Electric cooperatives connected with thousands of individuals at the 2021 Farm Progress Show held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Decatur. The show has been held for more than 50 years and connects farmers with hundreds of exhibitors and industry experts. It alternates between its two permanent locations in Decatur and Boone, Iowa.
The Illinois electric cooperatives’ tent featured a variety of activities including live line safety and pole climbing demonstrations. Co-op personnel were on hand to discuss electric vehicles, the Voices for Cooperative Power program and help spectators spin the electric trivia wheel to win prizes.
Participating cooperatives were: Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Mattoon; Corn Belt Energy Corporation, Bloomington; Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, Paxton; EnerStar Electric Cooperative, Paris; Illinois Electric Cooperative, Winchester; Jo-Carroll Energy, Elizabeth; M.J.M. Electric Cooperative, Carlinville; Menard Electric Cooperative, Petersburg; Norris Electric Cooperative, Newton; Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, Auburn, Shelby Electric Cooperative, Shelbyville; and Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Greenville. Other participants were the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Springfield; Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, Wis.; Prairie Power Inc., Springfield; and Wabash Valley Power Alliance, Indianapolis, Ind.