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Industrial Hemp Forum Highlights

Area farmers learned about the challenges and opportunities for growing Industrial Hemp at a forum hosted by McLean County Farm Bureau June 25. Western Illinois University researcher, Dr. Win Phippen, offered a look at what it takes to grow industrial hemp. Challenges include the labor intensive nature of the crop and testing requirements. Industrial hemp has been a prohibited crop for decades, which means that there are no pesticides licensed for use on the crop

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Prevented Planting Resources

Check out www.mcfb.org/preventedplanting for videos, links & resources as you make planting decisions. University of Illinois farmdoc will also be holding three webinars: Prevent Plant / Late Planting Decisions with  Gary Schnitkey, Todd Hubbs, and Jonathan Coppess Wed, June 12, 2019 at 8 a.m. Price Environment – detail on latest crop progress and price outlook Wed, June 19, 2019 at 8 a.m. Policy Update – detail on MFP and Disaster Assistance Wed, June 26 at

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Prevented Planting Meeting

Join us for a look at crop insurance coverage, the USDA Market Facilitation Program and agronomic considerations for prevented planting acres. Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the McLean County fairgrounds in Bloomington. Speakers include: Nyle Wiechmann, COUNTRY Financial Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau Karen Corrigan, McGillicuddy-Corrigan Agronomics RSVP appreciated, but not required. Sign up here.

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Golf Outing – July 1

Hit the links July 1 to support local ag education efforts including the McLean County Fair! Please note: Date change to July 1! Cost: $90 per golfer or $360 per foursome Location: The Den at Fox Creek Includes golf cart, 18 holes of golf, lunch, snacks and ribeye dinner! Plus raffles, contests & prizes You can also join us for the ribeye dinner for just $20!

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Industrial Hemp Forum June 25

Check out the challenges and opportunities for growing industrial hemp at an informational forum Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mini Expo Building at the McLean County Fairgrounds. Speakers include: Dr. Win Phippen of Western Illinois University, 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Trials Bill Bodine of Illinois Farm Bureau, Rules & Regulations As of April 30, 2019 Illinois farmers can apply for a license to grow industrial hemp from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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