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.

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.

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