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Farm

  • Updated farm estate planning book out

    The 17th edition of "Farm Estate and Business Planning" by Dr. Neil Harl is now available.
    This 471-page, soft-cover book is a guide for farmers and ranchers who want to make the most of the state and federal income and estate tax laws to allow the least expensive and most efficient transfer of  their estates to their children and heirs.

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau presents two $1,000 scholarships for ag students

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded scholarships to two local students who are planning careers in agriculture.

  • Crop predictions

    The Illinois field office of NASS this week released the USDA’s May Crop Report. Highlights of the report include:
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  • Corn planting starts in some parts of state

    Farmers in Northern and Eastern Illinois last week were able to plant corn where soils were dry enough.
    Little progress was made across the rest of the state as farmers were sidelined waiting for saturated soils to dry.
    Rains fell again late in the week, stalling any drying that had occurred. The heaviest rainfall totals fell over the south central portions of the state, where more than an inch was received. In other areas of the state, totals were generally less than an inch.

  • Finally!

    After a welcome break from this spring's rainy patterns, Fayette County farmers finally got into the fields to begin preparations for planting.

    In this photo, taken Tuesday night in a field in the Shafter area, one employee of Lay Farms works up the soil while another follows immediately after with the planter.

  • City moms tour Illinois farms to learn about ag

    Sixteen urban and suburban moms from the Chicago area recently toured a grain and pork farm in Sycamore as part of the Illinois Farm Families’ Field Mom program. The Field Moms are on a yearlong journey to learn more about their food from the farmers who grow it.

  • CRP signup begins May 20

    A four-week enrollment period for participation in the Conservation Reserve Program will be held from May 20 to June 14.
    During that time, farmers will apply to participate in the long-term program, which allows them to plant cover crops to protect environmentally vulnerable land.

  • Lambing Time

    It's the time of year for lambs to be born, and there are plenty of them on the Lynn Wollerman farm northwest of Vandalia.

    Wollerman's son, Austin, said that they have more than 115 lambs from the 85 Hampshire ewes that have lambed so far.

  • Conservation loans available

    Funds are now available from the Illinois Farm Service Agency for guaranteed conservation loans.  
    Those loans allow farmers to implement conservation practices on their land that will help protect natural resources.  
    “Guaranteed Conservation Loans are a useful alternative to help operators implement any Natural Resources Conservation Service-approved conservation practice, including waste management systems, conservation structures or water conservation measures,” said Scherrie V. Giamanco, FSA state executive director.  

  • Teaching the next generation

    After receiving statewide recognition last year for her volunteer work on behalf of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, Martha Cripe of Bluff City was recently honored by the national organization.