• Preliminary ag census is released by NASS

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results.
    Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States, totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, which was up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady. Additionally, agriculture is becoming more diverse.
    The 2012 census reported several historic changes in value of sales for agriculture producers in the United States:

  • Farm Briefs

    Cold conditions continue in state
    Cold winter conditions continued throughout the state during the month of February.
    Temperatures averaged 18.8 degrees, which was 11.4 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation was slightly below normal in the Southwest and Southeast districts, but slightly above normal in the rest of the state. Statewide precipitation averaged 2.28 inches, which was 0.35 inches above normal.

  • FFA Week at VCHS
  • 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.