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Barickman/Manar partner on school funding bill

An effort to change how Illinois funds its public schools has bipartisan support.

State Senator Jason Barickman announced Thursday a bi-partisan effort to change how Illinois funds public schools. The Republican from Bloomington is joining with Senator Andy Manar and will join the conversation with a proposal based on what teachers suggest.

Senator Manar announced last week he's tweaked last year's Senate Bill 16 state funding reform proposal and hopes the revision will help build support in the Legislature this year. This effort will be Senate Bill 1.

Local educators attacked Manar's proposal last fall as unfair because it would take state aid money from districts with high property tax bases and give it to those in less affluent areas.

The new version of Manar's bill would account for cost-of-living differences between districts in addition to property tax differences.

Barickman said that before redistribution is considered, the Legislature must fix a funding formula that schools, taxpayers and legislators don't understand.

Barickman said "Taxpayers deserve confidence that their dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently in support of our education system."

That type of funding is recommended by educators statewide in Vision 20/20, a policy plan they published late last year and continue to promote.

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It’s All Up in the Air - Ag Drones, Weather and More!

Ag Day in Buckley a week from Friday at Christ Lutheran High

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration / Coffee & Rolls / Visit AgriBusiness / Extension Partner Displays
Free blood pressure testing - courtesy of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome / Introductions/ Recognition of Agribusiness/Extension Partners

9:00 - 9:55a.m. Are Ag Drones in Your Farm's Future? - Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension Crop Systems Educator

9:55 - 10:05a.m. Break (visit Agribusiness / Extension Partners)

10:05 - 11:00 a.m. Will 2015 Weather be a Repeat of 2014? - Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist

11:00 - Noon Washington D.C. Update from Congressman Kinzinger's Office - Patrick Doggett, Field Representative for Congressman Adam Kinzinger, IL-16

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Complimentary Lunch – Please visit AgriBusiness/Extension Partner Displays

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 2014 Farm Bill Decisions - Charlene Neukomm, Ford County FSA and Tammy Hubert, Iroquois County FSA

1:30 – 2:00p.m. Illinois Soybean Association 100 Bushel Challenge—Shelby Kaufman, Ehler Bros. Seed, Thomasboro

2:00– 2:30 p.m. National FFA Week and Update- FFA Section 17, President Kade Hill; FFA Section 10 President, Sydney Miller; and FFA Section 10 Secretary, Hayden Schaumburg

2:30 p.m. Door Prizes, Evaluation & Closing Remarks

9:00 a.m. - "Edi-mentals," Gardening with Edible Landscape - Mary Dickinson, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Ford-Iroquois.

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PBL's FFA Farm Toy Show is Saturday

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA chapter's 27th annual Farm Toy Show is Saturday from 9 am 'til 2:30 pm at PBL High School in Paxton.

Vendors are selling miniature replicas of farm machinery. There's also a silent auction, door prizes, a children's pedal tractor pull and concessions.

The FFA chapter reports a "show tractor" being sold by the FFA chapter in advance of the show is a Massey Ferguson 1100.

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Experts forecasting a decline in farm revenue for 2015

Purdue economists are predicting lower revenue for crop farmers for the third year in a row and the low crop prices are to blame for the decline.

Purdue Ag Research Associate David Widmar said the combination of low crop prices and constant production costs are two main factors in decreasing income. He said there is evidence of this trend in Purdue's budget from 2014 into 2015.

"We've seen the expenses stay almost consistent," said Widmar. "But the revenue, being driven by those commodity prices, has dropped off for corn about 26 percent."

Widmar said it is the same story for soybean growers. There was a much higher demand for corn production in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010. The market responded to the demand; and for the last two years, farmers have been producing high crop yields. The large supply of corn and soybeans is resulting in lower crop prices.

Widmar said he is predicting the next couple years may be financially tighter for crop. {Purdue University}

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Watseka High hosting FFA petting zoo

The public is invited to agriculture shop at Watseka High School next week. The FFA is hosting an FFA Petting Zoo and Greenhouse Experience.

The event runs from 8:30 am 'til 2:30 pm. Wednesday, February 25.

Tours of the ag greenhouse will be available.

The event is open to the public and to other area schools.

Groups of 10 or more are asked to call the high school in advance at 815-432-2486.

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