Make farm safety a top priority this harvest season
Climbing into the combine seat and hitting the fields each September always fills me with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Even after 48 years, there is no better feeling than looking out over a field of matured corn or soybeans. But…
Published September 15, 2023 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: Op-Ed, harvest, rules for the road, farm safety
Drought poses challenges for farmers, but the agriculture industry remains resilient
This summer growing season has brought a whirlwind of challenges for Illinois farmers, from severe drought to a devastating derecho and flash flooding. When it comes to how farmers are faring under such conditions, my friend and colleague s…
Published August 1, 2023 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: Op-Ed, opinion, drought, Illinois State Fair, Farm Progress Show
Farmers prepare for another busy summer
Illinois farmers have wrapped up planting the #1 and # 2 crops Illinois is known for, soybean and corn. While farmers’ markets and u-pick operations pick up their production, corn and soybean farmers wait for timely rains to grow the crops.…
Published July 1, 2023 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: opinion, Op-Ed, IFB nutrient stewardship grants, NLRS, conservation, environment, pollinators
Mental health resources are available for farmers navigating unpredictable stressors
Farmers go to great lengths to take care of their land and livestock, but sometimes we’re not great at taking care of ourselves.
Published April 30, 2023 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: Op-Ed, Commentary, mental health
Farmers invest in sustainable agriculture throughout the year
Farmers, often called the “original conservationists,” continue the fight for cleaner, more sustainable agricultural practices throughout the year.
Published March 31, 2023 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: Op-Ed, commentary, sustainability, NLRS, conservation, Earth Day
Farm bill is critical to keeping America’s food supply affordable
Like consumers, farmers are feeling the pain of ongoing inflation.
Published February 27, 2023 Source: | Tags: Farm Bill, Inflation, Op-Ed, Commentary
Winter is a period of downtime, but farmers aren’t staying idle
At Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), winter is a time for farmers across the state to come together to see old friends, make connections and learn new strategies to build and strengthen our food systems.
Published January 22, 2023 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: Op-Ed, opinion, commentary, winter, ISGA, Everything Local Conference, AFBF Annual Meeting
Bipartisanship, environmental efforts among top priorities heading into new year
Our farmers and leaders are building support from both sides of the political aisle amid a tumultuous political landscape. Farmers are working tirelessly to assure American families that agriculture is stronger than ever.
Published December 28, 2022 Source: Illinois Farm Bureau | Tags: Op-Ed, opinion, commentary, farm bill, bipartisanship, year of the farmer, sustainability, conservation