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Severe storms impacting IL farmers

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the number of major storms that have impacted Illinois farmers and communities is up this year. Ed Shimon, at NWS’s Lincoln office, tells Brownfield hail and flooding have caused major headaches. “The atmosphere is holding a... Read More.

New IL FFA Stars announced

The Illinois FFA has named its 2024 Star awards. Drew Mickey, of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, was selected as the State’s Star Farmer. “There was a lot of work over the past four years with my record books and between my livestock and crop... Read More.

New IL FFA officer team elected

Illinois FFA has a new state officer team. Trenton Payne, of the Olney FFA Chapter, has been elected the new Illinois FFA president. “As soon as they announced the name, I was in pure disbelief. I couldn’t believe it was me. It’s a crazy... Read More.

Wet spring beneficial for IL forages

A western Illinois cattle producer says the rainy spring has been beneficial for their forage crop. Trevor Maiers, of MAC Cattle Company in Adams County, tells Brownfield… “Really, it’s been a great spring in terms forage as compared to last year.”  He says, “We chop... Read More.

New IL Master Farmers inducted today

A new crop of Illinois Master Farmers are being inducted today (THU). Holly Spangler, editor of Prairie Farmer magazine, which has handed out the awards since 1925, tells Brownfield the awards… “Recognize farmers who do both a good job at producing grain and/or livestock, and... Read More.

IL land prices “steady-to-up” in annual report

A recent report from the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers shows Illinois farmland values were strong in 2023 despite a weaking farm economy. Luke Worrell, with Worrell Land Services in Jacksonville, tells Brownfield the results were a surprise… “A year ago... Read More.

IL local food system gets a boost

The state of Illinois is investing two million dollars into small farms and co-ops that will increase access to local food.    Jeff Hake, a small grains farmer in McLean County will receive around $72,000 to expand their grain processing facility, says the Local... Read More.

South central IL farmers worried about soil moisture

Farmers in south central Illinois are worried about the lack of soil moisture heading into planting. David Kleinschmidt, owner of Progressive Agronomy Consulting, says the region is dry… “Comparing today’s date to a year ago and seeing where we fall with moisture, where we’re sitting... Read More.

Montgomery County IL farmers talk cover crops

Farmers in Montgomery County, Illinois are taking to cover crops.   Mark Schweizer converted to a cereal rye cover crop system about five years ago, and tells Brownfield he’s already seen benefits… “It just seemed like that ground’s more mellow.”  He says, “It’s easier for that... Read More.

NW IL producer:  Mild winter good for cows; a concern for crops

A northwest Illinois cow-calf producer says the mild winter was great for calving season. Lou Lamoreux, who farms with his family in Carrol County, tells Brownfield… “Usually, you’re fighting mud and snow and blizzard conditions in February and March.”  He says, “We had one little... Read More.

Update on IL estate tax reform

The Illinois General Assembly continues to debate the Family Farm Preservation Act. Senate sponsor Dave Koehler, of Peoria, tells Brownfield the bipartisan effort would ease the burden of estate taxes on Illinois family farms, but faces challenges… “Everybody is for that because it just makes... Read More.

IL ag budget wins highlighted at Ag Legislative Day

Recent wins for agriculture in the Illinois state budget were highlighted at the state capitol Wednesday.  Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton outlines a program that increases access to local food… “We’re continuing with the Illinois Grocery Store Initiative.”  She says, “We put $20 million into last... Read More.