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  • Farmer turns to cover crops to improve soil
    For the first time in his farming career, Brian Niemann was unable to plant crops on all of the land he operates in Montgomery County. “I’ve never had this problem and my father has never had this problem, but this year I did not plant 160 acres,” Niemann said. 
  • Fisherman combines hobby with taxidermy
    Terry Page has been a fisherman almost his entire life. “My dad was a fisherman, and he built rods for a hobby,” said Page, who is a retired industrial arts teacher. Page caught his first fish when he was only 3 years old. 
  • Access to markets benefits farmers
    Access to markets, productive soils and byproduct feed availability are benefits enjoyed by Macon County farmers. “The No. 1 benefit for buying land in Macon County is our location to processors,” said Chase Brown, who farms near Warrensburg on the western edge of the county. 
  • Museum documents history of Macon County
    Visitors to the Macon County History Museum can tour the first courthouse in the county where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. “This courthouse was where Lincoln did at least five court cases and possibly seven,” said Nathan Pierce, museum director. 
  • High-yield plots smash 300, 100 barriers
    Completion of the transcontinental railway in 1869, the first around-the-world flight in 1924, breaking the sound barrier in 1947, the four-minute mile in 1954 and the moon landing in 1969 are just a small snippet of goals mankind has achieved. 
  • 5 reasons not to miss 2015 Farm Progress
    The premier agriculture trade show returns to Illinois for 2015, Sept. 1-3 in Decatur. The Farm Progress Show gives producers and farm companies the opportunity to connect face-to-face and discover how to build mutually beneficial relationships, said Matt Jungmann, show manager. 
  • New building highlights expansion project
    An Illinois community college has responded to a demand in the job market, which includes significant growth in agriculture-related fields, by expanding its offerings and constructing a facility to train more students for careers. 
  • Richland welding program suits Decatur native
    Even though Caleb Nale is training to be a welder, his career options are wide open. The 24-year-old Richland Community College student said he can pursue work with his welding skills in myriad locations and industries. 
  • Fulton County native runs both Illinois state fair events
    Fulton County native Patrick Buchen began May 5 as manager for both the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Avon, where his 90-year-old mother remains. 
  • Sale of Champions produces records
    Two records were set at this year’s Illinois State Fair Governor’s Sale of Champions. A 1,320-pound Hereford steer named Scotty broke last year’s record of $60,000 when he was purchased by Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois first lady Diana Rauner on Aug. 18 for $61,000. 
  • Have tractor for Deere parade?
    For the fourth consecutive year, the John Deere Pavilion in Moline on Sept. 12 will present the Quad Cities Area Heritage Tractor Parade and Show. The event will feature a variety of antique tractors and equipment, as well as blacksmith demonstrations.  
  • Future teachers work outside schoolhouse
    When Aimee Zepeda joined the Golden Apple Scholars, she had no idea she’d one day be scraping paint off the side of an old schoolhouse. But the chance to participate in community service is just another beneficial aspect of the program for her, Zepeda said. 
  • Iowa State cancels farm classes to avoid bird flu
    To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. 
  • Brothers give back to community for repairing home
    The Sabec brothers of New Lenox are growing vegetables that will be given to a community that helped them rebuild their crumbling childhood home. 
  • Indiana quarry discharge worries Illinois river watchers
    A new limestone quarry in northwest Indiana has permits allowing the discharge of water into a tributary of the Kankakee River, raising concerns in Illinois about fish habitat and flooding. 
 



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