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.
High winds keep firefighters busy on Wednesday
'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.'
While COVID-19 hurt crop prices earlier this summer, the disease hasn’t affected farmers as much as in other industries.
URBANA — The University of Illinois’ new feed mill is almost ready to open.
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.
The Champaign creamery has been producing 800 6-ounce containers a week of fresh goat cheese for a USDA program aimed to help farmers and food banks during the pandemic.
As for those who were looking forward to The Beach Boys concert July 23 and country singer Billy Currington July 24, well, maybe another year.
Safe reopening guidelines for various business segments, from hair salons to child care centers, have been spelled out on a new website called Champaign County Safe.
The Morrow Plots won’t be affected by the pandemic, nor will most crop research on the UI's South Farms, said Allen Parrish, who oversees them. But Stephen Long, director of the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency project, said his work has been affected.
A day after the Ford County Board approved a resolution saying business owners should have the opportunity to reopen if they choose — with safety precautions taken — some business owners were all for it. And some were hesitant.
Nelson Cuevas, director of Cultivadores Latino Center, said some residents think they are to blame for the jump in COVID-19 cases and have made negative comments to him.
'Farmers are taking a semi load to the packing plant, for example, and then find out at the front gate that the plant is not open that day, or is at the minimal capacity, so they end up driving back home,' said Adam Nielsen.
About 450 of its 650 employees remained to be tested Friday as SafeWorks Illinois and OSF HealthCare nurses arrived to begin testing for all workers on the plant grounds. By the end of the day Friday, they’d tested 201, with plans to continue testing all day today, according to SafeWorks.