Scientists plan April 22 protest march

CHAMPAIGN — Scientists locally and across the country say they've had enough of the Trump Administration not supporting science in the way they feel it should be.

So on April 22 — in Champaign, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere — they're planning "March for Science" events to raise awareness to some of the crippling cuts that have been proposed in areas of science.

Ag pick seeks to reassure farm-state senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nominee for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to work with Democrats to create jobs in the struggling industry.

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The Great Outdoors: Birding season, kayaking anglers, deer website

On Wednesdays, staff writer Tracy Crane shows her wildlife side. Email tips to

Birding season warming up

U.S. group seeks better access to China's farm goods market

BEIJING (AP) — An American business group appealed to China on Tuesday to ease import restrictions on agricultural goods including genetically modified seeds and other biotechnology, highlighting complaints Beijing blocks market access despite its vocal support for free trade.

China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls

BEIJING (AP) — China's trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports — including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate — that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce.

Weekend Planner: A bit of kiddin' around

To Prairie Fruits Farm, spring on the farm means "Babies and Breakfast," an open house that serves up local foods and visits with the adorable baby goats. The first one takes place from 9 a.m. to noon today, and visitors will be invited to see the more than 100 baby Nubian and LaMancha goats born this spring, a record for the homestead creamery that opened in 2005 at 4410 N. Lincoln Ave, C.

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Kids dig chicks

DANVILLE — Danville Lutheran School preschool teacher Sue Heidle has had a few more little ones to keep track of recently.

That's because 15 of 22 eggs the Vermilion County Farm Bureau dropped off in February hatched into fuzzy yellow chicks last week.

Hardly hog heaven

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FITHIAN — Gabe Shepherd has been around hog barns since he was a kid.