In the news

LLCC Agriculture and the new Kreher Agriculture Center will be featured on the PBS program “Illinois Stories” today, June 3, at 7 p.m. and Monday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. Host Mark McDonald interviewed Dr. Charlotte Warren, president; Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy; and several agriculture students.

Illinois Stories to feature Kreher Agriculture Center

Producers of the PBS program “Illinois Stories” were on campus yesterday preparing an upcoming episode on the new Kreher Agriculture Center. Host Mark McDonald interviewed Dr. Charlotte Warren, president; Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy; and several agriculture students. Other ag students demonstrated various simulators and assisted Craig Beckmier, professor of agriculture, with sheep in the animal science pavilion. Also assisting with the video shoot were Holly Bauman, agriculture program specialist, and Rich Teeter, professor of agriculture. The episode will air sometime in June, and we will announce the date in LincIn when it is set.
Professor Craig Beckmier with sheep and students in the Kreher Agriculture Center animal science pavilion Illinois Stories videoing the Kreher Agriculture Center simulation lab with students and professor Bill Harmon.

LLCC Agriculture Club wins awards at state and national PAS conferences

Twenty-eight LLCC Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Conference held virtually Feb. 22-25. LLCC then moved on to compete in the virtual National PAS Conference March 15-19 with students from 33 colleges and universities. These contests are designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.

Clayton Walch, Alexis Carroll, Mackenzie Harmon and Carson Lobdell

Winning first place at nationals – first row: Clayton Walch, Alexis Carroll; second row: Mackenzie Harmon, Carson Lobdell

In the national soils competition, Clayton Walch (Raymond) placed first, Alexis Carroll (Carrollton) second and Sam Van Rheeden (Chestnut) third individually. As a team, they placed second at nationals and recorded a third-place finish at state.

In the employment interview competition, Carson Lobdell (Darlington, Wis.), Mackenzie Harmon (Morrisonville) and Carroll won first place in their divisions. Emily Curry (New Berlin) and Braylee Finck (Maroa) placed second. At state, Finck, Harmon, Carroll and Lobdell placed first in their respective divisions. Annie Jackson (Jacksonville) and Curry placed second, and Madison Thomas (Mt. Pulaski) placed third.

The LLCC college bowl team of Carroll, Brian Kenshol (Mt. Pulaski), Curry, Thomas and Harmon placed third overall at nationals. At the state event, this team, with the addition of Shawn Goebel (Harvel) and Walch, was undefeated in the round robin tourney and won first place for the fifth year in a row.

Other state awards include Kenshol winning first place individually in the ag sales contest, and Chase Tomhave (Jacksonville) placing second.

The crops specialist team of Goebel, Fuller Anderson (Atwater) and Ashley Johnes (Batchtown) placed second; and the team of Van Rheeden, Ben Reno (Medora) and Harmon placed third.

In the livestock specialist contests, LLCC’s swine, beef, sheep and overall teams each placed third. Swine team members are Makenzie Hereth (Woodbine, Md.), Brooklyn Wurm (Monroeville, Ind.), and Anderson. Beef team members are Wyatt Johnson (La Harpe), Brayden Freeman (Winchester) and Rachael Rogers (Kendallville, Ind.). Sheep team members are Breanna Knittel (Greenfield), Emma Peters (Versailles, Ohio), Jett Vickery (Taylorville), Griffin Harms (Chatham), Evan McClain (Albany, Ind.) and Sam Stickley (Saint Paris, Ohio). The overall team members are Colby Hough (Mount Airy, Md.), Lobdell and Kade Shiery (Camden, Mich.).

In the community

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, spoke to the Springfield Sunshine Rotary yesterday morning about LLCC’s agriculture programs and the growth made possible by the Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust.

In the news

Congratulations to Todd Steinacher, LLCC adjunct instructor, who has been named the statewide winner of the 2020 Illinois Certified Crop Adivser (CCA) Award. Read more on

Congratulations Holly Bauman!

Holly Bauman, LLCC agriculture program specialist, was recognized Dec. 4 at the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) meeting as the District 3 (west central Illinois) agriculture advocacy award winner for service to Illinois  agriculture education over the past year.

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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.