Airfields a boon for small towns, yet keeping them open can be a struggle

Cars line several rows of the parking lot at the former Chanute Air Force Base on a windy Wednesday, but only a few of them are there for the airport.

Across the way, old, decrepit military aircraft sit outside the deserted museum on the Air Force's campus, soon to be disposed of.

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces fine

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price-fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 18-25, 2018


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U.S., South African farmers cry fowl over Trump metal tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Which came first, the chicken or the trade war?Well before President Donald Trump began slapping tariffs on steel, aluminum and other imported goods, there was a deal with South Africa that gave U.S. chicken producers duty-free access to a market that had effectively been shut to them for years.

Night harvesting can be productive but poses safety challenges

Harvesting is a marathon for farmers, but some days it doesn't feel like that.

"It's not a sprint," said Steve Hettinger, who farms south of Philo. "But there are times when it feels like a sprint-marathon."

On days like that, he might be out past dusk harvesting as many acres as he can.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 14, 2018

University of Illinois grad Patrick Bane (Class of '81) has been named America's Pig Farmer of the Year. He's a 59-year-old father — and grandfather — of two who raises 74,000 pigs at the family operation in Arrowsmith.

Here's more on the Tri-Valley High product and past McLean Conty Farmer of the Year:

Among famous UI grads, where do you rank?

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Trump lifting restrictions on ethanol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday.

Just Askin' | Pumpkin purchasing

Q: When's the best time to make a pumpkin purchase?

A: As long as you keep it dry, it shouldn't matter, said Mohammad Babadoost, a crop sciences professor at the University of Illinois.

"You can buy anytime, but you have to keep it dry," he said. "If you keep it dry, it could go for months."

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