• R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    With farm diversification a popular topic in Illinois ag circles these days, two new swine barns opened this month in Hancock and Effingham counties. We will look at what other sectors…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    We bring you a very pork-centric roundup of ag news this week, with reports from the Illinois Pork Expo in Springfield and the month’s-end agricultural price report. In addition,…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    In this week’s roundup of news for Illinois farmers and rural dwellers, we will spotlight the recent Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association Convention and yearly meeting, along…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    New U.S. President Donald Trump finally got around to nominating an Agriculture Secretary last week. Who is he? Also in the news: The University of Illinois has a new commodity market…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    It’s official: after months of speculation, Illinois has reclaimed the title of Soybean Capitol of the World with the announcement of the final 2016 crop production numbers. Oh, and…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    This week we have reaction to the closing of the Peoria Stock Yards from one of the state’s foremost livestock consultants, along with a farm bill commodity programs update, a look…

STATE NEWS

Rauner’s budget pep talk met with Democrat snickers

The state’s “grand bargain” budget process may have been more harmed than helped by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address to the General Assembly Feb. 15. Skeptical Democrats snickered,…

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