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 […]

IL Corn Marketing Board & IL Soybean Association Delivering Hand Sanitizer to Local Ag Industry

By Benjamin Cox on April 30, 2020 at 11:56am

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Soybean Association are doing their part to keep the local agriculture industry safe. Using Illinois corn and soybeans, the group financed corn-based ethanol hand sanitizer made at Marquis Energy in Hennepin, Illinois in conjunction with glycerin from soybeans made at Renewable Energy Group. Marty Marr of the local […]

LaHood Helps Expedite Waiver To Convert Galva Ethanol Plant To Make Hand Sanitizer

By Benjamin Cox on April 6, 2020 at 4:07pm

18th District Congressman Darin LaHood helped an Illinois ethanol business expedite a federal waiver to make hand sanitizer. LaHood, Global Impact Innovation, and Big River Resources in Galva, Illinois announced that GII will use portions of Big River Resource’s plant to produce hand sanitizer from corn-based ethanol in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. LaHood says […]

USDA’s RMA Makes Crop Insurance Changes For Soybeans & Sorghum

By Benjamin Cox on February 27, 2020 at 5:42am

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) made changes for the 2020 crop year to improve crop insurance for Illinois soybean and grain sorghum producers. The earliest plant date for soybeans was moved from April 20 to April 15 for the central parts of Illinois to reflect changing agronomics. This change doesn’t affect when producers can […]

Timber Sales & Taxes Seminar from U of I Extension in Carrollton Feb 15

By Benjamin Cox on February 5, 2020 at 9:01am

An upcoming seminar at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Carrollton will help local timber owners maximize their sale potential and navigate the tricky world of Illinois taxes. The Timber Sales and Taxes Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 9AM to Noon. Morgan County U of I Extension Office lead Duane […]

IL Ag Director Sullivan Resigns Amid McClain Email Controversy

By Benjamin Cox on January 13, 2020 at 2:37pm

The head of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, John Sullivan, has resigned amid fallout from the July 2012 email controversy surrounding Quincy lobbyist Michael McClain. In correspondence from Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office today, Sullivan’s resignation was asked for by the governor because of his alleged knowledge of the email between McClain and then-Governor Pat Quinn’s […]

FEMA Denies IL’s Appeal For Flooding Individual Assistance

By Benjamin Cox on November 9, 2019 at 5:59am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has once again denied Illinois individual assistance for residents to rebuild after the 2019 historic flooding. FEMA denied Illinois’ appeal yesterday to help residents in the 22 counties effected by the flooding on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s contingency plan is to seek a disaster […]

LaHood Says USMCA, Prescription Drug Bill Held Up By Trump Impeachment

By Benjamin Cox on October 8, 2019 at 4:46pm

With the talks of impeachment dominating national headlines for Congress and President Donald Trump, business is still being conducted in Washington to get a new trade deal completed for the North American continent. 18th District Republican Congressman Darin LaHood says that with House sessions coming soon, he expects the deal to receive support. LaHood said […]