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RANTOUL — By Virlon Suits’ estimation, there were about 50 one-room schoolhouses in northeastern Champaign County.
RANTOUL — Students who attended the Maplewood one-room schoolhouse had it pretty good — at least for that era.
They had indoor “plumbing.”
Indoor as in that they didn’t have to go to an outhouse to relieve themselves. The outhouse was actually an “inhouse,” although not in the modern terms of today.
RANTOUL — An estimated 240 people turned out for the first Rantoul farmers market of the season last week.
It kept the only food vendor — the Rantoul Township High School FFA chapter — busy.
The FFA chapter had sweetcorn, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes for sale.
PENFIELD — Every farmer knows that rain can throw a monkey wrench into things.
The wet conditions didn't make things too pleasant at this year's Historic Farm Days, hosted by the I&I club in Penfield, but it didn't stop them.
Most, if not all, of the activities went on as planned.
PENFIELD — A lot of green will be on site at the grounds of this year’s Historic Farm Days.
And it’s not just the green grass and fields boosted by a record month of precipitation.
John Deere will be the featured farm implement line at the show, sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club in Penfield. The show will be held this weekend, July 9-12.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County farmers continue to contend with ponding in fields, but in many cases, their situation isn’t as bad as that of other areas.
CHAMPAIGN — It may never be home to a new high school, as originally planned, but 40 acres of fertile farmland the Champaign school district paid $1.6 million for will soon see some activity — growing soybeans.
DEWEY — Dewey Bank recently hosted the Earth Partners 2015 coffee shop tour.
The event included a lunch provided by L.A. Gourmet.
Earth Partners’ goals are achieved through the agriculture literacy/agriculture-in-the-classroom program sponsored by Earth Partners’ contributors and the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation.
SPRINGFIELD — Five members of the Rantoul FFA chapter participated in the 2015 Agriculture Legislative Awareness Day in Springfield
More than 1,000 FFA members, advisors and supporters of agriculture education flooded Springfield for the event.
ARMSTRONG — The Armstrong Township High School FFA chapter will participate in National FFA Week Feb. 23-28.
This year’s theme is “Go All Out.” The FFA members have a week of activities planned.
On Monday, students had Blue and Gold Day to represent the colors of the FFA, and senior members were auctioned off to do work for senior scholarships.