Farming

Recover from eclipse-mania with a celebration of Southern Illinois talent and tastes. Enjoy the bluesy Ivas John Band and the friendly atmosphere of The Old Feed Store, fill a plate, and sample local libations prepared Sunday, Aug. 27. Food Works invites supporters of Southern Illinois farm, music...
During the week of June 12, local county Farm Bureaus collaborated with Southern Illinois University, local farmers and agribusinesses to hold the Southern Illinois Summer Agriculture Institute.  The program offered participants an up-close look at one of the key driving economic forces for Union...
URBANA, Ill. – Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems:...
Gary Funk, standing, the director of the Rural Schools Collaborative, gave a presentation about the future of Illinois rural public schools at Egyptian High School in Tamms on Tuesday evening, April 25. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Illinois Humanities, in partnership with the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools, presented a free public program called The Future of Rural Public Schools at Egyptian High School in Tamms on Tuesday, April 25. Egyptian seniors Daneesha Carthell, Tyra Huff and Kacia Houston,...
Members representing local county Farm Bureaus attended Illinois Farm Bureau’s 2017 Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference, which was March 1-2 in Springfield. The conference, which had a theme of “Together Towards Tomorrow,” offered guest speakers and information which encouraged farmers...
In January, the University of Illinois leader of a multi-state soybean research project put out a call to farmers to help gather data for the project.  Few participants have signed on, so he is putting the call out again. “We only need two or three producers in each soybean-growing county in...
Union County farmers who attended the conference included, from left, Jeff Flamm  from Cobden; Mark Eddleman, president of the Union County Farm Bureau, from Dongola; and Paul Rich, director, Union County Farm Bureau, from Anna. Photo provided.
Members representing local county Farm Bureaus attended the Illinois Farm Bureau’s 2017 Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference, which was March 1-2 in Springfield. The conference, with a theme of “Together Towards Tomorrow,” offered a variety of speakers and information encouraging farmers...
More than 30 farmers from Illinois went to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to discuss Illinois Farm Bureau priorities. Among those attending was Wayne Sirles of Alto Pass. Sirles is in the center of the photo. Photo provided.
Alto Pass farmer and Union County Farm Bureau member Wayne Sirles was one of 30 Illinois farmers who traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to lobby for Illinois Farm Bureau, IFB, priorities. Led by Adam Nielsen, IFB’s director of national legislation and policy development, the group’s...
Snow and cold followed quickly on the heels of 75-degree temperatures during the past week in the Union County area. Bitter cold temperatures were in the forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of this week.  The National Weather Service office in Paducah early this week issued a freeze warning...
Illinois farmers are invited to one of three seminars planned throughout the state which will focus on innovative soil and water conservation practices.    One of the seminars is planned at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The one-day seminars will feature local agricultural producers and...

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