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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the fourth straight week, most of Illinois received cooler temperatures and below average temperatures, prompting concerns that it could affect the corn and soybean crops.
This year Winfield, owned by Land O Lakes Inc., helped the Cerro Gordo FFA chapter grow and maintain a vegetable plot at Van Horn in Cerro Gordo, to help the community food banks.
The Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals endorsed an application to change the zoning of 14 acres of agricultural land to a General Industrial designation.
Area Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) was “upset and flabbergasted” when the latest attempt at a new farm bill was voted down 234-195 in the U.S. House last week, but also sees it as a “step in the right direction.”