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Economist optimistic amid policy changes

Economist optimistic amid policy changes

RIVERSIDE, Iowa — Iowa State Extension Economist Chad Hart sees a brighter picture for agriculture in 2017 thanks to growth in international demand.

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Strengthen the farm safety net

Based on averages, one in 10 farmers is either highly or extremely highly leveraged. For most major commodities, the figures are significantly higher — 19 percent for cotton farmers, 24 percent for wheat farmers, and 16 percent for corn farmers.

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Ag to EPA: Farmers need chlorpyrifos

In comments provided to your predecessors at the EPA during multiple comment periods since 2011, organizations representing thousands of American farmers and users of chlorpyrifos have repeatedly provided input to the EPA on the critical need for this insecticide. We have given EPA a simple,…

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Equipment Connection: Maintenance, renovation can get most from pasture ground

Equipment Connection: Maintenance, renovation can get most from pasture ground

In all the excitement over spring row-crop tillage and planting, we might well overlook other areas that are greening up quickly.

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Cattle building benefits factor into industry expansion

Cattle building benefits factor into industry expansion

More and more cattle feeders are looking at putting roofs over hooves and moving hides out of the elements.

March 24, 2017 8:00 pm(0)
IL Land Values

IL Land Values

The price of excellent land in Illinois fell from $11,600 to $11,000, about a 5 percent drop from the previous year, according to the 2017 Farmland Values and Lease Trend report released March 23.

March 24, 2017 4:08 pm
Illinois farmland prices fall again: Survey

Illinois farmland prices fall again: Survey

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Experts surveyed about their biggest concern for land values this year agreed the price of corn is a big factor. Lower commodity prices were among the factors that brought land prices and cash rent values down again in Illinois in 2016.

March 24, 2017 4:00 pm(0)
Wheat growers look for unity in addressing trade concerns

Wheat growers look for unity in addressing trade concerns

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Wheat growers have their share of challenges in 2017.

March 24, 2017 2:00 pm(0)
Susan and David Cleverdon

Susan and David Cleverdon

Susan and David Cleverdon started their organic farm business while living in a trailer on their farm in Boone County in Northern Illinois. They renovated a granary to use the lower area for their business and made an apartment in the attic. And, today they live across the lane in a farmhous…

March 24, 2017 8:13 am
Closeup of cabin log

Closeup of cabin log

The center of their renovated home is the original 1840s log cabin structure.They kept the original log walls, in the sitting room.

March 24, 2017 8:17 am
Before Granary

Before Granary

The granary at Kinnikinnick Farm before renovations. 

March 24, 2017 8:15 am
Kinnikinnick Farm granary after

Kinnikinnick Farm granary after

The granary at Kinnikinnick Farm after renovations. It holds an attic apartment upstairs and working space downstairs including vegetable coolers and storage for their summer farm-stay business. 

March 24, 2017 8:16 am

U.S. farming has hopeful economic future

Many large and small commercial farm operators in the U.S. and worldwide are struggling to make ends meet currently.

March 24, 2017 7:06 am(0)
Good pasture management considers trees to weeds

Good pasture management considers trees to weeds

STOCKTON, Ill. — Although a big beautiful shade tree in a pasture may look nice, it often is not the best arrangement for grazing cattle.

March 24, 2017 7:00 am(0)
Livestock facility financing should factor in market changes: Banker

Livestock facility financing should factor in market changes: Banker

If you’re considering financing a new livestock building to add value on the farm, using a range of cost and revenue scenarios can help plan for market fluctuations.

March 24, 2017 7:00 am(0)
U.S. ethanol exports rise 26 percent

U.S. ethanol exports rise 26 percent

The United States exported more than 1 billion gallons (68,000 barrels per day) of fuel ethanol in 2016, an increase of 26 percent from export levels in 2015. U.S. imports of ethanol decreased by 60 percent to 36 million gallons in 2016.

March 23, 2017 7:00 pm(0)
log cabin

log cabin

The center of David and Susan Cleverdon’s renovated home is the original 1840s log cabin — now their living room.

March 23, 2017 4:51 pm
Sautéed Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

Sautéed Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

1/2 lb. washed Brussels sprouts

March 23, 2017 4:45 pm(0)

Creamed Onions

2 lbs. small or pearl onions

March 23, 2017 4:45 pm(0)
Tourtière (French Canadian Pork Pie)

Tourtière (French Canadian Pork Pie)

2 lbs. lean ground beef

March 23, 2017 4:45 pm(0)
Cook’s choice of birthday meal was home with family

Cook’s choice of birthday meal was home with family

WILMINGTON, Ill. — For some people, an ideal birthday would be to go out to a nice restaurant, but for Denise Issert, the perfect celebration of her 60th birthday was preparing dinner with family.

March 23, 2017 4:45 pm Photos

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Derek, Jamie and Lillian Bryant

Derek, Jamie and Lillian Bryant

Derek, Jamie and Lillian Bryant live on their family farm in Howard County, Mo. The couple moved there six years ago and built a new barn using some materials from the old barn.

March 23, 2017 4:38 pm
Barn Inside

Barn Inside

The Bryants built a new barn to host weddings and other events to help support their farming operation. They cater events with food grown on the farm.

March 23, 2017 4:39 pm
Bryants new barn

Bryants new barn

The Bryants built a new barn to host weddings and other events to help support their farming operation. They cater events with food grown on the farm.

March 23, 2017 4:36 pm
Overview of barn interior

Overview of barn interior

The kitchen opens into the living room. The loft bedroom has views into the fields below on one side and the kitchen and living room inside.

March 23, 2017 2:44 pm