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Graphic designer digs in quickly and learns on the fly as she plans fruit farm

MONTICELLO — Fresh manure, 1-year-old manure or really well-aged manure?

Terry Neutz Hayden needed to fertilize the new beds where she would plant blueberry and raspberry bushes and strawberries, and she was faced with a dilemma.

Who knew there were so many different kinds of manure?


UI scientist worried over lack of compliance with Bt rules

Millions of acres of corn are being planted around the state, and many of those acres will be planted with Bt corn, genetically modified corn that can kill insects that otherwise could have reduced corn yields.

But a University of Illinois scientist is worried that not enough farmers are following environmental guidelines that come with planting such corn.


Illinois invaded: Brown marmorated stink bugs are here

They came from China, Japan, Korea. They hid in containers full of trade goods and silently entered the United States.

There was no warning.

At first, they conquered the East Coast. Last July, a relative was spotted near Champaign, in the South Farms.

This spring, they are in full invasion mode in East Central Illinois.


State's tech and ag resources to help Japan

CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn announced a statewide humanitarian relief effort Friday, to harness Illinois' technological and agricultural resources to provide supplies for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


UI grad to take over as leader of Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District

URBANA – Rick Manner, the assistant general manager of the Fox River Water Reclamation District in Elgin, has been hired as executive director of the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District.

Manner will replace Mike Little, who is retiring on May 27 after 13 years at the sanitary district, including the last seven as its director.


Measure of care at Grandview Memorial Gardens challenged

CHAMPAIGN – March isn't a pretty time of year for cemeteries.

The ground over some graves may settle and, when driven over recently thawed ground, tractors easily sink into the mud.


New golf pro at Harrison Park Golf Course hits the ground running

DANVILLE – On his second day as the new golf professional at Harrison Park Golf Course on Wednesday, Matthew Toney had not yet found the time to play the 18-hole course that he is now leasing from the city as an independent contractor.


Ex-St. Jude patient leads Parkland effort to build healing garden there over spring break

Jeremiah Godby imagines children playing hide-and-seek in the labyrinth of a new hospital garden.

He imagines parents finding relief from the stress of a child's illness and making new friends of other parents facing the same situation.

He imagines doctors and nurses finding a respite there too.


Two Champaign projects win architectural design awards from foundation

CHAMPAIGN – Two projects that transformed the area between downtown Champaign and Campustown won architectural design awards at the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation's annual meeting Sunday.


Group plans to speak out against Vermilion mining

DANVILLE – A group called Stand Up To Coal plans to ask the Vermilion County Board on Tuesday night to halt what it considers "threats from new coal mining to the county's resources," according to a news release from the group.