Category: Farm News

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.

Local Illinois Corn Marketing Board Seat Up For Election

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Farmers who would like to run for a three-year term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board to represent producers in Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island and Warren counties can now start circulating nominating petitions. Completed petitions are due May…

Gathering Of The Green Conference This Week

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John Deere tractor enthusiasts flock to the Quad Cities this week for the “Gathering of the Green” conference.  Ken Reese of McHenry helps organize the event. The conference runs today through Saturday at the River Center in Davenport (Iowa).

Bustos Traveling With President Obama On Cuba Trade Mission


Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will be traveling to Cuba this weekend with President Obama.  Obama will be only the second sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba after Calvin Coolidge’s trip in 1928.  Bustos was part of a trade mission…

Illinois City Couple Directs $2,500 To RI County Farm Bureau Foundation

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The Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation has received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmers Doug and Diane Hessman of Illinois City. The donation will help fund scholarships and…

New Owner For Boney’s Farm Store

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There’s a new owner for Boney’s Farm Store in Aledo. The business is now called Huffman’s Farm & Home and is owned by Bob Huffman of Fort Madison, Iowa.  He spoke with WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor this morning.