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PODCAST: Bradley Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 1-21-15

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Brian Moline talks with the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau about last night's State of the Union Address, and an important meeting next week for area farmers.

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AUDIO: local farmers state their case at Urbana fair

It may be the dead of winter, but local farmers on Wednesday were giving customers a chance to plan their food-buying this summer at an event in downtown Urbana. Scott Beatty was there.

Community supported ag fair set for Urbana

URBANA — The people behind the Market at the Square are holding their first agriculture fair on Wednesday afternoon.

The first Market at the Square Community Supported Agriculture Fair has been set for 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., Urbana.

Growing season forecast shows little risk of extreme weather

CHAMPAIGN — Long-term forecasts for the upcoming growing season show no signs of excessive heat, cold, moisture or dryness, Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel said.

USDA: Illinois has record corn, soybean crops in 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The federal government says Illinois corn and soybean growers had a record year in 2014.

Pork prices likely to drop this year

A roundup of agribusiness news:

Pork prices likely to drop this year

URBANA — Consumers can expect pork prices to fall this year as pork production heats up, a Purdue University Extension economist said in a release distributed by the University of Illinois.

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.

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.