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  • Producer says farm bill offers options for all growers
    Jim Reed started farming in 1981, smack dab in the middle of the U.S. farm crisis. He’s seen a couple of farm bills come and go. As an at-large director for the Illinois Corn Growers Association, Reed has been on committees that helped provide guidance for lawmakers working on those farm bills. 
  • Hoosier feels at home in dairy industry
    Kelsay Schilling, a Boggstown, Ind., native competed in this year’s North American International Livestock Exposition. 
  • Crop insurance remains vital, even with new farm bill
    It remains the No. 1 risk management tool for farmers that they can customize to their own farm conditions. It’s also likely to be the major point of contention when debate begins over the next farm bill. 
  • Livestock expo sees record participation
    Overall entry numbers as well as several breed entries were up this year for the annual North American International Livestock Exposition. 
  • Déjà vu all over again? 1980s-era farmer says probably not
    Central Illinois farmer Jim Reed remembers the 1980s like they were yesterday. But the chances of a similar sweeping farm crisis happening tomorrow — or next month or next year? Reed doesn’t think it’s likely.  
  • Iowa Select executive recalls a difficult year
    Dr. Noel Williams, chief operating officer of Iowa Select Farms, the Iowa Falls-headquartered pork production company, has a lot on his plate and a lot to remember. 
  • Exhibitors travel near and far to attend livestock expo
    Samantha Ropp, a senior at the University of Illinois, saw success during the North American International Livestock Exposition. 
  • Feed mills, operators, need information on biosecurity
    Place your order. Feed mills aren’t exactly fast-food restaurants, but if pork producers want and need their feed suppliers to follow certain biosecurity protocols, then they need to communicate that. 
  • Farmer, doctor and chef discuss future of eating
    Chef Spike Gjerde's 14-ounce dry-aged rib-eye has been "a mainstay" on Woodberry Kitchen's menu over the years. The meat, which hails from a farm in Baltimore County, is prepared in a cast iron skillet and is basted with butter, garlic and herbs. 
  • Farm bill ARC program includes county, farm-level coverage
    Farmers have a veritable smorgasbord of program options to choose from in the 2014 farm bill, but they will need to study each option more closely than they may have in the past. 
  • Farm bill offers traditional farm-level coverage
    Illinois farmers might prefer farm-level coverage when it comes to farm bill programs and crop insurance, but they may want to think about the farm-level coverage in the 2014 farm bill. 
  • Price Loss Coverage could be 'sweetest' option for farmers
    “They threw a couple of sweeteners in the pot for PLC that you are going to have to consider,” said Doug Yoder, senior director of affiliate and risk management for the Illinois Farm Bureau. 
  • Farm bill programs linked to land, not farmer
    The 2014 programs that farmers will choose could have a larger and longer impact than farmers might expect. “It is an important decision,” said Doug Yoder, senior director of affiliate and risk management for the Illinois Farm Bureau. 
  • Food security equals food availability in many countries
    Food security means different things in different places. Stephen Nicholson, vice president of grain and oilseed with Rabo AgriFinance, said that while in the U.S. the term may conjure up images of harmful bacteria or terrorism, to those in some countries it is a simple matter of supply. 
  • GM crops save lives in Asia, consultant says
    Genetic engineering often is depicted as a tool that helps big ag get bigger through increased yields and lower input costs. But James McClaren believes it literally has saved the lives of countless small-acreage farmers. 



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