WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A company plans is rolling out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested.
A roundup of agribusiness news:
NEWMAN — An auction of 196 acres of tillable farmland in Douglas County fetched about $10,668 an acre Tuesday, according to Champaign-based Murray Wise Associates, which managed the auction.
PODCAST: Bradley Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 4-15-15: Play now!
Brian Moline talks with the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau about planting, vehicle safety and upcoming Farm Bureau events.
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Editor's note: Today kicks off an occasional new series in The News-Gazette. This story, and others that will follow, began as a project in a University of Illinois course called Science Journalism, taught by lecturer Jennifer Follis.
By Austin Keating
CHAMPAIGN — A recent survey of Illinois farmland values indicated a slightly sharper drop in East Central Illinois than in other parts of the state.
URBANA — Shane Cultra has been on a domain-name buying binge, partly in hopes of taking Country Arbors Nursery to a national stage.
He already has claimed mulchandrock.com, which redirects users to the Urbana-based nursery's website.
CHAMPAIGN — March in Champaign-Urbana was colder and drier than normal — the third consecutive month with such conditions.
But the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a return to more normal weather, and even above-average temperatures and precipitation over the next two weeks.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district will wait for the results of an April 7 referendum on a new high school before deciding whether to plant crops on that land, district spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said.
We asked our past Farm Leaders about what they intend to plant, what they've learned from their decades of work and how they implement new technology.
Here's what they had to say, starting with our earliest leaders, some of whom have retired:
Kenneth Kesler (1973)