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Solar ordinance revamp continues

CLINTON — Members of the county board land use committee continued Monday working to improve language in its commercial solar energy production ordinance. Recommended changes to the ordinance will eventually move on to the Regional Planning Commission (RPC). State’s attorney Dan Markwell, who was not consulted in writing the original...
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Roth Pumpkin Patch seeing good 2021 harvest

MORTON, Ill (Heart of Illinois ABC) - It has been a long and hot summer in Central Illinois and the effects have been seen on local agriculture. Pumpkins tend to like a hotter and dryer summer, which has been the case in Morton through much of 2021. Roth Pumpkin Patch is seeing very promising yields as they have begun their harvest for Autumn 2021. They harvest each pumpkin by hand and have over a dozen varieties.
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Diesel lookout: The cheapest fill-up in Bloomington

(BLOOMINGTON, IL) You could be saving up to $0.59 per gallon on diesel in Bloomington, according to a recent price survey. The title of cheapest station in the Bloomington area went to Mobil at 610 W Raab Rd, according to a Tuesday survey by GasBuddy. Diesel was listed there at just $3.06 per gallon. The most expensive station in the city was $3.65, at Pilot at 1522 W Market St, the survey found:

Vineyards seeing good harvests after hot summer

KICKAPOO CREEK/MACKINAW VALLEY, Ill. (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Globally the summer of 2021 has been the hottest on record, but as we have discussed in the past this sometimes does not translate to the local region statistics. Despite that, it has still been very hot in Central Illinois and that aspect of summer is very important to vineyards and grape growing.

Financial decisions for farmers key as harvest season arrives

NORMAL — Now that everyone knows the September USDA numbers, the focus turns to actual yields out in the field this fall. “More importantly, we’ll see if the Chinese demand comes at us here,” said Curt Kimmel of Bates Commodities. “We’ve seen China only buy 132,000 tons of beans here and there so they need to step that up some.”

WGLT's Sound Ideas - Monday 9/13/21

Environmental Advocates tout equity provisions of the new energy policy bill that is supposed to help Illinois move to renewable energy. Reverend Tony Pierce of Illinois People's Action is a longtime advocate for fairness in the green-energy economy. The first black principal of Hammitt School in Normal talks about the importance of having an educator who looks like the students. Workforce educators say central Illinois needs more employees in the cannabis economy. And when the nurse giving you a shot tell you relax and this won't hurt a bit, they're not kidding. Fear of needles may be contributing to vaccine hesitancy.
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State Farm hosting STEM summit for girls to encourage interest in the field

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Insurance giant State Farm is encouraging girls to get interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math- or STEM. On Oct. 2, State Farm is hosting Tech Astra, a summit for 4-8th grade girls to learn about opportunities in STEM. Attendees will participate in hands-on learning labs,...

How State Farm event encourages girls in STEM

BLOOMINGTON — State Farm and the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College will host an event Oct. 2 to encourage girls to get involved in STEM. The Tech Astra Summit will be done over Zoom from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., providing girls in grades 4 through 8 the chance to learn more about STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math. The event is open to girls across the country, with registration ending Sept. 18, according to a press release from State Farm. Those interested can sign up at

Jean Payne honored for IFCA leadership

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Working together and keeping an open dialog were common themes during Jean Payne’s leadership at the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, and those qualities were reiterated at her retirement party Aug. 25. On hand to celebrate with Payne were former and current IFCA board members and staff,...

Corn yield survey projects McLean to surpass 2018 bushel record

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A yield survey by First Mid Ag Services estimates McLean County corn to average 231.45 bushels per acre. If the projection reaches fruition, it will break the previous record of 229.3 bushels per acre average set in 2018. Illinois’ top corn producers averaged 201.8 bushels per ace in 2020 and 198.8 the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Five recommendations for a successful farm building repair or renovation project

MORTON, Ill. — When planning to repair or renovate a farm building, there are many factors to consider to ensure a successful project. Following are recommendations from Dan Nyberg, training manager for Morton Buildings. The company’s repair business has renovated many farm buildings representing many brands across the country over the years.

8 stats for Clinton Lake and its nuclear plant

CLINTON — This year marks 43 years since Clinton Lake opened. The manmade reservoir provides cooling water for the Clinton Nuclear Power Generating Station in rural Harp Township. Here's a look at key numbers. 4,895. Acres of lake, which was created by a dam constructed at the convergence of Salt...

State Farm's Tech Astra Summit Seeks To Spark Girls' Interest In STEM Careers

Young girls across the country will have an opportunity to learn about the STEM fields at a virtual summit hosted next month by Bloomington-based State Farm. State Farm will host the one-day virtual Tech Astra summit on Oct. 2 for girls in fourth through eighth grade across the country. The summit aims to educate students about opportunities in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The event will include interactive labs and meeting women already working in the industry.