Champaign County Board committee OKs zoning change for solar farms

URBANA — Solar farms could soon become a reality in rural Champaign County.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 9-16, 2018


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What: Carnival operating daily until Aug. 11. Daily music entertainment, pig races and a petting zoo are free attractions. Daily livestock shows, food, exhibits and evening grandstand entertainment: barnyard tractor pull, Aug. 9; rodeo, Aug. 10; demolition derby, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

When: Aug. 9-11.

Tractor drive set Saturday to mark Vermilion County Farm Bureau's centennial

DANVILLE — To celebrate the Vermilion County Farm Bureau's centennial, nearly 50 farm tractors from the 1940s to modern day will travel in a caravan Saturday, starting at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds and stopping at Lincoln Park in Danville for a pork-chop lunch.

Andersons returning Danville railcar-manufacturing facility to its roots

DANVILLE — A railcar-manufacturing facility on Danville's east side that has struggled in recent years will return to its roots as a repair facility when The Andersons Inc. completes its $2.2 million purchase of it later this month.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 2-9, 2018


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Arborist group uprooting its international HQ after 50 years in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — The organization that certifies arborists is moving its Champaign-based headquarters to Atlanta next year.

Crops looking great, but low prices taking luster off expected yields

PHILO — While farmers are concerned about talk of trade and tariffs, they've also been busy growing what could be a record crop.

"It's looking really good," said Mark Pflugmacher, who farms in northern Champaign County. "We could use a little rain on the beans, but the corn looks phenomenal ... This is shaping up to be one of my best years on corn."

Entertainment listings, July 26-Aug. 2, 2018


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Kicking up some dust: A few words with Luke Bryan

PESOTUM — Big-time country is coming to a small town and a nearby field Sept. 28.

It's Luke Bryan's way of paying back, like his hit "Here's To The Farmer." In the "#HeresToTheFarmer" campaign, nearly 2 million meals have been donated and $140,000 went to area food banks and local farmers in each of the tour cities.

Rantoul hog plant adding equipment to prevent inhumane slaughter

RANTOUL — Officials at a Rantoul hog-slaughtering plant hope the addition of a second carbon-dioxide tunnel will prevent a reoccurrence of an incident earlier this year when two hogs were awake on a line that was taking them to a scalding tank.