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Daylight Saving Time - what you likely didn't know about it

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Did you know we are a century into using the concept of Daylight Saving Time?

Still yet, many don't necessarily understand the full reasons for springing ahead or falling back.

It's origin goes back a hundred years, to roots of war, agriculture, and conserving energy.

In March of 1918, the World was at war, Woodrow Wilson was President, and the flu was spreading around the world.

At the same Time, Congress approved an act to establish time zones, and give states the option to go on Daylight Saving time.

Still a hundred years later, many don't know why we "spring ahead" every March.

The idea first came about in the late 1800s as a way to make better use of Daylight and conserve energy, an idea that was popularized during the first World War.

However, it was also good for farmers.

"Most farmers would prefer to work during the daylight," said Patrick Kirchhofer, Manager for the Peoria County Farm Bureau. Adding that it is safer to farm during the daylight hours. "You know, you can see how your equipment is working, much better," said Kirchhofer.

Kirchhofer said Daylight Saving Time used to be a big help to farmers when the industry was more labor intensive.

"If they had part-time help coming ... in the evening to help do the chores, or if children were in school, that would give them an extra hour of daylight to get the chores done on the farm," said Kirchhofer.

On today's farm equipment, you will find lights that make it usable all throughout the night.

While Daylight Saving Time is not as important to the Ag industry, many still see perks to the concept.

Noel Shelton for example likes to run; he wouldn't mind if Daylight Saving Time was made permanent.

"I enjoy it a lot," said Shelton. "I look forward to it every year," adding, that running in the daylight is simply better.

Most folks we spoke with support springing ahead, but some don't.

One viewer sent us a message about Daylight Saving Time, saying it disrupts schedules, and calling it "dangerous" for children getting to school when it's still dark outside.

Here are a couple of Daylight Saving Time tidbits.

Most Americans are accustomed to changing the clocks.

Arizona and Hawaii are actually the only two states that don't take part in the concept.

There has also been talk about staying an hour ahead all year long, including here in Illinois; but nothing has been done about it yet.

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