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RANTOUL — Earlier this year, the Rantoul FFA received a $2,500 grant to help them fight hunger in Champaign County through the National FFA Organization’s Feeding Our World- Starting at Home initiative.
As part of the initiative, the FFA Food For All program helps FFA members understand the causes and effects of hunger and encourages them to take action in their communities.
Area farmers have been bringing in bin-busting crops of corn and soybeans in the Rantoul area — so much so that they might break records.
Maynard Birkey, customer service representative for Premier Cooperative, Dewey, said “there are some guys who have been rolling their eyes saying they can’t believe it.”
And beans might be doing even better than corn.
CHAMPAIGN — This year’s mild growing season with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures wasn’t just a boon to area corn and soybean crops. It also benefitted area flower and vegetable gardens.
At least those plants that don’t like hot, humid weather.
Dianne Noland, a horticulture lecturer at the University of Illinois, said the weather allowed her flowers to thrive longer.
Urbana — Twenty-four members of the Armstrong Township High School FFA chapter attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois Sept. 24.
The leadership conference focused on two groups of students, first-year FFA members and student leaders who currently hold officer positions in the local chapter.
RANTOUL — Rantoul police and fire departments and Rantoul Township High School FFA held a joint open house and fall fest Saturday on Grove Avenue.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Farm Bureau will host a Meet the Buyers event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Champaign County Farm Bureau.
RANTOUL — Police cars, fire trucks and garden produce. They’re all on a young person’s hero list.
OK. Maybe not so much on the garden produce, but that combination will be present at the Fall Fun Day Saturday, Sept. 27 in Rantoul.
CHAMPAIGN — Corn yield estimates across Champaign County are uniformly good, with this year’s average estimate topping the all-time record by 14 percent, scouts for Premier Cooperative said.
RANTOUL -- Farmer City's Monsanto site recently donated $10,000 from the Monsanto Fund as part of their 2014 site grant initiative to the Multicultural Community Center in Ratnoul.
The Multicultural Community Center (MCC) strives to meet the needs of a large number of agricultural migrant workers during seasonal employmen
RANTOUL — Dr. Kirsten Fantom pulled out a long metal device and asked children in the Community Room at Rantoul Public Library if they had any idea what it was.
They had no clue.
It was a device to help veterinarians give animals — particularly large animals — their pills. Yes, even four-legged creatures must take their medicine.