Meeting set on increase in size of Ford County swine facility

PAXTON — The doubling in size of a swine facility northwest of Gibson City will be the focus of an informational meeting Monday evening.

Knee-high by the 4th of July … and then some

It turns out "knee-high by the Fourth of July" is no longer an accurate motto to go by when it comes to corn crop height — and hasn't been for quite a while.

"It's now just humorous," said Tolono farmer and board member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Jeff Fisher. "It has been way beyond knee-high by the Fourth of July for decades."

Farm Progress Show organizers plan $1 million expansion in Decatur

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Plans are underway to expand this year's Farm Progress Show in Decatur before it takes place in September.

'Not too bad'

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County farmers continue to contend with ponding in fields, but in many cases, their situation isn't as bad as that of other areas.

"We're escaping the excess rain that some of the other areas got," said Dean Killion, manager of grain merchandising for Premier Cooperative in Champaign. "It's heavier to the north, south and east of us."

The Future Five, June 22, 2015


PBL leads state in leading FFA

PAXTON — With Kade Hill's election as the new state FFA president, Paxton's school system now has had an unprecedented four alumni lead the Illinois Association FFA.

No other system in the state has had more. Hill joins fellow Paxton-Buckley-Loda High graduates Mike Shively (2011-12) and Brad Pilcher (2006-07) and Paxton High's Dennis Dazey (1971-72) as state FFA presidents.

AUDIO: wet fields force area farmers to re-plant

The constant rain showers that East Central Illinois continues to receive are causing some area farmers to start to think about re-planting part of their soybean crop.  But when they'll get to do that depends on mother nature. Michael Kiser spoke to a couple of Champaign County farmers and has this report.

PBL grad elected state FFA president

PAXTON — Kade Hill, a 2015 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, was elected state FFA president on Thursday, PBL Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

Hill is the third PBL alum to serve as president of the Illinois FFA in recent years, joining Brad Pilcher and Mike Shively.

Farm Bureau reaching out

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Ag group: Capitalize on Illinois' powerhouse status

URBANA — Lots of folks in Illinois agriculture have spent months trying to figure out how the state can become a bigger and better powerhouse in producing and marketing food.

Today, the group, chaired by former University of Illinois President Bob Easter, unveiled a 90-page report recommending how to accomplish that.

Among the suggestions: