Monthly Archives: July 2014

NASCAR HAS DRIVEN 6 MILLION MILES ON E15 FUEL

NASCAR Has Driven 6 Million Miles on E15 Fuel For more than three years, NASCAR has run on a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol, Sunoco Green E15. Last Sunday at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, one of the … Continue reading

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GRILLED GUAC WITH SWEET CORN … YUM!

Sweet corn is ready and coming out of fields and gardens in bucketfuls!  We had sweet corn twice last week, but I think this week, I’m trying this grilled avocado guacamole with sweet corn.  Sounds just yum! INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon … Continue reading

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LIFE LESSONS FROM THE CATTLE BARN

The McLean County Fair starts this week, and I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic about the whole thing. Like most other farm kids, I was in 4-H and spent a good chunk of my summers living at those … Continue reading

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WALKING BEANS – NOW JUST A MOMENT IN HISTORY

A belated Throwback Thursday to a time when walking beans was what every farm family did from 6 am til noon in the month of July. Before genetically modified soybeans came on the market, farmers would plow in between the … Continue reading

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INNOVATION IS GROWING IN THE FIELDS OF ILLINOIS

The Corn Farmers Coalition is an alliance of family corn farmers from across the United States and represents tens of thousands of dues-paying farmers. The coalition formed in 2008 to educate policy-makers in Washington about how tech-savvy, innovative farmers are … Continue reading

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WOULD YOU PAY YOUR BOSS $6,000 TO WORK FOR ONE WEEK?

Can you imaging paying your boss around $6,000 for the opportunity to work this week?  Getting no benefits?  No paycheck?  No time off or contribution to your 401K?  That’s what farmers are doing this year … Corn prices are right … Continue reading

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FIVE FARMS TO VISIT WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS SUMMER!

By my calculations, there are only six weeks left before school start in Illinois.  Make sure you’re fitting in these fun farm family visits before your summer is over!   Ropp Cheese Farm 2676 Ropp Road Normal, IL 61761 For … Continue reading

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ALWAYS ADVOCATING FOR FARMERS

IL Corn just returned from Washington, DC where we got to meet with all of our Illinois delegation. Our priorities in Congress right now are protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard, advocating for a User Fee which will speed up new … Continue reading

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HSUS CAMPAIGN RETURNS NEGATIVE 78 PERCENT

It’s been quite a while since we’ve checked in with our friends at HumaneWatch.org.  These are the folks who are holding the Humane Society of the U.S. accountable for their actions – and their actions are largely fundraising for “helping … Continue reading

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FUN WAYS TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT AGRICULTURE

Whether you are a homeschooling mom or just interested in teaching your kids SOMETHING over the summer, here are a few great ways to think about teaching agriculture to your kids! ANSWER THE BIG QUESTIONS Who? What? When? Where? How? WHY?  … Continue reading

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