Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Reducing risks on the farm

CHAMPAIGN — As a retired John Deere farm equipment dealer, Dave White remembers encouraging customers to install rollover protection systems on their tractors.

Little did he know that a rollover protection system would eventually save his own life.

A couple years ago, he was mowing near a ditch when his tractor became lodged in mud before flipping over.

Caterpillar moving headquarters Deerfield

DEERFIELD (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced it is moving its corporate headquarters from Peoria to the Chicago suburb of Deerfield.

In making the announcement Wednesday, Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby noted the Deerfield headquarters will be minutes from O'Hare International Airport and a convenient rail ride to Chicago.

AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker trying to kill risk study

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Out-of-this-world experiment

CHAMPAIGN — Two University of Illinois freshman are taking agricultural engineering to new heights.


As one of eight teams chosen by an India-based space technology start-up to participate in the first private industry mission to the moon, Alex Darragh and Matthew Steinlauf may soon be the first to grow a plant on the lunar surface.

Vermilion County farming family ready to go hog wild

DANVILLE — On Tuesday, the first truckload of piglets will roll into the Clark family farm north of Armstrong, marking a new era in Vermilion County.

"We are definitely excited to get started and see this business grow," said Jody Clark.

State grants permits for hog facilities near Fithian

FITHIAN — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has granted permits to Parks Livestock to build two hog finishing facilities north of Fithian to the dismay of some residents in the area.

The final straw: Area farmers step up after wildfires in Plains

FAIRMOUNT — There's plenty to do this time of year on the Rohrscheib family farm.

But Vern Rohrscheib and his daughter, Lynn, are putting all that on hold for a few days to load their hay bales to help fellow farmers and ranchers devastated by fires in Kansas.

For area farmers, is it already time to sow? Close.

CHAMPAIGN — With the unseasonably warm spring weather, farmers are motivated to start planting.

"They've got their equipment preparation. They're putting on some nitrogen fertilizer, preparing their fields," said Howard Brown, Illini FS manager of nutrient stewardship. "Just anticipating, getting everything lined up."

She's made career of sharing her passions

All her life, JENNI FRIDGEN has had two passions: chemistry and agriculture.

The Tolono woman managed to combine her two favorites first as an ag instructor and now director of Parkland College's agriculture program, currently serving 220 students.