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  • Reaching noteworthy milestones
    No matter what the occasion is or what is being celebrated, whether it is graduating college or learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, a milestone of any kind is something that deserves fanfare of some kind.
  • What will ag mergers mean to farmers?
    Several years ago while attending Beck’s first field day at its Central Illinois Practice Research Farm near Downs, I received a poster that broke down which company owns various seed products. There were many that I was aware of, but also some surprises.
  • Thanks to our four-footed friends
    It may sound crazy, but my cat can tell when I’m sick or sad. It’s true. If, at the end of a long day, I face plant into the couch and sigh, my 1-year-old cat Stella will be at my side. Or on top of me. Poking me with her paws or curled up in a ball to keep me warm.
  • Test your Illinois county knowledge
    One of my favorite Ag in the Classroom exercises involves a county map of Illinois and a fun series of questions that will challenge anyone’s knowledge of our 102 counties.
  • Farming’s favorite ninja warrior
    During my spare time, which isn’t much as a mother to three young ones and one more on the way, I love to watch reality television. Whether the show revolves around cooking or racing, when a reality show comes on, I am glued to the couch.
  • New state fair foundation is a good first step
    Questions have arisen regarding how effective the Illinois State Fairgrounds Foundation will be in its efforts to raise funds from the private sector. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the foundation’s formation at last month’s Illinois State Fair.
  • Time to remember — and, hopefully, unite
    Sunday was the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place 15 years ago. Each of us remembers where we were that day, and each of us has a different story. Like everyone else, I was changed by what happened.
  • Food producer opens doors to reporter
    I think irony is the word I want. I was behind the eight ball, as it were, trying to find a food processor that has a quality control manager for an interview for our career series. The story is part of our yearlong series profiling different careers in agriculture.
  • The land of the free, home of the brave
    There are many things that I take for granted on a daily basis without a second thought, including a roof over my head, a fridge full of food — well, when I get to the grocery — and being blessed to work in the agriculture industry.
  • Despite woes, county fairs will go on
    Only three more fairs before my fair season closes for the year. Yep, I’m counting them down now. It’s been a hot, dusty and occasionally swamped fair season for me.



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