Business and Agriculture
PRINCETON — Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday for the construction of a facility for the new DMC Fabrication and Service Center located at 1111 Ace Road in Princeton.
SHEFFIELD — Network Business Systems Inc. (NBS) now offers high speed Internet in Sheffield. NBS is broadcasting wireless Internet from the Sheffield water tower for both residential and commercial users.
BLOOMINGTON — Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children may apply for college scholarships offered by the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundations. Seventy-four scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded, a total of $177,800 for the 2014-15 school year.
As a member of the Central Illinois Regional Manufacturing Initiative, B.E.S.T. Inc./NCI Works and IVCC are inviting individuals looking for careers in manufacturing and employers seeking job candidates with nationally-recognized safety credentials from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council to consider participating in the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) Program.
SHEFFIELD — BnBFinder, an online search guide for B&Bs and inns, has named the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield a Guest Favorite for 2013.
Central Illinois Bank Illinois and A&M Products, through the Princeton Tiger Athletic Booster Club, purchased a new Princeton Tigers tent for the Princeton High School cross country team. Scott Robbins of the Princeton Tiger Athletic Booster Club (center) accepts the donation from Jeff Hunt (left), vice president of Central Bank and Mark Austin (right), owner of A&M Products.
Bureau Valley FFA members Emma Deppen (front row, from left) Nicole Bannick, Kelly Sierens, Andrew Smith, Katie Smith and Tiana Kennedy; and (back row) Annika Carter, Addie Schoff, Maddie Dahl, Kristyn Ehnle, Marissa Lewis, Garret Jackson, Megan Hunt and Sydney Sweenie participated in the Section III Agronomy CDE Nov. 14. Students were tasked to identify insects, weeds and seeds. They also judged four rings of crops and took a written test. BV place eighth overall with a total of 1,073 points. Kennedy was the top scorer for BV with 401 points.
In honor of Farm-City Week, members of the Bureau County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee donated enough food to feed 155 people Thanksgiving dinner. This is representative of how many people one farmer feeds each year. The donation consists of 22 turkeys, 30 cans of sweet potatoes, 26 cans of cranberry sauce, 20 boxes of instant potatoes, 26 packages of stuffing, 44 cans of green beans, 12 packages of rolls, 30 jars of applesauce, 15 boxes of cake mix and 15 cans of frosting. The donation was delivered to the food pantry in Princeton Nov. 18 by Kathy Olson (left), Nelda Marcum, Vanessa Hoffeditz, Karlie Schultz, Beth Schultz and Bev Read.
The 2013 growing and harvest seasons are nearing completion.
University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit is offering the following training and certification programs for private pesticide applicators.
ANNAWAN — A 5 million gallon biodiesel production facility will be built adjacent to the Patriot Renewable Fuels’ (PRF) ethanol plant in Annawan.
KEWANEE — In the spirit of Christmas, local Menards home improvement stores are serving as a toy drive drop site. Drop boxes are located near the exit door to collect new and unwrapped presents from now through mid-December.
SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is offering to sell its recently acquired sugar inventory for use as a feedstock for bio-energy production using the authority of the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP). CCC successfully sold 143,143 short tons under its previous FFP tenders.
Fall is turning into winter rapidly around Bureau County. As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bureau County Fair Board would like to thank everyone who helped make our 2013 a successful year.
Severe weather delayed corn and soybean harvest throughout the state last week. Significant storm activity on Sunday brought high winds and tornadoes to several counties. While minimal damage was reported in the southwest, several farmers lost equipment, buildings and homes in the eastern part of the state. Wind and rain pushed down standing corn and could make final harvest difficult.
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