Stories about Western Illinois University
When Mike Grady officially left his office at Dixon High School for the last time on June 10, he traded his office view of the Rock River and Page Drive for a farm field and a tractor cab.
Farming organically is a pro-active systems approach that involves more than a set of prohibitive rules. “This farm has been certified organic since 2009,” said Joel Gruver, associate professor of soil science and sustainable ag at the Allison Farm at Western Illinois University.
Excitement levels were high as delegates to the 94th Illinois FFA State Convention elected five members to the state officer team during the Thursday morning session of the three-day convention.
The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program has sparked a large response, drawing more than 450 proposals seeking $3 billion to $4 billion in grants.
Field trials of a new cover crop, CoverCress, are in its third year at the Illinois State University Farm and multiple benefits are being realized as intended.
The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture’s ninth annual Legacy Sale set a new fundraising record of $93,000, surpassing last year’s record total of $73,000.
In the late 1990s, Prairie Central was among the first school districts in Illinois to extend FFA opportunities to junior high students.
College students graduating with a degree in agricultural education have a lot of job opportunities.
The welcome mat that his fellow faculty rolled out for him is the same one that Riley Hintzsche has ready for his students in the Streator High School ag program.
Fifteen breed champions vied for the Grand Champion Heifer title at the 2022 Illinois Beef Expo.
Ten breed champions vied for the Grand Champion Market Animal title at the 2022 Illinois Beef Expo. Kade Gensini of Hennepin led his Champion Crossbred Steer to the banner in both rings.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Hogs and Pigs report places the Dec. 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs at 74.2 million head, down about 1% from last quarter and 4% lower than the same time last year, compared to an average pre-report estimate of just 2.8% lower.
Because of crowd size limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 51st annual Western Illinois University Ag Mech Farm Expo, scheduled for March 5-6, has been canceled.
With harvest in full swing, I play herdsman, provide cheap labor and check the bred cows as Carson remains occupied with grain. As a road gawker, I report that many fields of corn in our area are suffering stalk breakage and farmers are rushing to complete their harvest.
Implementation of cover crops will play a major role in reaching the goals established by the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and a farm organization is helping to deliver that message directly to farmers this summer.