Monthly Archives: August 2016

AG CAREER PROFILES: WHAT DOES A RESEARCH DIRECTOR DO?

Sabrina Trupia is the Research Director for the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) in Madison County and has been conducting research and learning more about ethanol at NCERC since 2009. NCERC is located at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and … Continue reading

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FIVE REASONS WHY THIS IS MY FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH

It’s no secret that my heart belongs to the cornfields of western Illinois. It’s where I grew up, learned many life lessons, and became the strong and independent young woman that I am today. I owe a lot to the … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: BEHIND THE SCENES

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at filming of the 360º Farm Tour series produced by Illinois Farm Families. In the videos, Illinois farmer Justin Durdan teaches us and WGN radio personality Patti Vasquez about growing corn. Here, Justin talks about the process of … Continue reading

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#TBT: COVER CROPS AN IMPORTANT PART OF NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

[Originally posted August 27, 2013] Farmers are being encouraged to consider growing cover crops on their fields through the winter.  Studies show that a living, growing plant in the ground year round improves the soil, productivity, and nutrient runoff. The … Continue reading

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AGRICULTURE FUELS YOUR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

As Illinois students head back to school, it might be a perfect time to thank U.S. farmers! Farmers provide more than just the soy biodiesel in the school bus and the ethanol blend in the parent drop off line. Illinois … Continue reading

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FREE ADVICE FROM THE FARM

I wasn’t always a farmer. Before I married a farmer, I looked at the world a little differently.  But after nearly 40 years on the farm, I have learned some very valuable lessons that apply to both farm life AND … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

This past Tuesday (August 16) was Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. If you’re familiar with the history of the fair, you’ll know the fair’s primary purpose was for agriculture. People brought their animals from across the state and … Continue reading

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AG CAREER PROFILES: WHAT DOES A GRAIN ELEVATOR CEO DO?

Jerry Rowe is the CEO of the Heritage Grain Cooperative.  He uses a lot of math, accounting, and customer service skills to run his grain elevator. A cooperative grain elevator is a first purchaser of grain that is owned by … Continue reading

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AGRICULTURE: HOW DO THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SHAPE UP?

Less than 83 days remain until the United States determines who will lead the country for the next four years. A new administration means the roll-out of new programs and legislative agendas. Therefore, it’s important to know for what these … Continue reading

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FARMING FOR DUMMIES: DETASSELING

It’s August! By now, corn is taller than tall and you can’t see much as you drive past on the back roads of the Midwest, unless there’s a soybean field! All of the cornfields at this point are a beautiful … Continue reading

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