Entertainment listings, Sept. 21-28, 2017


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UI's endowment-farm policy has deep roots

Farms donated to the University of Illinois generate more than $2 million each year for student scholarships, 4-H, Allerton Park or agricultural programs.

Just who gets to farm them, and for how long, has been a sore subject with the state's farming community for the past decade.

Farm-monitoring startup hitting new heights with fundraising

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois was recently named by startup-tracking website Crunchbase as one of the top universities with the most funded alum-founded startups, and one of those startups just raised $9.7 million.

Just Askin': Harvest time

How do farmers determine when to begin harvesting their crops?

They measure how much moisture is in the seed and start when it has dropped close to the level the grain elevator wants it at.

Monsanto, area farmers fostering growth in science in Oakwood

OAKWOOD — The Oakwood school district will be able to enhance its science curriculum this year, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Monsanto — as well as area farmers.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 14-21, 2017


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Florida citrus growers plead for federal aid after Irma's devastation

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma dealt Florida's iconic orange crop a devastating blow, destroying nearly all the fruit in some Southwest Florida groves and seriously damaging those in Central Florida.

U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio toured groves in Lake Wales on Wednesday and heard from growers, who pleaded for federal assistance.

Wired In: Jacob Kreider

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference maker.

Open house set Monday for new hog farm near Fithian

FITHIAN — The public is invited to tour a newly constructed hog-farm facility near Fithian on Monday.

The Illinois Livestock Development Group and the Illinois Pork Producers Association are coordinating the open house and inviting neighbors, community members, fellow farmers, and anyone with an interest in learning more about modern swine production.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


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What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.