Category Archives: Agribusiness

Illinois State Fair announces six acts for grandstand lineup

Illinois State Fair announces six acts for grandstand lineup

By IIS Radio SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Fair is announcing part of the grandstand concert lineup. Some of the acts scheduled for the State Fair in Springfield this summer include Sam Hunt, Brooks and Dunn, TLC and Shaggy, Jon Pardi, Disturbed and Sammy Hagar and The Circle. Fair manager Rebecca Clark says they are…MORE

Illinois weather was warmer and wetter in 2021

Illinois weather was warmer and wetter in 2021

By IIS Radio SPRINGFIELD – Last year was warmer and wetter than normal in Illinois. 2021 ended up as the 10th warmest year on record in the state, with an average temperature of 53.7 degrees. State Climatologist Trent Ford says that’s remarkable since last February was so cold. “So despite the fact that February average…MORE

New manager of the Illinois State Fair

New manager of the Illinois State Fair

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – A self-described farm girl who used to be spokeswoman for the Illinois State Fair is making a return – as fair manager. Rebecca Clark, who has been spokeswoman for two state agencies after a career in television news, succeeds the twice-retired Kevin Gordon. In an interview Monday, Clark mentioned more…MORE

A recap of Illinois weather in 2021

A recap of Illinois weather in 2021

By IIS Radio SPRINGFIELD – A look back at Illinois weather this year. February 2021 was brutally cold, with many records set all over the state. Spring and summer featured plenty of rainfall in central and southern Illinois, while the northern part of the state remained dry says State Climatologist Trent Ford. “The 2021 northern…MORE

Warm fall across Illinois

Warm fall across Illinois

By IIS Radio SPRINGFIELD – Fall has been warmer than normal in Illinois this year. Even though temperatures were pretty cold in November, a warm September and October pushed fall totals above average says state climatologist Trent Ford. Chicago, Rockford, East Saint Louis, Moline and Quincy are wrapping up one of the top five warmest…MORE

2021’s final weekly crop progress report

2021’s final weekly crop progress report

By USDA SPRINGFIELD – There were 5.2 days suitable for field work during the week ending November 28, 2021. Statewide, the average temperature was 34.5 degrees, 3.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.21 inches, 0.69 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 11 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture…MORE

Illinois harvest is almost complete

Illinois harvest is almost complete

By USDA SPRINGFIELD – There were 5.1 days suitable for field work during the week ending November 21, 2021. Statewide, the average temperature was 40.6 degrees, 1.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.26 inches, 0.41 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 11 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture…MORE

Average Thanksgiving dinner up 14% this year

Average Thanksgiving dinner up 14% this year

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – As you plan your Thanksgiving Day menu, plan on spending a little more than you did last year. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the national average for dinner for ten this year is $53.31, fourteen percent more than last year. The Illinois average is $58.15. “Probably one of the…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…