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John Phipps is a ­columnist for Farm Journal, Top Producer, and the host for US Farm Report. He and his family farm 2,100 acres near Christman, Ill. and he is an award-winning speaker. 
www.johnphipps.com.

A time for co-ops

Cooperative businesses have ­traditionally been formed by necessity. Private enterprise was not eager to enter marginal ventures and/or remote locations, so groups formed to supply needed goods and services. Rooted in cultural ties of history and location, and focused on the common goals of similar patrons, cooperative efforts have often been the backbone of support […]

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Kevin’s White Chili

Noah’s Ark Preschool Cookbook Who: Noah’s Ark Preschool in BloomingtonCost: $20 including shippingDetails: soft-backed, spiral-bound Pages of recipes: 122 Send checks to: Noah’s Ark Preschool,1617 E. Emerson St., Bloomington, IL 61701or call 309-828-1974

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Broadband for the back 40

If you live in a city you probably have access to several broadband Internet provider options. The same can’t always be said for those living in rural areas. But there’s good news. Many Illinois electric cooperatives are striving to level the broadband playing field for cooperative members. Broadband communications is important to their own business […]

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Chocolate Truffles

Tasteful Traditions Who: Donna Hope’s Family and Home Community Education, Grantsburg, ILCost: $18, including shippingDetails: soft-backed, comb-boundPages of recipes: 250 Send checks to: Donna H. Mathis,170 State Hwy 145 South, Grantsburg, IL, 62943, or call 618-949-3370

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Almond Praline Cheesecake

Tasteful Traditions Who: Donna Hope’s Family and Home Community Education, Grantsburg, ILCost: $18, including shippingDetails: soft-backed, comb-boundPages of recipes: 250 Send checks to: Donna H. Mathis,170 State Hwy 145 South, Grantsburg, IL, 62943, or call 618-949-3370  

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Outage communication 2.0

Most of you have probably experienced what it’s like to be left in the dark during a power outage. You may even have been left without power for an extended amount of time due to some major storm. We all know what that can be like, but with the over 7.5 million outages from Hurricane […]

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Raw Apple Cake

Recipes for Life, Faith, Food & Fellowship Who: Vermont Christian ChurchCost: $15, including shippingDetails: soft-backed, spiral-boundPages of recipes: 91Send checks to: Payable to Vermont Christian Church Youth, C/O Becky Kluthe, 8633 E. US 136, Ipava, IL 61441 or call 309-753-7576.

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