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FFA tractor drive to aid OHS grad

September 21, 2021

Oblong High School FFA is sponsoring an antique tractor drive to raise money to help a former member...

4-H general project winners announced

August 2, 2021

SUMNER — The Lawrence County 4-H Fair kicked off on July 21 with the first night of general project judging for 4-H members. 

A parasitoid wasp laying an egg inside an aphid.

Invite good insects into the garden to battle pests

August 2, 2021

Not all the insects in the garden are pests. Fewer than 1% of all insects are considered pests. The vast majority are beneficial or benign.

Bacteria source of corn disease

July 9, 2021

Goss’s bacterial wilt and leaf blight is one of the most damaging diseases affecting corn. The most ...

Rabies warning signs in cattle

July 9, 2021

Rabies is usually associated with dogs or bats, but it also can develop insidiously in a variety of ...

Illinois swamp milkweed

So you think you know milkweed?

July 6, 2021

In recent years, milkweeds have gained attention from the public due to their exclusive relationship...

USDA seeks acreage information

June 28, 2021

Agricultural producers in Illinois who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after plant...

USDA offers extra benefits

June 4, 2021

Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premi...

Session looks at keeping youth on the farm

May 17, 2021

In 2018, 86 of Illinois’ 102 counties experienced population decline, and almost every rural county ...

Farm stress help offered

May 17, 2021

Farm life can be stressful. Most pressures, such as weather, illness, injuries, loans, and regulatio...

USDA seeks info on chemical use

May 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is collecting data fro...

Ameren offers landscaping tips

April 28, 2021

Now that spring has arrived, many homeowners are heading outdoors with landscape beautification plan...

USDA food assistance program re-opens

April 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has reopened signup for the Coronavirus Food ...

Marshall Mayor John Trefz announced this week that he will not pursue efforts to acquire the former Velsicol Chemical property on Illinois Route 1 just north of U.S. 40. The site is the former location of a chemcial plant that produced the pesticide c

Marshall-Velsicol deal nixed

By Randy Harrison
| March 19, 2021

Marshall will not buy the site of a former chemical company.Mayor John Trefz announced this week tha...

USDA seeks final crop production totals

November 19, 2020

As the 2020 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting producers nationwide to gather final year-end …

Conservation signup deadlines revealed

November 17, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the 2021 signup periods for general Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands offers.General signup for CRP will be open from Jan. 4 to Feb. 12; …

USDA food assistance deadline looms

November 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is Dec. 11.This program provides direct relief …

Specialty crop con goes virtual

November 3, 2020

The annual Illinois Specialty Crop Conference will be moving to an interactive, virtual format Jan. 6 to 8.The conference provides a platform for education, information and networking for Illinois …

Illinois' Chancellor Jones elected trustee of National 4-H Council Board

September 29, 2020

URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones was recently elected to the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees. Jones joins celebrity chef and author Carla Hall as new trustees for the national youth development organization of which they are alums. Both share a passion for diversity in agriculture and food equity and will further support the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Sugar promotes sperm longevity in pig reproductive tract Sugar promotes sperm longevity in pig reproductive tract

September 17, 2020

URBANA, Ill. – For many livestock species, artificial insemination (AI) is standard. But it can be tricky to achieve success the first time, thanks to variability in ovulation timing across the herd.


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