Agriculture

Rantoul FFA receives $2,500 grant to fight hunger

RANTOUL — Earlier this year, the Rantoul FFA received a $2,500 grant to help them fight hunger in Champaign County through the National FFA Organization’s Feeding Our World- Starting at Home initiative.

As part of the initiative, the FFA Food For All program helps FFA members understand the causes and effects of hunger and encourages them to take action in their communities.


Harvest could be a bin buster in area

Area farmers have been bringing in bin-busting crops of corn and soybeans in the Rantoul area — so much so that they might break records.

Maynard Birkey, customer service representative for Premier Cooperative, Dewey, said “there are some guys who have been rolling their eyes saying they can’t believe it.”

And beans might be doing even better than corn.


Mild summer was good for growing gardens as well

CHAMPAIGN — This year’s mild growing season with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures wasn’t just a boon to area corn and soybean crops. It also benefitted area flower and vegetable gardens.

At least those plants that don’t like hot, humid weather.

Dianne Noland, a horticulture lecturer at the University of Illinois, said the weather allowed her flowers to thrive longer.


Armstrong FFA Oct. 1

Urbana — Twenty-four members of the Armstrong Township High School FFA chapter attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois Sept. 24.

The leadership conference focused on two groups of students, first-year FFA members and student leaders who currently hold officer positions in the local chapter.


Rantoul police, fire, FFA hold open house

RANTOUL — Rantoul police and fire departments and Rantoul Township High School FFA held a joint open house and fall fest Saturday on Grove Avenue.


Meet the buyers event for Rantoul food hub set Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Farm Bureau will host a Meet the Buyers event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Champaign County Farm Bureau.  


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.


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