All posts by Joanie Stiers
Innovation Grows on the Farm Year Round
As infatuated as I am with old barns and windmills, I’m equally captivated by rows of young corn...
Winter Is a Busy Time for Farms Welcoming Newborn Animals
The Temple family will prioritize their farm’s responsibilities this winter as they have since 1843: by putting the...
The Farm Influences Gifts Under the Tree
When almost 4 years old, our son’s Christmas wish list included a “tree cutter” (chain saw), a “bin...
Home for the Holidays: Farm Shop Becomes a Party Space for Growing Family
"Like many families, mine lives its fondest traditions at the close of the calendar year. And when the...
Porktober: Time to Salute Pork
Pork represents the world’s most widely eaten meat, and Illinois ranks No. 4 in the United States for...
Harvest Routine Brings Normalcy During Pandemic
"I hold out hope that the upcoming harvest season delivers a 60-day dose of normalcy, seldom felt since...
Corn Connection: A Crop Ingrained in Lifestyle
Farmers throughout Illinois share a connection to corn. We grow it, talk about it, and drive around just...
Ag in the Classroom Delivers Pre-K-12 Education
While high schools commonly employ full-time agriculture teachers, Illinois Ag in the Classroom provides agriculture lessons tailored to...
Illinois Farm Bureau Is Addressing the Ag Teacher Shortage
Efforts have emerged in the last few years to narrow the salary discrepancy and reward agriculture teachers, including...
Illinois Is Nation’s No. 1 Producer of Pumpkins
Illinois farmers grow upward of 95% of the nation’s pumpkins for processing.