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  • GMO debate muddies gardening urge
    Gardening season. Ordinarily, two words that instill joy and excitement and enthusiasm, the prospect of spending sunny weekend days and early weeknights planting and mulching and hoeing and encouraging seeds and seedlings to grow. 
  • Spring is here — enjoy it!
    The skies have cleared, the snow has melted and the calendar, now in April, is steadily marching onward. It’s a beautiful time to be alive and to watch as winter wanes. 
  • Stray electricity can affect livestock operations
    If dairy cows are not drinking water normally — just lapping the water instead of really drinking it — that may be a sign of a stray voltage problem. “Stray voltage is not magic. It’s just electricity following the laws of physics,” said Rick McClenning, with Agrivolt. 
  • Get crafty with Pysanky eggs
    I’m not the most artistically inclined person in the world, but when Catharine Green asked me if I wanted to decorate a Pysanky egg, I jumped at the opportunity. 
  • Day 3: Bringing it all home
    The Illinois Soybean Association tour of Delmarva came to a close Thursday afternoon, as the group of farmers winded up its farm visits and headed for the airport at Baltimore. 
  •  Day 2: Delaware's ag history
    Day Two of the Delmarva trip was busy indeed. Delmarva is a term defining the Chesapeake Bay region comprising Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia. I am on a trip to learn about how farmers here are dealing with mandated nutrient management practices. 
  • Day 1: Common ground
    Just finishing up Day One of the Delmarva trip. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the word — which included me a few days ago — Delmarva is the term used for the region of the Chesapeake Bay that includes Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia. 
  • Day 1: To Chesapeake Bay
    I’ll be flying to Baltimore today to get a head start on what promises to be a fascinating tour of the Chesapeake Bay region this week. I’m joining a number of Illinois soybean growers and others in a fact-finding trip in which we hope to learn more about what farmers there are doing to address the effects of excess sediment and nutrients on water quality. 
  • Farmers' hard work keeps the world fed
    Farmers in America aren’t just worried about feeding their families or community. A hundred years ago, this probably was true. But now American farmers have a much bigger challenge: Feeding a growing world. 
  • City slickers, farm folk find common ground
    Sometimes, you don’t need to beat people over the head. That might seem like an obvious statement, but I’m talking about agriculture and the ag message. 

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