In the news

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, was interviewed by RFD Illinois Nov. 4. He discussed the agricultural hemp field research conducted this semester at LLCC to test production practices and opportunities for studentsinthe LLCC ag program.

Info session tonight on math, computers, sciences and ag

LLCC Math, Computer Science, Natural and Agricultural SciencesProspective students are invited to an info session this evening at 5:30 p.m. to learn about programs in LLCC’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department and Natural and Agricultural Sciences Department. Please encourage any prospective students you know to sign up at

These info sessions are a part of October’s Moving Forward to LLCC events, which include virtual info sessions, a campus cruise and more!

In the news

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, was interviewed on Sports Radio 1450 Oct. 16. He discussed the current ag hemp research, job opportunities for ag graduates and the new Kreher Agriculture Center.

In the news

Congratulations to LLCC grad, Jennifer Davis of Petersburg, who was recently named the 2021 Illinois Ms. Agriculture USA Queen! She was an active member of the LLCC Agriculture Club and state winner in the Forestry and Natural Resources Employment Interview at the Illinois Professional Agricultural Students (PAS) Conference.

LateStart classes

Watch the video below, featuring Dr. Elizabeth Myles, Brian Earley and Damon Tanke, for a look into a few of LLCC’s eight-week LateStart classes in two essential industries — agriculture and automotive technology. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 19!

In the news

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, was interviewed by the State Journal-Register, WICS and 1450 AM/WFMB yesterday about the agricultural hemp field research being conducted at LLCC to test production practices. LLCC is currently the only community college in Illinois doing such research.

In the news

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, was interviewed by WTAX and WMAY about the agricultural hemp field research being conducted at LLCC to test production practices. LLCC is currently the only community college in Illinois doing such research.

Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, is the author of today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Family and Friendsgiving.”

Congratulations to the LLCC Ag Club!

LLCC Ag Club with purchased food for donation

photo taken February 2020

Congratulations to the LLCC Ag Club, a collegiate member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, on placing second in the 2019-2020 Harvest for All campaign! The club held a food drive as part of National Food Checkout Week the last week in February. Pictured are Alexis Carroll, Ag Club treasurer; Dalton Bartz, Ag Club member; and Sam VanRheeden, Ag Club member.

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

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.