Archie the black bear faces an uncertain future

The state Department of Agriculture has regulatory authority once administered by the state Department of Natural Resources, and its reach has extended to a family in Lodi. Jeff Gillium has owned a black bear named Archie for over 30...

Crop production programs offered

What do farmers do during the winter? They market their crops, fix machinery, and plan for upcoming crops. Planning is key since farmers have one chance to grow a successful crop each year. They have to prepare for unknown risks such...

Where was the Findlay Market?

Q: During the 1800s, there was a Findlay Market. Where was it? Were there rented rooms above it? — Mary Heldman, Jenera. A: The Findlay & Mosier Meat Market, owned by James Findlay and Phillip Mosier, operated on West Main...

States banning use of drones for hunting, fishing

There is a concern that there could be unauthorized drone strikes in Illinois and state Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield Township, is ready to do battle with them. The pro-hunting senator, encouraged by those concerned with quickly...

Deadline nears for nominations to county Agriculture Hall of Fame

Hancock County recognizes people who have contributed to agriculture, because farmers and agri-businesses have added to the county’s economy since the pioneers. The Hancock County Agriculture Hall of Fame award recognizes those...

How do you keep a monocle in place?

Q: We’ve been watching “Hogan’s Heroes” reruns and we see nothing holding Col. Klink’s monocle in place. How is this done? — Marilyn Siger, Findlay. A: Wearers wedge the monocle into the outer orbit...

Farm Bill to assist trout, salmon conservation

The Natural Resource Conservation Service has chosen its first projects funded by the Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The projects will assist trout and salmon conservation on farms and ranches across the...

Webinars benefit livestock producers

The beef industry had record prices last year. The availability of beef was tight because of herd reductions during years of high grain prices and limited forage caused by droughts in the West. Steak and hamburger lovers are seeing the...
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