Reviving an FFA Chapter
Natalie Mahler is the ag teacher and FFA advisor in Earlville. The ag program is in its 4th year after a 38-year absence. Mahler is a second-generation ag teacher, as her father spent his career teaching in Bushnell and Spoon River.
Fuel Prices to Stay Low
harrycooney-10-27 Harry Cooney at GROWMARK Energy Risk Management expects a seasonal softening for both gasoline and diesel prices as we head toward Thanksgiving.
The Tri-Point chapter had three national proficiency finalists at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo. One of them, Brandon Ifft, was a national winner in Agricultural Sales. tripoint
Jean Payne IFCA
jeanpayne Jean Payne is the president of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association. We talk about sharply lower input prices, the need to reduce our nutrient losses, and the effects of regulation on our ag retailers.
Matt Robinson farms south of Effingham and raises a unique breed of cattle. Lowline have much smaller frames than most breeds, with market steers reaching a weight of about 700 pounds. Robinson says the bulls are good for calving ease, particularly with first-calf heifers.