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Illinois holiday market returns

If you’re still looking for the perfect Christmas gift, head to the Illinois Product Holiday Market in Springfield Dec. 2-4. Local farmers, bakers, jewelers, musicians and more will be on site for your shopping needs and entertainment. READ MORE

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USDA designates Illinois counties disaster areas

Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties were designated disaster areas because of severe drought during the growing season. In addition to the six primary counties, producers are also eligible in the contiguous counties of Hardin, Jackson, Saline and Williamson counties. READ MORE

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IMPA recognizes dairy award winners

Congratulations to David Ruppert of Montgomery County, who received the Dairy Industry Service Award at the Illinois Milk Producers Association annual meeting. “I’ve been so blessed,” said Ruppert, a Master Farmer. “It’s been great with family, faith and friends in the dairy industry.” Scheidairy Farm of Stephenson County received the Sustainability Award and said the farm’s employees are key. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to carry out our farm’s mission,” he said. READ MORE    

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5 with Mark

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards talks with RFD Radio’s Rita Frazer about state and national issues affecting Illinois agriculture, including legislation to prevent a rail strike, a Senate bill on SEC emission rules and a looming government funding deadline. He also shares details on IFB’s Annual Meeting and policies to be considered by delegates. LISTEN HERE

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Several western Corn Belt states came up short

“Our fiscal year started in September, so pretty much it’s been all new-crop. This is the most we’ve ever done. We’ve loaded 18 trains so far.” — Scott Sims, Western Grain Marketing   Several western Corn Belt states came up short of their corn expectations, leaving many end users scrambling to find adequate supplies. Scott Sims of Western Grain Marketing says he’s shipping mostly new-crop corn domestically. “We’ve even shipped some to western Kansas this year. This is the first time we’ve ever done that because their crop has been short enough,” he said. “And probably there’s only been three

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