Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:57 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new federal report shows Illinois has lost nearly 1,800 farms, though an increase in the state's agricultural acreage perhaps reflects consolidation.
The findings come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's farming census conducted every five years. The latest figures are as of 2012.
The report shows the number of farms statewide fell by 1,773 to 75,087 between 2007 and 2012. But the farm acreage rose to 26.94 million, up more than 162,000 acres.
The census also showed that the average size of an Illinois farm climbed by 11 acres, to 359.
Nationwide, the report says the number of farms slip 4.3 percent to 2.1 million, with the total amount of agricultural land relatively flat at 922 acres.
The report is used in evaluating and implementing agriculture policies and programs.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:35 Published in Local News
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) - The Fort Leonard Wood Army base in south-central Missouri is expected to lose 1,000 soldiers by October 2015.
Base spokeswoman Tiffany Wood confirmed the cuts to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She says it is part of budget cuts throughout the U.S. military.
Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, who oversees Fort Leonard Wood, discussed the cuts Wednesday at a town hall meeting on the base. Wood says Army officials told base leadership two weeks ago about the cutbacks.
About 7,000 uniformed personnel work at Fort Leonard Wood, along with 12,000 military personnel there for training and 9,000 civilian employees
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:58 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A survey finds that Illinois leads the nation in the amount "green" building space it has.
The U.S. Green Building Council announced its top states Tuesday for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - or LEED.
Illinois certified 171 projects representing 29 million square feet in 2013 - or 2.3 square feet per resident.
The Green Building Council says LEED buildings use sustainable building design. They use less energy and water, saving money and reducing carbon emissions.
Top LEED projects certified in Illinois in 2013 included the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie; a 57-story tower at 300 North LaSalle Street in Chicago; the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria; Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Springfield's Workforce Careers Center at Lincoln Land Community College.