County ZBA to meet about solar farm on Thursday

A special meeting is scheduled for April 5 to continue discussion on proposed changes to the county zoning ordinance to address solar farms.
The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.

Trade issues among topics at Farm Bureau meeting

President Donald Trump’s threats to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement and anticipated tariffs and penalties against China were among the topics discussed at a Farm Bureau meeting last week.

Farm Bureau official: New Trump Adminstration appointees ‘get it’

Concerns over the state’s fiscal issues and trade agreements on the national level were among the topics most on local farmers’ minds as Mark Gebhards made the rounds for summer toolshed meetings last Tuesday.

Plow day attracts fans of antique tractors

Antique tractor fans brought the workhorses of the past to the Charlie Decker farm recently to reminisce.
The Decker family sponsored the seventh annual Plow Day on Nov. 5. Anybody with vintage tractors and plows is welcome to take part in the free event. Those plowing ranged in age from children to senior citizens.

Read the full story in the Nov. 17 issue of The County Star.

Carrie Busey students learn about farming during program

Students from Carrie Busey Elementary School last Thursday had a chance to learn a little more about agriculture.

Pesotum farmer honored

A Pesotum-area farmer was the 47th person to receive the News-Gazette’s Farm Leader of the Year award during a banquet last Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Event raises funds for ag literacy

“Agvocacy” — advocacy for agriculture — is more than a buzzword for the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation.
The organization recently sponsored its eighth annual Foundation Harvest Gala to support agriculture education from kindergarten through college.

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.

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