The past year saw farmland prices skyrocket while banks were paying paltry returns on investments. That was always bound to attract outside investors to the farmland market. But Midwestern states haven’t seen the influx of billionaire land investors such as Bill Gates or Ted Turner.
Leasing land as a tenant means a little more uncertainty for farmers. Making decisions on how to manage the farm ground and setting up agreements to continue farming the land — all while not knowing how a landowner may respond in the future — can be a challenge.
Things are looking up, but they are also very much up in the air when it comes to ethanol this year.
When the pandemic arrived in 2020, Bob Miller, like other pork producers, adjusted to the changes affecting both his show pig business and his pork retail business.
The Harrington Seed Destructor, introduced in Australia a few years ago, is a machine either pulled behind or attached to a combine. The idea is to destroy weed seeds that are ejected as chaff during harvest. The University of Illinois is one of several research centers that have tested the machine.
Forty years ago there was a farm crisis. Twenty years ago was 9/11. In the past year a pandemic hit the country and the world. Through it all, agriculture has survived and changed.
"Agriculture and livestock markets are seeing some crazy prices and volatile times. The world is in a major state of flux and food is at the fulcrum. Add to that the politics that are taking place at home and around the world, and we have a lot of things to talk about," Scott Shellady writes.
In recent years, $23 million in federal and business grants has been invested in pennycress research in the Midwest to make it a viable commercial crop for feed and fuel.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Farmers are still calculating possible losses from the powerful storm system that swept through the region earlier this wee…
BLOOMINGTON — The world of agriculture is in the middle of an enormous transition, which should create new opportunities for Central Illinois farmers.
DECATUR – The LSA High School's new agriculture science class is eagerly awaiting a blessed event.