• Farm Briefs

    January precip, temps below norm

    Much of the state was hit with snow and ice during the month of January.
    Temperatures averaged 18.5 degrees, which was 6.2 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation was slightly above normal in the northeast, east and central districts, but below normal in the southern and eastern districts.
    Statewide, precipitation averaged 1.78 inches, which was 0.15 inches below normal.
    Topsoil moisture was rated at 4 percent very short, 20 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

  • County farmer wins $2,500 for Farina FPD

    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.

  • New Farm Bureau manager hired

    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.

  • Farmers cite regulations as biggest threat

    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.

  • Marshel to retire from Farm Bureau

    After 35 years with the Illinois Farm Bureau – 32 of those in Fayette County – Ron Marshel is calling it a career.

  • Illinois co-op website is now available


    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.

  • Preparing for 2014


    Brad Sugg, who farms near the Ridge Road southwest of Vandalia, is shown spreading potash on his fields Tuesday afternoon.


    Nearly all of the county's crops have been harvested, but fall tillage and fertilizer application work continues.

  • Cropland values


    Though the value of farmland in Fayette County and across the Midwest has continued to rise, the rate of increase has moderated in recent months.


  • IFB president opposes EPA plan

    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:

  • Multi-state land use study shows no uniform movement of habitat to cropland in Midwest

    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.