iBi - May 2010

Publisher's Note

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

It is for good reason that the Midwest is called the nation’s breadbasket. Agriculture has been a significant driver of the regional economy for many years—and continues to be, even as most of us no longer farm our own land.

NCAUR: Agricultural Research to Meet the Needs of Our Time

by Katherine O’Hara
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

The USDA Northern Regional Research Lab, commonly known as the “Ag Lab,” is a powerhouse of intellectual capital and scientific capacity harnessing the creative force of research to address the needs of the United States, its agriculture and its industry.

Introducing Paul Sebesta…

As director of the USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Sebesta is responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating research programs designed to fulfill the goals of a complex national strategic plan for agricultural research.

Advancing Technology

by Patrick Kirchhofer
Peoria County Farm Bureau

Advances in equipment and seed technology have greatly impacted the efficiency and yield of today’s farmer.

C’ing the Need

by Colleen Callahan
USDA Rural Development

Rural communities will have to reinvent themselves in order for Rural America to be renewed.

Overcoming Obstacles to Biofuel Production

by Michael Cotta
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

Renewable biofuels have the potential to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions and further develop the rural economy.

Teaming Up for Pennycress

Kyle Ham, Peoria NEXT

Bioenergy is a key word these days, and it could be the solution to some serious issues facing our region and our entire country.

A 60-Cent Breakfast

Patrick Kirchhofer - Peoria County Farm Bureau

Earlier this spring, the Farm Bureau sponsored the 10th annual “Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast” at Exposition Gardens in Peoria.

A Global Perspective for Ag Leaders

by Mark Bloom
Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Since 1984, the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program has visited 32 different countries as part of its two-year curriculum.

A Farm Management Primer

Steve Burrow, Soy Capital Ag Services

While other investments have experienced ups and downs, farmland has enjoyed unprecedented returns in recent years.

Using Genetics to Uncover Food Pathogens

by Todd Ward
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

Although the U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, food safety remains an important issue.

Climate Change and Its Personal Impact

by Jerry L. Hatfield
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

Climate change will impact all of us and there are many segments of our life that may be affected.

Good Guys Vs. Bad Guys

by David Schisler
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

It is expected that this new tool for reducing scab of wheat will be available to agricultural producers in the near-future.

Beyond Basic Nutrition

by Sean X. Liu
USDA ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

NCAUR researchers are developing new ingredients and processing technologies that add health benefits beyond basic nutrition.







Creating Memories at Camp Big Sky

by Amy Chovan

Out in the remote Midwest, between Middle Grove and Fairview in Fulton County, lies 101 acres that have afforded thousands of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

Bad Weather: Do You Know What to Do?

It’s common knowledge that the safest places during a tornado are basements and interior rooms, and that it’s best to be indoors in the midst of a bad thunderstorm.

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