Monthly Archives: September 2010

IT’S SUCH A GOOD IDEA, WE HAVE TO JOIN IN!

She’s Country, a Facebook page that we follow here at Illinois Corn, proposed an interesting question today. In your own words, what is a “family farm?” She’s Country is right, there is no universally accepted definition.  And I think that … Continue reading

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CITY PRODUCE PROGRAM PROVIDES NUTRITION, EDUCATION, AND UNDERSTANDING

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to visit one of our partner sites in the City Produce Program, the Cook County Jail. It was exciting to see all the fresh produce being gathered which will then be distributed to … Continue reading

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SPRING AND SUMMER INTERNS NEEDED!

Becky Finfrock and I spent the day at Illinois State University’s Ag Career Fair today, recruiting for our spring and summer ag communications internships.  We had a great time chatting with ISU ag students, some of which were interested in … Continue reading

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ETHANOL PROVIDES ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

The Truman National Security Project released its 2010 Fuel Scorecard last week.  See why ethanol ranks near the top of all fuel solutions to make America a safer, more independent nation.

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LAWYERS AIM TO HARASS, INTIMIDATE GROWERS IN ATRAZINE ISSUES

Sometimes, individuals and groups decide to stand up for something. In the case of many crop producers and the associations that represent them, they have decided to stand up for atrazine. Atrazine is a vital herbicide that is under attack … Continue reading

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HARVEST A BIT DISAPPOINTING IN ILLINOIS

While it is a bit of a rarity for harvest to be completed before October 1, we’re just about to do just that in 2010.  What a surprise given the late, late, and even later harvest we dealt with last … Continue reading

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GASOLINE TRUMPS ELECTRICITY IN FUEL-EFFICIENT AUTO CONTEST

By SAQIB RAHIM of ClimateWire The cars of the future have shown themselves, but it’s not clear whether Americans will like them.Yesterday, contest organizers crowned the winners of the first Progressive Automotive X Prize, a one-year race to design an … Continue reading

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WHAT A GENTLE UPBRINGING!

Adia – 8, Dean – 2 and Vera 9 mo.

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ENGAGE IN SOCIAL MEDIA USING THESE TIPS AND TRICKS

Farmers and “agvocates” from around the country met in Chicago recently to fine tune their social media skills. As a board member on the AgChat Foundation, I was so impressed to see the instant camaraderie amongst the group as we … Continue reading

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FIFTEEN PERCENT ETHANOL BLENDS SAFE FOR ALL VEHICLES

Many, many moons ago, members of the ethanol industry asked the US EPA to consider raising the blend level of ethanol to gasoline from 10 percent (the current level) to 15 percent.  While the industry waits for an answer (the US … Continue reading

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