News

UI Board Chair Kennedy Calls for Ag Support

UI Board Chair Kennedy Calls for Ag Support

Illinois needs a strategic plan for agriculture, according to the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

“Agriculture in Illinois is too important not to be managed with a massive, comprehensive strategic plan,” says Chairman Christopher Kennedy.

He says Illinois is great at producing corn and soybeans, good at food processing, but poor at funding research that will keep the industry going.

“The Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research, also known as C-FAR, at its height was receiving $15 million in state funds. It now receives zero. There is also a $3 million grant program called Agri-First, and again, there is no funding for that program today,” he said.

Kennedy says a strategic plan is needed due to the complexities in agriculture, which include land acquisition and preservation, transportation, the food supply chain, research, and deals with foreign companies and governments. He says in a state where most voters and all the political leaders aren’t farmers, they must be educated to support an agricultural agenda.

Recent Headlines

30 minutes ago in Local

Public Comments Invited on Rules for Medical Pot

Fresh
marijuana

The proposed rules for medical marijuana are now available for public comment

1 hour ago in Local

Fuzzy Language in Law Could Draw University Employees to Retire Early

Fresh
illinois logo

A wrinkle in the pension story in Illinois is the almost immediate retirements of hundreds of university faculty members

today in Local

WIU Acknowledged for Arts, Creativity

western-illinois-university

Small-town and rural Illinois are not devoid of creativity

today in Local

Public’s Help Needed to Identify Vandals

Updated
handcuffs

Vandals scratched vehicles and also used rocks and a BB gun to damage windows on homes between April 7th and 13th.

today in Local

Half of Sangamon County Mumps Cases “Resolved”

medical

Sangamon County Public Health Director Jim Stone says the county is grappling with a spike in Mumps cases.