Illinois House bill exempts farm machinery drivers from CDL licenses
Operators of farm machinery in Illinois would not be required to obtain commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) or be subject to hours of service (HOS) laws during the 2015 harvest, under terms of legislation recently advanced by state Sen. Scott M. Bennett (D-Champaign).
Kentucky students on tractors in yearly ‘Drive to School Day’
The parking lot of the Franklin County extension office recently looked more like a mini National Farm Machinery Show, as dozens of students from the nearby Franklin County High School gathered to drive their tractors and lawn mowers to school.
Widespread rain in the region last weekend, and storms forecast later this week, could dampen efforts to control fusarium head blight (FHB), or wheat scab, the region’s most economically important wheat disease.
House Ag acts on grain export inspections, livestock reports
Concerns about federal oversight of grain exports during disruptions, such as labor disputes, have fueled congressional debate over the U.S. Grain Standards Act, portions of which will expire Sept. 30.
Egg producers get prison after sickening thousands
A father and son who operated Quality Egg Co., LLC of Gait, Iowa, are appealing their bribing convictions in a scheme that allowed contaminated eggs to reach consumers during the spring and summer of 2010.
Will soybeans muscle King Corn aside as farm favorite?
It’s no secret Ohio grows a great deal of corn and soybeans most years, but 2014 was something special for the latter. The state produced 245 million bushels of soybeans in 2014 yielding an average 52.5 bushels per acre, both records.
Waiting for RVOs: Patience necessary for ethanol, corn
In mid-June 2014, Indiana ethanol supporters were watching what seemed a likely continued hike in the price of oil because of insurgents in Iraq marching toward Baghdad and petroleum exports possibly delayed by violent action.
Indiana Ag director to accept economic development duties
Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney is adding more hours to his work week, as it was announced May 6 he will take on duties as director of agribusiness development within the Indiana Economic Development Corp. in addition to his current job.