Entertainment listings, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2018


This weekend



Top of the Morning, Sept. 27, 2018

It didn't take financial aid to turn JOSH McWILLIAMS into a fan of LUKE BRYAN.

The Illinois State University grad student was hooked on his music long before he became a recipient of the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship.

Luke Bryan yearns for 'heart-of-the-heartland type of feeling' in Pesotum

PESOTUM — By the time Luke Bryan goes on stage Friday in the middle of a farm field in Pesotum, there might be a bit of a nip in the air.

And for the Georgia native, that's part of what makes traveling to Midwest farms during his Farm Tour special after taking a few years off from the region.

UI's 'Feed the Future' project extended thanks to $6 million from USAID

URBANA — A University of Illinois research project that aims to bring food security to Africa is getting $6 million in federal money.

Officials gathered Monday on campus to announce the grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, which will extend the life of the "Feed the Future" project for another three years.

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.

Wired In: Yi Lu

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech leader. This week, meet Professor YI LU, a chemistry researcher at the University of Illinois. His team has found a novel way to help clean up contaminants that are destroying our environment, as laid out in their report published in the journal Science.

4-H Hall of Famer heads back to her family's roots

SEYMOUR — Even after retiring from her "real" job, Kathy Mullins is still working hard.

For years, she was a program coordinator with the Champaign County 4-H, for which she was named to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Now, she's taken over the family farm after her uncle, Vincent Early, died in January 2017.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018


This weekend


What: A day full of family fun. Pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, free kids games and straw maze, local food trucks and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Cost: One Pudgy ticket, $1.

Open house to show community how farm sparks students' outdoor interests

CHAMPAIGN — If you had asked an eighth-grade Mona Jawd about her future in edible landscaping, you might have gotten a blank stare in response.

But pose the same question to the now-high school senior at Centennial, and you'll get far more.

"It's something I became really passionate about — it's part of my calling," Jawd said.

UI professor to lead $5 million study on switchgrass as biofuel

URBANA — For the past several years, a University of Illinois professor has been developing a variety of switchgrass for biofuels called Independence.

At the University of Nebraska, other researchers have been developing a variety called Liberty.

A new $5 million U.S. Department of Education grant will study real-world applications for these and other varieties.