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.


Gibson City grain dealer's license revoked

GIBSON CITY — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has revoked the license of a financially troubled Ford County grain dealer.


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.


Iroquois County wind farm developers sued by landowners

WATSEKA — The owners of farmland used to build the Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Iroquois County are suing the wind farm’s developers, arguing that they are still owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage done to their land during construction.


McRae retiring after 50 years at Birkey's

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — While a lot has changed in farming in the past 50 years, one thing that hasn’t changed is Clyde McRae working the parts counter at Birkey’s Farm Store in Gibson City. 

That is about to come to an end, though.

McRae will retire from Birkey’s on July 1 after 50 years of service.


'No agreeable resolution' produced out of 6-hour closed meeting

GIBSON CITY — During last Thursday’s regular meeting, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board President Josh Johnson announced that a recent six-hour closed session produced “no agreeable resolution” in the ongoing property tax appeal lodged by the One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City.


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.


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.


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. 


Plans for expansion of hog farm near Gibson City outlined

PAXTON — Sixth-generation farmers Clint and Colin Steidinger made their case to the Illinois Department of Agriculture on Monday night that the proposed expansion of their hog facility near Gibson City would comply with all eight siting criteria required by the Livestock Management Facilities Act.


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