Agriculture

The Union County Farm Bureau is calling on members for assistance as a special event draws near. As the organization approaches its 100th annual meeting and celebration of this milestone, the planning committee is seeking any old photos of the agricultural history of Union County. The committee...
During the week of June 12, local county Farm Bureaus collaborated with Southern Illinois University, local farmers and agribusinesses to hold the Southern Illinois Summer Agriculture Institute.  The program offered participants an up-close look at one of the key driving economic forces for Union...
Shawnee Community College instructors Ed Billingsley, Zachary Garrett and Marilyn Uehle presented at a Closing the Gap conference on April 26 at John A. Logan College in Carterville. Billingsley, a full-time agriculture instructor at the college, presented alongside student Brandon Cummins on how...
More than 160 local high school seniors attend Shawnee Community College’s Career and Technical Education Day. Photo by Shawnee Community College.
Shawnee Community College hosted its second annual Career and Technical Education, CTE, Day on Thursday, April 6. The event welcomed area high school seniors who are interested in exploring technical education programs offered at the college. Students gained hands-on experience in the following...
Century Unit School District No. 100 superintendent Leslie Varble was honored as a Superintendent of Distinction from the Shawnee Region of the IASA luncheon in Springfield on April 24. From left are Varble and state superintendent Dr. Tony Smith. Photo provided.
Leslie Varble, superintendent of Century School District No. 100 at Ullin, has been named as a 2017 Superintendent of Distinction by her colleagues in the Shawnee Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, IASA. Varble was honored at an awards luncheon which was held April 24 in...
Union County farmers who attended the conference included, from left, Jeff Flamm  from Cobden; Mark Eddleman, president of the Union County Farm Bureau, from Dongola; and Paul Rich, director, Union County Farm Bureau, from Anna. Photo provided.
Members representing local county Farm Bureaus attended the Illinois Farm Bureau’s 2017 Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference, which was March 1-2 in Springfield. The conference, with a theme of “Together Towards Tomorrow,” offered a variety of speakers and information encouraging farmers...
Shawnee Community College students Brandon Cummins of Metropolis, George Barnhill of Grand Chain and Caleb Parks of Golconda spent their winter break dismantling a greenhouse. Plans are for the greenhouse to be reassembled at the college’s main campus near Ullin. Shawnee Community College photo.
Shawnee Community College students Brandon Cummins of Metropolis, George Barnhill of Grand Chain and Caleb Parks of Golconda spent their winter break dismantling a greenhouse. Plans are for the greenhouse to be reassembled at the college’s main campus near Ullin.  The three students are pursuing...
University of Illinois Extension has announced plans for 2017 commercial tree fruit schools. Schools are scheduled in Mt. Vernon and Hardin. The Mt. Vernon school is planned Feb. 7. The school will be at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Registration for the school in Mt. Vernon is scheduled to begin at...
The Agbassadors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale have been representing the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences for 30 years, and it’s time for a reunion.  The fourth annual Fall Fest, a celebration of the college, includes the 30th anniversary Agbassador reception, to which all...

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