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January 31, 2014
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Upcoming Events!

◊ March. 5-6, 2014: 25th Annual Rural Community and Economic Development Conference, Peoria, IL

The 16th Annual Illinois Leadership Conference

This year’s Illinois Leadership Conference will be held in collaboration with the 25th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference, allowing participants to attend both conferences at a reduced price!

On March 6, you can attend Illinois Leadership Conference breakout sessions on civil dialogue and public engagement, disaster preparedness, and leadership in rural communities. The conference will end with a keynote luncheon talk, Community Reinvention: Leadership to Shape the Future, by Dan Kahl, Kansas State University. 

The cost to attend the one-day Illinois Leadership Conference is $75.00, which covers all materials, refreshment breaks and lunch on March 6. You can attend both the Leadership Conference and Rural Community Economic Development Conference for the reduced price of $180 – a savings of $55 off the Early Bird Rate! 

Registration link coming soon!
Farm Bureau Pledges Trees for Areas Affected by Storms

At the organization's annual meeting, Treasurer Bev Ehler announced an effort to provide a maximum of three trees to each household affected by the storms. The trees will be provided and planted for no charge. The Champaign County Farm Bureau will have a sign-up period for the next two weeks, and people in both the northern and southern parts of the county are welcome to take part in the "Let's Get Growing Again" campaign. Ehler said it's hoped the planting will take place in early and mid-March.
No-till Soybean Fields Give Birds a Foothold in IL

Researchers report in a new study that several bird species – some of them relatively rare – are making extensive use of soybean fields in Illinois. The team found significantly more birds and a greater diversity of bird species nesting, roosting and feeding in no-till soybean fields than in tilled fields.
Arctic Blanket Over U.S. on Jan. 28

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this image of snow on the ground and clouds overhead, looking like a blanket over the Arctic on January 28, 2014. This blanket isn’t warm, though. In fact, as the image shows, this frigid Arctic air surged into the U.S. this week, dropping temperatures in the southeastern U.S. into the 20s.
Rural Partners Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the membership of Rural Partners and elections to officer positions and to the Board of Directors will occur on March 5th, 2014 at the annual Rural Community and Economic Development Conference. The conference will be held on March 5 -6, 2014 in Peoria, IL. More details to come.
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