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Earth Partners’ annual Coffee Shop Tour made its way to the Philo Tavern on March 27.
At the Philo Tavern stop, Dick Miller served as chairman, and Dennis Riggs was the auctioneer for a basket of locally produced products that drew a high bid of $4,300.
Earth Partners was established in 1993 and was a pilot program for the state.
A retired rural Sadorus farmer was the 45th person to receive the News-Gazette’s Farm Leader of the Year award during a banquet last Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Rural Sidney farmer Dennis Riggs presented “The Many Hats of a Farmer” at a Champaign County Chamber of Commerce breakfast entitled From Field to the Plate.
Sponsored by the chamber’s Agri-Business Committee and catered by Dish Passionate Cuisine, all those who attended paid the “farmer’s share,” $1, for a full buffet meal.
The Renewable Fuel Standard, Illinois’ budget woes and promoting agriculture to the public were among the issues discussed at the 102nd annual meeting of the Champaign County Farm Bureau last Monday at the I Hotel.
“The people in this room thrive on challenges; we call them farmers,” President Lin Warfel said. “As farmers, we meet the challenges head on.”
Initiatives for water quality, soil erosion, water management, wildlife habitat, prime farmland preservation, watershed management and education and public information were among the accomplishments of the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District in 2013.
Local residents gathered at the Philo Tavern last Thursday at a Coffee Shop Tour to raise money for Earth Partners.
Earth Partners is an agriculture education program for kindergartners through 12th graders. The program provides classroom materials for teachers and students.
Read the full story in the April 4 issue of The County Star.
Four area residents were among those honored at the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District’s 70th annual meeting on Friday.
University of Illinois Extension announces an upcoming screening of Deborah Koons Garcia’s film, “Symphony of the Soil,” in October.
This year’s annual College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Salute to Agriculture Day event at the University of Illinois is Saturday, Sept. 15.