Monthly Archives: May 2013

WE WISH YOU WELL, ANN!

Ann Hodgson retires today after 26 years of service to Illinois corn farmers.  Way to go Ann!

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COMPOSTING: REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE!

Tomorrow is Learn About Composting Day! Composting is an Earth-friendly way to reduce, reuse, and recycle… all in one! It is a natural process that involves the decomposition of waste materials. The decomposition results in rich, fertile compost, which serves … Continue reading

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PLANTING SEASON BACK ON TRACK

At the beginning of this week, the National Ag Statistics Service reported that Illinois corn was 75 percent planted, up from 17 percent planted last week.  The five year average is 77 percent planted. We caught up in a hurry!  … Continue reading

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HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVE: THERE’S A REASON WE’RE USING ETHANOL

I know for the vast majority of Americans, corn-based ethanol seems like a new thing.  It’s not. In fact, the first cars made by Henry Ford ran on a corn alcohol fuel.  Though we didn’t call it ethanol back then, … Continue reading

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NATIONAL BBQ MONTH AND A GIVEAWAY!

**CONGRATS ENTRY #56, DAVE H.** I love summer.  I love the smell of fresh-cut hay.  I love that when I get off work I still have plenty of daylight to spend time outside with my daughter going on bike rides, … Continue reading

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PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY

Nothing says spring quite like strawberries. Strawberries are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals that are essential to a healthy immune system. Aside from health benefits, strawberries are a great source of ag-tourism! May 20th is officially known as … Continue reading

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ETHANOL MAKES YOUR PRICE AT THE PUMP CHEAPER!

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NGOs AND THE NEWS CYCLE

In the second installment of a two-part series, Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum discusses the anti-pesticide agenda. She looks at the group makeup of this movement and the motivations thereof, along with the reasons that their stories receive … Continue reading

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THE 2013 NORMAL CORNBELTERS SEASON IS UPON US!

The 2013 season unofficially began last Thursday, May 9 with our “Education Day” exhibition game.  Despite the wet weather, we defeated the Joliet Slammers 5-0 in front of over 3,300 fans at The Corn Crib!  While we open the regular … Continue reading

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THERE IS A NEW MEAT-NAMING SYSTEM IN TOWN!

Just in time for grilling season, you will start seeing some changes to how meat at the grocery store is labeled. The USDA has approved this new labeling system (created by NCBA and the National Pork Board) that aims to make meat perusing … Continue reading

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