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.

In the news

Bill Harmon, LLCC professor and agriculture program coordinator, was interviewed by WLDS yesterday about the college’s ag program and its recognition as a 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program.

Congratulations to LLCC Agriculture!

Bill Harmon accepting award on behalf of LLCC at NAAE national conferenceLLCC Agriculture is one of just six programs nationwide to receive the 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award. Bill Harmon, agriculture program coordinator, accepted the award at the NAAE annual convention in Anaheim, Calif. on Dec. 3. The award honored LLCC as an outstanding agriculture education program from the Midwest region.

Ag Career and Transfer Fair today

The Ag Career and Transfer Fair takes place today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Trutter Center! LLCC agriculture students will be bringing their resumes and meeting with 16 businesses and six colleges and universities to find out about local internships, jobs and transfer opportunities. Faculty and staff are welcome to stop by.

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LLCC officials broke ground for new Kreher Agriculture Center

L-R: Craig Findley, LLCC Trustee; Ken Elmore, Vice Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Dr. Vicki Davis, Trustee; Jeff Fulgenzi, Trustee; Aaliyah Kissick, Student Trustee; Gordon Gates, Secretary, Board of Trustees; Skye Kretzinger, Ag Club President; Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President; Wayne Rosenthal, Chair, Board of Trustees; Larry Hardy, Don Weinhoff, Robert Stuart, representing the Kreher Charitable Trust; Wyatt Banks, Professional Agricultural Student (PAS) representative LLCC officials broke ground yesterday on a new building for the study of agriculture. LLCC Board Chair Wayne Rosenthal announced that the new structure on the east edge of campus will be named the Kreher Agriculture Center, in honor of the late Charles and Irene Kreher.

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.

Rendering of the new Kreher Agriculture Center“This cutting-edge facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, student gathering spaces and a spacious, glassed-in expo area for ag simulators,” said Rosenthal. “The building will incorporate technology and active learning to prepare students for success in the 21st century workplace.”

LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., expressed excitement for the next step: a new facility. “But even more important are the people who will work and learn here. We have outstanding faculty and staff in our agriculture program. Our agriculture students are active and top notch. They continually bring home awards and recognitions that make us proud.”

LLCC Ag Club President Skye Kretzinger commented on the importance of the occasion. “Today is a major day for all of those who have, are or are going to be attending LLCC as an agriculture student. This new building signifies change and our future of agriculturists. Throughout this new building, students will be learning to become our next agronomists, animal nutritionists, land surveyors and much more; they will be becoming the future of agriculture.”

Also participating in the groundbreaking were LLCC Board of Trustee members Ken Elmore, vice chair; Gordon Gates, secretary; Dr. Vicki Davis; Craig Findley; Jeff Fulgenzi; and Student Trustee Aaliyah Kissick.

Unveiling of the new Kreher Ag Center renderingUnveiling the architectural rendering of the new building were Don Wienhoff, trustee of the Kreher Charitable Trust, along with trust representatives Bob Stuart and Larry Hardy, and Wyatt Banks, Professional Agricultural Student representative.

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Evelyn Brandt Thomas with LLCC ag students in front of Brandt carCrowd at groundbreakingLLCC ag students at groundbreakingHolly Bauman, Rich Teeter, Bill Harmon and Craig Beckmier