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  • Website adds content from AgriCharts

     AgriCharts, the agricultural division of Barchart.com Inc., which provides market data, agribusiness website hosting and technology solutions to the agricultural industry, today announced that farmdoc, a University of Illinois Extension project started in 1999, has added market data, news and weather provided by AgriCharts to its website (www.farmdoc.illinois.edu).

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau Recognized

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau was honored for its achievements during 2010 at the recent annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The local group was recognized with a gold award for achieving its membership quota and a bronze award for its efforts to promote ag literacy. Fayette County Farm Bureau President Ken Cripe, right, accepted the award from Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil Nelson, left. The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers that represents about two-thirds of Illinois farmers.

  • Agriculture in Classroom materials going high-tech

    What do soybeans and smart boards have in common? A new, high-tech curriculum from Illinois Agriculture In the Classroom, is designed to use farm-based themes to teach grade-school children, as well as help fourth- and sixth-grade students prepare for their Illinois Standards Achievement Tests.

  • U of I Extension names educators for 26 multi-county units

    The statewide reorganization of University of Illinois Extension continued last week, with the appointments of 118 educators who will serve in the 26 newmulti-county Extension Units across Illinois.

    Only Cook County remains as a single-county Extension operation.

         Although the reorganization was prompted by a shortfall in state funding, staffing decisions have been made on the basis of local program needs, according to Robert Hoeft, Interim Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach on the Urbana campus.

  • Centennial Farm

    A farm in rural St. Elmo that has been owned by members of the same family for nearly 125 years was recently recognized as a centennial farm by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

    Most recently owned by Dolores and the late Virgil Voelker, the farm is located in Avena Township, just south of Interstate 70 near the county line.

  • GROWMARK sponsoring essay contest

     The theme for the 2011 GROWMARK essay contest is: “The Importance of Agriculture in Everyday Life.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    This is the 18th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

  • ACRE payments to producers started

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started issuing an estimated $420 million in 2009 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments to producers enrolled in the program for wheat, corn, barley, dry peas, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, soybeans and upland cotton.

  • Price of farmland stays strong in downturn

    Unlike many other assets whose values have tanked this past year, farmland prices have not fallen during the recent troubled economic times.
    A recent University of Illinois report examined this phenomenon. The report is an installment of Farm Economics Facts and Opinions, and is posted on the University of Illinois farmdoc website.

  • CAP program offers relief for farmers

    The Fayette County Farm Service Agency announced this week that producers can begin to sign up for the United States Department of Agriculture's Crop Assistance Program.
    CAP provides disaster aid to producers in specified counties whose soybeans, rice, upland cotton or sweet potato production was adversely affected by excessive moisture and related conditions in 2009.
    The signup window ends on Dec. 9, 2010.

  • Vandalia FFA attends convention

    Brenden Cripe, Aubrey Edwards, Jacob Rau, Madison White and chapter adviser Todd Ehlers recently attended the 83rd annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
    More than 55,000 FFA members from across the United States attended the four-day event.  
    During the convention sessions at the Conseco Fieldhouse,  the group listened to speakers such as motivational speaker Josh Shipp, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National FFA Adviser Dr. Larry Case and retiring addresses from the national FFA officers.