MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monsanto reported lower-than-expected earnings as slumping corn prices push farmers toward other crops, crimping sales of the company's best-selling biotech corn seeds.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district will wait for the results of an April 7 referendum on a new high school before deciding whether to plant crops on that land, district spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for federal crop grants to help farmers grow fruits, vegetables and nuts.
We asked our past Farm Leaders about what they intend to plant, what they've learned from their decades of work and how they implement new technology.
Here's what they had to say, starting with our earliest leaders, some of whom have retired:
Kenneth Kesler (1973)
Growing up on a farm, Rick Nelson came to realize what he liked — and didn't like — about farming.
"I knew I didn't like chores," he said. "I don't like redundant tasks. I don't want to do the same thing today as yesterday."
The daily demands of caring for livestock weren't for him.
BLOOMINGTON — A survey indicates Illinois farmland values dropped an average of 1 percent to 3 percent in 2014, and some analysts are expressing surprise they didn’t go down by more.
PENFIELD — The sun is shining, the snow is melting, but don't look for farmers in this area to start planting for at least another month.
Corn typically gets planted in late April, and soybean planting generally follows in May, said Eric Suits, who farms in northeastern Champaign County.
VILLA GROVE — A new agricultural education curriculum will be introduced at Villa Grove High School next school year.