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  • Ag heritage, entertainment highlight Illinois State Fair
    Last year’s Illinois State Fair set several records, and organizers hope the momentum will continue for the upcoming event. The fair will be Aug. 7-17 with an award-wining combination of agriculture and entertainment. 
  • PEDV slowed, but not stopped
    Slowed, but not stopped. That is the progress on PEDV, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, reported Dr. Bill Hollis, a veterinarian with and partner in Carthage Veterinary Services and partner in Professional Swine Management. 
  • U of I Extension sessions available online
    Each year the University of Illinois Extension’s Crop Management Conference series offers 13 hours of training to farmers, certified crop advisers and other professionals working in agriculture. 
  • Indiana delegation visits Hill on soybean issues
    Members of Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Policy Committee visited Washington, D.C., recently to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation about issues important to Indiana soybean farmers. 
  • Growmark partners with AgIntegrated
    Growmark announced the selection of AgIntegrated, an independent provider of ag information management consulting and technologies, to lead the development of FS Advanced Information Services. 
  • Farm Bureau awards literacy grants
    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture awarded 11 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation, including two in Illinois. The grants are awarded through the foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.  
  • Farms, acreage buck national trend
    At a time when the number of farms and acreage is trending downward, Logan County is going the opposite direction. 
  • Decatur may land corn research center
    Decatur is among the finalists for a national agriculture research center. The Decatur Herald & Review reported that the National Corn Growers Association wants to create a facility to support and develop farming research. 
  • Farm Aid to be in North Carolina
    Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. 
  • IFB cautions landowners on pipeline survey permit
    A company wanting to build a pipeline to transport crude oil from the Bakken shale oil fields in North Dakota has started contacting property owners in western Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau reports. 
  • Cattle entries open for World Dairy Expo
    World Dairy Expo’s 2014 dairy cattle entries are open. Exhibitors can choose to enter through the expo online entry system or by mail. Initial entry deadline is Aug. 31. 
  • Forage-based dairy diet can be profitable with right management
    Grazing dairy cattle can be profitable, as long as the producer has the “right stuff” — including attitude. That’s the message of David Jones, who discussed the pluses and minuses of a forage-based dairy at the Illinois Forage Expo here. Adapting a grazing-heavy system requires commitment. 
  • Many options available in quest for year-round grazing
    Since grazing is the most economical means of feeding livestock, it makes sense to keep cows on pasture as long as possible. That may be common sense, but producers interested in taking advantage of their fields are faced with a multitude of issues along with opportunities. 
  • Jared Finegan
    If we could have controlled the weather for the Iroquois County Fair, we wouldn’t have made it as perfect as it was. I cannot remember a year where it didn’t rain at all, and I don’t think it has ever been as comfortably cool as it was this year. 
  • Dairy enthusiast writes books on state’s creameries
    Milk bottles fill the basement shelves at John Cleland’s home in Indianapolis. The bottles ranging in sizes, shapes and designs represent countless dairies across Indiana, as well as out of state. 
 



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