The fourth Thursday of the month is my new favorite day to cover ag news – at least during February and March.
This day is always jam packed with ag events each year. In fact, I almost have a hard time making it to everything but that is a good problem to have in this crazy field of journalism.
My non-stop activities on Feb. 22 included a crop insurance meeting in the morning at the Rooks Creek Town Hall in Graymont, an early afternoon visit to Tri-Point High School’s drive your tractor to school day in Cullom and a trip back to Fairbury to visit the Prairie Central High School FFA petting zoo before enjoying an evening of ag awards at the Holiday Inn of Bloomington, sponsored by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
Fast forward one month and my Mar. 22 will closely resemble that busy February day. The McLean County Chamber of Commerce annual ag awareness breakfast will be held early in the morning along with the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce’s Issues and Eggs “Ag Edition.” I will wrap-up the day by attending the annual Prairie Central High School FFA Hog Roast and Auction in Fairbury. Wouldn’t it be the perfect ending to a perfect day by winning that shiny red Farmall H?
To top it all off, the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament will be well underway and hopefully the weather will be pretty nice by then. I couldn’t ask for more and I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love each and every day.
I hope to bring back plenty of information after this week’s All Day Ag Outlook Meeting at the Beef House restaurant in Covington, Indiana. Sure, the food is one of the best parts of the day – but we also learn a lot from the various market analysts that speak. Some of those individuals you hear on The Central Illinois Farm Network will be there, such as Wayne Nelson, Pete Manhart and Curt Kimmel.
Don’t forget about our local CIFN Ag Outlook Meeting planned for Tuesday, Mar. 27 in Fairbury co-sponsored by Bank of Pontiac and P.C. Co-op. The evening starts with a free dinner at 6 p.m. in the banquet room of Gig’s Place. Reserve your spot by calling 217-530-3107.
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