Take a look at this year's special Farm Focus section, which showcases Central Illinois agricultural producers. Have a story idea for our next edition? Email scott.perry@lee.net

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Arthur group offers opportunity to share ideas, solutions.

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A weed that Central Illinoisans see along roadways, at the edges of fields or at construction sites has been domesticated in Central Illinois into a crop that researchers say has the potential to help combat climate change and provide additional income to farmers.

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Sales from dispensaries across the state totaled nearly $128 million last month, a 10 percent jump from a record-setting $116.4 million in May.

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“It’s very different than it was 30 years ago, whereas every kid was from a farming background or grew up on a farm,” said Jaton Shaffer. “It’s definitely transitioned from that.”

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Richland Community College's agriculture and horticulture programs have grown and expanded in the last few years and offer transfer to a four-year university. 

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After surviving global trade wars and adapting to supply shortages and inflated input prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Central Illinois farmers are entering harvest season in economic limbo. 

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Agriscience teacher and FFA adviser Liz Harris said a freshman student's excitement and curiosity led her to secure a $10,000 grant to renovate the greenhouse at Normal Community High School.

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Sangamon Valley High School's ag education program has grown in the last few years and recently added a greenhouse to allow students to grow plants to sell. 

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Ahead of his first Farm Progress Show, Costello sat down with Lee Enterprises for an interview about Illinois agriculture and its place in the world. 

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One of the few family activities permitted last year amid stringent coronavirus restrictions — pumpkin farms often have plenty of outdoor space for social distancing — local agritourism stayed plenty busy last year.