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Laughing, Learning, & Singing with Chili Peppers

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Laughing, Learning, & Singing with Chili Peppers
Chuck Voigt (retired), Extension Horticulture - University of Illinois Susan Belsinger, Culinary Herbalist - Brookfield, Maryland Sue Arnold, Central Indiana Herb Society - Indianapolis, IndianadownloadsOn a bright snowy Saturday in Urbana, Illinois about 300 herb enthusiasts gathered for the 17th time. Todd Gleason has more on the annual Herb Day.Herb Day is kind of a party lead by Chuck Voigt…
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2:29 tv cgHerb Day is kind of a party lead by Chuck Voigt. He just retired from University of Illinois Extension. He’s always smiling and singing. Nat Sound SingingChuck invites his friends to come to the “party” and then gets people to pay to see them, but for oh so much more. Voigt :15 …such a good time. That’s been the goal.Quote Summary - I like to think that is knowledge that is presented in a way that is so much fun, that it is like you are going to school, but you don’t know it…

Smaller Winter Wheat Crop in 2016

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Smaller Winter Wheat Crop in 2016
Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisdownloadsUSDA’s Winter Wheat Seedings report showed a lot fewer acres were sown last fall than most had expected. Todd Gleason has this review of the report and its potential consequences for corn and soybean acres across the nation.Farmers in the U.S. are believed to have planted…
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2:48 radio self containedFarmers in the U.S. are believed to have planted about thirty-six-point-six million acres of wheat last fall. It’s nearly two-point-three million acres less than the year earlier and second smallest number of wheat acres in the United States since 1913 says University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. And he says it is where those acres are missing, and not missing for that matter, that will make a difference for corn and soybean farmers in the coming year. Nebraska farmers planted a record low number of hard red winter acres, while farmers in the rest …

Thinking Critically About How Organic Foods Sell

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Thinking Critically About How Organic Foods Sell
Brenna Ellison, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisOrganic food products are sold widely in the United States. The context in which these products are sold give them unique attributes from the consumer perspective. Todd Gleason has more with a University of Illinois agricultural economist on virtues, vices, and shelf space of organic foods.

Transitioning to Organic Grain Production

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Tight Year for the Pork Industry

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Tight Year for the Pork Industry
Chris Hurt, Agricultural Economist - Purdue Univeristy ExtensionDownloadsIt’ll be another tight year on the farm for pig producers this year. Todd Gleason has more from Purdue University. Profit margins last year weren’t so great…
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3:35 radio self containedProfit margins last year weren’t so great for hog farmers. That’ll be the case again in 2016 thinks Purdue University Extension Agricultural Economist Christ Hurt. There are many causes for the tight margins. First and foremost, the meat case will be filled with the competition. Beef production is expected to be up by about 4 percent this year, and poultry producers are putting on an additional 3 percent over last year and that’s just in the United States says Hurt. Hurt :17 …pork production in competitive countries.Quote Summary - The global marketplace is also casting shadows on the U.S. pork industry with weak income growth in some countries that buy our pork and a strong U.…

MarketMaker to Connect Illinois Farmers Markets

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MarketMaker to Connect Illinois Farmers Markets
Janie Maxwell, Executive Director - Illinois Farmers Market Association
Dar Knipe, National Market Maker - Riverside ResearchA University of Illinois developed online database and marketing tool for farmers has matured into an independent business. MarketMaker is now working to better connect food to consumers through the Illinois Farmers Market Association.

Ag Policy & the Bourbon Trail

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Ag Policy & the Bourbon Trail
Jonathan Coppess, Agricultural Policy Specialist - University of Illinois http://policymatters.illinois.edu/holiday-spirits-notes-from-the-bourbon-trail/ http://kybourbontrail.comUniversity of Illinois agricultural policy specialist Jonathan Coppess traveled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and thought about how agricultural policy brought it into being.

Using Social Media to Market Locally Grown Foods

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Using Social Media to Market Locally Grown Foods
Andy Larson, Local Food Systems - University of Illinois ExtensionUniversity of Illinois Extension Educator Andy Larson talks about using social media like Facebook and Twitter to build a clientele base for locally grown foods and Know-Your-Farmer campaigns.

Farmer Ken Steffen Uses Social Media

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Farmer Ken Steffen Uses Social Media
Ken Steffen, Steffen Melon Farms - Tangier, Indiana

Food & Agriculture Road Map for Illinois

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Food & Agriculture Road Map for Illinois
Leland Strom, Director FARM Illinois

Up next a plan to make Illinois and the Chicago region into a leading global hub for food and agriculture innovation. We’ll learn about FARM Illinois from Todd Gleason.

The FARM part of FARM Illinois is an acronym…
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The FARM part of FARM Illinois is an acronym. It stands for Food and Agriculture Road Map. It is an organization chaired by the immediate past president of the University of Illinois, Bob Easter. The goal is to make Chicago, and the rest of the state into a global hub for agricultural innovation by laying out strategic recommendations for how the food and agriculture system can improve health, contribute to the economy, create jobs, employ new technologies, preserve the environment, adapt to a changing climate, and help underserved communities. Leland Strom is the director of Farm Illinois. I asked him why now…

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