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Farm

  • Survey seeks cattle farmers for data on animal health

    Veterinary Informatics & Research Co. of Rolling Meadows is currently recruiting cattle farmers, feedlots and people within the Illinois cattle industry to participate in an animal health study.
    That study will track the use and prices of common veterinary products – such as vaccines and antibiotics – for large animals.
    The company cited the following benefits to the cattle industry:
    • Promotes more accurate forecasting of supply and demand;
    • Encourages competitive pricing between manufacturers;

  • Hog and pig numbers up 5 percent from last year

    The number of hogs and pigs in Illinois on Dec. 1, 2011, was 4.60 million head, up 5 percent from Dec. 1, 2010. Breeding hogs on hand were estimated at 480,000 head, steady with a year ago. Market hogs, at 4.12 million head, were up 5 percent from a year ago.
    The pig crop during September, October and November 2011 was 2.48 million pigs, down 1 percent from the same period in 2010. There were 250,000 sows that farrowed, down 4 percent from a year earlier.
    The litter rate for the quarter averaged 9.90 pigs saved, up from 9.60 for the same quarter last year.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps, precip are up for December
    For December, statewide average temperatures were 35.7 degrees, 5.9 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation was also above normal for much of the state, with an average of 3.43 inches.
    The warm temperatures allowed farmers to wrap up fall field work.
    Topsoil moisture was rated at 5 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

  • Farm Briefs

    Shimkus opposes
    dust regulations

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) supported legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.  The bill, Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (HR 1633), passed the House last Thursday with bipartisan support.

  • Farm Bureau annual meeting

    The Illinois Farm Bureau is home to a wealth of fond and familiar traditions, first and foremost being the promotion and support of agricultural and farming traditions.
    Yet, for many Illinois farmers, the tradition that means the most is the grassroots, member-driven decision making that stems from the IFB’s annual meeting. Each year, Illinois farmers gather during the first week of December to meet, discuss issues facing agriculture and set policy for the coming year.

  • Ag in the Classroom Volunteer of the Year

    During the past five years, Martha Cripe, left, has volunteered in Fayette County schools to promote the Fayette County Farm Bureau's 'Ag In The Classroom' program. For her work, she was recently named the Illinois Farm Bureau's 'Volunteer of the Year' for the entire state. She was presented with the award at the recent IFB convention in Chicago. Pictured with her is her husband Ken.  

  • Farm Briefs

    FSA's committee ballots due Monday
    Ballots are due next Monday for the Farm Service Agency's county committee elections. Those ballots were mailed to eligible voters in early November.
    "The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government," said Scherrie Giamanco, FSA state executive director.

  • Corn growers react to crop insurance re-rating

    A decision this week in Washington, DC, means that the crop insurance investment made by Midwestern corn farmers more closely represents their risk, although officials with the Illinois Corn Growers Association say it still misses the mark on making sure that farmer and government investments stay out of corporate pockets.

  • GROWMARK essay contest open to high school FFAers

    The theme for the 2012 GROWMARK essay contest is “Cooperatives in a Global Environment.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    This is the 19th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders. The purpose of the contest is to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

  • Frosty Morning

    Two of the cattle owned by Lurkins Brothers Polled Herefords of rural Vandalia enjoy the morning sun on Wednesday after temperatures dipped into the 20s Tuesday night.

    The brothers, Darrin and James, raise the cattle on the Lurkins family farm, which is located east of Vandalia on U.S. Route 40.