Entry deadline is June 13 for Ford County Fair events

MELVIN — The deadline for junior and open show entries for this year’s Ford County Fair is Monday, June 13.

Entries should be sent to Jane Meyer, 1795 N. 1800E Rd., Thawville, IL 60968. They must be received or postmarked by June 13.

Entries may also be brought to the secretary’s office on the fairgrounds in Melvin between noon and 4 p.m. June 13.

Loda's Jim Shearl receives ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit

URBANA — James R. Shearl of Loda recently received the ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit, recognizing his outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college.

In 1976, Shearl earned a master of science degree in Extension education from the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

Ford County Fair will go on despite lack of state funding

Ford County Record correspondent

MELVIN — The lack of a state budget means no funding is available for county fairs this summer. Regardless, organizers of the Ford County Fair are still making plans for this year’s fair on June 19-25.

Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau's 'adopted' legislator visits ethanol plant, two farms

GIBSON CITY — The Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-A-Legislator Program made a stop at Gibson City’s One Earth Energy ethanol plant and two Ford County farms on Thursday.

USDA announces enrollment period for safety net coverage in 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Agricultural producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill — known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs — can begin visiting U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices starting Dec. 7 to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016.

Jarboe elected president of Illinois Corn Growers Association

RURAL LODA — Jeff Jarboe will be spending much of his time over the next year away from the corn and soybean farm he operates northwest of Paxton with his father, Jim, and younger brother, Phil.

But the family farm will always be on his mind.

Glazik, Perzee inducted into Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Seventy 4-H program volunteers — including Rita Glazik of Ford County and Sharon Perzee of Iroquois County — were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame during an Aug. 15 ceremony attended by more than 800 people at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

Gibson City Council members support proposed commercial truck washing facility

GIBSON CITY — A recent presentation to Gibson City Council members resulted in an initial green light to locate a commercial truck washing facility at the city’s Jordan Industrial Park.

Paxton's Skylynn Fleming wins honors at Parade of Champions

SPRINGFIELD — Skylynn Fleming of Paxton won grand champion meat goat honors during the first ever Parade of Champions at The Coliseum on the Illinois State fairgrounds. 

More than 100 animals filled the Coliseum, including goats, sheep, pigs and cattle. All of the exhibitors waited anxiously for the announcements of the champions to be made.

Federal assistance available for local farmers impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 87 counties in Illinois, including Ford and Iroquois counties, as primary natural disaster areas due to crop damages and losses caused by unprecedented rain and flooding over this summer. 

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