Piatt County came in first place for the state's highest soybean yields last year while Carroll County in northwest Illinois led the way in corn yields.
It may still look like winter outside, but area produce farmers are busy preparing for the season ahead and seeking members for their community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs.
In CSAs, members pay an upfront fee to receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruits during the growing season. CSAs help farmers budget and plan ahead for the season.
A nonprofit group is seeking input on policy issues facing farmers, consumers and businesses trying to grow, market or buy locally produced foods.
URBANA – The University of Illinois' Urbana campus will share in a $20 million USDA grant to study how to grow corn in a changing climate.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $20 million grant to nine Midwestern land-grant universities and two USDA Agricultural Research Service institutions.
PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's 23rd annual FFA Farm Toy Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 12, at the high school.
The event, which is the high school FFA chapter's largest fundraiser of the year, runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring a silent auction, farm toy displays, parts dealers, door prizes and a pedal tractor pull for the kids.
DECATUR – Top managers of Hickory Point Bank & Trust have agreed to acquire a majority interest in the bank, currently owned by Archer Daniels Midland Co.
The bank, which has three offices in Decatur and one each in Champaign, Springfield, Forsyth and Mount Zion, will keep its name, a release from ADM stated.
URBANA – University of Illinois Extension will likely move out of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences into its own campus-level unit after top administrators created an implementation plan this week.
The plan is in response to a Stewarding Excellence report last fall.
A new state program promises to help protect sensitive crops from pesticide drift.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture this week unveiled a Web-based tool designed to connect growers of pesticide-sensitive crops like tomatoes and grapes with the companies that apply chemicals to nearby conventional farm fields.
The University of Illinois will use $10 million from Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Wednesday to fight world hunger through the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.
Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception Wednesday.