CONSERVING ENERGY

Enjoy this throwback post from February 7, 2012. Conservation practices never get stale!

energy conservation, wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, farm, farming, agriculture

Reminder: It’s Green Week.  Are you recycling more?  Refusing to throw away any food?  Considering every single drive across town to make sure it is completely necessary?

That’s what Illinois farmers are doing.  Every single trip across the field is given thoughtful consideration because farmers realize that every trip means more fossil fuels used and more air pollution in their neighborhood.

Remember the no-till practice that we talked about yesterday?  Its adoption has meant many fewer trips over the field to till the soil  resulting in

309 million gallons of fuel being conserved each year.

That’s progress.

Additionally, farmers now have GPS systems in almost every tractor.  Yes, non-farmers and farmers alike joke that they don’t even have to steer the tractors anymore, but that isn’t what GPS systems are about.

GPS within tractors means that while tilling the soil, applying chemicals, planting the seeds or harvesting, the tractor is traveling exactly where it needs to go with NO OVERLAP.

This probably sounds minor, but no overlap actually ends up meaning fewer trips over the field.  When you consider even 6 inches of overlap times every trip back and forth over the field, that’s potentially one or two trips saved if you can minimize the overlap.  That’s the technology farmers are using today.

Saving energy and using fewer fossil fuels is important to farmers.

And THAT’S how Illinois farmers celebrate Green Week.

Lindsay Mitchell
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director

HALLOWEEN AND POPCORN ARE THE PERFECT COMBO!

Thank you to A Spicy Perspective for this oh-so-yummy recipe using Illinois’s state snack!

Halloween Popcorn Mix

Candy coated party popcorn mixed with favorite Halloween candies!

Ingredients:

12 ounces purple candy melts
14 cup popped popcorn (from 1/2 cups kernels)
11 ounces candy pumpkins
1 cup green chocolate coated candies
1 cup candy corns
3 tablespoons Halloween sprinkles
salt

Directions:

  1. Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl.  Cook for 30 seconds.  Stir and repeat, until smooth.
  2. Place the popcorn on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Thoroughly salt the popcorn.  Then pour the melted candy over the top and stir to coat.  Once coated, apply the sprinkles.
  3. Allow the popcorn to dry.  Then break apart and toss in the candy.
  4. Store in an air tight container until ready to serve.

AGRICULTURE ENABLES INVENTION, ARTS, CIVILIZATION

Check out this amazing video from Iowa Corn. We couldn’t have done it better ourselves.

Agriculture is an amazing industry that average folks have simply lost touch with. It’s super important, and we know you know that, but have you forgotten all the amazing things that a successful agriculture industry allows us to do and accomplish?