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The Economic Impact of a County Fair

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The Economic Impact of a County Fair
Zach Kennedy, Community & Economic Development - University of IllinoisHave you been to your local county fair this year. There is a pretty good chance that’s the case. Did you know in Illinois the county fairs create about 170 million dollars worth of economic activity. Todd Gleason does, and he files this report. These agricultural celebrations are money makers…
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1:39 tv cg These agricultural celebrations are money makers knitted tightly into the fabric of rural America and its economy.nat sound sheepThe Community and Economic Development crew at the University of Illinois surveyed fair goers last summer to get an idea just how much they spend and why they go. nat sound ticket boothEntertainment, of course is high on the list says Zach Kennedey. Kennedy :08 …were there just for the food. Quote Summary - We also found that they were there for anything ranging from doing activities to seei…

Feeding Poor Quality Wheat & Straw to Cattle

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Feeding Poor Quality Wheat & Straw to Cattle
Travis Meteer, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist - University of IllinoisThe soft red winter wheat crop in the United States is in pretty bad condition. Some of it will most certainly be fed to livestock. Todd Gleason has more on how beef producers should use wheat and wheat straw. The soft red winter wheat crop is in poor condition and some…
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2:31 radio self containedThe soft red winter wheat crop is in poor condition and some of it will not be used to make cookies and crackers and pastries. Instead it will be fed to livestock, most likely beef cattle. If this is the case the first thing to do with the wheat says University of Illinois Beef Cattle Specialist Travis Meteer (meh-tir) is to store it properly.Meteer :25 …and stop any future problems in storage. Quote Summary - What I mean by that is to quickly get the grain dried down and stop the growth of that mycotoxin. At higher moisture levels, over eighteen perce…

Wheat Consumption Tracks Our Eating Habits

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Wheat Consumption Tracks Our Eating Habits
USDA ERS

The following chart and commentary are posted to a USDA ERS website. Essentially it tracks how many pounds of wheat flour the average U.S. citizen has consumed per year since 1964. The ERS commentary on the reasons for the increase in consumption through the mid–1990’s and sudden drop near the turn of the century reflect the eating habits of a couple generations of Americans.

Wheat consumption stable among U.S. consumers in recent years


Per capita wheat flour consumption has been relatively stable in recent years, and is estimated in 2014 at 135 pounds per person, unchanged from 2013 but down 3 pounds from the recent peak in 2007. The 2014 estimate is down 11 pounds from the 2000 level when flour use started dropping sharply, partially due to increased consumer interest in low-carbohydrate diets. From the turn of the 20th century until about 1970, U.S. per capita wheat use generally declined, as strenuous physical labor bec…

Foliar Diseases of the Corn Plant

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Foliar Diseases of the Corn Plant
Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist - University of Illinois Now is probably not the time to spray for diseases in the corn crop. Todd Gleason has more…University of Illinois Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger…
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1:05 radio self contained University of Illinois Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger says foliar fungicides should not be used on the corn crop just prior to pollination.Nafziger :20 …that the decision needs to be made.Quote Summary - We certainly don’t want to do that before pollination time. Also, it is important to actually have the disease in the field and for it to still be developing at the time a decision is made. Nafziger is not opposed to making a foliar fungicide application, but he is fully aware it doesn’t make as much economic sense today as it did when corn was worth $6 a bushel. Nafziger :11 …we need to keep that in mind as well.Quote Summary - It is just with the price of corn it takes more bushels …

The Consequences of a Foot of Rain in June

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The Consequences of a Foot of Rain in June
Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist - University of Illinois
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The rainfall in May and June has put the corn crop in a difficult position this growing season. Todd Gleason has more on how it might weather the storms.

Late in June the corn crop in eastern Illinois…
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Late in June the corn crop in eastern Illinois north of Interstate 74 was under water. It looked bad, really bad. Oh there was some of it that looked pretty good, but not much. Things across the border in Indiana aren’t much better, and neither, apparently, is a large part of Missouri and southern Illinois. The crop has just gotten way to much water says University of Illinois Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger.

Nafziger :20 …is going to have a serious affect on the crop.
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The Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence
I’m Todd Gleason for University of Illinois Extension…
3:16I’m Todd Gleason for University of Illinois Extension. Two-hundred-twenty-five years ago our fore-fathers declared sovereignty when 56 men of the American Colonies signed the Declaration of Independence. It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776. What Jefferson did was to summarize “self-evident truths” and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the Great Britain. What follows is an excerpt of the beginning and ending of the Unite States Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote:IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776…The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the sep…

Historical Accounts of the Weather’s Impact

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Historical Accounts of the Weather’s Impact
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