LAW – Agriculture

State planting almost complete

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Corn and soybean planting is wrapping up in Illinois, just as summer gets started. According to the U.S. Department of Argriculture, 91 percent of the corn crop has been seeded, compared to the five-year average of 75 percent. Corn emerged reached 68 percent, compared to the average of 53 percent. Soybeans planted reached 85 percent, compared to the average of […]

Group plans scholarships for ag students

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A new not-for-profit organization will assist students who plan to study agriculture or truck driving. The Illiana Agricultural Scholarship Group was recently established and is working with seven area colleges and community colleges to provide scholarships, President Steve Miller, New Hebron, said. A pair of informational meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, and 7 p.m. Thursday, June […]

More state help needed to assist farmers in soil conservation

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After traveling across Illinois and with my consulting business, Progressive Agronomy Consulting, I have worked on conservation and nutrient management plans with farmers at all scales. I have seen soil at its unhealthiest and soil at its healthiest. I have seen the power in soil health focused farming practices — witnessed firsthand soil that is bone dry become rich with […]

Pre-K Family Night make seed houses

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Pre-K Family Night was held Wednesday evening and brought our 30 families who participated in the event. The event was sponsored by Lawrence County Ag in the Classroom, Lawrence County 4-H and Red Hill Preschool. Students, along with their parents, had three stations they could visit. Popcorn was observed popping and they given to participants to eat as they visited […]

Illinois’ mild winter might benefit insect pests this spring

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Above normal air temperatures this winter kept Illinois average soil temperatures higher than usual. These mild conditions are favorable for insect pests that overwinter in Illinois, but many other factors will affect insect populations for the upcoming growing season, according to scientists at the Prairie Research Institute (PRI), a part of the University of Illinois. Statewide temperatures from December through […]

Illinois names Acting State Conservationist

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The Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service has named Tammy Willis as the Acting State Conservationist. Willis replaced State Conservationist Ivan Dozier who retired and will be headquarted in Champaign where she has worked for the agency for 28 years. Willis assumed her duties on Feb. 27 She began her career with USDA Soil Conservation Service (now NRCS) in 1995 and […]

IDNR seeking seasonal workers for state parks and historic sites

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking applicants for seasonal conservation workers at state parks and historic sites around the state. Conservation workers are the department’s boots on the ground at state sites during the busy summer seasons. These are temporary positions not to exceed six months. Conservation workers perform routine maintenance and custodial duties, such as mowing, landscaping, […]

Second graders attend Green Eggs and Ag

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Lawrence County Ag in the Classroom partnered with the Lawrenceville High School’s FFA to present Green Eggs and Ag for second grade students at Parkside Elementary School and Bridgeport Grade School. Stations were presented by FFA members and set up for the students to explore, guided the  Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2. The Cat in the […]

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