Farm News

Rockridge’s Whisman Wins Top State FFA Award

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Cole Whisman was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Equine Science Placement.  Cole is a member of the Rockridge FFA Chapter.  Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty-two different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised…

Mercer County Producer Embracing Cover Crops

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A Mercer County producer continues to utilize cover crop practices.  Chad Bell of Viola uses cereal rye as a cover crop on his family’s corn and soybean no-till fields.  He started with 55-acres in 2012 and has since expanded to…

Mercer County FFA Ag Mech Team Doing Well

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The Mercer County FFA Agriculture Mechanics team is on a roll.  The group placed first at both the Western Illinois University Agriculture Mechanics Contest and the Section 4 FFA Agriculture Mechanics Contest.  Team members are Kassie Doyle, Dan Swiger, Cole…

New Owner For Rock Island Sale Barn

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There’s life and livestock back at the Rock Island Sale Barn.  The new owner is 25 year old Brandon Jones of New York.  The business is called Jones Livestock—which takes over the former Rock Island Livestock Auction Company. That business…