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URBANA – July 2020 soybean futures jumped by 33% since June 1. Export prospects and optimism around economic reopening drove prices higher over the last week. As the market turns to the 2020 crop, acreage and yield potential come to the forefront, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. more
The next time you snack on almonds, add blueberries to your smoothie or eat pumpkin pie, thank a pollinator and thank farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners who work hard to create and maintain their habitat. more
USDA’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting nominations for county committee members. It’s also urging agricultural producers to enroll in this year’s the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. more
VINCENNES — Digging in the dirt while gardening can be therapy. People putting their hands in the soil or spending time in nature can provide opportunities to connect with others, boost relationship satisfaction, help manage stress, lessen emotional reactivity, and many other healing powers that can transform lives. more
URBANA, Ill. – Life is unpredictable during foaling season, in the best of times. When a pregnant horse is due to give birth, foaling attendants are on call 24 hours a day. more
URBANA, Ill. – Typically, November soybean futures prices see a bit of a rally in June. Hopes grew recently for a similar rally this year. The potential for any such price movement rests on the 2020 crop and export prospects, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. more
BLOOMINGTON — One year after the Illinois Monarch Project Agriculture Action Plan was unveiled on Earth Day, Illinois Farm Bureau continues to highlight voluntary conservation efforts geared toward pollinators. more
CHAMPAIGN – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Douglas Wilson announced that the department is investing $23 million in 7 projects in Illinois to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. more
CHAMPAIGN – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Douglas Wilson announced that the department is investing $23 million in 7 projects in Illinois to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic more
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