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Drew Daniels of Vandalia shared this photo of 8-year-old Jacob Daniels, who shot his first turkey, taken on during the 2012 youth season in Fayette County. The tom had an 11-inch beard, weighed 21 pounds, and had 7/8 inch spurs.
"We all know legislators are only as good as their word until the next election," said Richard Pearson, director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. "Now we've got a legislative decision and a court decision." STORY & COMMENTS
A new bank in the Rock River Valley is filling up with wildflowers and grass, not coins and currency. The wetland bank, as it’s called, is 82 acres of farmland in southeast Winnebago County that’s being transformed into wetland, a valuable commodity that provides habitat for plants and animals while filtering pollutants from the soil before it reaches rivers, streams and groundwater sources. STORY & COMMENTS
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the federal government will accept 1.7 million acres of additional farm land into the Conservation Reserve Program under the general sign-up for the current year. STORY & COMMENTS