Tickets for Farmer’s Share Lunch on April 24

The LLCC Agriculture Club is hosting its Eighth Annual Farmer’s Share Lunch on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The club is selling tickets for the meal that will include a pork barbecue or steakburger sandwich, green beans, potato salad, cookies, and tea or lemonade for 50 cents. 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. Only 100 tickets are available, and they may be purchased from any LLCC Ag Club member or by contacting club advisor Bill Harmon at 786-2573 or bill.harmon@llcc.edu.

During the event, guests will also be able to test their agriculture knowledge with trivia questions and win prizes. The event is open to anyone in the campus community as an educational activity for the club.

LLCC soil specialist team wins first place at national PAS conference

Nathan Goebel, Will Rexroad, Nathan ThompsonCongratulations to LLCC’s soil specialist team of Nathan Goebel (Harvel), Will Rexroad (Athens) and Nathan Thompson (Carlinville) who won first place overall at the national Professional Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization conference, with Goebel taking honors as the high individual overall! The event hosted more than 600 attendees and was held in Loveland, Colo. March 13-16.

Lori Jackson, Sky Kretzinger, Eston Coe, Clayton Schowe, Austin Dennison, Mason Fesser, Will Rexroad, Nathan Goebel, Nathan Thompson, Dakota DowsonTen LLCC Agriculture Club members competed in four team events as well as two individual competitions designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.

LLCC’s beef specialist team of Clayton Schowe (Warrenton, Mo.), Austin Dennison (Lincoln) and Lori Jackson (Jacksonville) won fifth place. The crop specialist team of Mason Fesser (Fillmore), Dakota Dowson (Auburn) and Eston Coe (Illiopolis) placed 14th overall.

The LLCC college bowl team of Skye Kretzinger (Chestnut), Showe, Dennison, Dowson and Rexroad finished with a 3-2 record, losing to the eventual champions in the quarterfinals.

Eston Coe, Lori Jackson, Nathan GoebelIn individual events, Jackson placed second in the agriculture education interview contest, and Goebel placed third in the fertilizer and agrichemicals division of the same contest. Coe placed third in the agriculture sales competition.

PAS is a career and technical student organization for college students interested in agriculture and has members from 20 states. In addition to competitive events, the national conference provides an opportunity for students to attend workshops, hear from nationally renowned speakers and meet with representatives from a dozen agriculture firms with employment opportunities across the country.

LLCC listed in top 20 two-year colleges for precision ag

Precision ag tech in cabCongratulations to LLCC Ag for being named in PrecisionAg.com’s recently released list of the top 20 two-year colleges for precision agriculture and related fields! Results were based on a survey that factored in the best reputation in education, hands-on training and graduate job placement for precision agriculture.

“We are honored to be listed among the best programs in the country in precision agriculture,” said Bill Harmon, LLCC agriculture program coordinator. “LLCC’s precision agronomy/fertilizer program prepares students with hands-on training for a career using ever-evolving technology in the agriculture industry for yield mapping, seeding, soil testing and more. Our precision agronomy students working toward an associate in applied science degree have historically had at least three job offers prior to graduation, with similar numbers for students pursuing a certificate in fertilizer.”

PrecisionAg is an independent global media enterprise providing precision agriculture information and analysis.

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Agriculture Career Expo today!

We welcome high school junior and seniors to campus today for the fourth annual Agriculture Career Expo! Registration begins at 9 a.m., and they will be attending sessions through 12:30 p.m. The event showcases the many job opportunities available in agriculture by bringing together more than 350 interested high school students with educational resources and industry professionals.

As part of today’s Ag Expo, a career fair will be open to all LLCC students from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Trutter Center. Students are invited to visit with the 15 participating agri-businesses about internship and employment opportunities.

LLCC Agriculture Career Expo

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Career fair at Ag Expo

As part of the Agriculture Career Expo on Friday, Sept. 7, a career fair will be open to all LLCC students from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Trutter Center. Students are invited to visit with the 15 participating agri-businesses about internship and employment opportunities.

LLCC Agriculture Career Expo

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Sweet corn is ready!

LLCC Agriculture has grown sweet corn this summer and invites college employees to share in the harvest. The patch of corn, which is accessible from Toronto Road, is shorter than the field corn and has been marked on either side with yellow flags. Faculty and staff are welcome to pick some sweet corn and take home to enjoy!

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Red Cross training on campus this week

LLCC Agriculture is hosting Red Cross disaster training for more than 100 volunteers this week in the Millennium Center and Workforce Careers Center. The training will be held today through Friday.

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BRANDT and LLCC collaborate on ag research

BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, and LLCC Agriculture have formed a working relationship for on-campus research and development into production agriculture practices. The collaboration will help student development and help define the future of production agriculture practices. Both organizations share a commitment to the future of agriculture in central Illinois. This initiative will fit nicely with BRANDT’s extensive trials at the company’s research farms in Pleasant Plains and Lexington, Ill.

BRANDT and LLCC will work together on the main campus’ 45-acre “Land Lab,” focusing on corn and soybean production best practices. In addition, BRANDT will collaborate on research efforts at the Kreher Farm in Blue Mound, Ill. Both locations will be working to gain production agriculture knowledge, prepare students to further their education or develop students to enter the workforce. Plans are in place and work for the 2018 cropping season has already begun.

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