Agriculture

Governor expected to declare harvest season emergency

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to declare a harvest season emergency Friday, allowing farmers to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation to get a free permit to haul 10 percent over their gross vehicle weight and axle weight limits on state highways.  


4-H volunteers from area inducted into Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Sixty-seven 4-H program volunteers, including one each from Ford and Iroquois counties, were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame during an Aug. 14 celebration at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.


Iroquois County family wins state 4-H Spirit Award

MILKS GROVE TOWNSHIP — Yvonne and William Behrends’ 4-H story began in Milks Grove Township — a township without a town, tucked in a remote corner of Iroquois County.


Illinois farm groups release first-ever livestock report

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Milk Producers’ Association and Illinois Pork Producers Association recently announced the results of a year-long project to determine the true environmental performance of livestock farms in Illinois, as well as the effectiveness of state regulations already in place. 


Iroquois County steer wins honors at state fair

SPRINGFIELD — Buckley resident Hunter Weber’s Hereford steer was named reserve grand champion Land of Lincoln steer during Saturday’s Parade of Champions at the Illinois State Fair.


Ford County Fair entry deadline nearing

MELVIN — The deadline for all junior and open show entries at this year’s Ford County Fair is Monday, June 18.

Entries should be sent to: Jane Meyer, 1795 N. 1800 East Road, Thawville, IL 60968. They must be received or postmarked by June 18.

Entries may also be brought to the secretary’s office on the fairgrounds in Melvin between noon and 4 p.m. June 18.


Buckley's Kaeb named Farm Credit agriculture scholar

BUCKLEY — Travis Kaeb of Buckley was recognized as one of 30 members of the class of 2018 Farm Credit agriculture scholars during a luncheon at Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) in Mahomet on Thursday, May 31.


Sibley's Quinley takes state 4-H horse-judging title

GALVA — Only five points separated the top six finishers in the 2018 Illinois 4-H State Horse Judging Contest held April 28 at Black Hawk College in Galva.

Ford County 4-H member Katie Quinley, 16, of Sibley, earned 386 out of 400 points in the contest to take the title. Just two points behind, 13-year-old Hannah Maher of Knox County earned second place.


Loda elevator no longer accepting grain

LODA — Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co. has closed its grain elevator in Loda, effective immediately, and has no plans to re-open it.

“More than likely it will be for good,” said Ludlow Co-op’s general manager, Paul Seaman.


3 Iroquois County high school seniors awarded Farm Credit scholarships

Three high school seniors in Iroquois County were recently selected to receive a 2018 Farm Credit agriculture scholarship.


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