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Alliance Grain official pleased with 2007 results

GIBSON CITY – Joe Thompson told Alliance Grain shareholders that his first year as general manager was "full of both challenges and rewards."

Approximately 275 people attended the cooperative's annual meeting held Tuesday evening at Gibson City's North Park.

Ethanol plant in Gibson City ahead of schedule

GIBSON CITY – Work is moving along ahead of schedule on the ethanol plant being built here, according to its chief executive officer.

Conservation agency gets huge grant from USDA

CHAMPAIGN – The National Resources Conservation Service, which has its Illinois headquarters in Champaign, received a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

Paige Buck, public affairs specialist for the Illinois office, said the her office has received $2.2 million.

Durbin says farm-bill effort isn't enough

URBANA – A new farm bill will provide additional funding for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank and other facilities that feed the hungry, but it might not be enough, said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a news conference Monday morning.

When it comes to rain, it's feast or famine on Illinois farms

RANTOUL – Mother Nature can throw some crazy curveballs.

Several counties to the west of Steve Gordon's plots of corn and soybeans, other people's corn and beans are buried deep underwater. They are destroyed – all those millions of tender, inch-high soy plants; foot-high stalks of corn that were just about ready to shoot upward.

Farm leaders: Don't blame ethanol for food, fuel costs

VILLA GROVE – Area farm leaders say that a weak U.S. dollar, growing demand for food and fuel in China and India and record energy costs – not the use of corn in ethanol – are largely responsible for the rising cost of food.

Several local farmers met Thursday with a film crew from the Japanese NHK public television network.

Rain puts planting on hold

HOMER – The bright sun warmed Kent Krukewitt's farm fields in rural Homer on Tuesday afternoon, but it was too muddy to get into the fields to plant.

"I still have 60 percent of my soybeans left to plant, and a good portion of the 40 percent that is in the ground may have to be replanted," Krukewitt said.

Cool, wet weather has kept farmers out of fields

CHAMPAIGN – In a typical year, Scott Bidner would have all his crops planted and growing on his farm north of Champaign.

By Wednesday, Bidner had only three-quarters of his corn and none of his soybeans planted due to a combination of frequent rains, muddy fields and cooler than normal temperatures.

Study: Global warming might help insects in war on plants

When University of Illinois researchers found that soybean plants heavily exposed to carbon dioxide at an open-air lab here suffered more insect damage – and that the insects damaging them lived longer – they wondered what was behind the effects.

Climate change could help bugs, hurt plants

Higher carbon dioxide levels associated with man-made emissions – generally thought to play into climate change and global warming – appear to make plants, soybeans anyway, more susceptible to insect damage by impairing their chemical defensive systems.