At the wheel of a Jeep towing a loaded people-mover last weekend, Dennis Riggs drove right beside vintage combines cutting corn at the Half Century of Progress show.
It might be hard to keep antibiotic-resistance-promoting genes down on the farm, according to a University of Illinois study.
The study showed antibiotic-resistant genes leaking from waste lagoons on large swine farms into groundwater in the area of the farms.
DECATUR – While Jarrod Snyder, Ted Cech and Rick Compte hauled tarp over a frame for the ADM tent, a Rhino crew across Central Progress Avenue arranged straw bales in a small circle.
"It's going to be a backhoe rodeo," said John Klemm, who works for the Gibson City-based Rhino distributor.
RANTOUL – When it comes to horsepower, it's hard to beat real horses.
Seeking to set a record, Half Century of Progress show organizers hitched up 48 well-trained Belgian horses to a 32-foot disc that weighs about 17,000 pounds – to see if the horses could move something it takes a 150-horsepower modern tractor to pull in the field.
CHAMPAIGN – Larry Lowrance has put some road miles on his 1948 VAC Case tractor.
RANTOUL – A show started in Vermilion County in 2003 to celebrate the Farm Progress Show's half century has taken on a life of its own.
Dave Downs, 58, of Allerton was named by Prairie Farmer Magazine in July as one of four 2007 Master Farmers. He farms in Champaign, Edgar and Vermilion counties with his brother, Jim, and son, Doug. The Allerton-based Downs family also includes his wife, Janece, son Rob, a Chicago area banker, and Doug's wife, Dawn, and daughter, Samantha.
SPRINGFIELD – Energy is a part of everything farmers do, and "high octane" farming set the pace for discussions this week at the Illinois Farm Bureau's Commodities Conference.
SEYMOUR – Seymour resident Mark Eschbach is concerned about the corn processing plant proposed for a site about 2 miles from his home.
Eschbach is worried the plant will send foul odors miles into Champaign County, affecting residents in Seymour, Bondville and even Mahomet.
CHAMPAIGN – Phillip Kleiss has practiced tractor-pull driving skills at Parkland College, but tonight, he's ready for the real thing.