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Conservation program applications due by end of May
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program will provide nearly $175 million in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres of enrollment this year.
Supreme Court decision is about more than Monsanto
The timing was fortuitous for ag journalists gathering at the Monsanto campus in St. Louis earlier this week. We were there at the invitation of the company for Media Days, a follow-up to last year’s Decade of the Bean celebration.
Growers may qualify for a prevented planting payment
Heavy rainfall, floods and cool temperatures have slowed planting across the Midwest this spring.
For crop insurance, the final planting date for corn in most of Illinois is June 5, according to Brian Frieden, director of the Springfield regional office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency.
Composting workshops offered by universities
Illinois State University’s Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with University of Illinois Extension, will offer two large-scale composting workshops and field days later this month.
Project is examining biomass farm viability
A unique large-scale and diverse research farm has literally returned to its roots.
The Prairie Farm project, located on a square-mile section south of Brookings, S.D., is demonstrating how smaller farms can make a sustained and earned living from products produced on restored grassland while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
Steady progress seen in advanced biofuel sector
While advanced biofuel production expansion seems to be moving along at a snail’s pace, there are positive signs of progress.
Cool, wet weather puts a chill on planting in Illinois
On Twitter, it’s called #plant13 and is being used by farmers and agribusinesses to track the progress of a planting year that has many farmers on the edge of their seats, if not in their tractor cabs in the fields.
Illinois Beef Association welcomes summer intern
Tamar Adcock of Assumption has joined the Illinois Beef Association as the summer intern working with the group’s youth, communications and marketing programs.
Quad Cities to host stockyard collector’s auction
Midwest livestock enthusiasts will meet June 7-8 at the Best Western Steeplegate Inn, Interstate 80 and Highway 61, Davenport, for the 15th Annual Stockyard Collector’s Auction.
National Junior Angus Association event scheduled
Youth from across the country will travel to New Orleans for the National Junior Angus Association’s annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conference Aug. 1-4.
Applications available for juniors to gain experience in communications
The National Junior Angus Association and Angus Foundation are pleased to provide NJAA members who have completed the ninth grade with an opportunity to gain experience in the areas of communication, business, writing and photography.
Yields benefit from split shot applications of nitrogen
Providing nitrogen throughout the growing season as the corn crop needed it paid off handsomely for Greg Campbell of Little York this past year. His corn-on-corn acres benefited from split shot applications of nitrogen, protected by nitrogen stabilizers.
ISU Agri-Marketing Chapter outstanding again
The Illinois State University Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association was recognized as the Outstanding Student NAMA Chapter at the 2013 National Agri-Marketing Conference held in Kansas City, Mo.
Activity with Chicago Bears is really special experience
I know I’ve said this in a previous blog, but it happened again during a recent event I attended to gather information for a story for Illinois AgriNews.
Questions such as “How did I get here?” and “Is this really happening?” were running through my mind as I stood on the playing field of Soldier Field.
Bamboo-like grass studied for use in buffer strips
Farmers in southern Illinois could someday be growing cane in their fields, but not as a cash crop.
Researchers at Southern Illinois University have for several years been experimenting with cane for use in riparian buffers to filter runoff from farm fields.
HSUS/UEP language not in Senate farm bill
Applications for veterinary student scholarships now accepted
Program tracks soil nitrate levels in Illinois cornfields
Farmer sparks idea to add ag exhibit to Smithsonian
Nitrogen key to uptake of other corn nutrients, study shows
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