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Illinois State Police Investigate Fatal Crash

The Illinois State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on 12/15/2017 at 2:07 a.m. on Illinois Route 251 just south of Twombly Road in Rochelle. A 2014 Ford passenger car was southbound on Illinois 251 when the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire with the driver and lone occupant inside. The drive was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County Coroner. Rochelle Fire, Rochelle Police and Ogle County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. The name of the driver is not being released pending authorization from the Ogle County Coroner. Update: Deceased driver is Benjamin R. Koelper, 31, of Marengo, Illinois.

 


TOMORROW IN DEER GROVE: Congresswoman Bustos Will Deliver the Keynote Address at the 28th Annual Farmer Update Meeting

 

Friday at 1:00 PM in Deer Grove, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) will deliver the keynote address at the 28th annual Farmer Update Meeting. Hosted by The Cornerstone Agency, this event brings together a wide range of industry leaders to discuss important issues facing Illinois’ agricultural communities, including the 2018 Farm Bill. Following the keynote address, Congresswoman Bustos will hold a Q&A session.

 

The event will conclude at 2:00 PM.

 

Last August, Congresswoman Bustos toured farms across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District as part of her “Better Deal for the Heartland Tour” to hear directly from local farmers as Congress prepares for the 2018 Farm Bill.  The Tour included a visit to Jon Kophamer’s Farm in Whiteside County for a meeting with area farmers.

 

Congresswoman Bustos Delivers Keynote Address at Farmer Update Meeting

Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

What: Keynote address at the Farmer Update Meeting

When: Friday, December 15th at 1:00PM

Where: Deer Valley Golf Club and Banquets--3298 Hoover Rd, Deer Grove, IL 61243

 


U of I Extension Winter Programing

Lee County 4-H Beginner Sewing SPIN Club, Next Date December 19 & 21-6-8:30pm-Sewing By Deb, Dixon 

 

 

If you are new to sewing or have a limited skill base when it comes to sewing, this workshop is for you! During this SPIN Club you will learn the art of sewing, using techniques needed for every sewing project. You will make a pillow with pockets and a hooded cape to wear or give as a gift! Register online at: go.illinois.edu/LeeSew

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date January 4-10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2

 

4-H Quilting SPIN Club, Next Date January 14, 2017- 2-4 pm, Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mt. Carroll

 

A Quilting SPIN Club will meet monthly starting in October for ages 8-18 and run through April on Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll.  Three levels of quilting will be available and class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by calling the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Check out the flier for cost information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/downloads/69407.pdf

 

Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only Site, January 18, 2018-10am– Loveland Community Building, Dixon

 

To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.  University of Illinois Extension Unit 4 will be hosting a TEST ONLY site on January 18, 2018 at 10:00am at the following location:  Loveland Community Building, 513 West 2nd St, Dixon IL. To register: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17448

 

Small Farm Webinar Series, Thursday’s starting January 18, 2018-Noon-1pm, Webinar Series at Home

 

This year's series includes new topics such as High Tunnel Concepts, Intro to Certified Organic Production, Native Pollinators on Your Land, and much more. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. Register online at: go.aces.illinois.edu/WinterWebinars

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date January 23-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness

 

Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only Site, January 25, 2018-10am– Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mount Carroll

 

To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.  University of Illinois Extension Unit 4 will be hosting a TEST ONLY site on January 25 at 10:00am at the following location:  Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S Clay St., Mount Carroll, IL.  To Register:

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17447

Climate Reality Presentation, January 31, 2018- 6-7pm- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

Climate Reality will be presented by Master Naturalist Mark Jordan. This presentation will focus on the current affects, impacts, and actions that can be taken to alleviate the consequences of a warming plant. Mark will show what others (people, governments at different levels and businesses) are doing to give reason to hope that we can successfully tackle this crisis. Register by January 29 at go.illinois.edu/climatereality

 

Soil and Water Management Webinar, February 20, 2018- 9am-2:30pm-Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

 

Carroll, Lee, Whiteside Unit will host the Soil & Water Management Webinar on February 20, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the program is $45.00 per person. It will be presented at our Lee County Office in Amboy. For other locations across the state checkout your local Extension Office.  For questions call 815-632-3611.

Register online at: go.illinois.edu/soilandwater2018

 

Certified Livestock Managers Training, February 15, 2018-8:30-12:30pm- 307 S Madison St.-Community RM, Morrison

 

The Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act of 1997 requires livestock producers to receive training through the U of I Extension CLM  Training Program. This program provides livestock producers with the best management practices for managing and handling their manure. Livestock producers with more than 300 animal units must be a certified livestock manager.  Workshops will be located throughout the state starting in February.  To register and locate a workshop in your area register online at: www.regonline.com/CLMT2018

 


U of I Extension Program Information

Keep Your Brain Healthy With Monthly Brain Health Exercise Classes in Thomson

 

Make a resolution for 2018 to keep your brain fit and healthy! Current research indicates that challenging the brain is one of several things you can do to contribute to your own brain health as you age.   Challenging activities is one way to train your brain and keep your wits fit!

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers monthly Wits Fitness Brain Exercises Classes on the first Thursday of every month in Thomson.  Join Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory.  The monthly class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Thomson Public Library, 1005 West Main Street, Thomson, IL.  Class dates for 2018 are:  January 4, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.  There will not be classes the months of February or July.

 

Each monthly class is free and open to the public! Registration is not required, but appreciated.  Participants are welcome to join the class at any time.  For more information, visit the University of Illinois Extension event calendar at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2 or call 815-632-3611.  To stay up-to-date with all University of Illinois Extension program offerings, like Extension on Facebook at U of I Extension Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Unit.

 

Keep Your Brain Healthy With Monthly Brain Health Exercise Classes in Sterling

 

Make a resolution for 2018 to keep your brain fit and healthy! Current research indicates that challenging the brain is one of several things you can do to contribute to your own brain health as you age.   Challenging activities is one way to train your brain and keep your wits fit!

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers monthly Wits Fitness Brain Exercises Classes in Sterling.  Join Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory.  The monthly class will be held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Sterling Public Library, 102 West Third Street in Sterling.  Class dates for 2018 are:  January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, July 24, August 28, October 23, November 27, and December 18.  There are no classes in the months of June or September.

 

Each monthly class is free and open to the public! Registration is not required, but appreciated.  Participants are welcome to join the class at any time.  For more information, visit the University of Illinois Extension event calendar at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness or call 815-632-3611.  To stay up-to-date with all University of Illinois Extension program offerings, like Extension on Facebook at U of I Extension Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Unit.

 

Soil and Water Management Seminar offers Continuing Education

 

Soil and water interactions will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Webinar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 20, 2018. The workshop will be held at the Lee County Extension Office in Amboy. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 230 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Other locations will be held around the state so checkout your local extension office for a site near you.

 

“Those attending will hear about the latest University of Illinois research on soil erosion and how extreme weather affects nutrient transport.  Other presenters from Purdue, Georgia and Missouri will discuss cover crop selection, soil microbes, and soil health tests,” says Duane Friend, U of I Extension educator. Certified Crop Advisors will receive 4.5 continuing education units in Soil and Water Management by attending this seminar.

 

Registration is $45 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is February 13. Register online at go.illinois.edu/soilandwater2018

 


Signup for 2018 Farm Programs with FSA

AMBOY—December 1, 2017 -- The Lee County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding the farmers
and landowners in the county they are currently taking appointments and walk-ins for the 2018 ARC-PLC
Programs.
The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs were authorized by the
2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to farmers and crop-share landowners when there is a substantial
drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities.
Enrollment into the ARC and PLC Programs required a 5-year commitment but also established an annual
signup to enable county FSA Offices to process and facilitate any farm changes that may occur during the
5-year commitment. Farm changes would include any changes to leasing arrangements, land ownership,
mailing addresses, banking information, tillable acreages, entity structures like Trusts or partnerships,
estates, etc. The records at the local FSA offices are only as accurate as their customers report them.
The marketing year for the 2018 program year used to compile the possible payment rate for covered
commodities (corn, soybeans and wheat) will be September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019 and rates
for corn, soybeans and wheat will be published around September 29, 2019. Enrollment for the 2018
program year ends on August 1, 2018.
The office is encouraging you to report any changes that would impact the 2018 crop year, now instead of
waiting after the crops are planted. Delay in keeping your records current with FSA could disrupt your
efforts to file an accurate acreage report.
By calling ahead and or making an appointment, the county office can have your contracts ready upon
your visit. The goal is to have this enrollment completed before spring work begins.
For more information, please contact the Lee County FSA Office in Amboy at 815-857- 3621, extension
#2, or visit their website at www.fsa.usda.gov/.