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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.
A demonstration of field and wash equipment for small vegetable farms will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm (SSF).
The following equipment will be demonstrated:
· Lay-down weeder
· Water-wheel transplanting system
· Multiple tool-bar setup for an Allis G Electric tractor and how it fits into system
With the evolution of technology and lifestyles on farms, the outbuildings that once studded the landscape have often become obsolete. But some area people have found ways to repurpose those old structures and to give them new life as functional living spaces.
Visitors to the 2012 University of Illinois Agronomy Day on Aug. 16 are invited to visit the U of I Arboretum’s booth to register for guided tours of the arboretum. Tours of Japan House (including a tea ceremony), the Idea Garden, and the Pollinatarium will also be available.