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Sustainable farming catching on in Illinois

Sustainable farming catching on in Illinois

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – “Sustainable farming” is catching on in Illinois. The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District has developed a scoring system to help farmers evaluate how conservation-minded their practices are.  The program, now used in 43 (and counting) Illinois counties, is S.T.A.R. – Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources. “The farmer can complete a…MORE

Hy-Vee announces recall due to undeclared allergens

Hy-Vee announces recall due to undeclared allergens

  By Katherine Murphy BLOOMINGTON– Hy-Vee Fresh Commissary, based in Ankeny, Iowa, is recalling more than 6,000 pounds of ready-to-eat beef and chicken products due to mis-branding and undeclared allergens, according press releases from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Hy-Vee. The undeclared allergen is milk. The products were produced on Sept. 7 & 8, 2019.…MORE

Crops enter the home stretch under favorable conditions

Crops enter the home stretch under favorable conditions

  By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD– As the Illinois cash crops prepare to head down the stretch, the conditions and progress are halfway decent. USDA Illinois statistician Mark Schleusener says 75 percent of corn is in the dough stage, 34 percent in the dent stage, with about half in good to excellent condition. 93 percent of…MORE

PODCAST: Don Meyer, McLean County Ag. History

PODCAST: Don Meyer, McLean County Ag. History

In his July episode of McLean County Ag History, Don Meyer explains how 88 acres of what was once farmland is tied to local schools, businesses and a wealthy beer baron. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE: MORE

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WJBC Voices: Irish chutzpah

By David Stanczak Many years ago, a friend of mine explained by way of example, the meaning of the term “chutzpah.”  He said it’s like a kid who killed his parents asking the court for clemency on the ground that he’s an orphan.  While the term is Jewish, and incredibly colorful, it’s an equal opportunity…

WJBC Voices: New name, new mascot

Several years ago, after the Politically Correct Athletic Association extorted the University of Illinois not to use any Native American symbols for its teams, I declared the name Fighting Illini meaningless…