Microbiologist Mary-Dell Chilton founded Syngenta's biotechnology research labs in the 1980s.
(Photo: Syngenta)
June 04, 2015

Meet The Woman Who Pioneered GMO Research

At 76 years old, U of I graduate Mary-Dell Chilton is still working. The genetically-modified corn, soybeans and other crops that her research helped develop now grow on more than 170 million acres of U.S. farmland. Earlier this month, Chilton’s groundbreaking discoveries earned her a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Sign that Champaign Unit 4 placed at its Interstate Drive site, before two failed referendums last spring and fall.
(Jim Meadows/WILL)
May 12, 2015

Unit 4 Property To Be Used To Raise Soybeans

Champaign's Unit 4 Schools has leased land that was to be used for a new Central High School for growing crops for at least part of next year.


Vendors lined the parking lot selling produce, plants, sweets and more at the first Champaign Farmer's Market on Tuesday, May 5th.
Amanda Honigfort
May 05, 2015

New Champaign Farmers Market Tries A Few Things Differently

The Champaign Farmers Market will run every Tuesday evening through October 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in downtown Champaign. They think the location, time and doubling SNAP benifits and more will help them be successful. 


Pumpkin pie
Photo: United States Department of Agriculture
April 17, 2015

Commotion In The Capitol Over State Pie

Finally, pumpkin pie might be getting the attention it deserves from lawmakers in Springfield. Illinois grows 95 percent of pumpkins processed in the United States, and lawmakers have proposed a bill making pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.


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