Want to find out what maple sugaring boils down to?

East Central Illinois residents don't have to go to Vermont for maple syrup.

Pure maple syrup, that is.

"Most of the syrups at the grocery store are made with corn syrup. Then they add a little maple flavoring," said Charles Rhoden, superintendent of Forest Glen Preserve, which has been producing maple syrup commercially in 1984.

Syngenta to open lab at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — One of the largest agriculture companies in the world is opening a digital innovation lab at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Switzerland-based Syngenta announced the lab Thursday, with hopes to open it by this summer. It has already leased the 1,600-square-foot space.

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This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

Profits at The Andersons up for quarter, full year

MAUMEE, Ohio — The Andersons Inc. announced fourth-quarter and year-end results, showing an increase in profits both for the quarter and the year.

In the fourth quarter, the Andersons reported net income of $10.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, up $5.1 million from the year-ago quarter, when it reported net income of $5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share.

Vermilion County Board neutral on hog facility plans

DANVILLE — A local livestock farmer who will run one of the two hog facilities proposed in the Fithian area asked Vermilion County Board members Tuesday night to give him a chance to prove wrong local citizens worried about their wells, waterways, environment, air and property values.

2 lawmakers propose biotech tax credits

DECATUR (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers have proposed a plan to offer tax credits to biotechnology businesses in hopes of boosting agricultural jobs in central Illinois.

Urbana woman's family motto: 'Farming without harming'

URBANA — Growing up on the family farm near Sidell in the 1950s, Carol Goodall Wock logged many miles in the summers, walking her father’s bean fields and cutting corn stalks.

“It wasn’t fun,” said Wock, 78, of Urbana. “But that was what farm kids did.”

The oldest of four children, Wock never imagined that later in life she’d be involved in the farming of that land.

Trump's plans have worry cropping up with area farmers

CHAMPAIGN — With President Donald Trump planning to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, some area farmers are worried about what that could mean for them.

Fithian-area residents voice concerns over proposed hog facilities

DANVILLE — Rural Fithian-area residents peppered Parks Livestock representatives Monday night with questions and concerns about plans to build two hog facilities that would house up to 8,400 animals apiece and inject their manure into 2,000 acres of surrounding farm ground.

Petition prompts hearings on hog facilities proposed near Fithian

FITHIAN — About 100 residents have signed a petition prompting the Illinois Department of Agriculture to hold a public hearing on the proposed construction of two hog facilities north of Fithian.