell most of his collection, including a number of tractors manufactured in the early 1900s.
  • 4 questions to build your landlord plan
    On the farm, being intentional about building strong relationships and regular communication with landlords can be tough. But having a plan for the way your farm will approach landlord relationships can really set you and your operation apart. You can make your farm the “go-to” operation.
  • 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.
  • Compassion needed now
    As I was leaving the state’s fairgrounds the hot and dusty final Sunday afternoon of the event’s 10-day run last year, I noticed a truck with a livestock trailer pulled off to the side of the road near the exit.
  • 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.
  • TPP will aid Illinois farmers
    With both major political parties’ conventions behind us, it’s clear the presidential campaign ahead of us will be contentious and divisive, with the candidates agreeing on little.
  • 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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