LLCC Leads State With Ag Hemp Production Research

By Benjamin Cox on October 5, 2020 at 4:22pm

A local community college is paving the way for agricultural hemp production research. Lincoln Land Community College is conducting field research at its Springfield campus to test agricultural hemp production practices. According to a press release from the college today, it is currently the only college in Illinois doing such research. The LLCC agriculture program […]

IL Livestock Farmers Eligible for B.I.G. Grants

By Benjamin Cox on October 5, 2020 at 7:20am

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that the state’s Business Interruption Grants would be available to the state’s livestock farmers. Livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive the grants, and the application period is open now through October 31st. Governor J.B. Pritzker […]

Three West Central IL Residents Part of 2020 4-H Hall of Fame Class

By Benjamin Cox on September 1, 2020 at 10:28am

A long-time Pike County extension office worker and volunteer, a Cass County business owner, and the Morgan County Fair Board President were recently inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Morgan County Fair Board President Jay Harris grew up in 4-H, according to his Hall of Fame biography. Harris remains an integral part of […]

Swarringim Receives Blue Ribbon Grand Champion Award From Compeer

By Benjamin Cox on August 27, 2020 at 12:23pm

A Rushville-Industry freshman recently received a Blue Ribbon Award for a fair project this year. Youth across the state faced the closure of the Illinois State Fairs this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Compeer Financial, a Farm Credit cooperative, stepped in to fill the void to recognize young people’s fair projects with their Blue […]

Major Report Week For Crops Says Large Yields Coming for Corn, Soybeans

By Benjamin Cox on August 15, 2020 at 12:25pm

Pleasant weather conditions over the past few weeks have made for what some are calling record-breaking yields coming in the next few months. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 9, 2020. Statewide, the average temperature was 69.2 degrees, 4.6 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.42 inches, 0.56 inches below […]

SIU Medicine Seeking Farmers To Fill Out Survey for Farm Family Resource Initiative Program

By Benjamin Cox on August 4, 2020 at 12:08pm

Farmers and their families have the opportunity to complete a survey aimed to improve a wide range of services that will be available to them from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Farm Family Resource Initiative program in the coming months. State Senator Andy Manar who chairs the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee, says he worked […]

IL Dept of Ag Investigating Unsolicited Foreign Seeds Sent Through USPS

By Benjamin Cox on July 29, 2020 at 6:05am

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is urging citizens to contact them if they receive an unsolicited envelope containing seeds from a foreign country. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working to address reports of unsolicited shipments of seeds from foreign countries to unknowing citizens. Anyone who receives unordered seeds in the […]

June Acreage Report Reveals Robust Planting of Corn, Soybeans

By Benjamin Cox on July 2, 2020 at 6:00am

The Illinois June Acreage report released yesterday revealed the Illinois farmers revealed that corn, soybeans, and hay acreage is up from last year. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener details corn and soybeans: “Area planted to corn totals 10.9 million acres, up 4% from last year and down 4% from the March planting intentions report published […]

IDNR Begins NRCS Cover Crop Program At Waterfowl Sites

By Benjamin Cox on May 14, 2020 at 9:06am

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is using some extra funds from a natural partnership to help with farmland conservation, improve water quality, and increase waterfowl habitat in West Central Illinois. IDNR has received a total of more than $8 million from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service through its Regional Partnership Program. The partnership […]

JBS Remains Open Despite Surge in Cass COVID-19 Numbers

By Benjamin Cox on May 5, 2020 at 5:55am

JBS in Beardstown continues to stay open as the nation becomes gripped with a possible severe meat shortage. Andrew English of the Cass County Health Department said last week that communication with the plant and the health department remains steady. “We’ve been on the phone with them weekly, sometimes daily to make sure that everything […]