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Paxton man honored as master farmer by ag magazine

PAXTON – A Paxton man has been named a 2009 Master Farmer by Prairie Farmer magazine.

Rick Nelson of Paxton is one of five Illinois farmers selected as master farmers, said Josh Flint, an editor at the magazine.

Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau sets price outlook meeting Feb. 16

GILMAN – The Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau will host a commodity price outlook meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Farm Bureau building in Gilman.

Farmers get facts about leasing land to wind-energy firms

DANVILLE – Chrisman-area farmer Joe Glick was contacted about a month ago about putting a wind turbine on his property in southern Vermilion County, and even though Glick believes in the wind-energy concept, he wants more information about the effect of leasing land for the turbines.

"I was looking for an unbiased opinion," Glick said.

Meijer recalls four products amid salmonella outbreak

Meijer stores are recalling two types of Meijer brand crackers and two types of Meijer brand ice cream sold at stores in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

ADM analyst: Corn, soybean markets to hit bottom in 2010

URBANA – A market analyst for Archer Daniel Midlands predicts the corn market will bottom out in late 2010, with the soybean market bottoming out in the middle of 2010.

"We'll see lots of highs and lows between now and then, but that's the direction we are going," said H. Dan Zwicker of the ADM Grain Trading Group.

Report shows state farmers grew less corn, more soybeans

Illinois farmers produced more soybeans and less corn in 2008 than they did in 2007.

On Tuesday, the Illinois field office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final fall crop summary for the 2008 harvest season.

Department spokesman Brad Schwab said production of corn for grain totaled 2.13 million bushels in 2008, a 7 percent drop from 2007.

Workshop offered on rules for selling food at farm stands

CHAMPAIGN – Farmers interested in selling food products on their farms, at farmers' markets or elsewhere can learn how to meet county, state and federal regulations affecting their products at an upcoming workshop in Champaign.

Local session of regional conference will be Jan. 7

URBANA – Crop production, farm economics and pest management will be the major themes of the 2009 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic.

Six regional conferences are planned throughout the state during January, including one to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Ag conservation to be focus of free breakfast at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Area farmers can learn about ag conservation practices at a free breakfast next week at Parkland College.

The Illnois Stewardship Alliance is hosting a conservation stewardship breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 10 at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center at Parkland College.

Arthur selected as one of 9 hosts for 2009 Illinois Dairy Days

ARTHUR – A state program highlighting Illinois' dairy industry is coming to Arthur.

Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist, announced Wednesday that Arthur has been selected as one of nine communities that will host 2009's Illinois Dairy Days.