Agriculture

Dow AgroSciences to close Gibson City research station

GIBSON CITY — Dow AgroSciences LLC plans to close its research station south of Gibson City by year’s end, a company official said Thursday.

The facility, located at 454 E. Ford County Road 300 North, was acquired by Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., from Dairyland Seed Company Inc. in 2008.


Farmers mailed ballots for FSA's county committee elections

PAXTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture began mailing ballots Monday, Nov. 6, to farmers and ranchers who are eligible to cast ballots in the 2017 Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections.

Producers must return their ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4 to ensure their vote is counted.


Farmers reminded of Aug. 1 deadline for ARC, PLC programs

SPRINGFIELD — Farmers and ranchers are reminded that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2017 crop year.

The programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.


IDOA schedules Clean Sweep collection in Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Residents of eight Illinois counties — including Ford and Iroquois counties — can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s agricultural pesticide “Clean Sweep” program.


Boma, Hornstein serving as Growmark interns

BLOOMINGTON — Jesse Boma and Austin Hornstein, who are both agribusiness majors at Illinois State University, are participating in this year’s Growmark summer internship program.

Hornstein is the son of Carl and Beth Hornstein of Melvin. Boma is the son of Teresa and Scott Boma of Gibson City.


Trio named national proficiency finalists

CULLOM — Braden Ifft, Jared Haberkorn and Kacie Haag, all 2016 Tri-Point High School graduates, will compete in the national finals in October in Indianapolis for their work on their FFA proficiency projects.


Hazen, Dubble inducted into Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Christine Hazen of Ford County and Nita Dubble of Iroquois County were among 74 4-H volunteers inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during an Aug. 20 ceremony in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.


Jarboe looking forward to augering in retirement from co-op

PERDUEVILLE — When Bill Jarboe is asked how he thinks he’ll be remembered by his co-workers at Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co. once he retires from his 45-year career there at the end of this month, the 65-year-old’s first thought is that he doesn’t really know.

But after contemplating the question a bit longer, Jarboe finds something to say:

There’s his versatility, for one.


Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. to acquire Farm Pride equipment

CHAMPAIGN — Birkey’s Farm Store Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, has agreed to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon.

The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.


Ford County 4-H Show results announced

MELVIN — Following are results from the Ford County 4-H Show held at the 2016 Ford County Fair:

Aerospace
—  Champion aerospace project: Hunter Brewer (Prairie Fire 4-H Club).

— Reserve champion aerospace project: Keagan Busboom (Town and Country Helpers 4-H Club).


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