Resumed soybean sales to China buoy U.S. farmers

BISMARCK, N.D. — The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 13-20, 2018


This weekend


What: "Snow" will fall over the holiday tree at Center Court while three holiday songs are playing. Also, visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. Special events — ugly sweater day, Dec. 13; pet night, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

When: 12:25, 3:25 and 6:25 p.m. Dec. 13-24.

Getting Personal: Kirk Builta

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Kirk Builta of Mahomet, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 2007 with a degree in agricultural education and is now executive director of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Area farmers acknowledge climate change but are split on causes, solutions

CHAMPAIGN — When farmers talk about GMOs, they often complain that consumers who claim to respect science ignore the research showing genetically modified crops are safe.

That's why Chris Hausman, a farmer near Pesotum, said he believes the science that humans are causing climate change.

Several area leaders named to Pritzker's transition teams

CHICAGO — Two top University of Illinois administrators will be part of Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's educational-policy transition committee.

Barbara Wilson, executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs for the UI system, and UI Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis will be part of Pritzker's "Educational Success Committee," announced Tuesday in Chicago.

Local experts who helped write climate report: Future's grim for farmers

CHAMPAIGN — If nothing is done about climate change by 2050, Midwest farmers could see their productivity decrease to a level not seen since the 1980s, according to a new report from 13 federal agencies.

Letter from Birdland | Chicks getting used to their new home

Birdland is damp and overcast. The snow has melted, and the leaves lie sodden on the ground.

Last week, before the snow, Michael had roto-tilled the earthen floor of the chicken coop, and scooped bushels of compost into the bins to age until spring, when we'll toss it into the garden.

The Law Q&A | Digging into the law on 'mineral rights'

A couple of weeks ago, a federal court ruled that dinosaur fossils found beneath the surface of a Montana ranch were a mineral right belonging to the ranch seller who reserved to seller "all minerals rights" in a deed given to the ranch buyers.

What the heck are mineral rights? How deep does one own land, anyway?

Entertainment listings, Nov. 22-29, 2018


This weekend


What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call before 3 p.m. Nov. 20 for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22.