Monthly Archives: December 2016

TOP POSTS OF 2016 #5: THE HEAVY COST OF FARM MACHINERY

[Originally published March 14, 2016] Here in Illinois, we are all fairly familiar with the big farm machinery in the fields during spring and fall, but have you ever wondered what kind of financial investment a farmer undertakes? It’s mid-March, … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #4: 6 THINGS ABOUT FARMING I DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL

[Originally published: February 23, 2016] We all love our teachers, but looking back there are things we wish somebody had told us. Here are six things about agriculture that I wish were taught in school. Food is not easy to … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #3: THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FARMERS

[Originally published: May 12, 2016] When you think of a farmer, what do you think of? Do you think of an intelligent man who knows various farming techniques or do you think of a hillbilly wearing bib overalls with a … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #2: WHY MY FAMILY FARM IS BIG BUT NOT A FACTORY FARM

[Originally published: October 11, 2016] What is a factory farm? Is it a 5,000-acre grain farm supporting 3 families? Is it a 40 head dairy cattle operated by a dad his son? Is it a poultry farm operated by a … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #1: THE REASON FOR UTTERLY LOW MILK PRICES

We’re on the brink of finishing 2016 and we will soon add another notch on this blog. We decided to look back and find out what posts people found that most engaging.  For the next two weeks, we will be … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM

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AG CAREER PROFILES: WHAT DOES AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DO?

Mindy Bunselmeyer is the Illinois FFA Center Executive Director.  She got to this position by first getting a B.S. and M.S. at the University of Illinois and teaching ag education in Monticello for eight years.  She moved from a teaching … Continue reading

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3 THINGS YOU AND A COW HAVE IN COMMON

Cows are some majestic creatures. Weighing over 1,000 pounds, they aren’t close to being the same as a human. However, we do share some similar traits with cows! 1. Cows miss their best friend. In dairy herds, cows typically have … Continue reading

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5 THINGS TO RE-PURPOSE INTO A REDNECK SLED

Tis the season for snow days, family time, and sledding. But what happens when you combine all three together? The Annual Spangler Family Redneck Sledding Adventure. The day where safety really becomes just a suggestion and the day isn’t over … Continue reading

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ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: FARM PROFITABILITY

We actually asked for more stable farm profitability last year, but Santa hasn’t brought it yet!  In fact, farming has gotten harder with more farmers losing money and more bankers refusing to loan farmers the cash to put in a … Continue reading

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