Armstrong chapter marking National FFA Week

Armstrong Township High School is celebrating National FFA Week with activities.

Silver named to ExplorACES steering committee at UI

Carlee Silver, 21, of Gifford, has been named to the 2014 ExplorACES steering committee in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois.

Farmers, businesses working together to combat hunger

CHAMPAIGN — Area farmers and agri-businesses are banding together to fight hunger by growing corn and donating the revenue from it to the United Way of Champaign County.

Using the slogan “Farmers Feeding Families,” the group has arranged to lease a 42-acre plot in north Champaign and Urbana, with hopes of raising more than $30,000 for local hunger relief programs.

Farmall Super series began in 1952 with improvements

Here is a short history of the Farmall tractor line in conjunction with the restoration of a 1954 Farmall MTA in commemoration of Birkey’s Farm Store Inc.’s 60th anniversary this year.

Birkeys goal to raise $100,000 to feed hungry by raffling vintage tractor

Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. will celebrate its 60th year in business by doing something it has done for more than a half century – help to put food on the table for families.

Gifford area farmers fortunate

GIFFORD — Driving down Main Street in Gifford, one would be hard pressed to find a silver lining in the devastation left behind by the Nov. 17 tornado. But for many farmers, the events could have had an even greater effect on their livelihood had they come just weeks earlier.

Armstrong students to hear how science, technology impact the farm

ARMSTRONG — Students at Armstrong Township High School will learn how farmers are using science and technology to grow healthier food at a presentation Monday, Nov. 18, at the school.

They will also learn the impact on food, animal care and the environment.

Pat Titus of Titus Farms, Arcola, will address agriculture students starting at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through 2 p.m.

UI ag economist: Corn prices will drop again

DEWEY — Farmers adjusting to the lowest corn prices in three years can expect more of the same next year, a University of Illinois agricultural economist said last Wednesday.

County corn yield estimates in the 180-bushel range

SAVOY — Scouts scouring Champaign County corn fields have estimated an average yield of 180.7 bushels per acre this year.

That’s far better than last year’s 117-bushel estimated yield, when crops were suffering from drought.

But as Premier Cooperative CEO Roger Miller noted, it’s not as good as what farmers were expecting a month ago.

Bonding with his John Deere: Wisconsin man drives tractor to Rantoul show

Dean Rueden was wondering what he had gotten himself into.

Asked numerous times by friends and family if he was sure he wanted to make the approximately 350-mile trip from his home in Seymour, Wis., to the Half Century of Progress show in Rantoul, Rueden remained steadfast. He was looking forward to it.

No big deal to travel from one state to another to take in the show.

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