This year during the Indiana FFA State Convention, I gladly volunteered to be a judge for the leadership development events. I have served as a judge several times over the years, usually being one of the judges in the creed speaking contest or the extemporaneous public speaking contest.
When writing the story in late May for the newest version of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program, I kept searching for further specifics, primarily some sort of payment formula. There were none to be found.
It’s Dairy Month, and I’ll take any excuse to eat more cheese and ice cream. Grilled cheese, yogurt, butter — there are so many delicious foods, and I am probably one of dairy’s biggest fans. But since I’m trying to lose weight — in moderation, of course.
I thought when I completed my 10th year in 4-H, that was the end my 4-H experience, but hoped that one day I would be able to help my children enjoy the 4-H experience just like I did. Little did I know how much being a 4-H mom was similar to my days when I actually was a 4-H member.
This week I attended a Women in Agribusiness seminar. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, state Sen. Jean Leising, state Rep. Melanie Wright and Julia Wickard, assistant commissioner and agricultural liaison at Indiana Department of Environmental Management, are all strong female women involved in agri…
This week I’m working on an important project — our annual county fair tab. Indiana is home to dozens of magnificent fairs, and they are the perfect spots to make summertime memories with your family.
Although it has been a wet start in much of the state, spring is in full swing throughout Indiana with summer just a few weeks away. I love this time of year, because so many events and activities take place, ranging from county fairs to farmers markets opening for the season.
The recent spread of measles, attributed to false information that’s been disseminated, is an unfortunate example of the battleground that is social media over the past decade-plus.
Growing up, some of my fondest memories were the times I was participating in 4-H or FFA related activities, which is why I am so excited that my oldest child, my son, Graham, finally is old enough to be in 4-H this year.
If you’re looking for some interesting reading after a tough day, click on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Biosecurity is a concern for livestock producers, including sheep producers, regardless of the size of their flock. Shepherds tend to buy diseases, Dr. Clifford Shipley said during the Sheep Day program hosted by the Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers. He encouraged producers to screen animals…
This is my first time covering the release of the Census of Agriculture report, and it’s exciting to see the trends going on in agriculture. My favorite one has to be the increase in women who farm.
A seemingly annual event during the federal budget cycle is the threat of shutting down some of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service locations, including the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois.
One of the biggest reasons I have such a deep-seeded passion for the agriculture industry is because of how wide and vast it is and how many different sectors of which it is comprised.
During a presentation at the Illinois Forage Institute, Dan Undersander, a forage professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin, told the producers that milk production has doubled every 30 years in the United States since 1935.
A second Illinois State Police trooper died during a roadside traffic stop. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, a 12-year veteran of the Illinois State Police, based out of ISP District 16 in Pecatonica, was killed while she was conducting a roadside vehicle inspection along U.S. Route 20 near Freep…
It was a pretty neat day when I attended the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture event that brought about 600 high school and college young ladies together to learn more about possible choices for careers in agriculture.
For those of you that know me and have read my blogs throughout the years, then you probably know how deep my passion for agriculture runs, especially youth in agriculture.
Call me out of touch, call me old school, call me a curmudgeon, call me a dinosaur, don’t call me late for supper, but not a day goes by where I’m not sick and tired of being sick and of social media.
As February begins to give way to March, every time I feel like Mother Nature may be hinting the spring is right around the corner, Indiana winter sets back in, and cold temperatures and flurries keep happening.
When Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded that Renewable Fuel Standard with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, opponents were outraged in their “food vs. fuel” debate.
Throughout my years with Indiana AgriNews, I have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of stories covering various topics concerning the agriculture industry in Indiana and in general.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s cancellation of the Jan. 11 annual crop production summary, quarterly grain stocks, winter wheat seedings and agricultural supply and demand estimates reports no doubt provided a wide range of reactions.
The tree is down, decorations are packed and stored in the attic, space has been found for gifts and it’s time to return to something near normalcy, if that even exits in the world today.
It’s the time of year when everyone is recovering from Christmas festivities and settling into the New Year. This also is the same time many individuals are trying to figure out what resolutions and changes they are going to make, so that the next year is better than the last.
When AgriNews and Beck's Hybrids decided more than two decades ago to establish the Indiana Farm Family of the Year award, we had big dreams, but couldn't imagine just how special this celebration would become.
With Christmas right around the corner, this time of year typically tends to be full of holiday hustle and bustle — at least it usually seems this way for me.
Life is a learning experience, and farmers, agronomists and researchers spend this time of year looking back on the previous growing season and use what was learned toward the next season’s plans.
With so much dreary news in agriculture, most all of it related to trade, pencil-plowing politicians and commodity prices, I struggle with reporting on so much negativity. It kind of wears me down at times.
Now that the stench has cleared from the barrage of attack ads leading up to last week’s election, it’s time for our government officials to pass a farm bill and end this costly trade war.
Although it already has come and gone, the 2018 National FFA Convention left me with many memories to tide me over until it is time to start preparing for next year’s big event.
DeKalb County is rich with agricultural history, as many residents of this northern Illinois county, including me, know. Thanks to the work of the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, this historical information is now available to those visiting the area.
Among my many favorite parts of this job is to experience the diverse topics covered throughout the year. An example is the Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day at PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta in central Illinois that I attended on Sept. 26, followed by a trip two days later to the Univer…