Farmers support nonprofits in Illinois

To honor and support the ­tradition of service ­organizations in rural America, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is ­part­nering with ­farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit ­organizations. The program, which kicked off its fifth year on Aug. 1, ­benefits 1,324 counties across 40 states.Organizations that received ­funding in the past include fire departments, food pantries, ­community groups, and ...Read More

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Rep. Jerry Costello II receives Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual ­meeting in Springfield on Aug. 1, State Representative Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton, 116th District) received the 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives Public Service Award. Presenting the award to Rep. Costello (right), who is a Monroe County Electric Co-Operative member, is Monroe County Electric Board Chairman Larry Kraft (left).“This award is made in recognition ...Read More

Large electric water heaters could be outlawed

Bipartisan legislation that cleared the House March 5 will help save smart grid-enabled electric resistance water heaters, NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson told members of Congress. Without passage of the legislation 55 gallon or larger electric water ­heaters will be banned.“Electric co-ops have a straight­forward mission: to provide reliable electric service to their consumer-owners at the lowest cost ­possible,” Emerson said ...Read More

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EPA proposes update to landfill emission rules

On July 1 the U.S. EPA released an update to 18-year-old standards for air pollution from solid waste landfills. New and modified landfills would be required to use technology to capture two-thirds of their emitted methane and other air pollutants by 2023. Now the EPA is in the public input phase for determining the final rule.Landfills with a capacity of ...Read More


Learning from Germany’s energy policy mistakes

Energiewende, German for energy transition, is the move by Germany to an energy portfolio dominated by renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable ­development. The final goal is the abolition of coal and other non-renewable energy sources.While many would applaud Germany’s goals, others would say it is an example of what not to do with a nation’s energy policy. It was ...Read More

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Homegrown by Illinois heroes

A sharp, full-color logo has been designed to help Illinois veterans market agricultural products. The Homegrown By Heroes Illinois Products logo was unveiled in July at the Illinois Farm Bureau, where more than 30 organizations met to launch the initiative.Homegrown By Heroes is a national ­branding program and will allow Illinois farmers, ­ranchers and fishermen who have served or are ...Read More


Record attendance for 50th NRECA Youth Tour

Seventy-five Illinois students recently returned from the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, held June 13-20. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our ­democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth. This year Illinois celebrated it’s 55th year of the tour. NRECA’s Youth Tour turned fifty. The annual event continues ...Read More

Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Launch

Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 to monitor Earth’s vital signs

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on July 2. The two-year mission will help scientists unravel key mysteries about carbon dioxide and produce the most detailed picture to date of natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks” - ...Read More

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Bipartisan effort could expedite river navigation improvements

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) today introduced ­bipartisan, ­bicameral legislation to improve the nation’s water ­infrastructure – including locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers – through ­public-private partnerships that would ­expedite projects and save ­taxpayers money.The Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership ...Read More

Book to feature Illinois Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farms

The publisher of an upcoming book ­honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to their publicity campaign has been overwhelming, but a large number of farm owners still haven’t heard about the project.The coffee-table book, “Illinois Historic Farms: Honoring the State’s Enduring Heritage of Family-Owned Farms,” will feature histories of family-owned farms that have been certified by the ...Read More