Farm Bureau reaching out

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Ag group: Capitalize on Illinois' powerhouse status

URBANA — Lots of folks in Illinois agriculture have spent months trying to figure out how the state can become a bigger and better powerhouse in producing and marketing food.

Today, the group, chaired by former University of Illinois President Bob Easter, unveiled a 90-page report recommending how to accomplish that.

Among the suggestions:

Court filing leads to tabling of grain elevator request

MONTICELLO — Consideration of a special use permit that would allow Topflight Grain Cooperative to construct a pair of new grain bins at its Milmine facility has been put on hold after a neighboring landowner asked for an injunction in Piatt County Circuit Court. 

In a court document, Richard and Debra Chestnut express

Future Cronus plant site sees planting of last crop

TUSCOLA — Crops are being planted for one last time on the 240 acres of rural Tuscola farmland slated to be site of the new Cronus fertilizer plant.

Come spring 2016, all of that corn and soybeans will be replaced by a beehive of activity, with construction workers transforming the farmland into a $1.4 billion plant.

Douglas County farmland auction nets $10,668 an acre

A roundup of agribusiness news:

NEWMAN — An auction of 196 acres of tillable farmland in Douglas County fetched about $10,668 an acre Tuesday, according to Champaign-based Murray Wise Associates, which managed the auction.

The bees' needs

Editor's note: Today kicks off an occasional new series in The News-Gazette. This story, and others that will follow, began as a project in a University of Illinois course called Science Journalism, taught by lecturer Jennifer Follis.

By Austin Keating

Area farmland prices dip more than rest of state

CHAMPAIGN — A recent survey of Illinois farmland values indicated a slightly sharper drop in East Central Illinois than in other parts of the state.

Seeds of Growth

URBANA — Shane Cultra has been on a domain-name buying binge, partly in hopes of taking Country Arbors Nursery to a national stage.

He already has claimed, which redirects users to the Urbana-based nursery's website.

Cold, dry days may be behind us

CHAMPAIGN — March in Champaign-Urbana was colder and drier than normal — the third consecutive month with such conditions.

But the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a return to more normal weather, and even above-average temperatures and precipitation over the next two weeks.

On The Town: 2014 Farm Leader

It was a celebration of leadership and agriculture at the banquet celebrating the 2014 Farm Leader Rick Nelson at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign on March 31, 2015