Taylorville agriculture teacher, FFA adviser, cultivates leadership, life skills.
Dairy farmer, Mary Mackinson Faber, invites moms from the city to her farm.
Illinois community colleges train students for innovative, off-farm careers.
Apple growers at Wolfe Orchard in Monticello harvest both popular and heirloom varieties in their orchard.
Illinois Farm Families Field Moms are being paired with pen pal farmers this year.
The University of Illinois Extension service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Illinois fish hatcheries ensure plenty of bass, crappie, muskie and others for fishermen in rivers and lakes. Learn how fish are bred by biologists and how the state’s waters are stocked.
Illinois farmers participate in the Indian Creek Watershed project to help with water conservation.
Check in on the 2014 Illinois Farm Families happenings.
Chicago moms get a close-up look at how their food grows through the Illinois Farm Families Field Moms program.
Illinois organizations are joining AT&T in the “It Can Wait” campaign, which encourages safe driving with a pledge to not text and drive.
Learn why agricultural safety should always be a top priority.
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.
Illinois residents can expect fewer traffic jams in the future, thanks to the brand new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge set to open this spring.
Ag-based products offer performance-based sustainability to help consumers go green.
Illinois Farm Bureau program makes learning core subjects fun.
These examples of infrastructure help Illinois rank as one of the top states for agricultural exports.
Illinois pig farmer meets with Illinois Field Moms to allow them an inside look at hog production.
Improved infrastructure in Illinois strengthens the state’s standing as a key transportation hub
The Illinois Farm Bureau and department of transportation are starting a campaign to help roads be more safe for farmers and consumers.
Illinois soybeans help pave the way in evolving the world of biotechnology.
Illinois leads the nation in production of both ornamental and processing pumpkins
Researchers at the University of Illinois use Google Earth to help track urban garden growth in Chicago.
Illinois farmer Katie Pratt was chosen as a winner in the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Faces of Farming & Ranching program.
This Friday, March 15, at 9:07 a.m., tune in to the new “Town & Country Partners” segment on the “RFD Today” radio show.
The American Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week in February to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.
Kane Custom Calving in Western Illinois allows 350 to 550 cows to give birth on his farm each calving season.
Check out what is going on this spring with the Illinois Farm Families program.
Twice a year, a stretch of road in the La Rue-Pine Hills Ecological Area closes for snakes and amphibians to make their way across.
Illinois Farm Families Field Moms learn about growing soybeans from a city girl-turned-farmer.
The nine Chicago-area moms chosen as “field moms” tried their hand at growing soybeans in 2012 and donated the profits to charity.
Chicago playwright Wendy Whiteside wrote a play called “Farm Hands” about differently abled farmers. She was inspired by memories of her farmer father, who is afflicted with polio, and her disabled grandfathers.
According to Illinois Farm Bureau Senior Economist, the 2012 drought will only minimally affect the price of groceries.
Illinois volunteers put in nearly 80 hours a week for the Harvest for All hunger program, a joint effort of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America.
Farmers with crop insurance had an advantage during this year’s drought, both for themselves and the consumers they provide for.
Central Illinois farmer, Bill Graff, is using Twitter to follow updates and progress on the 2012 drought.
The Illinois state government is providing educational projects through community colleges and Extension programs to help increase production of locally grown foods.
Retiree Bob Koenig of Quincy turned his hobby into a small business with 600 tomato plants grown in his garden.
These vegetable gardens are reaching great heights. At Chicago O’Hare International Airport, 26 aeroponic grow towers were installed last year.
Illinois Farm Bureau took top honors among other state Farm Bureaus for raising the most funds and contributing the most volunteer hours in 2011 in the Harvest for All program.
March is Illinois Farming Month, and we’re celebrating the industry by finding the truth behind some common farming tall tales.
MarketMaker, a University of Illinois Extension online marketing program, is growing and adding new features to better serve both farmers and consumers.
A new initiative has mapped low-income communities without ready access to healthy and affordable food across the state. Find out if you’re near one of these food deserts with a locator tool by the USDA.
Nationwide, roughly 24 million pounds of horseradish roots are ground and processed each year to produce some 6 million gallons of prepared horseradish. Illinois grows the lion’s share.
AgrAbility Unlimited is a program that helps Illinois farmers overcome disabilities and return to work.
Quaker Oats donated a high-temp pasteurization unit to the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
Illinois Farm Families takes suburban moms onto Illinois farms to help them learn about the realities of farming.
In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, November 13-19, Linda Zellmer has created a way to connect consumers to where their Thanksgiving dinner originates.
A Yorkville, Illinois, soybean farmer was part of a team that helped send soy flour to families in Afghanistan.
WineCrisp, a newly developed variety of dessert apple, has been in the making for more than 20 years by plant breeders from three universities, Rutgers, Purdue and the University of Illinois.
Not everyone involved in agriculture works on a farm. In fact, biochemists, biophysicists, veterinarians and environmental engineers are in high demand.
Six community colleges across Illinois offer courses and training programs to prepare students for careers working in the local food sector.
Facts about the struggles farmers face trying to feed the world’s growing population.
My American Farm is a website developed by the American Farm Bureau that aims to engage kids in agriculture, through fun activities and educational experiences.
“Farmers Feed Us” is a sweepstakes contest that runs through Oct. 2, giving away two grand prizes of free groceries for a year ($5,000).
The Wholesome Wave Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to increase production of and access to fresh, locally grown food, is heading to the doctor’s office with the program “Rx for Vegetables.”
The Illinois State Medical Society and Illinois Farm Bureau’s Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP) have helped 800-plus would-be doctors gain admittance to the University of Illinois College of Medicine and/or educational loans. Learn more about RIMSAP here. Participants must specialize in a primary health field and practice in an approved rural Illinois community…
RIMSAP, founded in 1948, provides recommendations and low-interest loans for prospective rural Illinois doctors.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture put a new spin on Springfield’s green scene by adding Illinois’ first “green” roof to its building.
Half million students in Illinois benefit from Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) annually.
The University of Illinois library is making history more accessible by digitizing its collection of farm newspapers from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries.
Farm women are among the busiest – on and off the farm – as they have found a niche that ties in with Illinois agriculture.
Roger Baird, the groundskeeper for the Chicago Cubs, takes his lawn care seriously. He knows he has a team depending on lush, green grass not to trip them up on the way to making a tough catch.
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.
Children’s book teaches kids where their food really comes from.
Illinois farmers lead the nation in no-till farming.
America’s Heartland TV show celebrates U.S. farmers.
A national shortage of rural veterinarians may lead to a health-care crisis for our animals.
Autumn presents wildlife collision dangers for Illinois residents.
Stop by your local fair to learn more about Illinois livestock producers.
Today’s Illinois farmers are armed with crop-yield monitors and biotech hybrids.
From windmills to biofuels, Illinois has power to spare.