Illinois beef producers to vote on checkoff’s return
In about two months, for Illinois producers, it will be “Beef. It’s What’s On the Ballot.” Supporters of reinstating a 50 cents per-head statewide checkoff program learned earlier this month the Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved conducting an election in February to determine whether the fee will be reinstated next year.
A central Illinois seed library brings options to consumers
A new program will help consumers interested in better nutrition. The new seed library works like a regular library, only instead of checking out books, consumers will peruse seeds that are stored in a converted card catalog.
OSU Small Farm Program touting Ohio New and Small Farm College
Are you a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage? Are you interested in exploring options for land uses, but not sure where to turn or how to begin? Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise but you just aren’t sure what is required, from an equipment, labor, and/or management perspective?
Indiana, Ohio use joint drone effort to boost farming yields
Uses for aerial drones have ranged from military surveillance to commercial photography. Now a joint state venture between the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center in Springfield and The Ohio State University aims to use unmanned aircraft to study farmland.
Panel debates possibilities for soybean meal changes
Selling soy meal from beans with different energy and amino acid traits could add more value to U.S. soy, and the day may come when meal is traded on the basis of the animal species it is best-suited to feed. But any changes toward “value-added meal” must be embraced by the whole soy supply chain, according to a recent panel discussion.
As college students around the globe cram for final exams and put the finishing touches on their theses before a long semester break, one deadline students will not want to miss is the Alltech Young Scientist competition. Registration and paper submission closes Dec. 31.