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Smart Farm Tech: Putting Field Data to Work

Step inside a tractor cab and you will see several different monitors. These GPS enabled monitors generate field data which help farmers with their management decisions. Rick Boesche remembers when he first got a yield monitor in the 1990s – an Ag Leader monitor – which generated field maps and yields. ...read more

Spring Fieldwork Delay Expected

While farmers certainly welcome warmer temperatures, the possible continuation of an active weather pattern could dash hopes of early spring fieldwork. “A very active weather pattern is setting up,” Eric Snodgrass said. Snodgrass is an atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions and co-founder of Agrible. “We could see a parade (of ...read more

Tax Season: Changes for Farmers

New items include a redesigned 1040 and standard deduction increases. Just in time for tax season, Christopher Hesse, principal with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, explained how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect farmers. Hesse spoke during American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention. Here are some highlights of what’s new this tax year: - ...read more

Working Capital Vital for Farm’s Future

Now is a good time to take a long look into a farm’s financial situation. One way to do that is by determining the farm’s working capital, which is the difference between a farm’s current assets and its current liabilities. “This is that time of the year when our staff at ...read more

Ag Consulting Group Opens New Office

Step inside the main corridor of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture and the first office on your right is the Ag Consulting Group (ACG). Farm Bureau welcomes ACG as a new tenant to the building effective January 1st. Occupying the office is ACG territory manager Jeff Worster. “We want ...read more

No Beans in the Teens Anytime Soon

Expect soybean prices to average around $9 and corn to be under $4 this year, says Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist. Irwin’s analysis shows the best times of the current price era could be in the rearview mirror, although chances of a rally always exist in such a cyclical ...read more

New Year New Laws for Agriculture

The new year ushers in new state laws, including some of particular interest to farmers and agriculture. During the 2018 legislative session, Illinois Farm Bureau successfully gained passage of a couple of state legislative priorities. Harvest season truck permit –  Starting Jan. 1, Illinois farmers gain a new ability to efficiently ...read more

Challenging Year Expected for Farmers

2019 farm incomes could average negative for many farmers if corn and soybean prices remain stagnant. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Extension farm management specialist, urges farmers to save up now as he predicts this year will be a challenging one. “For 2019, incomes could average negative for many farms if corn ...read more

The New Farm Bill – A Food Security Program

The 2018 Farm Bill isn't just for farmers. It's for urban, suburban and rural America. About every four to five years a new Farm Bill is adopted. Most think it’s primarily for farmers but in all actuality it impacts more than just two percent of the farm population. The Farm Bill ...read more

American Farmland Trust at Center for Ag

Having an American Farmland Trust (AFT) office in DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Center for Agriculture made good sense with their move here a couple of months ago. There are several parallels between the two farm organizations. Soil health was the basis for forming the county’s Soil Improvement Association, forerunner to Farm ...read more