Farm News

New State Ag Director Named

For the second time this year, there’s a new director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. It’s Raymond Poe, for the last 21 years a state lawmaker from the Springfield area and a farmer since 1967. Poe has missed much…

Bustos Talks Cuba Trade With Local Farmers

Local farmers hear about trade potential with Cuba.  Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos just returned from a trip to the island nation with fellow Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis. Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adam Nielsen was also on the Cuba trade mission.…

Area Farmers Deal With Red Flag Warning

For the first time in recent memory, a red flag warning has been issued for most portions of northwest Illinois.  New Windsor area farmer Jeff Kirwan says he’s never heard of that until today. Viola area producer Chad Bell says…

Bustos On Trade Trip To Cuba

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is getting a firsthand look at Illinois’ next possible trading partner. Bustos is one of two members of Congress on a trip to Cuba. She says the goal is to make inroads so Illinois companies can…

Cover Crops Being Promoted For Area Farmers

The Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District continues to promote cover crops for area producers.  Resource Conservationist Rich Stewart says more and more farmers are embracing the practice. The Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District hosting…

Harvest Underway In Western Illinois

Harvest is progressing nicely in Western Illinois. Mercer County producer Michael Zecher says a lot of work should get done in the next several days with dry and breezy conditions settling in. Zecher farms 2,700 acres south of Aledo.

Age Limits Expanded For State Fair Livestock Shows

Officials with the Illinois State Fair are announcing an expansion of age limits for participation in junior livestock shows. Previously, the shows were limited to kids between ages ten and 18, but now will include ages eight to 21. State…