Part of a 140-acre development tucked north of where Interstates 57 and 74 intersect.
NEXT UP: The Nelson family farm of rural Paxton and the Loda-Buckley area, operated by Rick and Pat Nelson, and their son and his wife, Mike and Manda. It’s a farm operation that extends back to 1910, started by Rick’s great-grandparents. Both Rick and Mike are Paxton High grads — 1970 and 2…
RURAL CHAMPAIGN — The number of farms in the United States was increasing at a rapid rate when Wilhelm Eichhorst bought an 80-acre tract near Leverett, north of Champaign, in 1887.
Starting today and continuing through harvest season, The News-Gazette will spotlight a Farm Family of the Week.
'There are so many kids who have grown up around here and have never seen a cow before.'
The state said that 2,392 acres of industrial hemp, or 87 percent of the acres planted, were harvested during the year. That was down from just over 2,800 acres in 2019.
This time any other year, the lobby inside the Premier Co-op in Tolono would be buzzing with farmers talking about winter weather, the Illini and what they got — or missed out on — for Christmas.
When it unveiled the project more than six years ago, Cronus said the plant would create 2,000 construction jobs and 175 permanent jobs.
'I’m especially grateful for the time I spent with our late CEO, Tom Tracy, who passed away unexpectedly last year. He was a mentor to me at a particularly pivotal time in my life and career. Given his untimely passing, I’m humbled to have called him a mentor.'
Denny Reifsteck over the last three years has donated the use of 3 acres of his farm ground, where he allows the high school's FFA chapter to grow crops.
'It’s a group of people that are A-No. 1 loyal and probably don’t get the appreciation they deserve. I think everybody should hang out at a grain elevator for a couple of hours ... to experience what the farmers are able to do to benefit the entire economy.'
Outdoor dining, expungements, Halloween trick or treating, Champaign high schools' progress, Urbana sunflowers, Daylight Saving Time, lights-out over an interstate bridge, the county treasurer's office and the best sledding hill in Champaign-Urbana.
MONTICELLO — AgCreate Solutions in Monticello has been awarded a $99,986 federal Small Business Innovation Research COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant that will help train farmers in the best practices when taking care of swine carcasses.
While edamame is the same species as soybeans grown on most farms, they’re a higher-quality version that is typically harvested by hand — making it much more expensive to grow.
Jake Lieb knows exactly where Lieb Farms’ missing bison are.
It’s just that the bison are holed up in a wooded area in the midst of thick, overgrown brush honeysuckle where people can’t get to them, Lieb said Friday.
Due to closures to meat packing plants, protein became more expensive and difficult to come by. Customers started flocking to Lieb Farms for their meat, which usually costs more than beef but was suddenly priced competitively.
Premier Cooperative Inc. has given Carle Rural Health and Farm Safety a $10,000 gift to support Progressive Ag Safety Days, an effort to make farm and rural life safer for kids and their communities.
EDP Renewables has finished construction on the 200-megawatt project, and its 48 turbines are now fully operational, it said in a release Thursday.
They will need to pay eventually, CEO Bob Hunzinger said, but Eastern Illini isn’t disconnecting anyone or collecting late fees while the pandemic is ongoing.