Agriculture

Changes proposed to mega-livestock siting rules

 

A bill introduced in the Illinois House would allow county boards to refuse the siting of large livestock operations within their borders.


Topflight to add storage at Monticello facility

Two motions approved by the Monticello City Council Monday will pave the way for an additional 125 foot high storage bin at Topflight Grain Cooperative, located at 420 W. Marion St.


Farm Bill update March 13

A University of Illinois Extension webinar will discuss the commodity program choices available in Title I of the 2014 Farm Bill at a webinar at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13 at the Piatt, DeWitt and Macon County Cooperative Extension offices.


Land Conservation Foundation honors donors

The Land Conservation Foundation (LCF) held a reception at the Urbana Country Club on Dec. 12 to recognize donors who made generous in-kind or cash donations to the non-profit organization.


MHS horse judging team tops section

By Aleigha Alexander
MHS FFA reporter

Monticello FFA’s Horse Judging teams took part in the FFA Horse Judging contest at Black Hawk College on Sept. 14.There were over 200 FFA members that competed. Students evaluated halter, riding, and showmanship classes.


Exchange student makes way back to Monticello

When Ulla Kehlet Merrild wanted to tour major agricultural operations outside of her native Denmark, she knew there was no better place than Central Illinois, where she spent a year as an exchange student at Monticello High School.


Sperry, Day delegates to Angus convention

Nicole Sperry of Monticello and Cheryl Day of Cerro Gordo have been elected as alternate delegates to the 130th  Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky., reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.


Farm Progress food drive planned

Nearly 15 percent of households in Illinois face food insecurity, which amounts to an estimated two million people, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. In Macon County alone, more than 16,500 people struggle to find food.


FFA Alumni informational meeting

 

An informational meeting on Monticello  FFA Alumni will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the 4-H Memorial Camp Dining Hall near Allerton Park. Those interested in becoming an FFA Alumni member can attend, enjoy a free meal and learn about the program.


Peaches at this Thursday's Farmers Market

Sager Farms will have peaches at the Monticello Farmers Market this Thursday. The market runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at E. Livingston and N. State Streets.


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