Category: Farm News

Farmers State Bank Donates $3,600 To Local 4-H

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Farmers State Bank recently donated $3,600 to twelve area 4-H groups for the purpose of supporting youth in agriculture. These 4-H clubs each received $300 from Farmers State Bank: 1. Alexis All Stars 2. Country Kids 3. Hamlet Handy Helpers…

U Of I Extension Hosting Local Farm Tours Over Next Month

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The University of Illinois Extension hosting three local farm tours over the next month. The first one will be next week at an alpaca operation says the extension’s Kristin Bogdonas. To register, contact the extension office at 756-9978. Farm tours…

Deere Reports Lower Third Quarter Earnings

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Moline based Deere & Company is reporting lower quarterly earnings because of agriculture’s soft global economy. The low sales of farming machinery caused the company’s income to slip in the third quarter. Net income came in at a reported $488.8…

Western Illinois Seed Company Looking For Opportunity In Cuba

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A Western Illinois seed company looking for opportunity in Cuba. John Hennenfent of Munson Hybrids in Galesburg recently visited the island nation with a delegation from the Independent Professional Seed Association… Hennenfent was among 17 independent seed reps that made…

Rural Youth Exchange Program Brings Australian Through Mercer County

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A rural youth exchange program is bringing an Australian through Mercer County. Amanda Bayles comes from a dairy farm in Tasmania and she says it’s been great learning about agriculture in Illinois. Her family also raises sweet peas, potatoes, wheat,…

Checking In On Mercer County Crops

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Could be a bin buster this harvest season in Mercer County, according to one local producer. With the exception of one damaging storm in mid-July, growing degree days and overnight rain have been just about perfect….. Chad Bell farms near…