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  • 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.

  • 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.