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Piatt County tops soybean yields in state

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.

Local CSAs seeking members, preparing for season

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.

Local community-supported farm programs

Local community-supported agriculture programs:

Brackett CSA

Season: May 24-Nov. 1.

Pickup on Tuesdays in Champaign.

Cost: $425.

Info: http://www.brackettfarm.com.

Prairieland CSA

Season: May 18-Sept. 28.

Meeting on farm, market policies set in Urbana

A nonprofit group is seeking input on policy issues facing farmers, consumers and businesses trying to grow, market or buy locally produced foods.

UI to receive part of $20 million grant for corn research

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.

Farm toy show Saturday in Paxton

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.

Managers to take over ADM's majority stake in bank

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.

Extension likely to become its own campus unit

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.

Web tool helps prevent pesticides from drifting to unintended fields

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.

UI will use grant from ADM to help in fight against hunger

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.