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— Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff, farmers and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau Commodities Conference, titled "Modern Agriculture: Connecting to the Digital Future." The conference, scheduled for July 30, will be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

This year's conference will feature two general sessions and multiple breakouts that focus on digital communications and tools, farm policy, market and weather trends, drone technology, trade and infrastructure priorities, farmland and crop prices and much more. First General Session speaker Matt Bechdol will cover "big data" while the second General Session speaker Greg Peterson of the Peterson Brothers will talk about advocating for agriculture.

"We will have the latest information on digital-driven technology issues, such as Big Data, drones and cyber-security, as well as our perennial outlooks," said Mike Doherty, senior economist, Illinois Farm Bureau. "Additionally, we have some hot topic workshops on nutrient management, global meat markets, and value added production."
Those wishing to attend the conference may pre-register online (June 9 – July 21) at www.ilfb.org/commoditiesconference, or by contacting their local County Farm Bureau. Registration materials also may be requested by calling Nicole Moore at 309-557-3343 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch. Registration the day of the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Marriott.

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Senator Durbin applauds KCC technology program

Kankakee Community College is making inroads to the local workforce. It's so good that U-S Senator Dick Durbin says "KCC is a model for the rest of the state and beyond."

Durbin visited KCC Wednesday to get a look at the community college's technology program. A special focus was the solar energy program and other careers in the sustainable fields of study.

The link between community colleges and the workforce is what brought Durbin to KCC on Tuesday. The Democratic senator is pushing legislation that would allocate $8 billion to community colleges.

KCC officials had plenty to show off, and had just as many ideas for spending any federal money that might come their way. KCC President John Avendano said the college is planning an Advanced Technology Center that would house all those programs.

Industrial technology is where the strongest college-to-work potential can be found, according to Durbin.

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Senator Durbin touring KCC Wednesday

U-S Senator Dick Durbin is scheduled to meet with educators and students today at Kankakee Community College. Durbin will tour the school's technology department to evaluate how KCC is progressing in closing the gap in the skills-to-jobs mismatch when it comes to educational opportunities in solar energy.

Business people who have partnered with KCC for marketable jobs will also be on hand. KCC is among 17 community colleges awarded a U-S Department of Labor grant to train students for careers in the sustainable fields, including solar energy, health care, advanced manufacturing and clean energy.

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Suspension for teen charged for making school threat

A 16-year-old Paxton juvenile is now charged with Disorderly Conduct for alleged threatening comments made last week. The boy was charged Tuesday in Ford County Circuit Court. The alleged comments prompted a "soft lockdown" at PBL schools.

Superintendent Cliff McClure had said the teen was not at school when the threat was made. Records reveal the boy allegedly told his mother that he was "going to get a gun and come back and kill her and then shoot the school up."

The boy was released after a psychiatric evaluation.

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Funeral services announced for U S Marine Steven Hancock

Services have been announced for Coal CIty High School graduate and Marine Lance Cpl Steven Hancock. He died in a military training exercise last week.

Visitation is set for Thursday 3 to 8 PM, at First Christian Church in Morris. Services will be at 10 AM Friday at the church. Burial will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors.

Hancock died May 19th during training exercises in North Carolina. He was the son of Sue and Mike Hancock of Goose Lake.

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