AgriNews is focused on reporting events — both big and small — that impact the lives of farm families.AgriNews was started by the family-owned News Tribune in LaSalle in 1977. News Tribune advertising director Lou Lesniak, who served as AgriNews publisher until he retired in 1994, saw a need for a newspaper printed solely for farm families. The newspaper, which was first published as Ag-News, initially covered a three-county area. A year later, it was expanded to include three editions in 24 Illinois counties. By the end of 1980, the newspaper was circulating in every county in Illinois. The newspaper then was converted from publishing two to three times a month into a weekly publication, and the three different editions were combined into one.AgriNews entered a new era in 1997. A new system allowed almost all of the newspaper to be designed on computer. An electronic version of the newspaper also was introduced online atwww.agrinews-pubs.com.Thewebsite was expanded in 1998 to include news, weather and a searchable archive of past stories, as well as display and classified ads and subscription information, and was further enhanced in 2000.