Annual event draws fans of tilling soil the old-fashioned way

Vintage tractor enthusiasts brought yesterday’s workhorses to the Charlie Decker farm recently to compare their horsepower.
The Decker family sponsored the sixth annual “Plow Day” on Nov. 7. Anybody with antique tractors and plows was invited to participate in the free event, and no registration was required.

Read the full story in the Nov. 19 issue of The County Star.

NRCS announces EQIP application deadline

Illinois agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Unity West holds ag safety days

Unity West Elementary School had a Progressive Agriculture Safety Days on Sept. 18.
Carle’s Center for Rural Health & Farm Safety and its partners scheduled the event to help mark National Farm Safety and Health Week, which was Sept. 20 through 26.

Gifford tree planting planned

Last April, the Rotary Club of Champaign partnered with the Champaign County Farm Bureau and the tornado-ravaged Gifford community to help plant more than 200 trees with the help of more than 200 volunteers.

Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

Technology and the challenges of feeding a higher world population were among the issues discussed at the 103rd annual meeting of the Champaign County Farm Bureau.
Tolono area farmer Lin Warfel stepped down as president and thanked his wife, Kay, for her support.
“She counsels me very wisely,” Warfel said.

Read the full story in the March 26 issue of The County Star.

2015 Small Farms Webinar Series

The University of Illinois Extension Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational event for the small farm community that provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois.

2015 Invasive pest awareness workshops will focus on early detection and response

University of Illinois Extension has announced the dates for its 2015 Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Workshops covering important landscape and nursery pests, diseases, and invasive plants. Workshops will be offered at eight locations in Illinois beginning in January 2015.

Livestock Show winners named

Champaign County 4-H members and their beef, goat, sheep, swine, poultry and rabbit projects participated in the 4-H Livestock Show at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on July 24.
Erin Lopez, Sadorus, of the Sadorus 4-H All-Stars Club, was honored to receive the Esworthy memorial trophy as the winner of Swine Junior Showmanship.

4-H Livestock Show held

The Champaign County 4-H Livestock Show was held July 24 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana.

Historic farms sought for book

The publisher of an upcoming book honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to its publicity campaign has been overwhelming, despite the fact that a large number of farm owners still haven't heard about the project.

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