Agriculture

Agriculture

Wired In: Carl Bernacchi

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a tech pioneer. This week, meet Professor CARL BERNACCHI, a USDA scientist with the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit at the University of Illinois. He studies the effects of climate change, focusing on crop species important to the Midwest.

Environmental Almanac | Creatures hunker down for winter in variety of ways

One of the great pleasures of coming to know the natural world is coming to see human strategies for coping with living on Earth in a broader context.

Take surviving winter.

Firefighters learn to wrangle more than blazes

CHAMPAIGN — It might not occur to many men and women who sign up to be firefighters that they could have to rescue a horse, a pig or a cow in addition to dousing flames.

But occasionally, first responders have to round up livestock from semi wrecks on interstates or lead animals from burning barns.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 24-31, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

Vermilion farm bureau sets talk on property taxes, assessments for Feb. 7

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is hosting an "Understanding Property Taxes and Assessments" informational meeting next month.

The program is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Farm Bureau Auditorium at 1905-C U.S. 150, west of Danville.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 17-24, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CELEBRATES LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Wired In: Donald Ort

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet DONALD ORT, the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Science and Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is the principal researcher in a project to see if yields can be greatly increased by getting around a chemical glitch in plants.

Just Askin' | Squirrel fitness

Q: Do squirrels lose weight during the winter?

A: There are a lot of factors in play, but according to a couple experts, squirrels likely will lose weight during the winter.

Ed Heske, a retired mammalian ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, said, "I'm sure they lose weight."

Entertainment listings, Jan. 10-17, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

JEFF DUNHAM

What: Comedian and ventriloquist on his "Passively Aggressive" Tour.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: $45.50 plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or statefarmcenter.com.

Next week

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CELEBRATES LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Farmers get more time to apply for bailout funds

CHAMPAIGN — As the federal government was in the midst of the third week of a partial shutdown, farmers were granted an extension Tuesday on a deadline to receive bailout payments.

Farmers had until Jan. 15 to apply for the assistance, part of a $12 billion package the Trump administration offered them after a trade war with China hurt crop prices.

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