URBANA — One of the nation's biggest proponents — and practitioners — of urban agriculture said locally grown food provides both health and economic benefits to communities.
Will Allen, founder and CEO of the Growing Power nonprofit group, said he has spent the last 20 years proving that urban agriculture works.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Thanksgiving, what a wonderful time of year,
We celebrate with those we hold dear.
The barren fields are now brown,
Field work is beginning to slow down,
Ammonia is being knifed in,
Harvest is over, the crops in the bin.
I was complaining about all my leaves
Until I thought of Gifford, without their trees.
Tornado victims will rebuild,
Images from the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation's gala at Pear Tree Estates on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
DANVILLE — For two years, Joyce Schmitt has been asking the city of Danville to allow chickens in the city, and now that Champaign has written its new ordinance allowing them, Danville officials plan to consider doing the same.
December will be full of meetings aimed at improving your farming operation.
Pesticide training and certification
Agriculture work is still going on in Illinois despite the cold and wet conditions. With his weekly crop report, here's state crop statistician Mark Schleusener.
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CHAMPAIGN — The run-up in farmland prices has slowed considerably, and with farmers getting less money for corn and soybeans, area auction companies say they expect the market for land to continue to soften.
Last August, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers reported that farmland prices were rising an average of 1.9 percent to 3 percent.
A roundup of agriculture news:
SPRINGFIELD — There's a buzz about beekeeping this year.
The number of registered Illinois beekeepers has climbed by nearly 700, boosting the total to more than 2,500, the Illinois Department of Agriculture recently reported.
That development could be important to fruit and vegetable growers.