Iroquois & Ford counties sharing $800,000 in grant $
Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program will be used to improve roads in Iroquois and Ford counties. The funds are part of the $6.4 million to be distributed through the program to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure in eastern Illinois The funds are in addition to the annual motor fuel tax revenues that counties, townships and municipalities are scheduled to receive this year.
Ford County is expected to receive a total of $246,923. Iroquois County and its townships and municipalities will receive a total of $553,597.
Each project will be selected and managed locally, with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) providing oversight.
An Open House in Vermilion County Thursday will showcase the University of Illinois Extension Unit. The event runs from 4 – 6 pm at the U of I Extension on North Vermilion Street in Danville.
Vermilion County Extension offers a number of programs, including 4-H development, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, Family Life, Nutrition Education and Wellness, Horticulture, Consumer Economics, and Community and Economic Development. There's also volunteer opportunities available through Extension Master Gardener programs, 4-H youth programming, and Money Mentors programs.
Just like with the Ford-Iroquois Extension at Onarga, programs continue to build momentum even though "times have changed but Extension's mission of bringing research advances to local communities continues," according to Ginger Boas, Extension Director.
University of Illinois Extension's mission is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.
For more information about the Vermilion County open house or the programs that are available through the Vermilion County Extension Unit, contact the office at 217-442-8615 or visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/.
Indiana barn fire keeps firemen busy for four hours
Brookston and neighboring firemen in Indiana battled a barn fire overnight. The barn and hay and old farm machinery were a total loss. The fire broke out Sunday night and kept firefighters on the scene 'til 1:30 this (Mon) morning.
The mid-to-late summer dry period led to drought conditions in central-Illinois. But a few weeks into the harvest finds area farmers and grain elevator operators saying yields are good to very good.
Soybean yields very pleasing, according to local reports. Despite the lack of rain in August and September, "soybeans are a huge surprise," according to elevator operators.
Parts of Vermilion, Iroquois and Ford counties, have typical yields in the mid-50 to mid-60 bushels per acre this fall.
In Vermilion County, "Everyone is pleasantly surprised with how the early beans are turning out, given the dry weather in August," said Tom Fricke, director of information for the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.
"It's not a bin-buster by any means, but it's what most would characterize as an average yield," he said.
Farmers already anticipated a good corn crop, and corn is slightly better than what was expected. The quality is really good. And there's no aflatoxin issues this year." Despite a wet spring and a dry end to summer, the size of the corn and soybean crops will stack up well compared with previous years, Fricke said.
Only the 2009 crop was larger for corn, and only the 2010 crop was larger for soybeans, he added.
Although most farmers in this area normally start harvesting in mid-September, it was closer to early October when farmers got out in the fields this year. Area elevators are reporting, East Central Illinois farmers are approaching the halfway mark for harvest.