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EXTRA – Rural America population falls

Rural America is gaining a few new residents, but its overall share of the U.S. population is slowly falling, according to new data from the federal government. Recent reports from the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service and the Census Bureau show the percentage of rural population is at an all-time low. Only 16.4 percent of […]

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EXTRA – LEDs might boost milk production

Early indications are that LEDs might lead to increased milk production. Experts are urging caution. But it is a development that electric cooperatives need to be aware of, and there’s an event coming up that will be of interest to many. NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network has been working with Oklahoma State University researchers and Western […]

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EXTRA – More consumers cutting energy use

As the economic downturn lingers, more U.S. consumers are taking steps to reduce electric bills, according to a recent study by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions. Eighty-three percent of consumers polled took steps to cut electric bills over the past year, versus 68 percent in 2011. Although 77 percent believe they have already done […]

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Prairie Power, Inc. closes Pearl Generation Station

Effective June 1 Prairie Power, Inc. will close the Pearl Generation Station located near Pittsfield. The small 22-megawatt, coal-fired base load plant went on line in 1968. The plant was only operated when the cost of production was lower than power purchased from the Midwest Independent System Operator (ISO). In 2010, the plant provided 4 […]

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Organic sunflower seeds for birds, wildlife now available from WIU organic farm

Bird and wildlife enthusiasts can now purchase organic, locally grown sunflower seeds for their feathered and furry backyard friends. The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture’s Organic Research Program is selling 9 pound bags of black oilseed sunflower seeds for $10. The sunflowers were grown on the WIU Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm, which is […]

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More than 250 Youth Day students meet with state senators and representatives in capital city

More than 250 youth from 25 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives from across the state visited the State Capitol as part of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s annual Youth Day, held Wednesday, March 28 in Springfield. Students had the opportunity to have photos taken and meet with their district senators and representatives, hear from Lt.Gov. […]

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Co-op leader expresses disappointment with proposed EPA greenhouse gas regulations

In March, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Glenn English made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed greenhouse gas regulations: “NRECA and its member electric cooperatives are extremely disappointed to learn that the Obama Administration, in a New Source Performance Standard issued today by the EPA, has jettisoned American coal from […]

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SIPC reduces costs, holds base rate even in 2011

Members of Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC) in Marion were updated on the organization’s financial condition and reductions in power cost during the power cooperative’s Annual Meeting of Members held in March. SIPC was able to hold base rates even for 2011. “Optimism began to grow in 2011 with SIPC achieving excellent reliability at the […]

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Illinois farmland values continue upward spiral

The prices being paid for farmland across Illinois continue their upward spiral with the tops being in the $10,000 to $13,000 per acre range across the state. This is according to the 2012 Farmland Values and Lease Trends Report released in March by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The top […]

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