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It’s been a “tale of two halves,” according to Wesley Walbaum of Advanced Agrilytics, an agronomic tech company.

SPRINGFIELD — After a one-year interruption last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois State Fair in Springfield is set to reopen today with some new attractions and safety requirements. Among the new requirements, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II sa…

“After a year where the world stopped, I felt including an exhibitor embracing the cow signifies the joy our youth are experiencing as they return to the fair,” said butter cow sculptor Sarah Pratt, of Iowa.

Mayor Gabe Clements said the petitioner recently bought the property and is seeking to keep only a few animals — perhaps one cow and a few chickens — on the property, not an entire herd of cattle as some believe.