For Farmers

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 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 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 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 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 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 more

Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

IFB Members Set Policy at Annual Meeting Delegates and members attending the 103rd Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Annual Meeting capped a frustrating year with some good news: U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a ceasefire in their escalating trade war. But the armistice wasn’t the only highlight more

Conserv FS Declares Patronage Refunds

For the 10th consecutive year, the Conserv FS Board of Directors has declared near record levels of patronage refunds. Consistent with last year’s payout, patronage of $3 million will be paid out for 2018 fiscal year purchases. And again this year’s patronage payout will be paid as 70% cash and 30% more

Trade Aid for Farmers

Farmers affected by trade retaliation can apply for financial assistance after harvest. USDA plans to pay farmers a total of $4.7 billion in initial assistance through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which will be administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Applications are now available for pork, dairy and wheat producers. Corn more

Tuttle Serves on IFB Resolutions Committee

(From left) Mark Tuttle, DeKalb County Farm Bureau President, is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee serving with Chairman and IFB Vice President Brian Duncan. The Resolutions Committee reviews policy submittals from county Farm Bureaus. Some of the new topics being discussed include: legalizing marijuana, government access more