Category: Agriculture News

News about food, farming, business, politics and policy that impacts central Illinois farmers.

Pontiac students take trip to meet adopted cow

Twenty students from Pleasant Hill Elementary adopted a newborn calf, Vikki Rose, from the Mackinson Dairy Farm in Pontiac and have been tracking her growth this school year. “Adopt-A-Calf helps … Read More

USDA to distribute $6 billion for 2020, 2021 disasters

USDA will distribute relief payments in a two-phase process for farmers who experienced losses from wildfires, hurricanes, floods, derechos, excessive heat, winter storms, freezes, smoke exposure, excessive moisture and drought … Read More

Biden announces pick for long-vacant ag trade role

The Biden administration announced Alexis Taylor will serve as USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The administration also nominated Stacy Dean for USDA Under Secretary for Food … Read More

Growing rural tourism focus of I-Rural project

Don’t think you have to leave the state for a unique tourism experience. I-Rural, a project from the University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism … Read More

U.S. soy positioned to meet growing consumer demand

All eyes are on soybeans, particularly from Illinois, to meet the needs across the U.S. Not only has the state been the No. 1 soy-producing state since 2016, it also … Read More

Planting pace picks up significantly

Talk about making a comeback. Illinois farmers planted 40% of the corn crop and 27% of soybeans from May 8-15 pushing statewide progress to 55% complete for corn and 38% … Read More

Biden unveils deals to lower internet prices, raise speeds

The Affordable Connectivity Program will provide $30 monthly subsidies on internet service for households across the United States with limited income. According to the White House, about 48 million households … Read More

Update from the field: McHenry County

With the sweet hum of a tractor throttle in the background, John Bartman was happy to share an update from an active field in Marengo. “We’re getting ready to plant … Read More

A crop update from Warren County

A warm, sunny forecast should have planters moving this week. “We should be done with corn by the end of the week then have two to three days left of … Read More

Planting pace accelerates

Just days after the running of the 148th Kentucky Derby, it’s off the the races for most farmers in Illinois this week. “We finally broke out of a pattern we’ve … Read More

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