• 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.

  • Bin buster

    With harvest work winding down, U.S. corn growers remain on track for a record-high 14-billion-bushel production year, according to the November crop production report, released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistic Service.

  • Storms halt remaining field work

    Severe weather delayed corn and soybean harvest throughout the state last week.
    Significant storm activity on Sunday brought high winds and tornadoes to several counties. While minimal damage was reported in the Southwest, several farmers lost equipment, buildings and homes in the Eastern part of the state.
    Wind and rain pushed down standing corn and could make final harvest difficult.
    Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.39 inches, which is 0.27 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 40.7 degrees, which is 0.6 degrees below normal.