"It's All Up in the Air ... Ag. Drones, Weather and More!"
That's this year's theme for the annual Ag Day event at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. The full-day event is sponsored by the Ford-Iroquois Extension Service through the University of Illinois.
Larry Haigh, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, says the winter program gets you out of the cold and updated on ag issues.
The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration, coffee and rolls, and an opportunity to visit the 2015 Ford-Iroquois Extension/Agribusiness partner displays.
Dennis Bowman, a University of Illinois Extension crops systems educator, will kick off the day's talks with one entitled "Are ag Drones in Your Farm's Future?" Ford-Iroquois Master Gardener Mary Dickinson of Loda will simultaneously be presenting "Edi-mentals: Gardening with Edible Landscapes."
Jim Angel, Illinois state climatologist, will talk about that always-questionable weather pattern that may/may not affect the spring planting season. Before the complimentary lunch break, Patrick Doggett, field representative for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, will deliver a Washington, D.C., update.
Afternoon sessions beginning at 1 pm finds Charlene Neukomm of the Ford County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Tammy Hubert of the Iroquois County FSA speaking on "2014 Farm Bill Decisions."
Shelby Kaufman of Ehler Bros. Seed in Thomasboro will issue the "Illinois Soybean Associate 100-Bushel Challenge."
Young FFA members will offer an "FFA Update." Section 17 President Kade Hill, FFA Section 10 President Sydney Miller and FFA Section 10 Secretary Hayden Schaumburg are part of the program.
Door prizes will be presented too.
Ford-Iroquois Ag Day is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and should be completed by today (Feb. 18) by calling the University of Illinois Extension office in Onarga at 815-268-4051. You can also register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv.