All-female state FFA officer team elected

SPRINGFIELD – The all-female 2018-2019 Illinois state officer team was elected Thursday at the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention.

This marks the first time in the Illinois Association FFA’s 90-year history that all major state officers are women. The officers were installed Thursday afternoon to serve the Illinois Association FFA for the next 12 months.

She'd rather be farming: Agriculture in blood of new state FFA president from Fisher

FISHER — Sophia Hortin grew up preferring to drive a tandem grain truck to playing basketball. She would rather be tending hogs and working hard than toiling on the hardwood.

Farmer-judge remembered: 'I've never met anyone who didn't like my dad'

RANTOUL — Bonnie Henderson was a young girl, but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. Her father, Wilbur Flessner, climbed up the steps of his combine, ready to harvest.

Nothing special about that. Normally.

But this was different.

Expect lots of rain, reduced corn stocks

DEWEY — Area farmers can expect wetter-than-normal conditions the next two months, corn stocks to decline and more acreage to be planted to soybeans, according to two experts who spoke at a informational farm breakfast last week sponsored by Dewey Bank.


Preserving farming's past: I&I club has grown to more than 350 members

RANTOUL — Years ago, nearly everyone had someone in their family who was a farmer. Those days are no more.

Chuck Stelter, president of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, said that’s why members of the I&I club want to preserve farming’s past.

Suits trio joins American Angus Association

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Tanna, Connor and Logan Suits of Rantoul are new members of the American Angus Association.

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

Half Century farm show was largest yet

RANTOUL — The recent Half Century of Progress farm show drew the biggest crowd and the largest number of exhibitors in its 14-year history.

That’s the estimate of John Fredrickson, farm show chairman.

Bowman: Crop, stock & ledger


For Rantoul Press

It is hard for me to believe that just a little over four years ago, I started working with unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. Little did I realize how the demand for this information would consume my time, but it has been an incredibly exciting time.

Small bursts of rain are expected to lead to some disappointing results

CHAMPAIGN — Farmers were praying for rain at last week’s Premier Cooperative crop tour results meeting. When they left, it was sprinkling.

But like most of the storms this summer, last week’s rain was short-lived.

Fire destroys motor home on farm show grounds

RANTOUL — Fire destroyed a motor home on the grounds of the Half Century of Progress farm show.

It was one of three calls to which Rantoul firefighters responded early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said the cause of the motor home fire was undetermined. He estimated total damage at $30,000.

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