Arugula has become a trendy green from the Old World
Good Growing

Arugula has become a trendy green from the Old World

Arugula has been trending these past few years. You can bet if you turn on a cooking show, they'll probably be using arugula at some point.

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Identifying drivers of corn photosynthesis could influence breeding
Farm and Field

Identifying drivers of corn photosynthesis could influence breeding

Plant leaves are riddled with tiny pores that open to bring in carbon dioxide, the gas converted into sugars through photosynthesis.

There's more to landscape design than meatballs and mulch
Good Growing

There's more to landscape design than meatballs and mulch

Heavily trimmed "meatballs" and mulch may be desirable to many, but I cannot buy into this type of yard.

Managed pastures pay dollar returns
Farm and Field

Managed pastures pay dollar returns

When managed well, pastures add dollars to farms. University of Missouri economists report an added output of $125 million per year from using skills taught for management-intensive grazing at grazing schools.

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Swine facility near Columbus gets state approval

The Gin Ridge swine facility has received a final determination letter from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Adams County Board votes to recommend proposed swine operation
Illinois News

Adams County Board votes to recommend proposed swine operation

A noticeably conflicted Adams County Board voted Tuesday night to recommend that the Illinois Department of Agriculture approve a new swine facility near Loraine. Eleven board members voted in favor of the recommendation.

Illinois News

Pike-Scott Farm Bureau to host Pike County candidates forum

The Pike-Scott Farm Bureau and Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host a county candidates forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau auditorium, 1301 E. Washington St.

Basco man breaks Illinois record with 300.5 pound watermelon
Agriculture

Basco man breaks Illinois record with 300.5 pound watermelon

Joseph Young, a Basco, Ill. man whose hobby is growing monstrous fruit, pulled a 300.5 pound watermelon from his garden this year.

Local Christmas tree farmers hopeful tradition will trump convenience
Agriculture

Local Christmas tree farmers hopeful tradition will trump convenience

The Mathews family is not concerned about Amazon's recent announcement that the online retailer will begin selling and shipping real Christmas trees up to seven-feet tall this year.

Organic farmers worry proposed hog facility may contaminate crops
Agriculture

Organic farmers worry proposed hog facility may contaminate crops

Sunset Lake Organics owners Randy and Crystal Clair worry that a proposed swine facility, County Line Swine, which is 2,200 feet from their home and farm, could threaten their livelihood.