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from Rags to Riches By Michelle Prosser


orses have carried this country on their backs for centuries. We would not be where we are now if it wasn't for the loyal steeds used by our ancestors. Unfortunately, horses have become a side thought for many in our current society. Some are beaten, neglected, starved or even dumped out in the country like trash. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest injustices I have ever encountered. For this reason, I founded Williams Pond Rescue in 2014. We take in and rehabilitate equines of all kinds, from donkeys to drafts. Each and every equine that is treated at our facility has their own “rags to riches” story to

“Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return.” —Unknown. tell.

One horse that comes to mind when writing this is Zeus. Zeus is a 30-yearold sorrel gelding who is currently retired at our facility located in Salem, Illinois. One summer morning, I received a text from the Illinois Department of Agriculture investigator. Attached to this text was a picture of the skinniest horse I have ever seen in my life. I was informed that he was dumped at a pumpkin patch in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

For obvious reasons, I agreed to take him in and attempt to rehabilitate him. I hitched the trailer up and off we went to pick him up. Once he arrived at our facility, the battle began. This poor horse did not have the muscle to get up off the ground. Therefore, he needed to be lifted with the loader numerous times. I often sat with him and pondered euthanizing him to let him go to greener pastures and end his struggling; however, his fight was not over. I could

see it in his eyes. He was determined. He was going to make it. As the months went by, Zeus improved. I will never forget the day he got back up on his own. I was elated. He was going to survive! Fast forward several more months: Zeus was up to weight and galloping around the pasture. Two years later, he is still with us as the resident “Old Man” and our own miracle horse. Every horse deserves a chance. Every horse has worth. Our mission at Williams Pond Rescue is to take horses like Zeus, give them the proper veterinary and farrier care, (Continued on page 6)

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(Continued from page 4) get them up to weight, give them a refresher on riding, and adopt them out to wonderful homes. We currently rehabilitate approximately 25 horses a year. While in this business, I have found that many horses have gone downhill due to a lack of education on the owner's part. Many people love horses and mean well; however, they do not have the knowledge needed to care for an equine nor the resources to do so. I cannot stress enough the importance of learning about an animal before taking one on. Your vet and farrier are

the best sources of information when owning a horse. Don't hesitate to ask them questions. If need be, consult the internet with your questions. The bottom line is do not let your equine starve due to your inexperience and lack of education. In closing, I want to extend my gratitude to this community for all the support they have given the rescue. We hope to be open for many years to come. If you need help finding a home for your horse or are unable to care for him or her, please give us a call. Our number is 618-339-1571. Please do not hesitate to call if you need help. n

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f all the farm interviews I've done, I can say I've never come away hungry like I did when I interviewed Bob and Elizabeth Grote of Grote Farms. They started talking about brats and pork chops and, my favorite, bacon, and my mouth started watering. I could almost smell the bacon sizzling. Bob and Elizabeth own Grote Farms that sits off Shattuc Road in Centralia. They raise hogs from about 8 weeks old, when they're about 40 lbs., and take them to market approximately 4 months later when they're about 300 lbs. Bob said they usually have 100–150

By Peggy Johnson pigs at a time. They have a broker licenses that lets them sell their pigs to the local public either by the whole or as individual pieces. What makes their products different from most others is that they raise their pigs completely “natural.” “Like our grandparents did, outside on the ground,” Elizabeth told me. Bob said an average pig eats approximately 10 bushels of feed from the time he is 8-weeks-old to 6-months-old. Like most farmers, Bob grows his own feed for his hogs. He feeds them a mixture

of corn, soybean, minerals and vitamins. He expressed and wants the public to know that he does not give his hogs any growth hormones or enhancers at all. I asked them to tell me a little about the farm history. Bob said his grandparents, William and Lena Grote, purchased the farm in 1940. Back then it was a dairy farm. Bob's dad, Arthur, and his Uncle Bill grew up on the farm and decided to stay and help their father, William. When Bob's Uncle Bill passed away in 1967, his dad wanted to keep the dairy

farm going, so for many years he worked a job and farmed too. When Bob was only 13 or 14 years old, his dad's health began to get bad so, being an only child, a lot of the farming, milking and feeding was left to Bob to tend to. His mother would pitch in and help any time they needed her. Even after working her nursing job all day, all they had to do was holler and she'd be ready to help. Especially if it was driving the tractor. Bob laughed and said sometimes she would beg to get to drive the tractor. Through his high (Continued on page 10)

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10 (Continued from page 8) school years, Bob would get up, milk and feed the herd and still catch the school bus at 7:15 a.m. Back then they didn't have the milking machines that carried the milk through the lines straight to the tank. The milk was caught in a bucket, poured by hand into a three gallon container and then had to be carried to the bulk tank in the milk house. In April of 1973, Bob's dad had a massive heart attack. His mother quit her nursing job so she could help more on the farm and take care of her husband. In 1975 Bob's dad got well enough that he was able to get back on the tractor. By then, almost two years out of high school, Bob needed to buy a very expensive milking machine. His parents encouraged him to sell the cows and raise hogs and steers. He decided that was the best decision so they sold the dairy cows. Once they did that, they started marketing and pushing the selling of beef and sold approximately 20 cattle per year. They did this for several years, all the while selling a few hogs as well. In 1981, Bob married Elizabeth Strahan. She worked outside the home but also helped Bob with the feeding, tending to the crops and even delivering piglets. “Driving the tractor, farming and everything was totally new to me,” she laughed. Bob laughed too, “Don't worry, I kept an eye on you. You did it right.”

AgMag • The Shoppers Weekly Their son Scott Grote and his wife Heather Wynn helped them on the farm until this past September when he moved out of state. Scott not only helped on the farm, but also with their marketing and Facebook page. Bob mentioned that they are members of Centralia SINA (Southern Illinois Networking Association) and the Centralia Chamber of Commerce. They usually have their food stand at the Centralia Balloon Fest, The Centralia Halloween Parade, the Mt. Vernon Fall Festival and the American Farm Heritage Festival in Greenville where you can purchase cooked and prepared pork or uncooked pork. Other than buying a whole hog or half hog, one can also purchase pork chops, pork steaks, hams, bacon, 17 different flavors of brats and even a whole roasting hog. They also offer bacon that has been cured with celery seed instead of sugar. Bob said they get a lot of praises on their bacon. (Now you can see why I got so hungry.) As our interview was winding down, Bob wanted to end by saying that his pigs enjoy seeing the sun coming up in the morning and he wouldn't trade it for anything. Be sure to check out their Facebook page! n

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A Love Affair with

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n a recent sunny winter morning, Lance and Vera Panzier sat down with a cup of coffee to talk about their love affair with farming. The Panziers’ farm in Jefferson County has been in the Panzier family for four generations. Lance pointed across the road to the farm his grandfather started while relating that he grew up on that farm. Lance also stated that his grandparents worked very hard to make their farm successful. Along the way, the family developed a love of being good stewards of the land. Lance and Vera started their life together as a team in the farming business. They stated that they have been involved with several different kinds of farming and that the two of them have always shared the work, decision mak-

ing, and responsibility. They have raised hogs and cattle and operated a fertilizer spraying business as well as farming row crops. They currently farm 1,800 acres in Jefferson County near Waltonville. Their main crops are corn, soybeans and wheat. Lance stated that they also grew milo at one time. Vera has worked alongside Lance during the years of their marriage and currently drives the farm trucks and the lunch wagon. Theses days, the Panziers are amazed at how technology has changed farming. They have a “smart” tractor that can be programmed to know exactly how many seeds to tell the planting equipment to plant and where to plant them. They also have a grain dryer that can send them a text message when there is a problem with the equipment. In

fact, nearly all their farm equipment has technology that allows for managing different aspects of the farming operation. And Lance laughed that he was told in school that he wouldn’t need to know how to use a computer because he was going to be a farmer. It is clear that Lance and Vera have a love affair with farming. They stated that even on vacations they are always looking at the crops that are being grown. On a recent trip to Mexico, they enjoyed a tour where they learned how Mexican farmers plant their crops. And even though the computers now keep track of the different parcels of farm land, the names of the parcels are lovingly stored in the computer as “Grandma’s Old Place,” “Pat and John’s Place,” “Hickory Nut Tree,” “Coal Mine,” and “Broom

Tree.” Each of the names reminds them of the ties they have to the land. The Panziers were asked what they would like to tell the world about farming. Vera responded that the two of them don’t feel like farming is a job. She said they feel that it is their life. She said they put God first in their lives and strive to be good managers of the land with which they have been entrusted. Lance responded that, as a farmer, he is doing everything he can to be a responsible steward of the land. He stated that he feels the community needs to help the younger generations understand the value of farming so that society can continue to have a plentiful food supply. He also stated that he never works a day in his life. He loves what he does. That’s a true love affair. n

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ne thing is for sure, I've never seen a farm without good eats! From home made bread, fresh pies and cakes, to pickled beets, and of course, let's not forget country omelets, fresh bacon and fried potatoes with onions. I can identify with all the above, starting with one of my favorites, country omelets. And let's not forget my all time favorite, oven-fried green tomatoes!

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Oven-Fried Green tomatoes MAKES 8 SERVINGS

ingredients: 1/3 cup cornmeal 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 4 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices Vegetable cooking spray 1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Country Omelets MAKES 3 SERVINGS

ingredients: 3/4 lb. new potatoes 3 T. butter or margarine, divided 6 eggs 3 T. water 2 T. chopped chives 1/ 4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper

directions: Cook potatoes in boiling salted water to cover 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool slightly. Peel and cube potatoes. Melt 2 T. butter in 8-inch omelet pan or heavy skillet; add potatoes, and cook over medium heat until potatoes are browned. Remove potatoes with slotted spoon. Combine eggs, water, chives, salt, and pepper; stir briskly with fork until blended. Heat omelet pan; pour one-third of egg mixture into pan. As mixture starts to cook, gently lift edges of omelet with spatula, and tilt pan so uncooked portion flows underneath. Spoon one-third of potatoes over half of omelet. Loosen omelet with spatula; fold omelet in half, and transfer to serving plate. Repeat procedure twice with remaining egg mixture and potatoes, using remaining butter, if needed.

directions: Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow dish; set aside. Dip tomato slices in water; dredge in cornmeal mixture. Place tomato slices on a baking coated with cooking spray. Coat each slice with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden. Serve immediately.

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apple Pork Chops MAKES 6 SERVINGS

ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/8 tsp. white pepper 6 (1/2" thick) pork chops 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 medium-size cooking apples 2 cups apple juice, divided 3 T. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. ground allspice

directions: Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow bowl; dredge pork chops in mixture. Reserve remaining flour mixture. Brown pork chops in oil in a large skillet. Arrange chops in a 13-x9-x2-inch baking dish. Core unpeeled apples, and cut into rings; place on chops. Pour 1½ cups apple juice over apples. Combine sugar and allspice; sprinkle over apples. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1 hour or until chops are tender. Remove pork chops and apple slices to a serving platter, reserving pan drippings. Dissolve 1½ T. remaining flour mixture in remaining 1/2 cup apple juice. Combine flour mixture and pan drippings in a saucepan; cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Serve sauce over pork chops.

Poppy seed Muffins MAKES 16 MUFFINS

ingredients: l/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 3/4 cup sour cream 1½ tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 cup poppy seeds

directions: Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, soda, salt, and poppy seeds; add to creamed mixture. Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans immediately.

refrigerator rolls MAKES 3 DOZEN

ingredients: 2 cups water 2/3 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup sugar 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 tsp. salt 2 packages dry yeast 2 eggs

directions: Combine water, butter, and sugar in a saucepan; heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally. Cool to 120° to 130°. Combine 2 cups flour, salt, and yeast in large mixing bowl; stir well. Gradually add liquid mixture to flour mixture, beating well at high speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, and beat an additional 2 minutes at medium speed. Gradually stir in remaining 4 cups flour, making a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days; punch dough down and cover if it begins rising out of bowl. When ready to use, punch dough down; turn out onto a floured surface, and knead lightly 4 or 5 times. Divide dough into thirds. Divide each third into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place each ball in cup of lightly greased muffin pans. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Note: For cloverleaf rolls, punch dough down; divide and shape into 108 balls; place 3 balls in each cup of lightly greased muffin pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk; bake as directed.

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Master Gardeners Plan Spring Fling / Garden DaY April 14


niversity of Illinois Master Gardeners will be hosting an annual Spring Fling/Garden Day on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hoffman Community Center, 110 East Park Avenue, Hoffman, Ill. “After the long winter I have not met anyone who is not yearning for spring to get here both gardeners and non-gardeners alike,” states Gail DeVilbiss, Extension agriculture and natural resource coordinator. The garden day is organized as a learning and social event to bring together area

gardeners and naturalists of all levels from beginner to ‘master’. There is a wide variety of topics to entice just about any outdoor enthusiast. This year’s Spring Fling has something for everyone. Sessions will include “Creating an Eatable Landscape” with Extension Educator Dr. Laurie George; “The World of Daffodils” with Horticulturist Jason Delaney; “Plants and Trees if You Please” with Plant Specialist Bruce Buehrig; and “Choosing and Finding the ‘Right’ Native Plants for your Landscape” with Illinois Master Naturalist Charlie

Pitts. Master volunteers and staff will share local projects they are involved with in local communities. In addition to the scheduled sessions, there will be additional information available throughout the day. Each Extension office will share a display that has the common theme of “attracting wildlife to your property;” this display is always a favorite of the attendees. Master Gardeners will also staff a Help Desk booth, where participants may bring their questions and get assistance to have a successful garden season.

There is a modest fee to attend this program and will include all talks, lunch and door prizes. Register on line at http:// web.extension.illinois. edu/bcjmw/ or by calling 618-526-4551 by April 5. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program or have questions call Gail DeVilbiss at 618-526-4551. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at 618-242-0780. n

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sOutH Central FFa CHaPter Banquet

The 2018-2019 Newly Elected South Central Officer Team consists of President Jacob Hanks, Vice President Dawson Carter, Reporter Adam Schroeder, Secretary Jami Tidwell, Treasurer Cotter Hiestand, Sentinel Toby Boughers, and South Central FFA Advisor T.J. Bolin.


here was a crowd of nearly 100 at the South Central FFA Banquet on March 15. South Central FFA Advisor T.J. Bolin says, “I am very pleased with the huge crowd for South Central High School. It truly shows how much the community supports our program.” South Central FFA Chapter held their banquet on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the South Central High School Cafeteria. The chapter began by eating a meal of pulled pork, green beans, and delicious cupcakes, thanks to Southern Comfort of Kinmundy and Casey Bolin. After the meal, the members received recognition for their hard work and dedication to the FFA organization and for the career development events that they participated in. • Andrew Lybarger

and Lexie Reid received the academic award for having a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 grade scale. • Toby Boughers, Cotter Hiestand, Jami Tidwell, Dylan Wagoner, Kaleb Lacey, Brody Huddleston, Victoria Iler, Alexis Roberts, Hailey Jones, Jonny Krueger, and Lauren Kramer all received Greenhand pins. To receive a Greenhand pin, you must have a Greenhand degree, an SAE program (record book), be in an Ag class, and have a satisfactory scholastic record. • Lexie Reid, Cauy Blomberg, Jacob Hanks, Jami Tidwell, Andrew Lybarger, Brody Huddlestun, Cotter Hiestand, Jonny Krueger, and Kaleb Lacey were recognized and received certificates for participating in the Land Use event. The Land Use event is

where participants analyze and evaluate soil pits. The event activities include looking at the landscape characteristics, soil profile characteristics, soil structure, calculation of soil loss and determination of the C value, and evaluation of nonagricultural use. • Cotter Hiestand, Jacob Hanks, Brandon Hawkey, and Dawson Carter, participated in the Section 19 Ag Sales CDE. The team received 3rd place within the section and Dawson Carter was the 10th place individual. The purpose of the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event is to evaluate and demonstrate skills that are essential for an individual to be successful in an agriculture sales career. • Jacob Hanks received a certificate for participating in the Job

Interview career development event. At the Job Interview career development event, members must prepare a cover letter and resume ahead of time and submit them. Then the individuals interview about their selected position, fill out a job application, and write a thank you note at the event. Advisor T.J. Bolin said, “Jacob Hanks did a great job at the event!" • Jacob Hanks and Ellijah Bahde also received a certificate for attending Lake Land’s Agronomy event. The Agronomy event was held at Lake Land College and FFA members demonstrated skills by identifying a variety of crop seeds, insects and various weeds that could cause harm in plant growth. Members also had to look at four samples of each of Continued on page 25

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The 2017-2018 South Central Officer Team included President Jacob Hanks, Vice President Lexie Reid, Reporter Mason Robb, Secretary Jami Tidwell, Treasurer Brandon Hawkey, Sentinel Dylan Wagoner, and South Central FFA Advisor T.J. Bolin. Continued from page 24

the following: hay, silage, corn and soybeans. After viewing the samples they then ranked the samples from best to worse. South Central received 6th place as a team and Jacob Hanks was the team's top scorer and placed 12th individually. • Jami Tidwell and Cotter Hiestand were recognized and received a certificate for participating in Public Speaking CDE, where they memorized and delivered the FFA Creed. Cotter and Jami also recited the creed from memory in front of the crowd at the banquet. • The Freshman Positive Participator plaque was given to Cotter Hiestand. He participated in many of the events that the chapter has taken part in. Hiestand shows a great interest in FFA and the chapter is excited to see him grow for the next three years.

• The Sophomore Positive Participator plaque was given to Dawson Carter. Carter attends many FFA events. He is very enthused to be the Vice President of the chapter during 2018-2019 school year. He was given this plaque for his success. • The Junior Positive Participator plaque was given to Jacob Hanks. Hanks has fulfilled his duties as Chapter President during the 2017-2018 school year and is enthused about every event he attends. He leads the FFA and has grown tremendously since his freshman year. He received this plaque for his accomplishments. • The Senior Positive Participator plaque was given to Lexie Reid. Reid participated in the Land Use Career Development Event and is a great addition to the South Central FFA Chapter and served as Vice President this year. She is also a very

successful student in the classroom. • Jacob Hanks received the “I Can Move Mountains” plaque. Hanks is very consistent and puts a lot of hard work in. He has participated in all activities, including Land Use, Job Interview, Public Speaking, and Agronomy, and he also plans on attending Dairy. • Lexie Reid received “The Highest of High Fives” plaque. She served as this years Chapter Vice President. She has also been very active working at the chapter level conducting chapter business and competing in the Land Use CDE. She is a huge supporter of her fellow members. Reid is also a very organized and detail oriented person with a drive to always complete outstanding work, both for herself and for the South Central FFA Chapter.

• The “Step Up, Stand Out” plaque was given to Dawson Carter. In the beginning of the year, Carter couldn’t decide if he wanted to be involved and seemed a little hesitant. However, he became really active and attended different events. He will be accepting the role of Vice President during the 2018-2019 school year. 2017-2018 South Central FFA Reporter Mason Robb said, “If there were one word that describes FFA it would have to be opportunity. Whether we are judging livestock or traveling around, FFA opens the doors for unbelievable events. When we wear the blue jacket, we are unlocking a world of possibilities.” There was then a presentation of pictures from the previous year’s activities. The chapter then wanted to take time and thank the news media. Continued on page 26


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Brandon Hawkey, 20172018 South Central FFA Treasurer said. “We greatly appreciate the media support in helping us spread the word of the activities we participate in. At this time, I would like to thank The Farina News, Effingham Daily, WCRC Radio, WJBD Radio, Salem Times Commoner, Centralia Sentinel, The Leader Union and The Shoppers Weekly.” The chapter then recognized the community supporters that they have. The individuals recognized this year are those that made donations to the Illinois FFA Foundation this year. The Chapter greatly appreci-

ates their generosity as these funds help pay for registration fees to events as well as awards and much more. Donors honored were: • Louis & Mary Kay Sigrist, • Natures Acres, • Iuka State Bank, • Marvin and Vicky Kramer, • South Central FS, • Brown Produce, • Ritter Car Wash, • St. Peter Insurance Agency, • Deep Rock Energy Corporation, • S&S Urethane, • Kinmundy Bank, • Durbin Vet Clinic, • Effingham Equity, • 1st State Bank of St. Peter, • Layers Inc(Farina Farms), • Wilberton Mutual Insurance Company,

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• Keith and Denise Kramer, • Riechmann Bros. L.L.C., • Marion County Farm Bureau. South Central FFA Treasurer Brandon Hawkey also said this to recognize the parents of FFA members: “It is time that we say thank you to a few more special people. All the FFA parents thank you for all of your help you give us. We could not do it without you. You take us to and from FFA meetings or events and help us with our FFA record books, or if it is hearing us rattle on our opinion of how something should happen. Also, thank you for always being our personal bank and giving us a few extra dollars before an FFA trip!”

The 2018-2019 South Central FFA Officers were installed towards the end of the banquet. Officers for next year will be President Jacob Hanks, Vice President Dawson Carter, Reporter Adam Schroeder, Secretary Jami Tidwell, Treasurer Cotter Hiestand, and Sentinel Toby Boughers. South Central FFA Advisor presented the 2017-2018 South Central FFA Officer team with an officer pin for the FFA Jacket as well as kind, but humorous introductions for each officer. The 2017-2018 included President Jacob Hanks, Vice President Lexie Reid, Reporter Mason Robb, Secretary Jami Tidwell, Treasurer Brandon Hawkey and Sentinel Dylan Wagoner. n


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ell-known political figures, artists, actors, entertainers and the like are deemed to be important, according to Time magazine’s list of "100 Most Influential People." One person not on the current list is the American farmer. Now sure, one could say that listing categories of people could open the door to many groups worthy of the list, such as soldiers, police officers, firefighters, teachers and so on. Why list the American farmer? One reason is that we as Americans enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. Much of that standard is a direct result of farmers and their daily efforts to provide affordable food for our country. American farmers have significant influence, considering the average citizen spends only about 10 percent of his or her disposable income on food. This frees up income that can be used to increase quality of life for all hardworking Americans— income that is used for a better car, home or even college tuition. Affordable food is one of the main reasons

America is the economic superpower that it is. In the last 100 years, American farmers have made great strides toward efficiencies in food production. That same efficiency ensures that food remains affordable as our population continues to rapidly increase. Farmers are also making improvements in conservation through the use of no-till, precision agriculture and other technologies that reduce soil erosion, inhibit nutrient runoff and increase yield. Farming may not be as glamorous as the lifestyles of the famous people listed in Time magazine. And urban children typically aren’t interested in farming as an occupation when they grow up. That’s not surprising, as the American farmer’s workday often begins before the sun rises and ends well after it has set. In addition, the responsibilities of caring for livestock and crops rarely afford farmers the time for a much-needed vacation. Yet when Americans walk into the grocery store and find the shelves completely stocked from floor to ceiling with affordable food, most don’t stop to consider the dedication

and contributions of the American farmer. Today’s consumers seem to think it will always be this way. Stores will remain stocked … food will remain affordable … people will remain well fed. These suppositions depend in large part on the actions of today’s politicians, regulators and, yes, even consumers. Fortunately for this country, American farmers want to continue to do what they have always

done, whether or not they receive the credit they deserve from those in the mainstream. It’s in their b l o o d . It’s a p ro u d American heritage. In t h e m e a nt i m e , American farmers will continue to be among the best "influencers" in our society, whether or not Time’s editors deem them worthy of notice. n Glen Cope, California Farm Bureau Federation

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IDOA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

In an effort to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the state's specialty crop industry, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) plans to distribute more than $690,000 over a three-year period thanks to funding allocated in the Specialty Crop Block Grant program in the federal Farm Bill. Grant funding applications are available on the Illinois Department of Agriculture website and must be returned to the Department by close of business on April 18th. To be eligible for funding, all projects must begin in calendar year 2019. In the first year, IDOA will distribute roughly $230,000, with a similar amount distributed for selected projects in 2020

and 2021. Illinois currently devotes more than 100,000 acres of farmland to growing specialty crops, which produce nearly $500 million in sales for Illinois farmers. To encourage further expansion of this industry, and to take full advantage of the allocated federal funds, the Department invites the development of projects pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry: - Enhancing food safety; - improving compliance of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Example: Developing "Good Agricultural "Practices," "Good Handling Practices," "Good Manufacturing Practices," and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farm-

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consider submitting proposals to the USDA's Farmers' Market and Local Food Promotion Program. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service defines specialty crops as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)." Illinois is the nation's leading producer of pumpkins and horseradish, while our state ranks in the top ten in acreage of cantaloupes, green peas, lima beans and sweet corn. Request for proposal packets and additional information about the program can be found online at the Department's website. Again, applications must be submitted to the Department no later than close of business on April 18th. n

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Dairy Judging Team Completes Successful Fall Season

The Kaskaskia College Dairy Judging Team recently completed a successful fall season finishing as one of the top teams in the country.  The team consisted of Hadley Ehlers (Campbell Hill); Kaleb Kruse (Dyersville, IA); Morgan Olbrich (Harvard); Avery Kotlarczyk (Myakka City, FL).  The team competed at the All-American Dairy Show and finished 4th High Team Overall; 4th High Team Reasons; High Team Guernseys.  Students Kaleb Kruse finished 6th Individual; Hadley Ehlers finished 9th Individual; and Avery Kotlarczyk finished 10th

Individual. At the World Dairy Expo the team finished 2nd High Team Overall and are invited to judge the Royal Highland Show in Europe.  This is the third consecutive qualification for the International Dairy Tour.  The team also finished 1st in High Team Reasons; and were the High Team in Milking Shorthorns and Red & White Holsteins.  Student Avery Kotlarczyk finished 2nd Individual and 5th in Reasons; Kaleb Kruse finished 10th Individual and 2nd in Reasons, which include All-American honors; and Hadley Ehlers finished 6th in

Reasons. The team also competed in the North American International Livestock Expo and placed High Team Overall (back-to-back NAILE Champs); High Team Reasons; and High Team Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Holsteins.  Students Kaleb Kruse finished 2nd Individual and 5th in Reasons; Avery Kotlarczyk finished 6th Individual and 1st in Reasons; and Hadley Ehlers finished 7th Individual and 6th in Reasons.  Pictured are Professor Aaron Heinzmann, Hadley Ehlers, Kaleb Kruse, Morgan Olbrich, Avery Kotlarczyk. n

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Bluff Equipment, Inc.

Vandalia .............618-283-3277 ............32 Highland ............618-654-5799 ............32

Budget Building Supplies

Opdyke ..............618-242-1123 ............26

Burkdell Mulch Lawn, Garden & Hardware Center Mt. Vernon ........618-242-0900 ..............9 Benton................618-435-3069 ..............9 Cattlemen’s Livestock, Inc.

Wayne City ........618-895-3156 ............27

Community First Bank

Mt. Vernon ........618-244-3000 ..............3 Woodlawn .........618-735-2681 ..............3 Mt. Vernon ........618-242-2004 ..............3 Dix ......................618-266-7444 ..............3 Ina.......................618-437-5565 ..............3

Business Name



First National Bank

Vandalia ..................................................20 Ramsey....................................................20 Patoka .....................................................20 Mulberry Grove .....................................20 Greenville ...............................................20

Gary’s Outdoor Products

Odin ...................618-775-6446 ..............2

H&W Custom Building

Iuka.....................618-323-6262 ............29

Hoffman Seed House

Hoffman.............618-495-2617 ............12

Interstate Batteries

Mt. Vernon ........618-244-3745 ............27

Isaak Insurance Agency, Inc. Carlyle ................618-594-4766 ............20 Kaskaskia College

Centralia ............618-545-3381 ............17

Kramer Septic

Breese .................618-526-2561 ............13

Kramer Trucking

Breese .................618-526-2341 ............13

Crescent Bearing & Supply, Inc. Salem ..................618-548-1788 ............27

Lusch Excavating & Sanitation Inc.

Salem ..................618-548-2637 ............26

Farm Credit Illinois

Metro-Ag, Inc.

Breese .................618-526-2341 ............13


Centralia ............618-249-8921 ............21 888-487-9622 ............21

Community Trust Bank

Countryside Metals, LLC

Farmers State Bank of Hoffman

Centralia ............618-533-0527 ............15 Irvington............618-249-6218 ............15 Nashville ............618-327-4400 ............15 Opdyke ..............618-756-2500 ..............7

Effingham ..........217-857-6450 ............11 Highland ............618-654-4815 ............11 Mt. Vernon ........618-241-9033 ............11 Hoyleton ............618-493-6510 ............19 Hoffman.............618-495-2225 ............19 Central City .......618-532-2265 ............19

Outdoor Power Sales & Service

Whittington.......618-629-1837 ..............5

Prairie Farms

............................618-526-7579 ..............2

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Mt. Vernon ........618-246-7350 ............23

Schwartz Orchard

Centralia ............618-532-8058 ............29 Dix ......................618-266-7756 ............29

First National Bank of Sandoval

Sandoval ............618-247-3318 ............27

Wedekempers, Inc.

Carlyle ................618-226-3285 ............12

From Rags To Riches ...................................................................................................4 Grote Family Farm: Title.............................................................................................8 KC Dairy Judging Team Competes In SW Intercollegiate Dairy Contest ...........12 Panzier Family Farm: A Love Affair With Farming...............................................14 Country Cooking by Lizzie Fenton .........................................................................16

Master Gardeners Plan Spring Fling / Garden Day April 14 ................................22 South Central FFA Chapter Banquet.......................................................................24 Farmers Remain The Unsung Influencers Of American Life ...............................28 IDOA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Proposals ........................................29 Dairy Judging Team Completes Successful Fall Season ........................................30


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