Category: Farm News

Line’s Showing Career Over; Judging Career Taking Off

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You can still find Seaton’s A.J. Line at county fair livestock barns. He’s no longer showing anymore. He’s on the other side now—judging. Line had a great career showing livestock—winning grand champion steer honors—not once—but twice at the Illinois State…

Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction Friday Night

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A week of showing at the Mercer County Fair wraps up with the Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction tonight. The sale begins at 6 p.m. in the Hog Barn says organizer Mike Peterson. This marks the 24th year of the…

Kirwan & Bell To Participate In Illinois Farm Bureau Nutrient Issues Tour

Viola producer Chad Bell.
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Fifteen Illinois farmers, including two from Mercer County, will explore nutrient strategies and practices when they visit Iowa conservation sites and demonstration farms next month. The Illinois Farm Bureau nutrient issues tour is August 8th through the 10th. The group…

Henry, Stark And Mercer County 4-H Members Excel At 2016 4-H Livestock Judging Contest At University of Illinois

The four member team from Mercer County that took 2nd place are: Brooke Ryner,  Gage Hank, Cole Thomas, and Quinton Ball.

The four-member team from Henry-Stark counties took first place in the senior team division of the 2016 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held June 20 at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. James and Jacob Dobbels, Adam Gradert and Lucas Wisnefski…

United’s Campbell Elected State FFA President

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A United High School grad is the new president of the Illinois State FFA. J.C. Campbell was raised on a small family farm outside Little York, growing corn, soybeans and raising beef cattle. Campbell was named president this morning, and…

CRP Program Improving Pheasant Habitat In Mercer County

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A Conservation Reserve Program is working in Mercer County to improve pheasant habitat. The initiative falls under the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement or SAFE projects says Bill Joseph with the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ag producers…

Mercer County Farm Bureau Hosting Informational Meeting This Week On Farmland Assessment Changes

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The Mercer County Farm Bureau hosting an informational meeting this week on changes in farmland assessment. Land with lower productivity soils will be impacted most says Mercer County Farm Bureau President Michael Zecher. Brenda Matherly–Illinois Farm Bureau Assistant Director of…