Farm Progress Returning to Live Events in 2021

Farm Progress will return to hosting live events with the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, August 31-September 2, and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, NE, September 14-16. A survey done by Readex Research indicated that 84% of past show attendees will go to the show in person or plan to attend if their […]

National Winter Wheat Conditions Behind Average

With drying conditions reported across a fair portion of the country, what impact has that had on winter wheat? “We see 5% of the U.S. winter wheat headed on that date,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “The April 11th Average is 7%; last year 6% headed. We see Texas leading the way.” The only other […]

Illinois Remains Top Pumpkin Producing State

As we get ready for Halloween this weekend and Thanksgiving next month, it’s a perfect time to take a look at the top pumpkin producing states in the U.S. According to the Economic Research Service, ERS, pumpkins are grown in all states, but Illinois remains the nations largest pumpkin producer in both acreage and weight. […]

USDA: More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of CFAP

The USDA says it has paid more than $7 billion in assistance to farmers as part of round two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Known as CFAP 2, the program provides farmers with financial aid to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, […]

House Ag Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Republican Illinois representative Rodney Davis has tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter on his website, Davis said, “Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine.” Davis tested positive Wednesday morning after discovering a higher than normal temperature. Davis is a member of the House Agriculture Committee […]

Bill Seeks to Expand Online SNAP Retailers

The Expanding SNAP Options Act of 2020 seeks to increase online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation. Introduced last week by Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, both Illinois Democrats, the bill expands the number of retailers approved for SNAP online. The National Grocers Association supports the legislation, which the organization says, “will be instrumental in […]

Farmer Awarded Millions In Dicamba Suit

Over the weekend, a seven member jury awarded a Missouri peach farmer $265 million in a case against Bayer and BASF.  Bill Bader alleges the herbicide Dicamba ruined thousands of his trees back in 2015 and 2016, when the chemical drifted from a neighboring cotton field.   This marks the first Dicamba suit to do […]

AFBF: Farmers Need To Prepare Now For ARC, PLC Deadlines

It may sound like you have all of the time in the world, but March 15th will be here before you know it.  That’s the signup deadline for the USDA programs for the 2019 Program Year.   “As far as options available, there’s the Agricultural Risk County coverage option, known as ARC-County, which is a […]

USDA Publishes Pumpkin Production

With Halloween approaching, many consumers are searching for the nearest pumpkin patch. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture just updated pumpkin production data, showing production is widely dispersed throughout the United States.   All U.S. states produce some pumpkins, but according to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture, about 62% of pumpkin acres were grown in […]