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Evaluating Bulls Prior to Turnout

Evaluating Bulls Prior to Turnout

High prices are providing an incentive to cattlemen to expand the nation’s drought-riddled cow herd. With fewer cows in the nation’s breeding herd, it is important to make each cow count, said a University of Illinois Extension beef specialist. Travis Meteer explained that management strategies play a major role in ensuring that cows re-breed. “The most obvious management strategy a cattle producer can deploy is conducting a breeding soundness exam (BSE) on bulls. All bulls that will be used in a breeding season need to be tested. Without a breeding soundness exam, produc Learn more...

Illinois philanthropist provides funding for 4-H hunger awareness

Illinois philanthropist provides funding for 4-H hunger awareness

A longtime Illinois 4-H alumna, supporter and agricultural innovator has made a $20,000 pledge to help 4-H members fight hunger in their local communities. Evelyn Brandt Thomas, co-founder of Brandt Consolidated, will provide funding for 4-H clubs in several areas of food security, ranging from community gardens and meal packaging programs, to food safety and food preparation lessons for youth using vegetables in their family’s meals. Learn more...

Malnourished children are better fed when mothers have network of peers

Malnourished children are better fed when mothers have network of peers

Women in rural India who participate in a vocational training program learn more than just life skills. A recent University of Illinois study found that mothers who participated in a program designed to educate and empower women gained a network of peers that led to increased bargaining strength in the home, and significantly improved their children's consumption of rice and dairy. Learn more...

4-H 'got robot?' team claims top FIRST® Tech Inspire Challenge Award in state championship

4-H 'got robot?' team claims top FIRST® Tech Inspire Challenge Award in state championship

A 4-H robotics team from Elgin won the FIRST Tech Challenge Illinois Championship Tournament; and another 4-H robotics team from Decatur claimed bragging rights and a berth to the next level of competition during the all-day contest held Feb. 22 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Learn more...

Giving Spirit of 4-Her's Help Warm the Hearts of Tornado Affected Families

Giving Spirit of 4-Her's Help Warm the Hearts of Tornado Affected Families

"I pledge my hands to larger service" is part of the 4-H pledge that 4-H members say at every club meeting or event. Last month, those 4-H members and their families put that pledge into action by working together to make 24 blankets for families affected by the tornadoes. Learn more...

Animal Tracks Program

Animal Tracks Program

Second and third grade students at Lostant Community School District put their detective caps on for a new, hands-on program called "Animal Tracks." The 60-minute session, led by University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources Community Worker, Diane McCurdy, taught kids how to examine and identify tracks of animals native to the United States. Among them were deer, bear, rabbit, skunk, beaver, duck, fox, chipmunk, plus dog, cat and human tracks. Learn more...

Who's to blame for obesity? Policy makers, the food industry, or individuals?

Who's to blame for obesity? Policy makers, the food industry, or individuals?

Fast food restaurants take a lot of heat for the rise in obesity in the United States, but is it really their fault? A research survey conducted by two food economists revealed that most people believe individuals are to blame for their own obesity – not restaurants, grocery stores, farmers, or government policies. Learn more...

4-H Youth Help to Alleviate Hunger in City

4-H Youth Help to Alleviate Hunger in City

Sycamore, Ill. –4-H members from Boone, DeKalb & Ogle counties are fighting back to end hunger in Northern Illinois. As part of the LIVE it up! Teen Conference youth prepared meals for local food pantries on Nov. 23 at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture. Learn more...

Ag in the Classroom visits Madison Park Elementary

Ag in the Classroom visits Madison Park Elementary

Montgomery County Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator, Charlotte Schuricht, brings hands-on activities and education to students throughout the year on a variety of agriculture topics. This month, first and second grade students at Madison Park Elementary in Litchfield learned about wheat. Students created their own "William Wheat Head" by planting wheat in a stocking in individual containers and adding a silly face. Learn more...

Pesticide Safety Training Keeps People and Environment Safe in Illinois

Pesticide Safety Training Keeps People and Environment Safe in Illinois

Quality and comprehensive pesticide safety education is vital to Illinois residents to protect both public and environmental health. The University of Illinois Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) has provided training to commercial and private applicators in safe and proper use of pesticides since 1966. Learn more...

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