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Their love story began 12 years ago, when they met as youngsters at the Effingham County Fair.

ALTAMONT- Tubs full of tiny tractors and shelves lined with miniature metal machines were showcased in the Schuetzenfest Building on the Effingham County Fairgrounds during the recent Mill Road Threserman's Association show.

Brothers Bob and Mark Goldstein grew up on the family farm in Effingham County, which has been recognized by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a Sesquicentennial Farm because it has been in the family for more than 150 years.

Today's farmers are learning ways to minimize environmental impact and optimize the use of nutrients, such as nitrogen and manure.

Nationwide chains, such as Wal-Mart and ALDI, have been offering organic produce for years to keep up with increasing demand. Now three out of four conventional stores offer organics, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

FARINA — There's been a boom in the application for hog facility expansions throughout Illinois. With 63 applications submitted so far this year, hog farmers seeking to expand existing facilities or create new operations have been more active than all of last year, when 60 applications were …


CHICAGO — The Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say.

EFFINGHAM — After nearly 20 years of rising farmland prices, lower grain prices have caused land values to drop throughout Illinois, according to a report by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

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