Agriculture

SWCD gets help from county while awaiting state funds

The Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District is finding itself in a financially difficult situation to the state budget impasse.


Bragging rights for Piatt County farmers

Piatt County farmers found themselves in their own little Goldilocks zone last year: Not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, and not too dry – it was just right.


LaPlace residents concerned about zoning request

Nearly two hours of testimony by LaPlace residents convinced the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 21 to not recommend a zoning change for Topflight Grain Cooperative in the non-incorporated community.


Record soybean crop possible for Piatt County

“Good weather makes good farmers,” said Eric Miller when asked to peg why 2015 yields could match last year’s record crop production.


Sundrop Alpacas open to public Sept. 26

Sundrop Alpacas near Bement is taking part in its first National Alpaca Farm Days this Saturday, and those attending will get a treat: the possibility of seeing Bella, a 15 pound alpaca born on Sept. 15.


An enjoyable morning at the Farm Progress Show

I spent an enjoyable morning at the Farm Progress Show last week.

It was my first visit to the world’s largest annual ag exhibition since 1984, back when it still trekked from farm to farm in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, setting up its famous tent city to brighten up a rural landscape for the week.


Variance approved by county zoning board

Piatt County’s zoning board of appeals approved a variance for a rural Cerro Gordo landowner that would allow him to separate two acres from an 80-acre parcel of land.


Aquifer protection signed into law

Legislation granting extra protection to the Mahomet Aquifer and other aquifers in the state was signed into law Friday (Aug. 15) by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Lieb family honored for aquifer protection

Several generations of the Robert “Bob” Lieb family were honored when Gov. Bruce Rauner showed up in Monticello Saturday to announce the signing of a bill to add state protections to Illinois’ underground aquifers.


Small farms tour set for August

Those wishing to take part in a tour of local small farms should meet at 8:30 a.m. the Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, 108 North Washington in Mansfield on Aug.


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