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BLOOMINGTON — Fifteen agriculture students have been selected as the fourth class of recipients of the GROWMARK Foundation scholarship. more
URBANA, Ill. – July corn futures prices have ranged between $3.15 and $3.25 since late April, and that pattern may remain for the next several weeks. The potential for prices to move out of the range depends on supply issues and, more importantly, the nascent economic recovery, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. more
ALBION — There has been a recent surge of interest in an invasive insect pest, the Asian Giant Hornet (AGH), or Vespa mandarinia. more
SPRINGFIELD  – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation. more
SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. more
SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting new or modified proposals from state governments for its State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative. Through SAFE, vital habitat is restored to meet high-priority state wildlife conservation goals. Proposals for Ill are requested by June 1, 2020, to ensure all necessary actions are taken by the national deadline of June 19, 2020. more
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