Agriculture

USDA invites applications for loans, grants to support renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems.


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.


Philo Tavern hosts annual Earth Partners Coffee Shop Tour

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.


Sadorus farmer honored with annual award

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.


Sidney farmer explains his ‘many hats’

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.


Champaign County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

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.”
 


Rural Sidney farmer honored

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.


Event raises funds for ag education

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.


Farm Leader Banquet 2013

News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year Jack Murray was honored at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.


Locals honored at SWCD meeting

Four area residents were among those honored at the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District’s 70th annual meeting on Friday.


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