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2013 Summer Tour Coming Up

The 2013 ISPFMRA Summer Tour is coming up! The tour will hit the Effingham and Shelby area on August 15th and 16th. The tour will include visits to Willow Ridge Vineyards and Winery, the Holland Energy Natural Gas-Fired Generating Plant, the Siemer Milling Flour Mill, and the Lake Shelbyville Dam & Water Management Program.

Get a Summer Tour registration form and agenda here.

Here’s a listing of the agenda:

Wednesday, August 14

Income Approach Applications Seminar

This will be held at the Effingham County Farm Bureau office. Separate registration is required.

Coming in Early? Come to the Schroeder’s for an evening of fun!

If you will be taking part in the Income Approach Applications class or just want to come in a little early for the tour, you are welcome to join Jim Schroeder and his family at their Lake Sara property for some socializing and networking on Wednesday evening, August 14. The Schroeders are opening their summer home for you to enjoy some food and refreshments, and maybe some pontoon-boating. They’ll need a head count though, so check off the box on the registration form if you are going to attend. The party will get underway around 5:30. We’ll get back to you later with driving directions, etc.

Thursday, August 15

Motor coach will depart at 8 a.m. from Fairfield Inn and Suites, 1111 Henrietta, Effingham. See reservations information below.

Lake Shelbyville Dam and Water Management Program — A Briefing by the Corps of Engineers

Lake Shelbyville is a 11,000-acre public lake owned and managed by the U.S. ACE. It was created in 1971 by damming the Kaskaskia River and is the third largest inland lake in Illinois with an overall shoreline extension of 250 miles. The dam was built with goals to improve flood control and draw recreation to Central Illinois. The area has become a destination for millions of visitors yearly who enjoy the likes of camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Tour will include an ‘underwater’ visit.

Lunch at Willow Ridge Vineyards and Winery

Managing Leases, Easements and Right-of-Way Takings with Public Utilities — A controversial topic will be discussed by legal staff from the Illinois Farm Bureau

Sorting Out the Initials — What’s new with WRP, CREP, CRP, EQUIP Programs

A Tour of the Holland Energy Natural Gas-Fired Generating Plant

An Evening at Wachtel Family Farms

Join four generations of the Wachtel family with tours and an evening of friendship and hospitality at their 6,000-acre farm near Altamont. Incorporated back in 1984, they are, in a single operation, able to bust nearly every generalization about family farms and factory farms and small farms and large farms.

Friday, August 16

Will travel by private autos departing hotel at 8 a.m.

A Tour of Siemer Milling Flour Mill in Teutopolis

Siemer Milling Company is a family-and employee-owned company in business since 1882. It supplies wheat flour, germ, and bran to bakeries and mix plants, big and small. This is a Grade A food processing facility therefore there will be restrictions in place regarding taking part in the tour… open-toed shoes or sandals, no shorts or bermuda’s, and no loose jewelry will be allowed. Hair nets and lab coats will be provided.

Thinking of putting up a farm structure?

Representaives from Niebrugge Farm Services will provide an update and helpful tips on the latest technology in place for putting up all and any kinds of farm structures.

CE Credits — Participation in this program qualifies for 7 CE credits (5 credits for Thursday, August 15, and 2 credits for Friday, August 16.) 

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