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CME Group Provides Scholarships for Agriculture


Agricultural companies are always on the hunt for good employees, but those with college educations can be hard to find. Todd Gleason reports from the Illinois State Fair that the world’s largest options and futures exchange is hoping to inspire a few more kids to further their education.
The CME Group, for the third year in a row…

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The CME Group, for the third year in a row at the Illinois State Fair, is providing the kids showing the Grand Champion animals $5000 scholarships for their education funds. This year says CME’s Tim Andriesen they’ve upped that ante a bit and will also provide nine $1000 scholarships. He says this is because agriculture will need a lot of really bright people to provide food for the planet.

Andriesen :18 …they are going to develop.

Quote Summary - The U.N. will tell you that there will be nine-billion people to feed in 2050. That is going to require a lot of growth in agriculture. It will r…

Google Makes $1.5 Million Gift to 4-H


Google, through its philanthropic arm, has made a $1.5 million gift to 4-H across the nation. The company is providing both funding support and virtual reality equipment to 4-H youth computer science programs. It made the announcement at the Illinois State Fair Friday, August 11, 2017.

How USDA NASS Gathers Crop Production Report Data


USDA NASS will release the first corn and soybean Crop Production Report of the season Thursday August 10th, 2017. Todd Gleason talks with USDA NASS State Statistician Mark Schleusener (shloy-seh-ner) about how the information is collected and calculated.

How to Control Aggressive Garden Plants

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Aggressive, invasive, and garden-thug are all terms commonly used by gardeners to describe those garden perennials that tend to overtake intended areas. It all starts with good intention. Usually a garden friend who wants to share a division of a plant they have an abundance of, or a gorgeous plant at the garden center whose label fails to note its aggressive growth habit.

Extrapolating Yields from USDA's Crop Conditions

Extrapolating Yields from USDA’s Crop Conditions
Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois It’s about this time of year that USDA’s Crop Condition reports can be used, in part, to develop corn and soybean yields. Todd Gleason has more on why that is the case and some projections. The agricultural economists at the University… 2:17 radio
2:26 radio self-contained The agricultural economists at the University of Illinois have been tweaking yields out of the USDA crop conditions reports for quite some time. They say the later in the season it gets the more accurate they become. Right about now is usually when the good to excellent ratings, along with all the rest, begin to zero in on what’s really happening across America says Darrel Good.Good :40 …correlation between final ratings and yields. We do know that the initial ratings for both crops are generally a bit on the high side. That is crops always look good early in the season before weather has had it…