Category: Agriculture News

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

Court ruling reinstates endangered species rules

American Farm Bureau Federation applauded a court ruling Wednesday that reinstates Modernized Endangered Species Act regulations. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a district court improperly vacated 2019 revisions. … Read More

House members seek WOTUS rule delay U.S. House members are poised to investigate the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. House members are poised to investigate the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking authority. Fifteen Republican members have renewed calls to delay … Read More

Illinois part of new Midwest Hydrogen Coalition

To help boost decarbonization efforts, Illinois has joined with six states to create the Midwest Hydrogen Coalition. The coalition is a multi-state, multi-sector approach for leveraging each state’s unique assets … Read More

With the potential of the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalating, uncertainty swirls around Ukraine’s ability to plant, harvest and ship its crops.

“When you look at this historically, I can’t remember a time when we were this tight with grain. And any little problem anywhere in the world could send us to … Read More

Grain Tour all about building relationships, demand

Connections between the grain industry and international buyers is important as ever with tight global crop stocks. The Illinois Department of Agriculture aims to help build such partnerships during its … Read More

Late spring planting and an extended growing season have contributed to a later harvest for many Illinois farmers.

With crops slow to dry down, Illinois is slightly behind pace for harvest. Just 2% of corn was in the bin as of Sept. 19, which was 5 points off … Read More

Illinois State Fair sets attendance record

More than 636,700 people attended this year’s Illinois State Fair — setting a state record. The fair also brought in $6.4 million in estimated revenue. Looking ahead, the state will … Read More

A conversation with Colleen Callahan

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan talks with RFD Radio’s Rita Frazer about state topics including: Fall means deer season, but don’t forget about the approaching trout season. … Read More

Late-season disease and pest outbreaks, including sudden death syndrome (SDS) and stinkbugs in soybeans, could impact crop yields this season.

“A lot of these late-planted fields and timely rains really pushed that disease in some parts.” –Nathan Kleczewski, technical agronomist, GROWMARK     Farmers are urged to continue to scout … Read More

Sweltering temps to be followed by cold front

Air conditioners will be on full blast today, but by tomorrow, the weather will be more appropriate for sweatshirts and jackets. A cold front is on its way to the … Read More

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