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Hello Effingham County! I am Ashley Jamerson, the reigning 2016 Miss Effingham County Fair Queen. I am the 22-year-old daughter of Gregory and Julie Jamerson and recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In a few short weeks, I will be moving …

Phil Hartke’s passion for 4-H thrived when he began his ongoing tenure on the Effingham County Fair Board 31 years ago, earning him a place in the program’s 2016 hall of fame class. Hartke said he feels that 4-H is a vital part of the county fair as its shows and exhibits are fair-time staples.

When I had heard the words, “Your 2016 Jr Miss Effiingham County Fair is… contestant number 15 Emma Hewing,” I never thought my life would change for the good so drastically. Most people think that pageants are a contest for who is the most beautiful. In fact, that is exactly right, but it’s…

Melvin Koester of Cumberland has dedicated 21 years of his life to 4-H. Those around him recognized Koester’s dedication to the program with a nomination for the 4-H Hall of Fame.

Pat Hildebrand began volunteering for 4-H programs because she got to work with the youth. Thirty-eight years later, the children are exactly what keeps Hildebrand involved in 4-H.

Kevin Lohman’s love for Demolition Derby competitions sprouted as he watched his dad and cousins compete when Lohman was young. As soon as he got his license at 16 years old, he started competing in derbies, too.

It goes without saying that Altamont is bustling every year during the week of the Effingham County Fair.

Nancy Hoene’s family stumbled upon a photo of her and her sisters, Karon, Sharon and Joan, after one of her siblings passed away last August. Hoene said her late sister had a shoebox full of family photos, including the one featuring her riding a goat at their family farm just south of Diete…

More than 7,000 seasonal agricultural or migrant workers travel to Illinois each year. Most of Illinois’ migrant families come for the summer to work in agriculture and then return to their home states.

There are just under 140 family farms in Effingham County that have been in existence 100 years or longer and are registered centennial farms, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. There are also 17 family farms listed as sesquicentennial farms in operation for over 150 years …

Living in rural America can have its advantages. Those living away from town have the freedom to pursue things that might not be acceptable within the city limits.

The prices of Illinois farmland have been largely flat for the last four years, which is cause for concern through the agricultural industry.

One could say that Jasper County native Will Gillespie constantly has cows on the brain. Gillespie’s knack for retelling tales of his days on his family’s cattle farm led him to preserve those stories in ink.

PENDLETON, Ind. –– Mitchell Smith couldn’t imagine spending his life doing anything other than what his ancestors have done for the past seven generations – farm.

GALESBURG — Lara Scholl grew up raising cows in 4-H and helping her dad on the family farm near Galesburg. But when it came to career choices, being a farmer wasn’t on her list.

Soybeans are moving toward becoming the most-planted crop in the United States, as plantings of wheat hit an all-time low and corn acreage drops, according to USDA data.

Walk into your typical U.S. or U.K. grocery store and feast your eyes on an amazing bounty of fresh and processed foods. In most industrialized countries, it’s hard to imagine that food production is one of the greatest challenges we will face in the coming decades.

BOISE, Idaho — Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads.

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