Local Ag News

Wagner Wins FFA State Proficiency Honor

Statewide recognition for the Mercer County FFA program. Senior Caleb Wagner is the Illinois FFA State Proficiency Winner in the area of Nursery Operations. He spoke about his record book or supervised agricultural experience leading up to the Mercer County…

Ag Weather Outlook Focus Of Local County Farm Bureau Event

Local county farm bureau members get an ag weather outlook. Meteorologist Paul Otto with Freese-Notis Weather was the guest speaker at Thursday night’s Market Outlook series hosted by the Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island County Farm Bureaus. The event was…

$8-Million Farmland Sale In Lower Rock Island County

A recent area farmland sale brought plenty of interest. And the buyers were local says Dale Jones with Merit Auctions. One of the tracts brought $16,000 an acre. The farmland sale occurred Nov. 27.

Sherrard School District Readying For Junior High Ag Program

The Sherrard School District ag program expanding. It will now include a junior high component says high school ag teacher Bill Hammes. The Sherrard School Board approved the junior high ag program earlier this school year.

Sherrard FFA Horse Judging Team Competing At National Contest This Week

The Sherrard FFA horse judging CDE team competing at this week’s national contest at the National FFA convention. They qualified by winning the state competition says Sherrard FFA advisor Bill Hammes. The National FFA Convention runs Wednesday through Saturday. Team…

Mercer County, Rockridge, & United FFA Members To Receive American FFA Degrees This Week

Several local FFA members wrapping up their careers in the blue jacket with American FFA Degrees. Carson Holmes, Robby Holtschlag, and Rebecka Larson with the Mercer County FFA Chapter are receiving the honor Saturday during the National FFA Convention in…