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  • Farm Briefs

    Jan. 31 is deadline  for livestock losses

    Qualified Illinois livestock owners with 2010 losses must file an application for payment no later than Jan. 31, according to Farm Service Agency officials.

    The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible livestock owners and contract growers for eligible livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather,  including losses due to floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.

  • Webinars to show value of social media

    Farmers and agri-business professionals in Illinois are invited to participate in a series of free, online training seminars to learn how to best use social media to engage in conversations about farming.
    Whether they are brand new to social media, or have already started using applications like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) hopes that farmers will  participate in upcoming webinars.

  • Illinois corn stocks down while beans stocks up

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    Corn stocks in Illinois on Dec. 1 totaled 1.72 billion bushels, down 8 percent from a year earlier. On-farm stocks, at 980 million bushels, accounted for 57 percent of the total stocks. Off-farm stocks, at 741 million bushels, were up 9 percent from 2009.
    Early harvest and higher prices for corn gave farmers the incentive to move the corn to market faster than usual. This was true for all grains and oil seeds this quarter.

  • A step above the competition

    A Mercer County man has earned two awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta.
    Rory Frick of Aledo took home the “most innovative” and “most widely usable” awards at the Farmer Idea Exchange competition at AFBF’s 92nd annual meeting for a new kind of multi-functional ladder. Each award comes with a $500 prize.

  • USDA reports more diversification in the nation's horticulture operations

    The sales of food crops grown under protection in the United States more than doubled in the last decade as U.S. horticultural operations are becoming more diverse and taking advantage of newly emerging agricultural trends, according to results of the 2009 Census of Horticultural Specialties released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • CRP celebrates 25 years

    Agriculture officials recently observed the 25th anniversary of the program that has protected farmland from erosion.
    Signed into law as a part of the Food Security Act of 1985, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was designed to protect highly erodible land.

  • Illinois milk production down; U.S. numbers up

    Milk production in Illinois during October totaled 153 million pounds, 4 million pounds below October 2009. November production decreased 1 million pounds from last year to 152 million pounds.
    The number of milk cows on farms averaged 98,000 head for both months, down 3,000 head from last year.
    Milk per cow averaged 1,560 pounds for October, up 10 from October 2009. November milk per cow was 1,550 pounds, up 40 from last year.

  • FS Contributes To Ag In Classroom

  • FSA offers help with loans

    Scherrie Giamanco, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency state executive director, reminds producers who want to obtain a Market Assistance Loan before the end of the year should contact their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible.
    Farm Service Agency offices need time to process the loans and prepare the loan documents. Market Assistance Loans are marketing tools available to producers to allow for more orderly marketing of commodities throughout the year.

  • Farm Briefs

    'Women in Ag' gives girls career options

    Illinois Agri-Women will host its second annual “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” career event on Friday, March 4, in Bloomington.