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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 12:20 am

Editor's Note 01/24/19

January is the month some central Illinois farmers are planting new ideas about what seeds to sow when, and how to care for the soil they depend on. On Jan. 23 they gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield for a “Conservation Cropping” seminar to share ideas about a better way to farm, one that depends more on the microscopic livestock that grows below the soil surface, less on expensive fertilizers and herbicides. They have hope for a more profitable agriculture that depends more on crops and stable markets, less on government subsidies. As the program says, these are “innovative farmers who use science and stewardship and courage to create sustainable operations.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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