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.

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.

beautifully arranged variety of vegetables
April 16, 2015

Food Deserts Spreading In Rural Areas

The U. S. Department of Agriculture describes a food desert as: a neighborhood or town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.

Jarling's Custard Cup on 309 W Kirby Ave, which closed its doors last Monday when inventory ran out, has resumed operations on limited hours.
(Photo: Facebook)
April 06, 2015

Jarling’s Custard Cup To Re-Open Wednesday

A week after the popular frozen custard location closed its doors, the owners say they'll operate four days a week, beginning April 8.  There's no word on a new owner.

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