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Food Safety During Coronavirus

Public health and food safety experts do not have any evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. The USDA provides this information pertaining to food safety during coronavirus: Q: Can I become sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) from food? A: We are not aware of any reports at ...read more

What is That? Milking Machines

It’s June Dairy Month so let’s talk about how dairy cows are milked. Many years ago milking was tedious; farmers milked cows by hand. The milk was collected in a bucket below the cow. As times changed, mechanization was necessary to produce more milk. A mechanical bucket milker was created to make ...read more

From Farm to Your Plate

Have you noticed changes in the food available at your grocery store? The COVID-crisis has impacted the supply of many foods. This has resulted in unavailability of some of your favorite brands, product shortages and even price changes from paper towels to meat. There are many steps in the food supply ...read more

Yes, COVID-19 Impacts Agriculture

Most businesses were doing well before the coronavirus. Agriculture was not. COVID-19 is just the latest in a string of misfortunes that have kept the farm economy down for several years: weather disasters, a trade war and even before that, commodity prices have been below the cost of production. “None of us ...read more

Food Shortages During Pandemic? NOT!

Rest assured, our nation has an adequate supply of food. Farmers are among the essential critical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic who will continue to grow safe and nutritious foods for families. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides the following information about food during the pandemic. There are no food ...read more

What is That? Tires vs. Tracks

Tractors are the power horses that get farm jobs done, for example tractors are currently being used to pull planters across fields to plant corn and soybeans. Today, most tractors have wheels but some are equipped with tracks. Tracks and tires perform differently depending on field conditions and load scenarios. Last ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Soy Many Colors

Soybeans can be made into many things including animal feed, vegetable oil, plastic, biodiesel, and… CRAYONS. One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons. DeKalb County grows 118,000 acres of soybeans. That could make 9.7 billion crayons.That’s a lot of coloring! Source: Illinois Farm Bureau

What is That? Parts of a Grain Bin

As you drive by farms you may see a cluster of grain bins. These large, round silver-gray steel structures are used to store grain, like corn and soybeans. As you glance at the grain bins you will notice several other things. A grain dryer is used to dry down ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Grain Danger

The dangers of grain are often overlooked. With last year’s poor grain quality farmers are entering grain bins more frequently, leading to an increase in grain entrapments. Since August 2019, 2 fatalities have occurred in Illinois and 19 nationwide.  Timeline to Engulfment 2 - 3 seconds – react to auger starting 4 - 5 seconds – ...read more

Dave Altepeter: Stay Out of Grain Bins

“The crop that’s in the bin is a perfect setup for accidents,” says Dave Altepeter. “Last year’s crop was not mature and there were fines in the corn. Because of the fines, there’s a chance the grain can go out of condition,” he said. Dave Altepeter has nearly 40 years of experience ...read more