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University of Illinois reports above-normal temps and below-average precipitation, Illinois Agri-Women awards scholarships, and producers can sign up for Certified Livestock Manager Training.

November 10, 2016

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October was dry, but year has been warm and wet so far
The statewide average temperature for October was 59.8 degrees F — 5.4 degrees above normal and the seventh-warmest October on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

Illinois has experienced above-normal temperatures in nine out of the 10 months in 2016. As a result, this is the fourth-warmest January through October on record for Illinois; the average of 58 degrees is 2.5 degrees above normal. The warmest January to October was in 2012, at 59.1 degrees.


The statewide average precipitation for 2016 so far is 35.65 inches, 1.85 inches above normal. However, without the record-wet July and August, this year would be drier than normal.

The average precipitation for October was 2.38 inches, 0.86 inch below normal. A few bands of 3 to 5 inches of rain occurred across northern Illinois and along the Interstate 70 corridor. Outside of those areas, October was drier than normal.

Illinois Agri-Women announces scholarship winners
The 2016 winner of the Illinois Agri-Women scholarship for a senior majoring in agriculture education is Samantha Martin, who will graduate from Western Illinois University. She has a passion for agriculture education, is aware of the shortage of educators in Illinois, and has solid ideas on how to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture education.  Martin's leadership experience includes section sentinel and chapter vice president in FFA, membership coordinator of Sigma Alpha Agriculture Professional Sorority, and secretary of Collegiate FFA.

The Illinois Agri-Women, in conjunction with the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference, awards three Agent of Change scholarships each year. The first winner is Krista Temple, a student at the University of Illinois majoring in agricultural communications and minoring in food and environmental systems. Temple is a graduate of Fulton High School and was a 10-year member of the Garden Plain Ripsnorters 4-H Club. At the collegiate level, she is involved in 4-H House, Illini Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Explore ACES. Temple credits her participation in Women Changing the Face of Agriculture with helping her build a network in the agriculture industry, as well as allowing her to gain hands-on experience in photography and videography.

The second 2016 Agent of Change scholarship winner is Jordan Johns, a student at the University of Illinois majoring in agricultural science education. Johns is a Pontiac Township High School graduate, where she served as the Section 9 FFA president. She went on to serve as the Illinois Association FFA state treasurer. At the collegiate level, Johns is a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and is a James Scholar.

New this year is an Agent of Change scholarship dedicated to women pursuing further graduate education. The 2016 winner is University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate Mary Francque. She is currently studying agriculture law at Drake University School of Law and plans to advocate for the ag industry and farmers while practicing law in her hometown of Sterling.

U of I announces Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops
University of Illinois Extension workshops for manure management training will kick off in late January. The training will help producers meet the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act requirements. 

The 2017 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, held in eight locations throughout the state, will begin Jan. 31 in Springfield and end Feb. 23 back in Springfield. The three-and-a-half-hour workshops start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture exam.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

• Jan. 31 – 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield
Feb. 7 – 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington
• Feb. 8 – 1209 North Wenthe Drive, Effingham
• Feb. 9 – 1163 North 4th St., Breese
• Feb. 14 – 180 S. Soangetaha Road, Suite 108, Galesburg
• Feb.15 – 210 W. Spring St., Freeport
• Feb. 16 – 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore
• Feb. 23 – IDOA Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Registration opens Dec. 1. To register, call the University of Illinois at 217-244-9687 or register online. The fee is $35. If more than one employee from the same farm signs up, each additional registration will cost $25. Lunch will not be offered, but coffee and donuts will be provided. Producers are encouraged to register at least two weeks prior to ensure a seat and to allow for manual shipment time.

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