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URBANA, Ill. - Approximately one in six Americans gets a foodborne illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illnesses are not a minor inconvenience. In fact, the CDC estimates that foods contaminated with viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms and improper food handling practices lead to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year. more
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
URBANA — Headlines about dairy farms dumping milk and livestock being euthanized are a sharp contrast to empty meat cases. The novel coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the nation’s food supply chain, resulting in increased prices for panicked shoppers and major losses for Illinois farmers. more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the 2021 signup periods for general Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Grasslands offers.General signup for CRP will be open from Jan. 4 to Feb. 12; … more
BLOOMINGTON — Fifteen agriculture students have been selected as the fourth class of recipients of the GROWMARK Foundation scholarship. 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
URBANA, Ill. – Crop tour estimates and derecho damage brought USDA corn production forecasts for the 2020 crop under question over the last week. While a lower domestic supply of corn supports corn prices, USDA projections of corn consumption in 2020-21 under current economic conditions seem overly high, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. 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
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the second year of the “Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program.” The program is applicable for acreage in Illinois planted to cover crops in the fall of 2020 that will be planted to an insurable crop in 2021. Eligible applicants receive a $5 per acre premium discount on the following year’s crop insurance invoice for every acre of cover crop enrolled and verified in the program. more
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