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.

Getting Personal: Kris Ehler

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 40-year-old Thomasboro resident KRIS EHLER chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Ehler is a certified crop adviser, master soybean adviser, farmer, DJ and volunteer.

Where did you learn your DJ skills?

Entertainment listings, Jan. 3-10, 2019


This weekend


What: Hosted by Champaign County and Vermillion County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders. Lots of farm toy vendors and collectible items with a live consignment auction.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5. Auction, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 W. Killarney St., U.

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting | Are livestock haulers running on empty?

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Entertainment listings, Dec. 27, 2018, to Jan. 3, 2019


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: 5 to 11 p.m. daily through Dec. 31.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

Seymour-area farmer's field yields to no other in the state

SEYMOUR — When Paul Klein started farming in 2002, he expected soybean yields around 70 bushels an acre.

In one field this year, he topped 110 bushels an acre, making him the winner of the Illinois Soybean Association's annual 100-Bushel Challenge.

"This is the first year we've been able to achieve 100 bushels an acre yield on a weight-confirmed test," he said.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 20-27, 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, make a reservation.

When: 12:25, 3:25 and 6:25 p.m. Dec. 20-24.

Where: Market Place Shopping Center, 2000 N. Neil St., C.

Grandin to Vermilion FFA students: 'You have to be a good observer'

DANVILLE — About 70 Vermilion County FFA students gathered at Danville Area Community College on Tuesday to get a lesson in cattle handling from a leading expert in the field.

15th annual Illini Farm Toy Show set for Jan. 4-5 in Urbana

URBANA — The 15th annual Illini Farm Toy Show will be held Jan. 4-5 at the Garden Hotel, 1001 Killarney St., U.

The show runs 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for youth 6-12. Children under 6 get in free. They will be available at the door.

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.