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update on proposed ethanol production plant in Fulton County
28, 2001] It's
being called the largest private sector economic stimulus project in
Fulton County in a quarter century. Not since CILCO's Duck Creek
Power Station was completed in 1976 has a private investment effort
been undertaken like the proposed Central Illinois Energy ethanol
production plant. Central Illinois Energy, or CIE, General Manager
Mike Smith of London Mills says approximately $5 million has been
raised since the public offering began in mid-November.
of the $40 million plant are looking for $16 million from farmers
and other investors by February 1 of 2002. The remaining $24 million
would be financed by area lenders.
fund-raising targets both farmer and non-farmer investors. As an
incentive to non-farmer investors, CIE is required to pay an
eight-percent cumulative dividend. There's also a buy-back option of
115-percent of the initial investment for non-farmer investors.
Farmer investors are contractually obligated to sell corn to the
plant. CIE would buy wet corn at 20-to-30-percent moisture content,
which would mean considerable cost savings in drying costs to
producers. Smith the plant will buy six million bushels of wet corn
and six million bushels of dry corn per year. Producers can choose
how much wet and how much dry corn they sell to the facility. He
added because of the wet corn cost-saving advantages, commitments to
supply wet corn are going well. That creates an incentive for
producers to invest as soon as possible, Smith says, since wet corn
bushels are available only on a first come, first served basis.
meetings about the project have been taking place throughout the
six-county market area of Fulton, Peoria, Knox, McDonough, Schuyler,
and Mason Counties. Meetings have also taken place in other
surrounding counties. Five more public meetings are scheduled for
Jan. 7, 2002 at 9:00 am. at the Brimfield American Legion at 121
West Knoxville, sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau Marketing
Committee, Riverland FS, Pioneer Seed, and Akron Services. 18th
District Congressman Ray LaHood and 47th District State Senator Carl
Hawkinson are scheduled to attend. Also planning to attend is Gaylor
Engineering owner Mike Gaylor of Dunedin (done EED' un) Florida. His
firm is the engineer for the facility.
Jan. 7, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bushnell Rec Center at 300 Miller
Street, sponsored by Prairie Premium Ag Coalition. Gaylor plans to
attend. Refreshments will be served.
Jan. 7, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington High School ag room at
568 East Vernon, sponsored by the Farmington Ag Alumni Association.
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January 8, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at UAP/Richter, one mile south of
Blandinsville on the blacktop, sponsored by UAP/Richter.
Refreshments will be served.
January 8, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. at the Southeastern High School
cafeteria at 90 West Green Street in Augusta, sponsored by Pioneer
Seed and Southeastern ag alumni.
attending the meetings are asked to arrive up to 30 minutes early to
help the registration process move smoothly and allow the meetings
to start on time. Smith stressed registration is very simple and is
not time-consuming. There is no obligation to invest for meeting
minimum investment is five shares at $1,000 per share. The agreement
calls for corn producers who invest to also deliver 1,000 bushels of
corn per year for five years for each share purchased. After five
years, delivery contracts would be renewed annually. The same $5,000
minimum investment, but without the corn commitment, applies to
non-farmers. As another incentive to act quickly, Smith pointed out
the per share price for both farmer and non-farmer investors goes up
to $1,200 starting Jan. 16 2002.
would create 35 full-time jobs and produce 30 million gallons of
ethanol a year. If fund-raising goes as expected, Smith says
construction would begin in 2002 and the facility would be
operational in 2003. Plans are to build it on a 280-acre site 3.5
miles south of Canton.
group or organization that would like to have a presentation made
about CIE should call (309) 668-3299. The length of the program is
about 45 minutes. For those who cannot make it to meetings a
45-minute video of the presentation is also available, free, upon
is an initiative of a group of Fulton County area farmers and agri-business
people called the Central Illinois Ag Coalition, or CIAC
more information about the project, Smith can be reached at (309)
668-3299. His e-mail address is msmith@CIAConline.com
. On the Internet, go to http://www.CIAConline.com.
Smith, Central Illinois Ag Coalition president]
office announces workshops
24, 2001] Logan
County will host a workshop titled "The ABC’s of Horse
Nutrition" on Jan. 31. The workshop will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at
the Extension office. Preregistration is requested and may be
obtained by calling the office at 732-8289 before Jan. 25.
Janicki, visiting equine educator, will be the presenter. Kristen
will discuss the importance of forages in a horse’s diet, the
abundance of grains available for horses with greater energy or
protein needs, and the different characteristics each brings to meet
the horse’s requirements. In addition, Kristen will explain the
basic nutrients necessary for an excellent nutrition program and
what to consider when formulating a diet for your horse, including
the use of body condition scoring to evaluate your feeding program.
Kevin Steffey will be with us on Feb. 11 to participate in an
entomology roundtable discussion. The program, beginning at 1:30
p.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m., will be at the Extension office.
Preregistration is requested and may be obtained by calling the
office at 732-8289.
will be able to provide information on potential problems in 2002
with western corn rootworm, soybean aphids, B.t. corn and the
implications, and address other discussion topics.
similar roundtable discussion a few years ago focused on B.t. corn
events and the Star Link potential and problems. It seems like a
crystal ball must have been in use!
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statewide conference with the theme "Tillage & Nutrient
Management for the Future: Advanced Concepts" is scheduled for
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. The
program, featuring state and nationally known speakers, runs from
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
is necessary and the deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 5. Seating is
limited, so registration will be taken on a first-come basis. A $15
fee per person will be charged to cover room rental and the noon
luncheon. Please make checks payable to McLean Co. SWCD and send to
McLean Co. SWCD, 402 N. Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761, with the
following information: IL Tillage Conference, your name, address,
phone number and county of residence.
office holiday schedule
Extension office will be closed over the holidays, with reopening
set for Jan. 2. The staff wishes you and your family a joyous
10, 2001] This
time of year, many farmers are wanting to "settle up" for
the various field operations done on a custom basis for neighbors.
Traditionally termed "custom rates," Illinois uses
"cost of operation" figures. Neighboring states do
actually use surveys of custom operators to publish figures that are
true custom rates.
following table contains many of the more requested figures. For the
non-farm clientele, these rates represent the actual cost for
performing the operation on a farm.
figures are the actual costs of operation including power, machine,
fuel and labor. The figures are based on fuel costs of $1 per gallon
(and even though fuel prices are higher, they won’t significantly
affect the cost!) and a labor cost of $12.50 per hour. There is
nothing included for management.
Cost of operation
Coulter chisel plow
$10.80 per acre
$20.70 per acre
$ 8.80 per acre
$ 7.90 per acre
$ 8.60 per acre
$ 7.60 per acre
$27.70 per acre
$23.10 per acre
Using grain cart
$ 3.85 average per
acre average (Iowa data)
Grain hauling with
$ .068 cents per
bushel average (Iowa data)
jewel at U of I
3, 2001] Logan
County identifies itself as the heart of Midwest farming. With that
goes a deep relationship to the College of Agriculture at the
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus. We have many local
alumni who are strong supporters in the college’s continued growth
as a top agricultural education institution. It is through the
alumni association’s support that the campus now has a new pride
and joy, the ACES (College of Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences) Library, Information and Alumni Center.
new library was opened and dedicated this fall. Its completion
signifies a wholeness that has previously eluded the ag college
campus, as it has always been in a temporary state of waiting for
needed buildings or resources of its own. Many local people have
been contributing toward its development for many years.
three great U of I influences in Logan County. If you say the
Fighting Illini, University of Illinois Farm Extension Services,
agriculture education and development, you are not only talking
about the interests of many Logan County residents but also the
combined passion of one particular man, Frederic B. Hoppin. Hoppin
not only contributed financially but also gave many years of
dedication and involvement as an alum.
1941 U of I ag grad, the late Fred Hoppin served as Logan County’s
University of Illinois farm adviser and Extension agent from 1949 to
1956. Following that time he moved into the real estate business as
his primary occupation until his retirement. His ties with
agriculture and U of I remained strong.
was a loyal Illini. Even when in real estate his main interest was
in agriculture," says Ruth, his wife, who is a steadfast and true
Illini alum also.
and two partners, Roy Hatch and Red John Pace, were area forerunners
in breeding by means of artificial insemination. He held leadership
positions in both cattle and pork industries, starting dairy herd
and swine herd associations.
of Hoppin’s most outstanding contributions were as a supporter of
U of I. With the growing ag campus needs in the 1970s, Hoppin was
asked by the president of the alumni association to head up the new
building program, "Food for Century III." He had the job
of influencing legislators to assist in matching funds with the
alumni association for $88 million in new and updated agricultural
buildings on the campus. The project took 15 years and included the
relocation of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
received the honorary "I" from the athletic association.
Ruth Hoppin fondly recalls that before there were televised games,
football games were filmed. The films were brought over after the
games and local fans, known as the Quarterback Club, would gather
together to watch them.
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had many other U of I awards and distinctions, but the Exceptional
Service Award that was bestowed on him in 1984 by the Agricultural
Alumni Association summed up the values of his contributions, as the
award was created just for him.
took 15 years to raise the funding for the new building project. In
January of 1998 the state of Illinois signed a grant matching the
alumni funds. However, Hoppin did not get to participate in the fall
groundbreaking, as he passed away in August of 1998. The alumni room
in the new facility has been dedicated in honor of Frederic B.
Hoppin and Ruth H. Hoppin.
was one of many local supporters. Other Logan County residents and
close neighbors noted for their generous contributions to the
library are as follows:
Ralph and Ada Allen family
Isaac Funk family
and Ruth Brauer
M. and Starr L. Hull
L. and Mary W. Jeckel
D. and Martha C. Zimmerman
B. and Martha Z. Zumwalt
1862 Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Bill, which authorized the
creation of land grant universities. The signing of this bill
brought the University of Illinois, first called the Illinois
Industrial University, into being.
this is the third library location, it is the first time a building
intended for use as the library has been built. The first library
was established when the courtyard of the Agriculture Hall was
roofed over in 1912. Though it was to be only temporary, the library
was moved in 1924 to its most recent location, Mumford Hall.
overdue, the new library consolidates a lot of collections and
valuable holdings that have been scattered in different locations on
campus. Students, researchers and teachers will no longer have to go
running around searching numerous locations for periodicals and
literature that relate to the agricultural field. It now provides
the agricultural community with highly valued, field-specific
informational resources all in one location. Not only is educational
and research information now centrally located, but it also hosts
related offices and provides meeting places.
ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center has been nicknamed the
"jewel" of the agricultural campus. The title is bestowed
because the beautiful, hexagonal building takes the shape of a gem,
particularly from an aerial perspective. To a person looking down on
its slightly sloped and angled roof sections with a small flat
center, it appears jewel-faceted.
for your fresh Christmas tree
19, 2001] With
the Thanksgiving holiday bearing down on us, many people will begin
thinking about purchasing their holiday symbol for the Christmas
season — the Christmas tree. A freshly cut Christmas tree can be a
beautiful sight. With proper selection and care, consumers can
safely enjoy a fresh tree throughout the holiday season.
is information shared by Extension educators in the horticulture
program to help you in the process of selection through care.
Buy Christmas trees early in the season.
Consider purchasing Christmas trees from a choose-and-cut farm.
The sooner you can get the tree home to a constant source of water,
the fresher it will stay.
Fresh trees should have pliable needles, a fresh evergreen aroma and
firm needle retention.
Protect the tree on the drive home. Wind rushing through the tree
can cause it to lose valuable moisture.
Cover trees tied on top of the car or in an open trunk.
If you won't be putting the tree in its stand right away, store it
in a place out of the wind and freezing temperatures. Make a fresh
cut on the butt by removing 1" of the trunk and place in fresh
Remove 1 inch of the stump when bringing the tree indoors.
Immediately place the tree into a stand that holds at least one-half
gallon of water.
Avoid standing the tree in front of large windows that expose it to
sun and heat.
Avoid placing near furnace register vents and fireplaces. This
exposes the tree to heat that leads to rapid moisture loss.
Keep the water level above the base of the cut at all times. Check
water level daily.
A fresh tree will use one-half to two gallons of water the first day
it’s brought inside.
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A fresh tree may soak up a quart or more of water per day.
If the cut base dries out, the sap will harden and the tree will not
take up any more water.
Water additives such as aspirin, sugar or flame retardant are not
you have made a fresh cut on the base and the tree no longer takes
up water, it has lost moisture below a critical level and will never
regain its freshness. Remove this tree from the house. A tree in
this condition will burn.
is everyone’s agriculture. To help you keep up on some of the
current information, here are several links to University of
Solutions Series is designed to provide information on topics in
foods and nutrition, consumer and family economics, as well as
horticulture. Sources of information include the University of
Illinois, United States Department of Agriculture and other land
a copy of the Home, Yard & Garden Pest Newsletter, click on http://www.ag.uiuc.edu/cespubs/hyg/
Hort Corner has lots of good information: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/hort/index.html
Link has horticulture information for children: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/kids/index.html
and learn about grains in meals
20, 2001] Consumers
have been reading and hearing about the benefits of adding grains
and fiber to our meals — but how does it really help our diet? The
local unit of University of Illinois Extension is sponsoring a
program called "Grains in Our Meals," which is open to the
public. The program will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the
Logan County Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive in Lincoln.
Finck, nutrition and wellness educator with the University of
Illinois Extension, will present information about the selection,
preparation, storage and service of grain products for your meals.
She is a registered dietitian based at the Springfield Extension
will discuss the role grain plays in a nutritious diet and cover the
planning of meals to include breads, cereals and other dishes using
grain products. Information on safe methods of handling grain
products will also be reviewed. Tasting will be encouraged.
interested is invited. Contact the Logan Extension office for
preregistration, which is due Jan. 10, one week before the program.
There is no fee to attend. For more information and to register
ahead, please call the office at (217) 732-8289.
joins local U of I Extension staff
13, 2001] The
University of Illinois Extension has recently appointed Shelly
Dittmer to the position of unit educator for youth development. She
will be responsible for coordinating educational programs for the
youth of Logan County.
to this position, Shelly taught English and speech communications at
the high school level for 10 years.
received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Illinois
State University and a master’s degree in educational
administration from Western Illinois University.
and her husband, Todd, reside in Peoria.
is excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to working
with the people of Logan County.