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2020 FCI Agriculture Scholars Named

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 04:59:50 CDT
This is the 17th year of the Farm Credit agriculture scholarship program which has awarded a total of $516,000 to 387 students since 2004 - $60,000 was awarded this year to 30 students.  Read more...

USDA NRCS to Provide Over $1.5 Million to Improve Water Quality

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 04:50:49 CDT
DEKALB, Ill. – Today, American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, will partner with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide over $1.5 million to improve water quality in two Illinois watersheds.  Read more...

Davis Introduces Bipartisan Pandemic Rapid Response Act

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 06:46:40 CDT
Washington, DC -- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) introduced the bipartisan Pandemic Rapid Response Act, which establishes a true bipartisan commission to analyze our nation's response and make recommendations to better prepare our country for any future pandemic.  Read more...

Bill to Ease Student Debt Included in Stimulus

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:16:28 CDT
Washington, DC -- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that his bill to ease student debt is included in Phase Three of the Senate's stimulus package. Davis' bill (H.R.  Read more...

Montgomery Co SWCD Postpones Fish Sale

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 05:30:28 CDT
Due to the circumstances involving the COVID 19 outbreak and the order to shelter in place, the SWCD is sorry to announce that they have had to postpone the Spring Fish Sale which was scheduled for April 7.  Read more...

Montgomery Co Farm Bureau Scholarship Winners

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 05:17:25 CDT
Kris Reynolds, President of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2020 -2021 scholarship recipients. On March 10, Foundation judges reviewed the applications for the scholarship program and were pleased with the quality of applications they received.  Read more...

USDA Ensures Food Safety During COVID-19 Outbreak

Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:20:12 CDT
(Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ensuring the safety and timely delivery of the U.S. food supply while protecting the health of USDA employees during this COVID-19 National Emergency.  Read more...

$2M Grant to IDNR from USDA

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:11:31 CDT
Washington, DC -- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced today that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has received a $2,008,800 grant through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP).  Read more...

Hillsboro FFA Member Wins Districts

Fri, 06 Mar 2020 14:05:29 CST
Garrett Schaake & Erin Kistner Erin Kistner of Witt, was selected as the District FFA Proficiency Winner in Ag Communications, on Wednesday, March 4 in Sullivan. Garrett Schaake also competed in District judging in Fire Safety.  Read more...

Davis Votes for Coronavirus Funding

Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:47:20 CST
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today voted for $8.3 billion in funding to help to fight the Coronavirus. Additionally, Davis announced that he will hold a roundtable with health care professionals from across the district in Decatur on Friday. Details for media on Friday's roundtable to come.  Read more...

Prairie Farmer names 2020 Master Farmers

Tue, 03 Mar 2020 11:09:17 CST
The 2020 Master Farmers from left to right: Dale Hadden, Jacksonville; Joe Pickrell, Buffalo; John and Susan Adams, Atlanta; Ted Mottaz, Elmwood. Photo by Holly Spangler Five Illinois producers will be honored as 2020 Master Farmers at Prairie Farmer magazine’s annual event in Springfield, Ill., on Thursday, March 19.  Read more...

Jerry Costello II to lead the IL Dept of Ag

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 10:21:55 CST
Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday appointed Jerry Costello II to lead the Illinois Department of Agriculture, pending Senate approval. The law enforcement director with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) since May 2019, Costello of Smithton, served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019.  Read more...

Guebert Testifies in D.C. on Behalf of Illinois Farmers

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:47:54 CST
Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. testified during Wednesday’s U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means committee hearing. The hearing was held to discuss U.S.-China trade and competition, and featured a variety of witnesses.  Read more...

Illinois February Crop Progress and Condition Report

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:53:43 CST
Statewide, the average temperature for the month of February was 30.8 degrees, 1.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation for the month averaged 1.52 inches, 0.06 inches below normal. As of February 23, topsoil moisture supply was rated at 63 precent adequate and 63 percent surplus.  Read more...

iDREAM Program Impacting Children’s Lives

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:37:45 CST
Litchfield, Ill. – On Thursday, January 29, over ninety second graders at J.D. Colt Elementary School in Litchfield received their first lesson from the iDREAM program. This is a U of I Extension program that encourages students to navigate the world of dreaming, goal setting, and creativity.  Read more...

Illinois Counties Receive $7.3 million for Rural Broadband

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:59:35 CST
Eight counties in Rep. Rodney Davis’ 13th District have received $7.3 million in Federal Communications Commission grants to expand rural broadband. Davis, R-Taylorville, noted the funding will go toward connecting unserved homes and businesses.  Read more...

Matli: Animal Care Award Winner from IL Pork

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:01:23 CST
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – On behalf of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Josh Matli of Raymond has been presented with the inaugural “Animal Caregiver” award at the 2020 Illinois Pork Expo and Annual Meeting.  Read more...

Weitekamp Named IL Pork President for 2020

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 08:28:43 CST
Springfield, IL - February 4, 2020 - During the 2020 Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) annual meeting, Dale Weitekamp of Raymond, was elected to serve as president for the coming year.  Read more...

Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom Receives Local Donation

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:06:29 CST
Members of the Montgomery County Board of Directors presents a check to Rebecca Livingston, Montgomery County Ag in the Classroom Program Coordinator. (L to R) Brad Young, Rebecca Livingston and Joe Pope. HILLSBORO, Ill.  Read more...

Davis Honors Earl and Doris Sorrells of Raymond

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:23:12 CST
Washington, DC -- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) honors Earl and Doris Sorrells of Raymond, IL on the House floor. Earl Sorrells was a long-time radio voice on WSMI who passed away earlier this month. Click on the Link below to watch the video of Davis' Speech on the House Floor.  Read more...

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