September 20, 2013

Edamame: A Future of the U.S. Soybean

There are more than 77 million acres of soybeans in the United States. Very few of these beans will be consumed directly out of the pod by us. However, there is a push to grow more varieties suitable for vegetable crop production.

Edamame: A Future of the U.S. Soybean


September 01, 2013

The History of Labor Day

LISTEN - Labor Day Radio Story

From U.S. Department of Labor Website

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.


Flood waters surround a grain elevator in Alton, Illinois.
August 16, 2013

The Great Flood of 1993

The summer of 1993 brought with it record rainfall. The flood those waters spawned on the Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers was of historic proportions. Todd Gleason traveled with a group of volunteers from Champaign County to the water's edge where they worked to hold back nature. He produced this radio portrait of the scene on the Illinois River


August 06, 2013

Meds & Food for Kids – soybean for nutrition

A cooperative grant effort between the National Soybean Research Lab based in Champaign, Illinois, the United States Department of Agriculture, and a Haiti based Not-for-Profit called Meds & Food for Kids is working to fight malnutrition in the Caribbean nation while at the same creating economic prosperity. Todd Gleason files this report from the north end of the island.

Meds & Food for Kids – soybean for nutrition


We believe these live pigs were being carried to market strapped to the back of a motorcycle.
Todd E. Gleason, University of Illinois
July 25, 2013

Pigs on a Motorcycle

Yup, you can take two pigs to market on the back of little motorcycle. 

Pigs on a Motorcycle


Close up of the face of a world war two veteran. He has a retrospective look, and is wear a world war two hat.
Todd E. Gleason
May 22, 2013

Honor Flight May 21, 2013

Tuesday, as some of you may already know, I flew to Washington, D.C. with my father on an Honor Flight. It is a most moving experience. Dad is a WWII vet and among only a handful on this trip. Most were Korean Era vets. You can see photos taken during the day using the link below. If you are or know a WWII or Korea era vet and can travel (at all) please do not miss this opportunity. Honor Fights are extraordinary events. 

Over this Memorial Day as we remember the fallen, please take time to thank those that served along side them. Freedom comes at a price, and a few have paid with their lives, many have paid with their service. We thank all of them. 

Todd Gleason, Guardian - Central Illinois Honor Flight

tgleason@illinois.edu


March 16, 2013

Costa Rica Study Abroad with Parkland College

This is the worst soil I have ever seen, at least at this pineapple field. They tilled them with track hoes. Really I am not kidding. Here's some more videos of what we've been up to this week.


October 09, 2012

WILLAg Meteorologist to Red Bull Stratos

This week WILLAg Tuesday Closing Market Report Meteorologist Don Day is creating history. Don is also meteorologist to the Red Bull Stratos team attempting the highest space jump ever...
...Todd and Dave wish Don and jumper Felix Baumgartner all the best in this historic human endeavor.


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