Villa Grove to add ag education curriculum

VILLA GROVE — A new agricultural education curriculum will be introduced at Villa Grove High School next school year.

Farm bill affecting funding, acreage for conservation

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Lower gas prices = more driving = more ethanol needed

DEWEY — Good news at the gas pump is good news to farmers as well.

Darrel Good told those attending the Dewey Bank Annual Farm Seminar Wednesday that government projections forecast an increase of 2 percent to 3 percent in fuel use among U.S. drivers this year. That would mean more corn-based ethanol consumption.

Quite a year for state FFA chief

CHAMPAIGN — Cody Morris spoke at 66 Illinois schools last fall in his capacity as state FFA president.

But nothing on his speaking tour prepared him for the response he got from one high school freshman.

AUDIO: local farmers state their case at Urbana fair

It may be the dead of winter, but local farmers on Wednesday were giving customers a chance to plan their food-buying this summer at an event in downtown Urbana. Scott Beatty was there.

Community supported ag fair set for Urbana

URBANA — The people behind the Market at the Square are holding their first agriculture fair on Wednesday afternoon.

The first Market at the Square Community Supported Agriculture Fair has been set for 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., Urbana.

Growing season forecast shows little risk of extreme weather

CHAMPAIGN — Long-term forecasts for the upcoming growing season show no signs of excessive heat, cold, moisture or dryness, Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel said.

Pork prices likely to drop this year

A roundup of agribusiness news:

Pork prices likely to drop this year

URBANA — Consumers can expect pork prices to fall this year as pork production heats up, a Purdue University Extension economist said in a release distributed by the University of Illinois.

Cuts likely in future for grain farmers

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois grain farmers will likely need to cut expenditures in the coming year, with University of Illinois agricultural economists projecting sharply lower farm income for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 marketing years.

Net income per farm averaged well over $100,000 each of the four previous years, falling to $127,000 in 2013 after reaching a high of about $300,000 in 2012.

Champaign County Farm Bureau wins two state awards

The Champaign County Farm Bureau has come away with a pair of statewide awards at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau in Chicago.