Local Ag News

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…

Another Successful Bushels For Hunger Campaign; Local County Farm Bureau Effort In 12th Year

A local farmer continues to promote a program benefitting the needs of an area food bank. The 12th year of the “Bushels for Hunger” effort generated over $22,000, bringing the total to just over $277,000—all going to the River Bend…

Precision Conservation Management And Carbon Markets Meeting

Get the latest on Precision Conservation Management and Carbon Markets from University of IL Extension at Feb. 24 program. Illinois Extension invites farmers to learn more about Precision Conservation Management and Carbon Markets on Thurs., Feb. 24, from 9 a.m.…

Mercer County Benefits From WIU Ag Teacher Placements; WIU Honored Nationally For Those Efforts

The WIU School of Agriculture earns national recognition. They received the 2021 Outstanding Postsecondary Ag Program Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Among the efforts the WIU School of Ag was cited for was their student teacher placement…

Bell Honored At Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Mercer County producer Chad Bell recognized at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago. He received the Achievement Award from the IFB’s Young Leader Committee. Bell farms in the Viola area and was presented the award on Sunday. He…

Livestock Hall of Fame Honor For Seaton Native Orth

Seaton native Neil Orth receives one of the livestock industry’s most prestigious awards. The 1959 Aledo grad was officially inducted into the Saddle and Sirloin Club portrait gallery last week. WRMJ spoke with him last summer just shortly after it…

Farmland Sale Brings $19,000 An Acre In West Central Illinois

Farmland values remain strong in Illinois. The market brought $19,000 an acre last week at a sale in Adams County in the west central part of the state. A recap from Dan Sullivan from Sullivan Auctioneers. The sale was last…