Rantoul food hub to be part of police, fire open houses

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.

Record corn crop expected locally too

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.

Monsanto fund donates to Multicultural Community Center

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

4-H Spin Club program brings agriculture to area children

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.

Historic Farm Days held in Penfield

PENFIELD — The annual Historic Farm Days was held last week in Penfield.

The show is sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

John Harvey, founder of the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar, was among those featured at the show. It included the John Harvey Hootenanny.

County agriculture becoming worldwide draw; Hardy's ranch among the stops

URBANA — It’s not the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or the Big Apple, but Illinois agriculture is drawing tourists.

Last year, about 40 international tour groups came to Champaign County to witness aspects of American agriculture.

Visit Champaign County, the local tourism bureau, figures those trips involved nearly 1,600 travelers and had an economic impact of about $390,000.

Earth Partners coffee tour visits Dewey Bank

DEWEY — Dewey Bank was host March 25 to Earth Partners’ coffee shop tour.

The event included a lunch provided by L.A. Gourmet.

Dave Gentry, agribusiness director, WDWS NewsTalk Radio, announced all of the contributors from the Dewey-Fisher community.

Jerry Wallace served as auctioneer. The coffee shop tour basket went to Val Hieser-Rogers.

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.

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