Farmers monitor precipitation as closely as their crops.
An Illinois Farm Families Field mom examines how food is raised during farm visits.
Farmer-restaurant partnerships bridge the gap from farm to fork throughout the state.
As operators of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup Farm in Shirley, Illinois, Mike and Debby Funk bring syrup from the tree to your table.
Equine enthusiasts gallop to horse hotels across Illinois.
Today’s farmers are changing the story.
Ever wonder what farmers do in the winter? Take a look at some of their responsibilities for when the weather turns colder.
As technology advances, satellites now guide tractors or many farms.
The Illinois Farm Families Field Moms experienced a pig adventure at a Lanark hog farm.
Schutz Farms supports six households through diversified venture.
Capture the beauty and diversity of Illinois’ agricultural landscape in this year’s Picture Illinois photo contest from the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Visit You Pick Berries in Kingston for fresh-from-the-bush blackberries and raspberries.
A family’s farm shop serves as the nerve center of their farm.
Spangler children learn life lessons growing up in agriculture.
Landowners show pride over centuries of family farming.
The Illinois Ag Fun website can help locate your nearest farmers’ markets, orchards, wineries and pumpkin patches.
Kane Custom Calving in Western Illinois allows 350 to 550 cows to give birth on his farm each calving season.
A family learns life lessons that feed the soul through gardening.
Take a trip to Mill Creek Farm in Quincy for fresh-picked spring strawberries and asparagus.
Sign up for Illinois Farm Families’ Field Moms program to learn more about Illinois agriculture and where your food comes from.
Gould Family Farms, who participate in the Illinois Farm Families program, make sure to give their pigs extra love and care.
Faith-based food bank, Midwest Food Bank, works to provide more than 400,000 hungry people with food throughout the year.
A family reflects on how raising chickens helped them grow and learn some of life’s lessons.
Is that a grain bin, or is that a silo? What’s the difference between the two structures?
At a family farm near Maple Park, the production pattern comes full circle. The crops feed the cattle, and the cattle feed the crops.
Grain bins – those silver, corrugated steel cylinders with domed tops – seem to be sprouting from Illinois farmland.
Unsubstantiated concern is like a weed that robs my plants of necessary space, sunlight and nutrients. They also crowd the grocery aisle by way of marketing and can prevent good farmers from selling good products.
This Father’s Day, we’re reflecting on how wisdom and youth mix in father-son farm partnerships.
Dairy farmer Linda Drendel answers questions from Chicago-area moms about antibiotics and hormones in milk and how she cares for calves.
Through the field moms program, Chicago-area moms can take tours of farms and ask farmers questions about where their food comes from and food safety issues.
More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce in the city.
Grandpa’s hat collection says a lot of about farm history, agribusinesses and their tradition of free hats, and about livestock.
Illinois Farm Families takes suburban moms onto Illinois farms to help them learn about the realities of farming.
‘Tis the season to traipse across Illinois farms with your families in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
Family farm in Northern Illinois raises safe, savory HoKa turkeys for consumers’ holiday dinners.
As much as we plan ahead for life’s most cherished holiday traditions, we often most remember the unplanned in our lives.
Illinois’ biggest hills are often in cattle pastures, designated for grazing livestock – and they’re great for sledding.
Halloween in rural Illinois yields bountiful goodies and relationships.
Satellites, artists team up to create this unique farm attraction.
Memories and goodness are pressed with apple treat.
Pick out the perfect pumpkin at an Illinois farm.
My family likes to dine out – in the outside sense of the word.
One Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences student said she originally stereotyped the school as a place that taught kids how to farm. She left understanding the myriad opportunities in the agriculture industry.
Urban friends find peace in the rural Illinois sunset.
At one Southern Illinois dairy farm, cows are milked at their leisure, instead of the typical twice-a-day schedule.
Chasing fireflies is one of Illinois’ most wholesome and inexpensive forms of entertainment to share with any age.
Is dinner served at noon or night? I say “not at all” at our house, where lunch and supper supersede to avoid the confusion of when dinner shall be served.
Follow the Illinois corn crop through the year from planting in spring to harvesting in fall and its uses beyond.
Since Len Corzine began farming in 1974, the farm has reduced soil erosion, cut fertilizer use per bushel by half, and adopted satellite-guidance technology in its tractors to reduce fuel and chemical use.
Sager Farms in Kell, Illinois has raised peaches and apples for more than 30 years.
Terry Lieb’s 3,400-acre corn and soybean farm in Piatt County is as modern as any in the state, with genetically modified crops, GPS mapping and other high-tech innovations.
Farm women are among the busiest – on and off the farm – as they have found a niche that ties in with Illinois agriculture.
It’s a system that sustains fish and wildlife, communities and commerce. It’s an integrated system where navigation, environmental stewardship, recreation and flood control all play a crucial role in its continued health and welfare.
Here’s the buzz on beekeeping in Illinois.
A national shortage of rural veterinarians may lead to a health-care crisis for our animals.
High-jumping Lipizzan stallions date back to royal beginnings. Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, a northwest suburb of Chicago, is the only place in the United States where the rare, white Lipizzan stallions are bred and trained, then perform.
The sixth and seventh generations run Eckert’s Country Store and Farms in Belleville, the largest you-pick apple and peach orchard in the nation.
Sunny days and storytelling arrive with season’s first Illinois hay bales.
Today’s Illinois farmers are armed with crop-yield monitors and biotech hybrids.
Most farmers use metal grain bins to store their harvested crops. But not Norman Young. This is his patriotic corncrib in Fairbury, Illinois.
McLean County’s Ropp family finds a niche with its artisan cheese business.
Real trees provide long-remembered family experiences.