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All Agriculture Content

At fairs, livestock join people in trying to beat the heat

FARMER CITY — For most folks, the best way to stay cool is to find an air-conditioned place well-stocked with lemonade and ice cream.

But for livestock waiting to be shown at fairs, it's a tougher proposition.

They've got to weather temperatures in the 90s with nothing more than water and wind to keep them cool.

Crop-dusting service expanding to Vermilion County

HENNING — A Vermilion County native's crop-dusting business is taking off this summer with three planes operating from a hangar and private concrete runway just north of Henning.

Historic Farm Days this week in Penfield

PENFIELD — Historical Construction Equipment Association and Oliver farm equipment company will be featured attractions at this year's Historic Farm Days, sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

The annual event is scheduled Thursday through Sunday at the organization's property in Penfield.

Berry farm to close after 40 years of operation

WHITE HEATH — During blueberry picking season, which kicks off this weekend, Russell McCann of Decatur drives two or three days a week to the Pontious Berry Farm.

"There's no comparison. They're juicier and I think sweeter, too," he said of how Pontious berries stack up those shipped to grocery stores from outside East Central Illinois.

Sprouts farm owner cites steps he's taken

URBANA — The owner of a sprouts farm linked to a salmonella outbreak said he has taken several corrective actions to address food safety concerns raised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA warns sprout farm; experts say defeating bacteria can be a tough task

To sprout shoots, seeds need a warm, moist environment.

Problem is, bacteria like E. coli and salmonella also happen to love that kind of setting.

North First Street market starts Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The Farmers Market on Historic North First Street kicks off its third season this week.

The market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 9 through Sept. 1.

It is located at 201 N. First St., just two blocks north of the Champaign police station on University Avenue.

UI-grown produce to be sold on Quad

Starting this Thursday, you can stop by the University of Illinois Quad and shop for fresh veggies.

This week you can shop for lettuce, spinach and other salad greens, herbs like cilantro and basil and bok choy.

Produce from the UI's Sustainable Student Farm will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays behind the Illini Union.

Farm ground near Champaign sells for $13,500 per acre

CHAMPAIGN — A 108-acre tract of farmland southwest of Champaign sold for $13,500 an acre on Friday.

The land, near the corner of Staley Road and Old Church Road, was purchased at auction by Chris Wise, who said he farmed it for the previous owner for the last 20 years.

Couple reopening ag business on east side of Danville

DANVILLE — A Paris couple is gearing up to reopen a successful specialty agriculture business in Danville's east industrial corridor next month.