Agriculture

Alliance Grain Co. acquires Herscher Grain Co.

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-based Alliance Grain Co. has acquired Herscher Grain Co.

The transaction was effective Feb. 26.

The Herscher facility, with five full-time employees, has about 1.7 million bushels of grain capacity with access to the Canadian National rail market.


Ford County Board votes to not recommend hog facility be built

PAXTON — Though it is not legally binding and could be viewed merely as symbolic, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to not recommend to the Illinois Department of Agriculture that a proposed hog-finishing facility be built about a half-mile west of Sibley

Several trustees of the town of 272 in western Ford County addressed the county board, asking for the action.


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.


Board sides with rural residents in approving more restrictive setback for wind turbines

PAXTON — The Ford County Board made clear Thursday that its No. 1 priority in establishing new rules for wind farms is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its citizens — and not to ensure that more wind farms are built.


Opponents, supporters of proposed Sibley hog facility speak out

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


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.


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.


Gibson City grain dealer surrenders license

GIBSON CITY — Corn Belt Ag Products in Gibson City has voluntarily surrendered its grain dealer license, according to the Illinois Department of 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.


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