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  • Alliance helps farmers connect with consumers
    Farmers need to demystify their industry for consumers. “We need to get people closer to the practices we employ and to understand why we employ those practices,” said Randy Krotz, chief executive officer of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
  • Focus on animals’ well-being
    There is no one right way to raise animals for food. “There are groups and misconceptions that would imply that to us,” said Janeen Salak-Johnson, University of Illinois associate professor for stress physiology and animal well-being.
  • Monsanto rejects Bayer offer
    Monsanto rejected Bayer’s $62 billion takeover bid, calling it “incomplete and financially inadequate.” However, the seed company suggested that a higher bid might be accepted, saying that it remains open to talks.
  • Kings students hit the road
    Students from Kings School District got a firsthand look at southern culture during a four-day trip that included stops in Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee.
  • Tech interest strong despite down ag economy
    Despite the outlook for low farm net income and a down farm economy, large American farmers have a surprisingly aggressive outlook toward buying and using new technologies on their operations, with high hopes for potentially disruptive entrants.
  • Crop emerging slowly amid cool conditions

    Continued low temperatures have slowed emergence of corn and soybeans in Illinois. Corn and soybean planting is at 89 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

  • Hail, frost called ‘typical’ orchard spring
    Spring’s up-and-down temperatures, frost and hail are delivering what some apple growers call a “typical” season.
  • Southern Illinois organic farmer outlines goals
    The nerve center of All Seasons Farm is what farmer Jill Rendleman calls the Green Barn. It’s from here that the work emanates on this organic intensive farming operation.
  • Man starts own landscaping service
    Greg Thorpe, a landscaper from central Indiana, may be only in his mid-20s, but he already has successfully started his own business.
  • Be careful: tractor ahead
    As schools begin to let out for summer break and the days become warmer, I realize it is the time of year for one of my favorite public service announcements.
  • Look into eyes of ag’s future
    From Monsanto to a governor’s office, graduates from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University are off to different corners of the ag world after receiving their diplomas.
  • Study confirms nutrient management efforts working
    Researchers found the flow of nitrates from farm fertilizer into the Illinois River has been reduced. The University of Illinois study, as reported in AgriNews, found that the levels of nitrates dropped 10 percent between 2010 and 2014.
  • RFS plan called ‘step backwards’
    Farm groups lined up to express their disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to keep ethanol volumes below the Renewable Fuel Standard statute for another year.
  • EPA pitches boost in renewable fuels
    The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft Renewable Fuel Standard with volume obligations of 18.8 billion gallons in 2017.
  • Taking on giant ragweed
    Giant ragweed is one of the most competitive broadleaf weeds in crop production and adding herbicide resistance to the mix increases the challenge.

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