Unsettled weather expected across Illinois this weekend
Heavy rains may stall corn planting efforts later this week.
Corn planting 70% finished around Springfield-Jacksonville
John Allen with Brandt Fertilizer in Springfield says many farmers in his area and to the west of Springfield are nearly completed with corn planting.
FarmWeek for April 21
Here is your April 21 edition of FarmWeek via Issuu.com
Theme for 2014 Illinois State Fair announced
The theme of the 2014 Illinois State Fair is "Making Memories." State Fair Manager Amy Bleifnick highlights some of the changes at this year's fair.
CME Group establishes new variable limits for grains
The new variable price limits go into effect May 1. Soybean limit expands to $1.00/bushel, but corn limits will be reduced to 35 cents/bushel; wheat down to 45 cents/bushel.
Federal grants available for specialty growers
Illinois will receive $654,970 in federal grant money for programs that support specialty crop growers, USDA announced last week.
Illinois corn planting now 5% complete
Illinois farmers took advantage of last week's good weather to get a good start on corn planting.
FSA announces tree assistance
Orchard owners and tree nursery growers who experienced losses from natural disasters on or after Oct. 1, 2011, may be eligible for tree assistance, according to Scherrie Giamanco, Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director.
Grants available for beginning farmers
Applications are due by June 12.
USDA boosting programs to grow new, beginning farmers
USDA has stepped up to grow a new generation of farmers, according to Lilia McFarland, USDA's coordinator of New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program.