New Oregon lab, seed certification bring standards to hemp

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is a called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity.

Illinois hemp farmers see lots of promise — and lots of risks

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SPRINGFIELD — Trent Lawrence had a rude awakening earlier this week. Overnight, mice had gotten into the greenhouse on his farm and eaten several dozen trays of seedlings he was planning to transplant into a field.

Champaign medical-marijuana dispensary plans recreational sales, too

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CHAMPAIGN — Phoenix Botanical, one of the two medical-marijuana dispensaries in Champaign-Urbana, is preparing to sell marijuana products for recreational use starting Jan. 1.

After a lot of rain, most area crops are finally in the ground

It was all hands on deck at Dennis Riggs' family farm late last week, when sons Darin and Matthew took the afternoon off work at Riggs Beer Company, which they own, to plant crops and finish a planting season that has gone much later than typical years.

Area farmers hit by rain, trade war have lots of questions about bailout

MAHOMET — Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $16 billion aid package for farmers, but some area farmers still aren't sure what it means for them.

"I've read some about it, but I still have a lot of questions," said Paul Berbaum, who farms west of Champaign.

Construction on UI's new $20 million feed mill begins Monday

CHAMPAIGN — Construction will begin Monday on a long-awaited University of Illinois feed mill to replace the aging structure on St. Mary's Road.

The Department of Animal Sciences announced Thursday that work on the $20 million state-of-the-art Feed Technology Center will be led by ASI Industrial, based in Billings, Mont.

Wired In: Alfred Eisaian

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ALFRED (AL) EISAIAN, co-founder and CEO of IntelinAir, who is a tech evangelist, serial entrepreneur, environmentalist and angel investor. His ideal workers? "Resilient, smart, nice people."

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Small Towns, Big Deals | Sadorus keeps chugging along

SADORUS — Sitting in the office at the grain elevator in Sadorus, Tim Black knows the weather this time of year without even looking out the window.

UI officials honor Piatt County farmland for six decades of supporting 4-H

MANSFIELD — For more than 60 years, a patch of farmland in northern Piatt County between Illinois 10 and U.S. 150 has raised money to help sponsor youth in local 4-H clubs and other activities.

Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship winners honored

CHAMPAIGN — When Stanley Godia was a student at Urbana High School, he didn't necessarily know what he wanted to do in college.

So when he applied to get into the University of Illinois College of ACES, it was because "I just wanted to apply to a college that was kind of like a family."

That's what he's found at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.