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November 19, 2019

BLOOMINGTON – State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington says the recent fall veto session in Springfield saw a mixed bag of results.

Lawmakers dealt with downstate police and fire pension reform and cleaned up language to the recreational marijuana bill.

“Then we had pretty mu...

November 19, 2019

SPRINGFIELD - There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 17, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued Monday for Illinois.

Statewide, the average temperature was 26.6 degrees, 14.7 degrees below normal. Precipitatio...

November 18, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.

The payments will begin the week befo...

November 18, 2019

Caffeine has been powering our farming operation for years.

In fact, coffee is usually one of my major food groups each spring and fall, along with sweets. There is no such thing as “use sparingly” around here. How else would I get through an extremely late and interest...

November 15, 2019

At the request of Governor Pritzker, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a Regional Emergency Declaration to help keep homes warm and dry wet grain.

Illinois is one of seven states now under the disaster declaration, which permits the transportat...

November 15, 2019

CROPSEY – A long season just got a bit longer with this week’s winter weather.

The cold snap and snowfall which occurred Monday and Tuesday may have changed some plans, but farmers continue to overcome 2019’s challenges. Bryan Cole, who manages the Brandt Consolidated l...

November 14, 2019

Phil Bradshaw has accomplished many different tasks during his 55 plus years of farming. Now he can add being an author to that list.

Bradshaw shares stories and recollections from a lifetime of farming in this memoir “Your Food - My Adventure: One Farmer’s Journey to F...

November 13, 2019

WATSEKA – A Chinese trade deal would likely give the soybean market a boost but so would a lower yield year.

This could be the case for 2019, although we likely won’t know the answers for at least a couple of months.

“We probably won’t see that until January,” said Merri...

November 13, 2019

With a tough farm economy, the Illinois Beef Association is trying to find ways to access markets and figure out what to feed this fall.

“There is a heavy focus on cover crops right now so we are happy cattle can take advantage of that cropping system and really aid in...

November 12, 2019

SPRINGFIELD - There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 10, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued for Illinois Tuesday afternoon.

Statewide, the average temperature last week was 37.4 degrees, 7.0 degrees below...

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