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Conservation to be focus of free breakfast at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Area farmers can learn about ag conservation practices at a free breakfast next week at Parkland College.

The Illnois Stewardship Alliance is hosting a conservation stewardship breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 10 at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center at Parkland College.

Arthur selected as one of 9 hosts for 2009 Illinois Dairy Days

ARTHUR – A state program highlighting Illinois' dairy industry is coming to Arthur.

Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist, announced Wednesday that Arthur has been selected as one of nine communities that will host 2009's Illinois Dairy Days.

UI Extension offering primer for nonfarmers online

Area residents who know little or nothing about farming can get a crash course in agriculture through an online class being produced by the University of Illinois Extension.

The class, called "Agronomy 101 for Landowners," targets landowners who do not have a farming background, according to instructor Dennis Bowman, a UI Extension crops system educator.

Vermilion County Farm Bureau taking orders for holiday food

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is taking orders for fresh Florida citrus as well as specialty nuts and candies for the holidays.

Feeling the Pinch: Backyard bounty can lower grocery bills

CHAMPAIGN – In tough economic times, a garden harvest can help a family get through the winter.

On the east side of Champaign, 79-year-old homemaker Nina Sibley estimates she saves more than $300 a year by freezing vegetables grown in her gardens.

Farmers, firefighters work to save grain from blaze

THOMASBORO – Nearly 30 firefighters spent more than eight hours Thursday saving thousands of bushels of corn from a fire after a dryer unit malfunctioned in a grain bin.

Thomasboro firefighters were called out at 1:30 p.m. to 1473 County Road 2500 North, where a grain bin owned by Ehler Brothers was on fire.

St. Joseph third-graders spend time on the farm

SIDNEY – The low drone of heavy harvest equipment can be heard throughout Central Illinois this time of year. A couple of generations ago, hundreds of workers were needed to carry out the harvest. And in those days, that included children.

Farmer overcomes leg injury that has required 12 surgeries

SIDNEY – Kenny Thurman believed he would never farm again after his left leg was shattered on the second to last day of harvest one year ago.

But with the help of a surgically reconstructed leg and a specially built electric lift, Thurman was back at the controls of his red Case International 1660 combine on Monday, ready to harvest a load of corn.

Agronomy Day to focus on energizing agriculture

Thursday event to showcase future of bioenergy

URBANA – Area residents can catch a glimpse of agricultural research and learn about the future of bioenergy at the annual University of Illinois Agronomy Day.

Champaign County farmland sells near record price

URBANA – An auction to benefit the Charles W. Christie Foundation raised nearly a record price per acre for Champaign County farmland – but not quite.