Cuts likely in future for grain farmers

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois grain farmers will likely need to cut expenditures in the coming year, with University of Illinois agricultural economists projecting sharply lower farm income for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 marketing years.

Net income per farm averaged well over $100,000 each of the four previous years, falling to $127,000 in 2013 after reaching a high of about $300,000 in 2012.

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Brian Moline talks with the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau about upcoming meetings and the possibility of opening Cuba to agricultural markets.


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Champaign County Farm Bureau wins two state awards

The Champaign County Farm Bureau has come away with a pair of statewide awards at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau in Chicago.

Land prices all over place

THOMASBORO — A St. Charles woman with roots in Champaign County successfully bid $11,100 an acre for 160 acres of irrigated farmland east of Thomasboro.

Grain may stay through year's end

CHAMPAIGN — A huge harvest has resulted in grain elevators storing big piles of grain outside, and one manager said it may be about a month before that grain is shipped out.

Students get most out of FFA national convention

Think FFA. Most associate the acronym with corn, an easy A in high school and navy blue jackets.

Think again.

For high school students across the country, FFA means much more this time of the year: Three days off school, country music concerts, career expos and a whole lot of fun.

Proposed water regulation 'concerning' to farmers

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Grain in main is waiting on the trains

CHAMPAIGN — Area grain elevators say they're bumping up against capacity because railroads haven't been able to ship out crops as fast as farmers bring them in.

How much is that combine in the window?

Combines are a familiar sight these days in the corn and soybean fields of East Central Illinois. Ever wonder what the huge machines cost and how they're equipped? Folks from area farm implement dealers provide an update on those hulks of the harvest.

How much do those monsters cost?

Getting Personal: Bradley Uken

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 39-year-old Mahomet resident Bradley Uken, the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.