Many in the agriculture industry came out to the Dudley Smith Farm near Pana for the farm's field day. The Dudley Smith Farm works in conjunction with the University of Illinois Extension to research various ag related topics.
Local Farm Broadcaster Jared White was live at the farm for the field day, and spoke with several notable names in the local agriculture industry, one of which was Vickie Jarrell, Associate Director of the Illinois Ag Experiment Station. Several local producers are already using research done at Dudley Smith on their own operations, which Jarrell says is why it's there.
Due to the unique funding and in turn, stability of the Dudley Smith Farm, the U of I has unique abilities to conduct research that they may not have had the ability to conduct otherwise.