Category Archives: Ag News

Independent Map Amendment petitions available NOW

Independent Map Amendment petitions available NOW

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News Individuals wishing to pick up petition forms and collect signatures for the Independent Map Amendment initiative may do so here at the Livingston County Farm Bureau. Completed petitions also may be returned to the local office. IFB and the Livingston County Farm Bureau are working with the coalition to reach the…MORE

Bringing the farm food conversation to the farm

Bringing the farm food conversation to the farm

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News The Illinois Harvest Dinner attracted farmers from around the state to an outdoor gathering north of Pontiac last night. Katie Pratt, who organized the event with Pontiac’s Mary Faber, said about 100 people attending the event to spread the word about bringing farmed goods to the table. “The Illinois Harvest Dinner…MORE

Fairbury man recognized at State Fair

Fairbury man recognized at State Fair

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News A Fairbury man was one of the people honored during the State Fair as an Illinoian of the day. Tom Schahrer was recognized during the fair’s Veterans Day for all the work he’s done. Among his activities has been serving as the Livingston County 4-H Fair President for 20 years after…MORE

Watershed kickoff event TOMORROW

Watershed kickoff event TOMORROW

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News The kick-off event for the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed of Ford and Livingston counties will be held at the Saunemin Community Building tomorrow evening. Participants will learn about financial assistance available to farmers and landowners under the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative and how it relates to the newly released Illinois…MORE

New Program Brings Out the Inner Farmer in Military Veterans

New Program Brings Out the Inner Farmer in Military Veterans

By Haley Kosik/WJEZ News The Illinois Department of agriculture has a new program called Homegrown by Heroes, which aims to help military veterans pursue careers in farming and agriculture. Richard Guebert Jr., president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, said the initiative will include a variety of programs that pair veterans with volunteer organizations and experienced…MORE

Proposed Renewable Fuels Standard Changes Irk the Illinois Farm Bureau

Proposed Renewable Fuels Standard Changes Irk the Illinois Farm Bureau

By Haley Kosik/WJEZ News The Illinois Farm Bureau isn’t pleased with proposed changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The goals for the amount of ethanol which has to be blended into gasoline as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard fall short of farmers expectations. While the Environmental Protection Agency describes its proposed corn-based ethanol level…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency New Rulings Avoid Affects on Agriculture

Environmental Protection Agency New Rulings Avoid Affects on Agriculture

By Haley Kosik/WJEZ News Farm groups claim new federal rules on protecting small streams and wetlands from pollution go too far, but environmental advocates say agriculture won’t be affected. The rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to clarify which type of waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act, extending protections to…MORE

Breakfast on the Farm is Back

Breakfast on the Farm is Back

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News The Farmers’ Share Breakfast will be at Kilgus Farm in Fairbury Saturday, June 6, which will give people a chance to eat together and check out the dairy farm and other agricultural displays. For only $1, attendees will dine on biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, milk, coffee and orange juice, prepared…MORE

Soybean Production in Central Illinois Moves Up

Soybean Production in Central Illinois Moves Up

By Haley Kosik/WJEZ News Illinois farmers made progress in planting soybeans over the last week. Soybean planting moved up 22 percentage points according to USD Crop Statician Mark Schleusener. Schleusener said things are cloudy and maybe kind of a little bit damp but producers did manage to get about four days of field work done.…MORE

Pontiac Woman Completes Farm Bureau Program

Pontiac Woman Completes Farm Bureau Program

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News Jordan Johns, of Pontiac, recently completed the 2015 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Premier 20 Leadership Conference, in Bloomington. Johns joined other 4-H and FFA members taking part in leadership management, college to career success, working with the media and other programs. The group also volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank…MORE

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