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Lineman up on electric pole

Illinois linemen “bring the light” to rural Bolivia

Twelve volunteer linemen, supported by 19 Illinois electric cooperatives and a matching grant from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) International Projects grant program, traveled to Bolivia on March 13. The three-week project included tackling the electrification of 62 homes, an orphanage, school and a community center in remote mountain villages, as part […]

Use your outdoor voice

Why does food taste better when it’s cooked over a campfire? Why is a star-filled sky the best nightlight ever made? Why is the call of birds the coolest concert around? Why does a body of water simultaneously excite and calm us? The answers may be elusive, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that […]

Irrigation in Illinois: Where there’s a well, there’s a way

As you drive through Illinois, it’s obvious from miles of green-ribboned fields that the state is a leading producer of corn and soybeans. But, you might be surprised to learn what other crops you might find in the state, and why they can be grown here. Thousands of years ago, when the last glaciers moved […]

Internships

Scott Hornblower remembers the very first day of his job at the Bloomington headquarters of agricultural cooperative GROWMARK. He knew exactly where to park, he was confident in the location of his office, and even was able to speak to a number of his colleagues on the way in the building. Not only was Hornblower […]

Three alternatives: the financial roadmap to college

New changes to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will impact approximately 22 million college students and families. Starting this year, students and parents can submit the FAFSA® application in October using the previous tax year’s income information. No longer will parents have to rush to make sure their taxes are filed […]

Farming exhibit with photos and antique farm implements

Farming in the great corn belt

More than 200 years of farming history will come to life on March 25 when the McLean County Museum of History opens its newest exhibit – Challenges, Choices and Change: Farming in the Great Corn Belt. The permanent exhibit housed in the Franklin Family Gallery has been almost four years in the making and will […]

Recognize THE BEST in Illinois.

Now is the time to voice your choice. We’re asking readers to pick the top 28 nominees covering food, destination, arts, things to do…and the list goes on. Top honorees of the 2017 Best of Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards will win from three regions in the state of Illinois – Northern, Central and Southern. You […]

Celebrating the sweet smell of success at the Illinois Products Expo

When people think about Illinois agriculture, they picture fields lined with rows of corn and soybeans, and cattle, pigs and chickens. They don’t understand how those raw products are transformed into food and other agriproducts, or appreciate the effort it takes to market them. Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and food processing is […]

Celebrating the sweet smell of success at the Illinois Products Expo

When people think about Illinois agriculture, they picture fields lined with rows of corn and soybeans, and cattle, pigs and chickens. They don’t understand how those raw products are transformed into food and other agriproducts, or appreciate the effort it takes to market them. Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and food processing is […]

Take two pets, and call me in the morning

“Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”       -Dean Koontz As you approach your house, you hear the familiar taps of nails on the tile floor. When you slowly open the door, you […]