Dec. 7 Ag Briefs


Father, son killed in northern Illinois pipeline explosion

NACHUSA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois say a father and son were killed in a natural gas pipeline explosion while working on a farm field.

Officials on Wednesday said 59-year-old father Rory Miller of Amboy and 30-year-old son Ryan Miller of Oregon died in Tuesday morning’s explosion near Nachusa, Illinois.

Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington said autopsies were performed Wednesday morning but official causes of death were pending pathology results.

Meanwhile, Sauk Valley Media reports that the National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the explosion.

A spokesperson for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said two others were injured, including 20-year-old Michael Koster of Sterling. 

He’s in critical condition at a Rockford hospital. Another man was treated and released.

Officials say the explosion happened after the pipeline was struck by a tractor.

Nachusa is about 95 miles to the west of downtown Chicago.

NY farmers donate 9 million pounds of food to food banks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has received an early holiday gift from its farmers: 9 million pounds of food donated to food banks around the state.

The New York Farm Bureau announced the contribution on Tuesday. It’s part of the organization’s annual “Harvest for All” program that encourages farmers to donate local agricultural products to state food banks.

The Farm Bureau says this year’s number could rise in the year’s final weeks.

Last year, farmers contributed more than 13 million pounds of food.

Local food bank directors say hunger is an increasing problem with more families, seniors and even college students relying on soup kitchens and food pantries for food.

New York state food banks distribute more than 225 million pounds of food to almost 3 million people annually.

City officials approve funding to restore 90-year-old barn

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — City officials in Steamboat Springs plan to help restore a nearly 90-year-old barn and relocate it to a more prominent spot in the city.

Steamboat Pilot and Today reports the city council on Tuesday voted in favor of providing funding for the project that seeks to move the Arnold Barn to a location in front of the Steamboat Grand Hotel.

The action comes after several residents pushed the city to support the project and use the barn as a symbol of the city’s western heritage.

The barn was built in 1928 to shelter dairy cows on the Arnold family farm.

Council members who supported the project say the location where the barn will be placed is ready for new developments.

Other council members voiced concerns of possible escalating costs.