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The deadline for the passage of bills in their chamber of origin slipped by somewhat quietly this week.
 
04.23.14  
Farm Credit donations benefit young people, agriculture 2:00 AM
Education, life-changing experiences and new technology comprises only part of the benefits gained from 1st Farm Credit Service (FCS) donor-advised fund.
04.23.14  
Corn planting 70% finished around Springfield-Jacksonville 1:00 AM
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.
04.23.14  
FarmWeek for April 21 1:00 AM
Here is your April 21 edition of FarmWeek via Issuu.com
04.23.14  
Theme for 2014 Illinois State Fair announced 1:00 AM
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.
04.22.14  
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.
04.22.14  
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.
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04.21.14
Grain prices tumble as rainfall approaches Midwest
Rainfall this week may improve wheat conditions in the Great Plains. But a warm weekend accelerated corn planting in Central Illinois.
04.17.14
Dry conditions almost eliminated across Illinois
Only a few counties in northwest Illinois and just north of the St. Louis metro region are reporting abnormally dry conditions this week.
04.16.14
Latest 6-10 day outlook warmer, wetter for Illinois
The latest 6-10 day forecast calls for above-normal temperatures and rainfall for Illinois and much of the Corn Belt.
04.15.14
Freezing temperatures hit wheat crop; damage unknown
It may take days before damage to winter wheat may appear; Illinois' crop appears to have avoided any problems.
04.14.14
Weekend storms bring heavy rains to portions of northern and southern IL
Extreme northern and southern Illinois saw heavy rains Sunday, but the remainder of the state saw moderate rainfall totals between one-third inch up to a full inch.
04.11.14
Good weekend ahead, but rain for early next week
Check out our Cropwatcher reports on local conditions around Illinois.
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  Profit News
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04.22.14
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.
04.22.14
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.
04.21.14
Is there an advantage to more corn acres in your rotation?
Four of the five years data indicate that while there is an advantage to revenue that is associated with an increasing percentage of corn, higher costs offset some of the gains.
04.20.14
Exports, ethanol production drive gains in corn demand
Watch our video with U of I ag economist Darrel Good.
04.18.14
Final farm bill webinar held
You can view all of the IFB farm bill webinars by going to our Videos section on the main navigation menu.
04.18.14
Dicamba-tolerant crops still in works
Monsanto remains "on track" to commercially introduce dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton in 2015, according to company officials.
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  General News
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04.23.14
Corn planting 70% finished around Springfield-Jacksonville 1:00 AM
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.
04.23.14
FarmWeek for April 21 1:00 AM
Here is your April 21 edition of FarmWeek via Issuu.com
04.23.14
Theme for 2014 Illinois State Fair announced 1:00 AM
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.
04.22.14
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.
04.22.14
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.
04.21.14
Illinois corn planting now 5% complete
Illinois farmers took advantage of last week's good weather to get a good start on corn planting.
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04.21.14
Opposition to EPA proposal mounting
Lauren Lurkins, IFB director of natural and environmental resources, said IFB also is working with AFBF to draft comments opposing the rule.
04.21.14
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.
04.20.14
Education, protection Conservation Congress priorities
Delegates supported educating the public about conservation and protecting the environment from invasive species among key priorities during the recent Conservation Congress.
04.20.14
Farmer educators share resources, challenges of training new farmers
Farmers - even new ones -- share many traits in addition to challenging careers, according to educators who train and work with new farmers and ranchers across the country.
04.15.14
Farm Bureau argues for tax break "permanency"
AFBF is taking the U.S House's top tax writer up on his openness to extending some tax breaks permanently. We have an audio report from Matt Kaye.
04.14.14
RFA: Rail system in 'sheer chaos'
Recent increases in ethanol prices can be blamed on "sheer chaos on our nation's rail system," according to the head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
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