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Carroll County Farm Bureau

By Chastity Welch, Farm Bureau Manager

Many of you are anxiously awaiting for information about the trip the northern County Farm Bureaus will be sponsoring with Tri-State Travel to New Zealand and Australia. We are finalizing the itinerary now. We hope to have the information out by March 1. We will be holding a trip preview meeting at our office on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

Are you a farmer or rural small business owner looking to replace a grain dryer, make other energy-saving improvements or produce renewable energy? If so, USDA Rural Development and Jo-Carroll Energy may be able to help. With recent announcements of funds available through the USDA to help agricultural producers and small complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, Jo-Carroll Energy can assist by completing the required energy efficiency audit on the proposed project. Audits cover a variety of aspects and can be project specific depending on your type of business.

More information on how to apply for funding is available in the January 20, 2012 Federal Register, pages 2948 through 2954. Popular uses of the program in the Midwest have been to assist in the purchase of new, more efficient grain-drying systems or to install geo-thermal. Costs incurred before submitting an application are not eligible. In addition, funds are not available for residential use.

Jo-Carroll Energy offers the energy audit service to members for $150. The regular cost for this service is $600, however because Jo-Carroll Energy received a grant through the USDA, the cooperative is able to offer this service to members at only 25 percent of the cost until March 11, 2012. Non-members (within a three-hour radius of the cooperative headquarters) are subject to additional mileage and hourly travel fees.

For more information on energy audits, call and ask for the cooperative’s energy advisor John Scott at ext. 1339 or Heidi Weber, member relations and marketing manager at extension 1208.

Jo-Carroll Energy also offers its energy auditing services to not-for-profit, institutional, governmental and civic businesses and organizations. These audits are offered for $300 to members only. I think we all could use assistance in cutting down our energy usage.

The Carroll County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, February 20th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. here in the auditorium. Walk-ins are welcome, however appointments are very appreciated. If you are willing to donate, please contact our office at or email us at to schedule your appointment.

Farm Bureau Classifieds

Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.

FS: 1978 Chevy Cheyenne Big 10 Heavy ½ ton, long bed. 47,000 miles, 350 eng. Positraction, auto trans, new front fender’s, new rocker panel’s, new brakes, new batt. $3,500.00

FS: John Deere portable generator on wheels, 120/240 volts 6000 watt electric start, Honda motor

FS: California King Oak Sleigh Bed with two night stands $650 OBO Savanna area

FS: Curio Cabinet lighted, two glass shelves, glass doors, 1 lined drawer $350 OBO Savanna area

FS: 1998 Featherlite aluminum livestock trailer 7x26 one center gate, in good condition $8,000 OBO

FS: LP gas heater for shop/garage 4800BTU $250 or

FS: Stainless steel countertop & sink, new 5ft long x 2ft deep on right side $100

FS: Gas stove, self cleaning oven $130 OBO

FS: 10 year old APHA/ PTHA registered bay/white mare, broke to ride, great disposition $500

FS: 8 year old registered APHA mare bay/white good disposition $250

FS: Tires 2 7.00-15 on 6 hold John Deere Wagon rims. 1-LT Bridgestone 225-75 r16 M&S load range e radio tires. 4 St 235-80r16 radio tires load range e. Camper tires

FS: Small square bales of alpha hay

FS: 24in Huffy Purple Bike $35. 2 Pioneer Speakers 2ft high, model CS-A31 never used $75 each or $150 for set. Silver and maroon mountain bike $80. Black entertainment center 4ft across, like new $60. Red Prom Dress, lace up back-very pretty $175

FS: Gas Boy fuel pump with meter, 110volt hose with gas & diesel nozzles

FS: PTO generator KW35 1+3 ph on carb

FS: 7 steers & heifers pre condition 600lbs

FS: 40 steers & heifers pre condition 450lbs

FS: 1986 Honda 4 tracks model 200 with snow plow and chains in excellent condition $1650 OBO located near Lake Carroll

FS: 1978 John Deere 8430 18.4R38 Duals 90% PTO, right hand exhaust conversion with new hood. 1800 hrs on ttbp, remanufacturing engine very clean $20,00

FS: DMI 36ft 17 knife anhydrous bar with colders and double disk sealers, raven conductors split shut off can be reduced to 32ft 13knife. Stored inside, excellent condition vertical damn manifold $18,500 OBO

FS: Happy Hens Healthy Eggs, chicken and duck eggs. Will deliver

FS: Rocking chair, total gym,2 saddles, 2 saddles pads, 4 cinches, riders risp, 1 bareback pad for miniature, full 64oz stable fresh, 4 pennant lights