TUSCOLA – A dozen hands in Angie Bergner's third-grade classroom shot up at a time.
Some students squirmed, practically leaving their seats and sometimes letting an "Oooh, I know" slip.
New leases for 16 University of Illinois endowment farms will mean an extra $900,000 for university agricultural programs.
As expected, rents went up significantly under a new competitive bidding process to manage the farms – in some cases doubling over last year.
URBANA – Area residents interested in the dairy industry can learn more about it during an upcoming four-part seminar sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension.
The program, called the "Dairy Grazing Brown Bagger Teleconference," will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21 and 28.
URBANA – Area farmers can learn about how crop insurance can help manage their risk at an upcoming program planned at five sites around the state by the UI Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics.
Gary Schnitkey, a farm financial management specialist, said the program will address how risk and returns can be managed using crop insurance.
Golf courses have greens, and they generally are green if the greenskeeper wants to keep his job.
But some University of Illinois research could help make courses – not to mention your lawn – even greener, as in more environmentally friendly.
Young agriculture professionals can learn about business leadership at an upcoming program being offered by the state.
Organizers began accepting applications this week for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program Class of 2010.
URBANA – It soon will be January, time for farmers and agricultural professionals to hit the road to find out more about their business and make plans for the upcoming crop year.
URBANA – Eliot Coleman's midwinter sugar carrots are a huge hit with local schoolchildren.
Chefs sign up early to purchase his "butter" chard, more commonly known as Swiss chard, and his golden frisee, AKA endive, and customers pay $3 a pound for the potatoes he sprouts in winter, plants in March and sells in May.
URBANA – Farmers weighing seed decisions for the 2008 growing season can get help at a University of Illinois Web site listing trial results this year.
Designer soybeans and other plants that harvest the sun more efficiently to improve productivity are being developed by some University of Illinois researchers without growing anything, in soil anyway.
The better plants are sprouting in silicon microchips fertilized by a computer model that simulates every step of photosynthesis for the first time.