ADM misses 4Q profit forecasts

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $718 million.

El Nino's end could launch grain prices

CHAMPAIGN — The principal at a Watseka commodities firm anticipates the impending end of the El Nino could lead to higher grain prices sometime in 2016.

Merrill D. Crowley of Crowley Commodities told farmers at this week's Champaign County Farm Bureau meeting that it appears we are entering the end of the El Nino period.

Easter: Illinois key to solving world hunger

CHAMPAIGN — Former University of Illinois President Robert Easter said Midwestern farmers, especially in Illinois, will play a crucial role in feeding the world as the population explodes in the coming decades.

Farming in a box: Shipping containers used for growing produce

BOSTON (AP) — Shipping containers have been turned into housing, art, even playgrounds. Now, a Boston company is recycling them into high-tech mobile farms as part of a new wave of companies hoping to bring more innovation to agriculture.

Bin fails at Andersons; no injuries

CHAMPAIGN — A grain storage bin at The Andersons facility failed overnight Sunday, corn spilling out when a wall split.

Workers at the elevators at 3515 County Rd 800 E. discovered the accident when they reported Monday morning.

Weather druthers

CHAMPAIGN — While many central Illinoisans were soaking up the sunshine and unseasonably balmy temperatures last week, area farmers were waiting for the kind of weather that finally arrived this weekend.

Frigid and frosty. The more, the better.

It's Your Business: Hoping to make a pretty penny

CHAMPAIGN — A former restaurant on Champaign's south side will soon become the community's latest video parlor.

The mother-and-daughter team of Barbara Burch Rogers and Sarah Burch is converting the former Sea Boat restaurant building at 403 W. Kirby Ave. into Jim's Place.

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Jarboe chosen to lead corn growers group

LODA — Jeff Jarboe will be spending much of his time over the next year away from the corn and soybean farm he operates northwest of Paxton with his father, Jim, and younger brother, Phil.

But the family farm will always be on his mind.

Rob Kanter: Farmer's message spreading quickly

Prior to the release of his book "Restoration Agriculture" in early 2013, Wisconsin farmer Mark Shepard's agent reassured him: "You'll tour and do some signings for five or six months, but after that, sales will taper off and demands on your time will be negligible."