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The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives salutes…

Livestock farmers in the Midwest may be familiar with this month’s cooperative. United Producers, Inc. (UPI) was formed in 1999 through the consolidation in operations of Producers Livestock Association in Ohio/Indiana and MFA Livestock in Missouri. During the following two years, UPI also joined with Interstate Producers Livestock Association in Illinois and the Michigan Livestock […]

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Neighbors helping neighbors

When Lisa Braddock, creator of the Sunshine Harvest Sharing Project, over-planted her garden in the fall of ’09, she “really didn’t know what to do, there were squash everywhere.” That is when she started thinking about a project to help get extra food from local farmers and gardeners to the kitchens and food banks. The […]

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Stewing it up in Illinois

Imagine hundreds of volunteers gathered around wood fires, stirring into the night over pots and pots full of meats, veggies and spices. You may have heard of burgoo before, but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. Burgoo, or chowder as some call it, is a thick stew made with a variety of different […]

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Rewarding rural development

Rural life has its advantages and many people yearn to live there or return there, which was the case of Lu Ann Scheiferdecker, a Cambridge resident and Corn Belt Energy member. But like many, she was faced with leaving a lucrative business in an urban area, for a life in the country that offered little in […]

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Barns adorned by quilts

            As the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail-McLean County started making headway on its project, someone said to Kay Henrichs, a Barn Quilt Heritage Trail committee chair and Bloomington resident, “it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to raise a barn quilt.” Henrichs said, laughing, “Yeah, that’s true.”              […]

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The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives salutes …

Another of the largest cooperatives in the nation is set to celebrate 75 years since its beginnings. Next year, Prairie Farms with its headquarters in Carlinville, will mark the milestone, having grown from its beginnings as Illinois Producers Creameries, a statewide association for co-op creameries. What started out as primarily an Illinois cooperative, has grown […]

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