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Giant check presentation
DeAnne Bloomberg / Illinois Farm Bureau

The Illinois State University farm will buy new equipment with help from a $50,000 gift from the Illinois Farm Bureau's board of directors.

Rich Guebert speaks
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An economist with the American Farm Bureau visiting Normal this week said the trade dispute with China has shown how “dangerous” overreliance on one customer can be.

Ken Myszka
Eric Stock / WGLT

Many U.S. farmers are struggling to overcome a triple dose of bad news: trade disputes, low crop prices and, in some cases, flooding.

Illinois Farm Bureau Slams Trump Budget Cuts

Mar 11, 2019
Donald Trump
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget would have a devastating effect on farmers.

Brexit signs
Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

An Illinois farm economist says ag producers are taking a wait-and-see approach to whether Brexit will hurt their export markets.

Rodney Davis speaks
Jeff Roberson / AP

The House on Wednesday easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

Donald Trump in the Oval Office
Evan Vucci / AP

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert on Monday applauded the preliminary trade deal the U.S. has reached with Mexico.

JB Pritzker walks at a farm
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker were minutes away from crossing paths Wednesday in Normal as they asked a tent full of farmers for their support.

A field of corn
Randy Wick / Flickr

Farmers across the nation have expressed concern about economic hardship created by Trump tariffs and retaliation by other nations against U.S. agricultural products.

A combine harvesting a field of soybeans
United Soybean Board / Flickr

The Illinois Farm Bureau is calling for the Trump administration to go to the bargaining table with China over tariffs.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The House version of a new farm bill would impose tough new work requirements on recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

Gerry Broome / AP

Illinois farmers have cheered President Donald Trump for his moves on regulatory relief, the federal tax overhaul, and his appointment of Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary.

Illinois Farmers Plan Another Push for Industrial Hemp

Jan 2, 2018
Dylan Lovan / AP

Making it legal to raise industrial hemp has been a topic of discussion in Illinois for years. Wisconsin is the most recent state to allow farmers to grow it. Will Illinois be next?

A field of corn
Randy Wick / Flickr

Illinois is now in year four of fairly low farm income and no turnaround is in sight, according to Farm Bureau Chief Economist Mike Doherty.

Cows eating
Center for Food Integrity

The public’s increased awareness of food safety has lead to perception problems for some Illinois farmers.