Local Ag News

ACE Camp Returns In Mercer County Next Month

ACE Camp is back this spring. The Ag in the Classroom effort is for around 200 second graders from Apollo, New Boston, Sherrard and Winola elementary schools. They will be at the Mercer County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, May 3 from…

Ag Visit Day Planned For BHC East Campus

Black Hawk College East Campus hosting an Ag Visit Day. Kylee Myers is the school’s recruiting coordinator. The Ag Visit Day is Friday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can learn more at bhc.edu/agvisitday. Myers, a native…

Honorary State FFA Degree Presented To Swanson

Local State Rep. Dan Swanson awarded an honorary state FFA degree from Illinois FFA. He knows all about the impact of FFA, growing up in the Alwood School District. Swanson was awarded the honorary state FFA degree on Tuesday in…

Top District Honors For Mercer County FFA Members

Katie Wagner of the Mercer County FFA Chapter was named the FFA District 1 Star in Agri-Business at the District 1 Proficiency Awards held at Geneseo High School on Wednesday, March 9th. The District 1 Star in Agri-Business is the…

Kirwan Remains Key Local Ag Voice Serving Two Statewide Roles

A Mercer County farmer continues to play a key leadership role in a couple of ag groups. Jeff Kirwan is the chairman of the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council or Illinois N-REC. They held their annual program last week…

Application Process Now Open For Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships

Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship applications now available. The Foundation is awarding up to ten scholarships. There will be one applicant that will be awarded the John Sheriff – Dan Lloyd Memorial Scholarship. The Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation…

Women In Ag Conference Next Month In Quad Cities

A Westmer grad promoting the annual Women in Agriculture Conference hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau next month. The program will be in person for the first time since 2019. Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says organizers are…