Sibley raising a stink about proposed swine facility

PAXTON — Like some village trustees in Sibley, some members of the Ford County Board are concerned about the possibility that a strong odor of hog manure could invade the town if a proposed swine facility is built too close to village limits.

Opponents, supporters of proposed Sibley hog facility speak out


SIBLEY — Opponents and supporters of a proposed 5,600-head swine facility under consideration by the Illinois Department of Agriculture packed the Sullivant Town Hall in Sibley Thursday night to hear details about the project and to voice their opinions.

Longtime Iroquois County Fair board president steps down

CRESCENT CITY — Marvin Perzee, the long-serving president of the Iroquois County Fair board, has announced he is stepping down as president due to health issues. 

Two swine facilities proposed to be built in Sibley area

SIBLEY — There are now two swine facilities proposed to be built in the Sibley area in western Ford County.

An informational meeting about one of them will be held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Sullivant Township Hall, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.

Informational meeting to be set for proposed swine facility near Sibley

PAXTON — The Ford County Board will ask the Illinois Department of Agriculture to conduct an informational hearing on a proposed swine facility to be built west of Sibley.

Phillip Hartman of Sibley last month completed an application to the department for a “2,240-animal-unit swine facility” that he wants to build about 1 1/2 miles west of Sibley.

Ford County farms to be leased for nearly $10,000 more per year than currently

PAXTON — Farmland owned by Ford County will be leased for the next two years for nearly $10,000 more per year than it had been.

At a public auction Thursday, cash-rent leases for the county’s three farms were awarded to Onarga resident Dave Ebert for a total of $82,976 per year — an increase of $9,635 from the amount the farms went for two years earlier.

Auction set for Nov. 15 for leasing of county-owned farms

PAXTON — A public auction will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton for the leasing of county-owned farmland.

Bids will be accepted for the leasing of three farms owned by Ford County:

— The 103.4-acre Ford County Nursing Home Farm, located in Patton Township.

— The 149.1-acre Bowen/Grider Farm located in Button Township.

Election for FSA county committee seats being held

PAXTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture began mailing ballots on Monday, Nov. 5, 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. 3 to ensure their vote is counted.

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.

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