Monthly Archives: October 2014

I WASN’T LYING, FARMERS AREN’T RICH

We had a great response to my article, “Are Farmers Rich?” from last month.  And then today, I read this article from the University of Illinois’ Farm Doc Daily that more or less confirms what I said. “Corn returns in … Continue reading

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IT’S HARVEST TIME!

Harvest is the time of year I look forward to the most, and I think most farmers will agree. As a farmer’s daughter, I watch my dad literally work day in and day out all year round in preparation for … Continue reading

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ARE YOU LISTENING TO UNDERSTAND, OR TO RESPOND?

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” –Stephen R. Covey Think about that for a minute. (Okay, has it been a minute? Did you think about it? Good.) Aren’t we … Continue reading

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GET TO KNOW AN ILLINOIS FARMER!

Dirk is a central Illinois farmer who grows corn and soybeans and also raises a few head of cattle. He serves on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and has enjoyed his life on the family farm. Check out his story … Continue reading

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GET OUT AND WORK

I enjoyed this blog post about good, old fashioned hard work and the value in that.  It inspired this image.  Do yourself a favor and go check it out.

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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT A CORN PICKER

Farm Machinery has changed drastically over the past 60 years. It’s hard to believe that my grandma, Janice Dittus, not great-grandma, not great-great-grandma….grandma remembers as a child in the 1940’s picking corn by hand and throwing the corn into the … Continue reading

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW CORN?

Pop Quiz!! Did you feel the butterflies in your stomach?  The feeling of nervousness in your muscles, the adrenaline running in your veins?  Did you start to sweat or shake? The good thing is, the answers are all right here! … Continue reading

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SIX HATS FARMERS WEAR

As a college student at a major Illinois University, I often get a second look when I tell people I’m a farm kid.  I don’t wear overalls.  And I think that city kids just don’t expect a farmer to be … Continue reading

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THESE PILES ARE THE REASON WE NEED ETHANOL MARKETS AND NEW LOCKS AND DAMS

A few miles away from the IL Corn home office, this is happening today.  Farmers are bring their corn to Yuton Elevator, where the elevator has had to increase their amount of ground storage just to try to hold it … Continue reading

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WORRIED ABOUT GMOs?

Kristie Swenson, a farmer from Trimont, Minnesota, tells us about the benefits of GMO foods and the use of biotechnology on the farm. Kristie not only helps her husband on their family farm, she also has a full-time job off … Continue reading

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