Woman's work saved calves' lives

RANTOUL — For Jan Allen, last week’s highway accident that put nearly 100 feeder calves in jeopardy was nothing new.

It was the fourth mishap involving animals in the last year that Rantoul Foods’ livestock-procurement manager responded to.

“Just like any other emergency, if it had been a bus, you look around, check to see if the driver is OK, and any passengers,” Allen said.

Wearing the blue: FFA students receive star awards; greenhands recognized

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School FFA members were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year when the chapter hosted its annual banquet May 4.

Students who received star awards were Adam Crites, star greenhand; Chase Carlson, star in agribusiness; Nicole Wolken and Karsin Harper, stars in agriscience research; and Raina Goodrum, star farmer.

Seven generations and counting: Keslers longtime area farmers

DEWEY—Jacob Kesler had career options, but when it came down to it, his best option was the one he had been around his entire life.

By his estimation, his family has been farming in the central and northern parts of Champaign County for at least seven generations, with Jacob being the seventh generation.

Time for a bad crop season? Maybe so, says Good

DEWEY — After three quality growing seasons, don’t be surprised if conditions are less than ideal in 2016.

Dr. Darrel Good, professor emeritus in the University of Illinois Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, isn’t a meteorologist, but he said many signs point to less-than-ideal weather this year for growing corn and soybeans.

Large farm auction set for Rantoul

RANTOUL — An auction has been set for later this month to sell a vast array of farm equipment and vehicles owned by the Lo family.

The Los are retiring from farming, according to the Hamilton-based auction house, Sullivan Auctioneers.

Thomasboro farm group harvests corn for low-income families

CHAMPAIGN — While its students may never attend high school on the 80 acres of land the Champaign school district owns in the northernmost part of Champaign, some low-income families in the district may be fed this fall thanks to the proceeds from 40 acres of crops that were harvested on a portion of that land recently.   

Former airman returns to see a different base

RANTOUL — Things have changed dramatically since Paul May served at Chanute Air Force Base.

Last week, vintage farm equipment traveled the runways formerly frequented by military aircraft.
May, of Kingsburg, Calif., wanted to be there to see it.

One-fourth of redwood tree big enough for home

It might not be one of the oldest surviving homes, but it’s built from some of the oldest material.

Allen’s Original Redwood Log Home — built by a former logger from a section of redwood tree — is estimated to be more than 1,900 years old. At least the tree is that old. The home has a more modern beginning.

Amish ice cream a popular treat at farm show

RANTOUL — Visitors to last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show in Rantoul had their choice of a wide range of food selections, including pizza, corn dogs, barbecued pork and hamburgers.

One selling homemade ice cream was among the busiest.

Electric motors turning the ice cream buckets made the ice cream an easy sell.

Plow man peddles his parts

RANTOUL — Steve Smith of Republic, Ohio, sat at his stand at last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show with a “Plow Peddler” sign nearby

“To me, plowing is a lost art,” Smith said.

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