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Farmers in Illinois received nearly $2 billion in federal aid

Illinois farmers and ranchers received nearly $2 billion in federal aid during the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2005, a time marked by depressed grain prices and record corn and soybean supplies.

About $1.3 billion was given to Illinois farmers in the form of direct payments and $562 million in loans were issued during fiscal year 2005.

Illinois uncorking money for industry

More than 100 years ago, vineyards and wineries dotted the Illinois landscape, from the driftless northwest to the sunny hills of southern Illinois. Back then, the state ranked among the country's top producers of wine.

But Prohibition changed all that. The number of wineries and vineyards dwindled, and production eventually shifted to states like California.

Farm-management tips to be offered

It's that time of year again for farmers: conference and workshop time.

Here's a roundup of some upcoming meetings growers might want to attend:

– Farm income workshops

UI food, ag projects get federal funds

More federal money will flow into University of Illinois food and agricultural research projects next year.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin stopped by the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences on Monday to announce $3.7 million in new funding through fiscal year 2006 appropriations.

Projects in area net state grants

It's a piece of land with quite the past.

What is now a fallow field in northeast Urbana was once a solid waste lagoon. Before that, it was farmland. And prior to being farmland, the Saline Branch of the Salt Fork River (before the river was straightened) used to meander through the area.

Farm rookies are entering 'the unknown'

SIDNEY – The rumble of Chicago's elevated train? Just a memory.

The night air here is punctuated by howls of coyotes as they prowl along the banks of Rush Creek and the nearby Salt Fork River.

A year and a half ago, Andrew and Jennifer Miller called Hyde Park home.

Today they're reading "Raising Meat Goats for Profit."

UI agriculture programs to get requested funds

URBANA – Four University of Illinois ag programs will get $3.7 million in funding from the federal government next fiscal year – basically everything they asked for.

Taking another look at farmland leases

Let's do a little math.

Suppose a farmer's cornfield yields 141 bushels per acre this year. (The USDA's projected average yield for East Central Illinois is 141.) The farmer receives $2 a bushel for it, based on recent Chicago Board of Trade prices for September corn.

That comes to an income of $282 per acre.

UI, landowners in court to determine acreage value

URBANA – To hear the landowners' attorney tell it, the farmland south of Urbana is destined for development, worth easily $10,000 an acre.

The attorney for the University of Illinois, which is taking the land, contends that its best use is farming, so it's worth less than half of that.

Bicyclists stop at schools to discuss farming with students

OAKWOOD – Fifth-grader Elizabeth Gutterridge lives across the street from a farm, but she never knew how important agriculture is in everyday life and football until Tuesday.