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One of the great winter pleasures for gardeners is planning and dreaming about what they will grow come spring. One of the best ways to transform those dreams into reality is to browse through some … more
It is not quite a top-secret operation, but an opportunity to visit the garden kept by long-time friends Pat Padgett and Bill Clark requires an invitation and usually an escorted drive to the remote … more
The Edgar County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won every contest they’ve participated in this season but the four-member team has eyes on a bigger prize — the Illinois 4-H Livestock … more
What started as an admirable effort to save a hive of honeybees has become a small hobby business and is struggling against the forces of nature to expand.Brothers-in-law Terry Sullivan and Mark … more
As gardeners are considering what they will plant in their vegetable and flower gardens this spring, many are considering whether the choices should consider heirloom vegetables.Raising heirloom … more
STRATTON TOWNSHIP – Edgar County farmers are going full tilt taking advantage of good weather to plant this year’s corn and soybean crop.“From April 10 to the end of the month is … more
Debby Jo Holmquist and her Showgirlz Sheep Company of Paris made history at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., in November. Holmquist’s one-year-old ram … more
MARTINSVILLE – With the 2017 planting season quickly approaching, Dave and Jason Gross are feverishly working to prepare their equipment for sowing corn and soybeans.The father and son farming … more
Whether it was showing cattle, horses or participating in showmanship competition, it was another great Illinois State Fair for Edgar County participants.Wolf Mound’s Girl on Fire, owned and … more
MARTINSVILLE — Just over one year ago, the Jason and Jennifer Towles family began raising goats for healthy raw milk when Jennifer received a surprise Valentine’s gift from her husband. … more
CHRISMAN – A greenhouse is in operation on the Chrisman High School campus after an absence of several years.“We had a greenhouse before we built the junior high,” said agriculture … more
The aroma of 1,400 pounds of pork chops will fill the air at the Edgar County 4-H Fairgrounds this afternoon as the annual 4-H Barbecue is scheduled from 4-7 p.m.According to Brad Cash, who along … more
It’s possible to have a fine vegetable garden by buying young plants but experts say you will have a much wider range of possibilities if you start your own plants from seeds indoors.Not only … more
New babies are appearing daily at the Quinn family farm in Edgar Township, and right now twins and triplets are the norm.It’s lambing time and the Quinn family has their hands full keeping … more
Pride and achievement were on display March 17 for the annual Paris High School FFA banquet at Lake Ridge Christian Church. “I’m very proud to say that I’m the product of a … more
What began as a small garden for 4-H is now a two-acre plot filled with different varieties of vegetables and herbs after the Darin Kohlmeyer family found a niche to sell fresh produce at the local … more
It’s the time of year again to be thinking about what to get the farmer or rancher on your Christmas list.There may not be an easier person to buy for on a Christmas list, but there always … more
Drive any rural road in Edgar County and columns of dust are easily spotted where farmers are cutting beans and shelling corn.Harvesting started approximately two weeks ago and farmers are … more
CHRISMAN – An idea to support a community event has grown into a side business for Deborah Hale.When the Chrisman High School FFA started a farmers market three years ago Hale wanted to help … more
KANSAS – Kansas High School FFA is not just for students who aspire to be production farmers.The organization is for students who are future leaders wanting to make positive changes, and they … more
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