Agriculture

One-room schoolhouses were located every 2 miles

RANTOUL — By Virlon Suits’ estimation, there were about 50 one-room schoolhouses in northeastern Champaign County.


Preserving a bygone era: One-room schoolhouse moved from near Rantoul to I&I site in Penfield

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 farmers market an early hit

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.


Rain can't stop annual Historic Farm Days

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.


Historic Farm Days run through Sunday

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.


Heavy rains affecting area farms

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.


Tboro farmer tilling land that will benefit United Way

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 Bank hosts Earth Partners tour

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.


RTHS FFA visits Springfield, learns about legislative process

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 chapter celebrating National FFA Week

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.


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