In the news

The $100,000 gift from The Brandt Foundation that will support scholarships for LLCC Agriculture’s precision agronomy/fertilizer program was covered in yesterday’s Morning Ag Clips.

The Mid-West Truckers Association named Bob Howard, recently retired director of the LLCC Truck Driver Training Program, the July 2020 “Trucker of the Month” and featured him and the Truck Driver Training program in the cover story of the July issue of “Keep on Truckin’ News” distributed to 4,000 member companies. LLCC Public Relations and Marketing provided photos and information for the article.

The BRANDT Foundation donates $100,000 to create legacy of support for LLCC Agriculture

Evelyn Brandt Thomas signing checkMore students will prepare for in-demand careers in agronomy and plant nutrition thanks to a $100,000 gift from The BRANDT Foundation to the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation.

The gift will create a legacy of support for the LLCC agriculture program through an endowed scholarship fund. Initially, two new BRANDT Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to LLCC students pursuing an associate in applied science degree in precision agronomy/fertilizer or a certificate in fertilizer.

Precision agronomy students historically have at least three job offers before graduation. LLCC’s precision agronomy and fertilizer programs prepare students to use ever-evolving technology including GPS, robotics and drones to forecast, monitor, map and improve yields to help farmers maximize profits.

Dr. Charlotte Warren and Evelyn Brandt Thomas“BRANDT has been a longstanding and highly valued partner in the success of LLCC’s nationally award-winning agriculture program,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC, at yesterday’s check presentation ceremony held at BRANDT headquarters in Springfield. “This incredibly generous gift is the latest evidence of The BRANDT Foundation’s commitment to our ag students’ success. BRANDT continues to work hand-in-hand with us as we grow our agriculture program and prepare students for exciting careers in the high-tech future of agriculture.”

Yesterday, Evelyn Brandt Thomas symbolically presented a $100,000 check to Dr. Warren at BRANDT’s global headquarters in Springfield, Ill. The Foundation’s actual commitment will be paid to the LLCC Foundation over five years.

“LLCC is an incredible asset for our community,” said Mrs. Thomas. “We have long supported the college and have embraced their graduates for years. We know that when we hire someone from LLCC we are getting an immediate contributor to Team BRANDT … LLCC graduates hit the ground running, with the training and experience they need to make a difference.”

BRANDT’s support for LLCC agriculture students goes back for decades. For over 20 years, BRANDT has paid tuition and fees for students in the LLCC precision ag/fertilizer program who are then hired by the company. BRANDT also sponsors internships for LLCC ag students and opens its facilities to students studying fertilizer equipment and plant operations. BRANDT shares its precision map and soil test data sets with LLCC classes, and established research plots on the LLCC campus and at the LLCC research farm in Blue Mound, Ill.

Continuing this momentum, the college is developing an accelerated precision ag program that will run throughout the year, graduate students faster and improve the utilization of the LLCC land lab, giving students more hands-on training than ever before.

Agriculture is one of the original programs offered by LLCC and has continuously evolved to keep ahead of the latest technological trends in farming. The agriculture program offers students a hands-on education in the study of cutting-edge agriculture practices, with excellent facilities, dedicated full-time professors, career and internship opportunities, club activities and participation in national competitions. LLCC students can pursue a transfer degree in agriculture or degrees and certificates in agri-business management, precision agronomy/fertilizer and horticulture. More information is available at www.llcc.edu/agriculture.

The BRANDT Foundation is a private foundation designed to organize the giving of BRANDT, Inc., its employees and the family founders to provide meaningful assistance and support to the communities, farms and families where BRANDT has facilities.

In the news

Yesterday’s $100,000 check presentation outside the BRANDT, Inc. Springfield headquarters was covered by the State Journal-Register, WICS, WMAY, WFMB ag and Springfield Scene magazine. BRANDT, Inc. co-founder Evelyn Brandt Thomas presented the symbolic check to Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president. Both were interviewed along with Bill Harmon, agronomy professor.

Kreher Agriculture Center

Kreher Agriculture Center construction
The Kreher Agriculture Center is beginning to take shape as construction continues on the LLCC campus! The 19,750-square-foot, $7.5 million building is being funded by annual distributions from the Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust to the LLCC Foundation and is expected to open in the spring semester of 2021.

The facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, student gathering spaces and a spacious, glassed-in expo area for ag simulators. It will incorporate technology and active learning to prepare students for success in the 21st century workplace.

You can also check in on the construction progress of the Kreher Agriculture Center by visiting www.llcc.edu/agriculture. The page features images from a Work Zone Cam, including the option to view a time-lapsed compilation.

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March 25 blood drive canceled

LLCC Student Life and Agriculture Club have canceled the upcoming blood drive that was scheduled for March 25. If you planned to donate, we hope you can find some alternative date/time to donate! Donations have dropped drastically due to the recent climate. Please continue reading for more information from the Central Illinois Community Blood Center.

COVID-19 Response Donors Needed
Nationally, and here in our region, the blood supply is being adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. In some places, elective surgery is already being canceled for blood availability. Most activities have been canceled, and more people are staying home. The pandemic is having a significant impact on participation in blood drives.

We would emphasize COVID-19 presents no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply, only the adequacy of the supply at this time. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 from donating blood.

If you are healthy, please consider donating! Read more, and view guidelines.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center – Springfield Donor Center
1999 Wabash Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704
Schedule an appointment online or call 217-753-1530.
Find other locations near you.

Ag Club celebrated Food Checkout Week; made donation to Central Illinois Foodbank

LLCC Ag Club with purchased food for donationThe LLCC Ag Club, a collegiate member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, finished its celebration of National Food Checkout Week with a scramble to collect food at a local Aldi in Springfield. Food Checkout Week is the last week in February and recognizes that Americans have earned enough disposable income by then to pay for all their food for the year. Americans pay less that 10% of their disposable income for food, the lowest rate in the world. The Ag Club had two members, Dalton Bartz of Jacksonville and Sam VanRheeden of Mt. Pulaski, volunteer to get as much food as possible in two minutes. They were supervised by the Ag Club treasurer Alexis Carroll. After planning their run, they loaded up their carts with non-perishable food items. After paying for the items, they were delivered to the Central Illinois Foodbank. The activity was sponsored by Growmark, the parent company of FS.

Farmer’s Share Luncheon today

The LLCC Agriculture Club is holding its annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon today, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The club has sold all 100 tickets for the catered meal from Turasky’s, which will include pulled pork or steakburger, green beans, potato salad, cookies and drinks.

Tickets were sold for $.50 apiece. The cost represents the portion of the meal’s cost that actually goes back to the farmers who grew the food. The rest of the cost is for processing, marketing, transportation, etc.

Attendees will also get a chance to test their knowledge of agriculture by answering questions from the quizmaster to win some fabulous prizes! The event is open to anyone in the campus community as an educational activity for the club.

Farmer’s Share Luncheon March 3

The LLCC Agriculture Club is holding its annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon on Tuesday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The club is selling tickets for the catered meal from Turasky’s, which will include pulled pork or steakburger, green beans, potato salad, cookies and drinks.

Tickets are $.50 apiece, and can be purchased from LLCC Agriculture Club officers or by contacting club advisor Bill Harmon at 786-2573, or bill.harmon@llcc.edu. The cost represents the portion of the meal’s cost that actually goes back to the farmers who grew the food. The rest of the cost is for processing, marketing, transportation, etc.

Attendees will also get a chance to test their knowledge of agriculture by answering questions from the quizmaster to win some fabulous prizes! The event is open to anyone in the campus community as an educational activity for the club.

Tickets available for Farmer’s Share Lunch March 3

The LLCC Agriculture Club is holding its annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon on Tuesday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The club is selling tickets for the catered meal from Turasky’s, which will include pulled pork or steakburger, green beans, potato salad, cookies and drinks.

Tickets are $.50 apiece, and can be purchased from LLCC Agriculture Club officers or by contacting club advisor Bill Harmon at 786-2573, or bill.harmon@llcc.edu. The cost represents the portion of the meal’s cost that actually goes back to the farmers who grew the food. The rest of the cost is for processing, marketing, transportation, etc.

Attendees will also get a chance to test their knowledge of agriculture by answering questions from the quizmaster to win some fabulous prizes! The event is open to anyone in the campus community as an educational activity for the club.