Illinois agriculture remains resilient amid year of challenges, uncertainty

December 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Illinois agriculture remains resilient amid year of challenges, uncertainty

By RICHARD GUEBERT JR. Former Illinois Farm Bureau President Everyone can point to that year in their lives – the year when 23 inches of snow blanketed…

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The Spirit of the Season

December 21, 2023 / Comments Off on The Spirit of the Season

By Michael Cleary For almost 20 years, I’ve been writing about my favorite Christmas tree ornament, a glass Santa whose color has nearly completely faded…

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Farm Bill: Lawmakers must find a bipartisan way forward

November 7, 2023 / Comments Off on Farm Bill: Lawmakers must find a bipartisan way forward

By RICHARD GUEBERT JR. Illinois Farm Bureau President For many years, I have heard that agriculture policy is one of the few areas in Springfield…

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At The Farm Gate: Fine Swine Dining Pork a delicious, economical mealtime tradition

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on At The Farm Gate: Fine Swine Dining Pork a delicious, economical mealtime tradition

Sometime around age 40, my guilty pleasure food changed to pulled pork nachos: tortilla chips softened with melted nacho cheese, topped with pulled pork and…

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Civil War: February, March 1863, the lull before the storm

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Civil War: February, March 1863, the lull before the storm

The 39th Illinois Volunteer artillery, just before the Battle of Charleston. By Sandy Vasko Last time we talked about the war, it was January 1863,…

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After 102 Years, We’re Ready for the 20th Century

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on After 102 Years, We’re Ready for the 20th Century

Thursday, June 30, 2011, started out like any other during the previous six months or so: Sword of Damocles hanging over my head as I…

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Farm Days Gone By

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Farm Days Gone By
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Butter me up! Fall is a great time for fruit butters

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Butter me up! Fall is a great time for fruit butters

Ah, fall, my favorite season, the season of apples, pumpkins and more. The first images that come to mind might be caramel apples and jack-o-lanterns.…

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From the Publisher: Time for Us to Turn the Page … Online

October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on From the Publisher: Time for Us to Turn the Page … Online

By Michael Cleary I’ve always been a strong believer that a printed newspaper, one that you can hold in your hand and turn the pages,…

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Outstanding In Their Field

September 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Outstanding In Their Field

A change is in the air. It is now officially fall, both meteorologically and astronomically. And, if you like your German beers, it is also…

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