Author: Membership

Increase in ag fatalities and injuries highlights need for training

Illinois is in the top four states for highest reported confined ag space cases, according to a recent summary of last year’s frequency and causes of confined space and grain … Read More

Going ham for Christmas meat

It’s only September, but Tom Eickman of Eickman’s Meat Processing has had Christmas on his mind since April. As the third-generation operator of the family business, he still utilized his … Read More

A crop update from Jasper County

Dan Meinhart, a FarmWeek CropWatcher from Jasper County, began corn harvest last week. “The yield is good,” he said. Bean harvest began over the weekend, but he hasn’t received any … Read More

Summer farm visits strengthen rural, urban ties

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-A-Legislator program helps to educate urban legislators about agriculture and rural life. More than 20 adopted legislators participated in visits this summer with their adopted counties. Read … Read More

View from the Cab: McLean County

Mathew Heberling might as well have been getting into a time machine when he stepped into the combine. He recently harvested corn trials at one of seven Answer Plots in … Read More

Vilsack details government shutdown impacts

The current fiscal year is set to expire Saturday and the U.S. House and Senate have yet to advance or agree on 12 appropriations bills. What does that mean for … Read More

‘Farming looks different for everybody’

Natasha Lehrer Lewis said it was happenstance that she became a farmer. Her family made the unexpected move from the suburbs to an 8-acre farm in Big Rock in 2000. … Read More

IFB Carbon Team tours Marquis Energy

Members of Illinois Farm Bureau’s Carbon Team explored the Marquis Industrial Complex, home to the state’s largest dry mill ethanol plant and the future site of soy crush and sustainable … Read More

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery owners look to next chapter

It’s been 20 years since Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell planted their first fruit trees and purchased their first four Nubian goats. They’ve grown the goat dairy-farmstead creamery operation to … Read More

A crop update from Wabash County

Kevin Raber, a FarmWeek CropWatcher from Wabash County, expects an average corn crop and below-average soybean crop. He discussed the impacts of drought on his crop, current condition and harvest … Read More

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