Category: Agriculture News

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

DURBIN SEEKS TO BOOST AG RESEARCH FUNDING

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced new legislation that would restore publicly funded agriculture research. Unveiling the America Grows Act at the Peoria County Farm Bureau last week, Durbin said the legislation would authorize a 5 percent annual funding increase for USDA during the next five years, or a total of $2 billion. (FarmWeekNow)

USDA CROP REPORT SURPRISES TRADE

Corn futures prices tumbled Monday in the wake of USDA’s crop production report. The first survey-based forecast of the season pegs the national average corn yield at 169.5 bushels per acre, up 3.5 bushels from last month, with planted acres at 90 million. This represents just a 2 percent decline in corn acres despite historic … Read More

USDA DECLARES ‘AGRICULTURE DISASTER’ IN ILLINOIS, OPENS WAY FOR AID

The rain deluge of 2019 has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare an agricultural disaster in all 102 Illinois counties, it was announced Thursday. The department had responded to a request from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on July 3 in the wake of statewide flooding produced by seven months of above-average rainfall. The … Read More

SENATOR SEEKS INCREASE IN AGRICULTURE RESEARCH FUNDING

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Thursday unveiled new legislation that would authorize a 5 percent annual funding increase over the next five years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With most domestic agriculture research on the decline, the America Grows Act would restore the … Read More

ANALYSTS PREDICT LOWEST U.S. CORN YIELD IN 7 YEARS

This year’s crops will see the lowest corn yield in seven years and the lowest soybean yield in six years, according to AccuWeather’s latest analysis of crop production. AccuWeather analysts predict this year’s corn yield will be 13.07 billion bushels, a decline of 9.8 percent from last year’s yield and 5.8 percent lower than the … Read More

FARMERS ADVISED TO ORDER COVER CROP SEED NOW

Farmers are finding a go-to alternative for this growing season is in short supply with rising prices and the peak season ahead. Experts recommend farmers place orders now if they haven’t secured cover crop seed for post-harvest planting. When excessive rain and flooding caused prevented planting, farmers scrambled for cover crop seed ahead of the … Read More

FARMERS ARE PLANNING FOR ILLINOIS RIVER SHUTDOWN NEXT YEAR

It’s not uncommon for many Illinois farmers to ship much, or even all, of their commodities along the Illinois River. “They’re going to need to re-route, predetermine and plan to not be able to use the river for up to 4 months,” said Illinois Farm Bureau’s Kirby Wagner. The Illinois Army Corps of Engineers has … Read More

TRUMP PROMISES MORE AID FOR FARMERS IN 2020 ‘IF NECESSARY’

President Trump promised farmers that China’s increasing aggression against U.S. agriculture in the trade war “will not be able to hurt them” – and vowed that “if necessary” he will give them more aid in 2020. Keeping farmers on his side is a crucial political goal for Trump, who is up for reelection next year … Read More

PERDUE: US FARMERS WILL REGAIN MARKETS LOST IN TRADE WAR

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he’s confident that they’ll eventually regain the markets they’ve lost in the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual Minnesota trade show, during a listening session with farmers. “The markets are fungible. China is going to buy from … Read More

US STATES FACE WATER CRISIS AS GLOBAL HEATING INCREASES STRAIN ON SUPPLIES

A handful of U.S. states are facing significant strains on their water supplies that will only intensify with global heating, according to new rankings. New Mexico tops the list and is the only state with “extremely high” pressures on its water availability. California ranks second, followed by Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska. Experts with the World … Read More

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