IDOA shake-up: The biggest news in Illinois ag this week has been, of course, the forced resignation of IDOA director Philip Nelson. We first reported it last Thursday night, followed it up with blog commentary, then shared an interview with Nelson on Monday. Meanwhile, the governor's office has yet to return our calls. Plus, if you never heard the interview my friend Steve Bridge at WFMB did with Patrick Buchen, it's a must-listen.
Illinois townships: merge ahead? This is a story collaboration by several newspapers in northwestern Illinois, to look at the future of the township government system – and more specifically road districts. Sure, you may not live in the area they cover, but this is still a great look at an idea that could affect the entire state. Definitely worth the read.
The role of organic pesticides in California: An interesting piece from Forbes's Global Ag section, this looks at organic chemical use. It's specific to California and it's data-heavy, but it clears up a lot questions relating to what organic farmers can and can't spray. Of course, many organic farmers in the Midwest would tell you they would prefer to just use the least chemicals they possibly can. Still, organic is big business, particularly in California and this is insightful.
Ag women fire back at comments criticizing saleswoman for riding in the combine: The headline pretty much says it all. This went down in a Facebook group for women in ag this week, and my colleague, Amanda Radke, shared this great response on her Beef Daily blog. Let's build each other up. It's a lot more fun than tearing down.
There are no antibiotics in your meat. Now stop: If you've ever had anyone ask about antibiotics in meat or been part of an online conversation on that topic, here's a link you can refer to and share. It's a re-post on the Illinois Farm Families website but it's a good one.