Zoning change for cultivation center endorsed by Planning Commission

Monticello's Planning Commission Thursday (Sept. 4) endorsed a rezoning of property that will allow a potential cannabis cultivation center to locate further away from a pair of residential neighbors.

Zoning amendments endorsed by county ZBA

Several months after first being proposed, the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved text amendments that include the elimination of a five-acre requirement for home-based businesses located in areas zoned Agriculture or Agriculture Conservation.

Area crops doing well

Above average rain did little to thwart the good start to the area corn and soybean crop, according to an area agriculture expert.

“Really, the crop looks pretty fantastic right now,” said Dennis Bowman, a crop systems educator for the University of Illinois Extension Service. “It looks like a very big crop at this point.”

Farmers see future at aerial ag show

The first Precision Aerial Ag Show was hosted on July 9-10 at Progress City in Decatur, the home every other year to the widely popular Farm Progress Show. The show offered an opportunity for farmers and other agriculture professionals to be educated on the technology and usage of drones in their operations.

Fletcher nets Master Gardener award

On Friday, June 13 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers across the state came to Champaign to celebrate the success of their contributions to local communities

Krigbaum to keep busy as Piatt County Fair Queen

As the new Piatt County Fair Queen, Kristie Krigbaum will be plenty busy, but that’s nothing new.

The recent Cerro Gordo High School graduate played Bronco volleyball, basketball and softball for four years, in addition to competing in track for three years and cheerleading for two.

Monticello FFA nets Gold Emblem status

The Monticello High School FFA program was recognized as a Gold Emblem Chapter at the Illinois FFA convention June 10-12 in Springfield. FFA chapters submit their program of activities, along with goals and results and are judged. Gold is the highest honor that is awarded.

Farmer's Market back in Monticello June 19

The Monticello Main Street Farmer's Market returns this Thursday, June 19, and will continue from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 2 in front of the Community Building on North State Street (outside the Allerton Public Library).

Piatt County Fair starts June 17

Piatt County Fair Board President Don Ritchie has been involved with the local fair “pretty much since I could walk,” and is proud that the current-day offering keeps its agricultural roots while changing with the times.

Gardening for those on the go

The Piatt County Extension Service may have taken away your excuse to avoid gardening.

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