Category: Farm News

Mercer County Grad Hawk Lands Top IAA Foundation Scholarship

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A Mercer County High School grad lands a top scholarship from the IAA Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The $7,500 award goes to Rachel Hawk.  She is the winner of the foundation’s Legacy of…

WRMJ Interview: Thomas Having A Winning Time With Mercer County FFA

Cole Thomas

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Mercer County FFA member Cole Thomas this morning. The senior is on the chapter’s Livestock Judging and Agriculture Mechanics teams that won Section 4 FFA contests earlier this month. The Ag Mech team…

Illinois Conservation Story Map Highlights Mercer County Effort

Mercer County landowner Alan Snyder

The words Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy continue to draw more and more attention from farmers and rural landowners.  And the Illinois Conservation Story Map highlights some of the efforts throughout the state—including Alan Snyder in Mercer County.  His constructed wetlands…

Rockridge’s Whisman Wins Top State FFA Award


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 Wins Section 4 Livestock Judging Contest

Varsity Livestock Team 2016

Mercer County FFA wins the Section 4 FFA Livestock Judging Contest. The competition was held at the Henderson County Fairgrounds in Stronghurst on Tuesday- April 12th.   The Mercer County FFA Varsity team placed first and the Mercer County FFA…

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…

Planters Ready To Roll In Mercer County

Michael Zecher

Planters should be rolling within the next few weeks in Mercer County. The ground needs to dry out and warm up says Michael Zecher. Zecher farms 2,700 acres south of Aledo.