Friday, May 18, 2012

Conservation Farm Tour

Plan to attend one of the six tours to learn how constructed wetlands, prairies and woodlands work in agricultural lands and what cost share programs are available that can help maintain profits while protecting the natural resources in the Mackinaw River watershed.  The event is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, McLean County SWCD, McLean County NRCS, Monsanto and the Franklin Family. 
  • Franklin Farm located near Lexington, IL
  • June 13, 2012
  • 8:30a.m.-3:00 p.m.
For more information or to register for a tour contact the McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District at 309-452-0830 ext.3

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Farm Land Prices

@NickTimiraos: Farmland values surge in Midwest, up 19% year-over-year

Thursday, May 10, 2012

MCFB Leadership Scholarships

McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation has announced the five recipients of the 2012- 2013 Leadership Scholarships. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship for educational expenses. Scholarships are awarded to students from McLean County based on leadership and interest in agriculture. Megan Bloemer, a senior at Heyworth High School plans to major in Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. Leroy High School senior, Mary Kline, plans to pursue an Animal Science degree at Kansas State University. Kelsey Davis will be a sophomore at Illinois College, studying biology with plans to become a Veterinarian. University of Illinois student, Olivia Harris, will be a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Communications. Gracie Weinzierl will be a junior at Illinois State University studying Agricultural Education and Agronomy.

USDA Projects Massive Corn Crop

The USDA is forecasting a corn crop nearly 20 percent larger than the one farmers harvested in 2012. Read more...

Suicide Higher on Family Farms?

It's family farmers who are left exposed when the economy turns cloudy. The same 'frontier mentality' that has kept them hanging on for so long often holds them back from seeking help. Read more...

Farm Bill Update

GUEBERT: Sugar water or Kool-Aid? Farm bill is empty spending

Tuesday, May 1, 2012