CISSNA PARK — A Cissna Park farmer is appealing a 364-day sentence he received earlier this month for allegedly violating the terms of the probation he received for lying to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For Carson Robinson, agriculture is the path to Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.
Coming sooner than you’d think to a sky near you: vehicles like the ones George, Jane, Judy and Elroy Jetson used to take Astro for rides in. We didn’t believe it, either — until we asked automotive and aviation insiders what big changes they wouldn’t be shocked to see by the turn of the next decade. Here’s who we caught up with for chapter 2 of our monthlong look at what could be in store for dozens of industries between now and Dec. 31, 2029.
On Monday, the Kesler twins turn 95
CHAMPAIGN — Premier Cooperative Inc. has donated $5,000 to support the annual Agriscience Fair at the Illinois Association FFA state convention.
Chris Karr, a farmer and hog caller from Seymour, brought his collection to the show, but not to sell. He said the toys bring 'a flashback to what they did with Grandpa or their dad.'
FISHER — A group of teens invested in passing on agricultural-related knowledge to younger students is among the beneficiaries of a donation from Premier Cooperative.
John Jay, who served in Mahomet Township government and as chief of the Corn Belt Fire Protection District and a Champaign County Board member, died Thursday at age 77.
Among the 1,957 former students and faculty featured on our Gies College of Business-powered website: two-degree grad and 2019 D.C. Illini of the Year Scott Shearer, whose career in the agriculture industry included a five-year stint as deputy assistant secretary of the USDA.
Farm bankruptcies, the food and beverage tax increase in C-U, an infrequently used runway at Willard Airport, a problematic sign at Memorial Stadium, the new track at Champaign’s McKinley Field, farmland at Philo and Windsor in Urbana, and locally made toffee.
CHAMPAIGN — One person in Illinois has been hospitalized in connection with the latest multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, the state Department of Public Health announced Friday.
The lease for the land at the corner of Lincoln and Olympian drives had been put up for bid in August and a hearing was held in October, but Robert Lakey only heard about it after last week’s meeting.
URBANA — Former astronaut Scott Altman is one of two University of Illinois graduates honored with this year’s Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.
The Vermilion County Farm Bureau will hold its 101st annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Beef House Banquet Center in Covington, Ind. Doors open at 6 p.m. Illinois time with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.
Prairie Fruits wants to use the land the city owns just south of its operation near the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Olympian Drive to grow grain that could be used for bread, pizza dough and tortilla chips.
When Todd Horton heard Rantoul would be hosting the competition today and Sunday at the airport, he decided to bring back his glory days — with some coaxing from his family.
Each year, local farmers harvest the field between Olympian and Interstate drives for United Way, which distributes the proceeds to local nonprofits working in hunger or nutrition.
On Wednesday, a two-man crew with a crane truck was hoisting a new sign from the ground to front of the store at 1625 South Georgetown Road, Tilton.
NEWMAN — Fifteen local businesses have been awarded work so far in connection with the construction of the Harvest Ridge Wind Farm in rural Douglas County.
'It's ugly. It makes everything 50 to 100 percent harder,' said Dennis Riggs, who had all hands on deck Friday at his farm near Sidney get everything finished before rain lashed down all weekend.
On Thursday, the board's executive and legislation committee recommended a tax at the maximum rate allowed by state statute — 3.75 percent in unincorporated areas of the county and 3 percent in incorporated areas.
It's been slower than usual at the Premier Cooperative grain elevator in Rising, just west of Champaign. Farmers were late to start planting, so harvest is coming in late. But the elevator has slowed down in another way; with fewer small family farms, it's no longer the place to hang out.