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  • Illinois Soybean trade mission to Asia opens doors
    Did you know that nearly half of the more than 500 million bushels of soybeans grown in Illinois last year were exported, which put about $2 billion back in farmers’ pockets? Clearly, foreign buyers are one of our best markets.
  • Feds own too much land
    The weather, the presidential election, cattle and commodity prices and government overreach are the topics that come up in almost every conversation I have with farmers. The order of importance varies depending upon the farmer and the most recent event associated with those topics.
  • Set vision, hit your farm’s books in 2016
    This year may prove to be a challenging one on many farms. Many farmers feel they’re facing major questions or tough situations that they haven’t faced in a long time, or maybe haven’t ever faced.
  • Smaller wheat crop in 2016?
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s December 2015 survey of winter wheat seedings revealed that producers seeded only 36.609 million acres of winter wheat last fall.
  • Preventing farm tractor rollover fatalities
    According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration study conducted in 2011, a farmer has a seven times higher fatality rate than the fatality rate for all workers in private industry.
  • Pork industry faces tight margin year
    Pork producers in 2016 are expected to experience another year of tight margins similar to the year just completed. Pork production is expected to rise by about 1 percent, but beef production will rise by 4 percent and poultry by about 3 percent.
  • Voting: Take your rights seriously
    Media coverage of the campaigning and polling leading up to the 2016 presidential election ranges from entertaining to appalling. I’m usually disappointed with the lack of attention given to a candidate’s stand on those issues I believe are of greatest importance to our nation.
  • Know your numbers for rent negotiations
    Landlord meetings are on the minds of many farmers. Being ready for these meetings can make a huge difference. It can mean the difference between creating a win-win relationship with your landlord or ending up stuck in a win-lose mindset.
  • Weak export demand contributes to low prices
    The monthly average price of corn received by U.S. farmers exceeded $4 per bushel for 46 consecutive months from September 2010 through July 2014. The simple average of those monthly prices was $5.85, in a range of $4.06, in July 2014, to $7.63, in August 2012.
  • Don’t want imported meat? Support local farmers
    Brazil, Mexico, China, Hungary, Korea, Nicaragua and Poland — these are just a handful of the 35 countries that are currently eligible to export meat to the United States.

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