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From blue jacket to Illini orange — Doyle Karr’s colorful career in agricultural communications

What seems like not long ago, Doyle was a young child growing up on his family’s farm in Wapella, Illinois. The sixteenth of nineteen children, Doyle held responsibilities on their farm just as his siblings did: milking cows, collecting eggs, and working in the garden. 

In the blink of an eye, Doyle Karr, a 1986 graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, found himself standing on stage in front of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences’ graduating class of 2024 as a distinguished alumnus and this year’s keynote speaker.  

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Visiting a country rich in love, faith and hope

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Sierra Leone — nicknamed Salone by many who live there — is one of the poorest countries in the world. But it’s rich in other ways … with love, strong faith, and hope for the future. I spent my spring break in Freetown, the city where freed slaves returned to Africa.

With five Illinois College of Media journalism students and two professors, we shot b-roll, conducted interviews, and collected audio to create a documentary on mitigating period poverty.

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Sisters’ unique paths in ACES stem from shared adventures on the farm

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Since we were young, my sister and I have embraced our differences, but found joy and passion in similar things. 

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Building careers in ag: ALEC students help unveil new James F. Evans Center at AgRally

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One thing the College of ACES is never short on is hands-on experience. Last week, Jersey Hesse and Erica Johnson, both Agricultural Communications program students, were invited to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend AgRally 2024 -- a celebration of National Ag Day -- to participate in the launch of the new James F. Evans Global Center for Food and Agricultural Communications, live on RFD-TV.  

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Meteorologist Jacob Dickey, a non-traditional teacher

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Gibson City native, WCIA meteorologist and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alum Jacob Dickey is bringing to life his childhood dreams and using his public platform to share more than just weather.  <

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How My Roots Run Deep at the University of Illinois

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The purpose of roots is to act as a foundation: holding a plant straight and stable, and absorbing water from the ground to help it grow. The world's deepest root system reaches 400 feet under the ground. The deeper and larger the root system of a tree, the more strength the tree has to grow and spread its branches.

ACES alum uses farm management for community impact

URBANA, Ill. – It did not take long for alum Sophia Hortin (ACES ’23) to use her degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to make an impact in her role managing Clearview Farm and its popular sunflower fields in Northwest Champaign.

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