November 21, 2019
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The next generation of farmland prices: Seven issues affecting values
Farmland represents over 81% of farm sector assets and values stayed relatively static through the first half of 2019.
Farmland values are impacted by a myriad of factors beyond just demand and the overall agriculture economy. David Klein, First Mid Ag Services vice president, managing broker and auctioneer, provided the seven issues affecting farmland values during First Mid Ag Services Field Day..

Corn, soybean trials: Variety testing provides seed selection options
U of I Tests
Expect the unexpected when looking over this year’s University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences’ variety testing trials. Results of this year’s soybean and corn trials conducted across Illinois will be published in the Dec. 6 issue of Illinois AgriNews and are available on the Crop Sciences website to provide farmers, Extension personnel and seed companies with agronomic information such as yield and quality. U of I’s variety testing program began in 1934.

Connecting with the public: Farm leaders attend communications boot camp
Womens Communications Boot Camp
The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 15 farm leaders, including Margaret Gladden from Hendricks County, as graduates of the Women’s Communications Boot Camp. The training included sessions on public speaking, working with the media and advocating for agriculture. They participated in mock TV, radio and newspaper interviews. “It’s a very intense four-day training,” Gladden said.

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