Mike Williams of Fayette County has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Williams selected Farina Fire Protection District to receive the $2,500 donation in Fayette County. That check was presented to the district on Jan. 20.
An Okawville native who graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance and agribusiness is the new manager of the Farm Bureau in Fayette and Bond counties.
Stephanie Kraus will replace Ron Marshel, who is retiring Feb. 14 after 32 years in the position.
Delegates and attendees at the 2013 Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting rated government over-regulation as the biggest threat to the profitability of Illinois agriculture in the next 10 years. The answer was in response to a survey of 278 delegates, alternates and other Farm Bureau members attending the Dec. 7-10 meeting in Chicago.
People interested in learning more about cooperatives in Illinois have a new resource. The illinois.coop website, created by the Illinois Cooperative Council ICC), has information about what cooperatives are, the council’s activities and an award application for cooperative leaders.
In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement last week that it plans to reduce the level of total renewable fuels for 2014, Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson issued the following statement:
A new study of historical land use patterns across seven Midwestern states – including Illinois – reveals little net movement of habitat to cropland and negligible impact on land use even by federal program crops or those covered by crop insurance.
The study, commissioned by seven Midwestern state Farm Bureaus, was conducted by Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) of Urbandale, Iowa. The analysis used a variety of analytical techniques and tools. Datasets for the years 2007 through 2012 served as the point of reference.
With harvest work winding down, U.S. corn growers remain on track for a record-high 14-billion-bushel production year, according to the November crop production report, released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistic Service.