Bond County Soil And Water Conservation District Holds 70th Annual Meeting

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The Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District held its 70th annual meeting Friday. Sherry Schaefer, owner of 3-Point Ink Publishing in Greenville, was the featured speaker. Board members Mike Bingham and Kyle Johnson were each re-elected to two year terms.
District Coordinator Emily Hartman shared information on several programs, including the Bond County Recycling Center, which collected over 99,000 pounds of plastic, cardboard, paper, aluminum and steel cans, and books last year.

The Homer and Frank Doll families were recognized for their honor earlier this year as the 2014 Conservation Farm Family of the Year for Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stoecklin and Stephanie Gaffner were honored for their showing in the National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. And Lorraine Albert was awarded the Harold Gehrig Memorial Scholarship. Details on each award follow…

Homer & Judy Doll.  Not pictured: Frank & Pam Doll and Sons.  The Dolls operate Doll Dairy, Inc.  This third generation dairy farm in rural Pocahontas was selected as the Bond County Conservation Farm Family for 2014.  They were previously named the Illinois 2014 Conservation Farm Family Governor’s award winner and were recognized during the 2014 Illinois State Fair.  One statewide winner is selected each year.  This is the first statewide winner from Bond County.  The award is based on conservation practices implemented on the farmland, livestock waste management, overall farm efforts, community involvement and leadership.
Homer & Judy Doll. Not pictured: Frank & Pam Doll and Sons. The Dolls operate Doll Dairy, Inc. This third generation dairy farm in rural Pocahontas was selected as the Bond County Conservation Farm Family for 2014. They were previously named the Illinois 2014 Conservation Farm Family Governor’s award winner and were recognized during the 2014 Illinois State Fair. One statewide winner is selected each year. This is the first statewide winner from Bond County. The award is based on conservation practices implemented on the farmland, livestock waste management, overall farm efforts, community involvement and leadership.
Stephanie Gaffner (center) and Mr. & Mrs. Jim Stoecklin of Greenville. The National Sorghum Producers Contest provides sorghum farmers with the opportunity to showcase their sorghum crop, competing with colleagues across the Sorghum Belt.  The contest allows the industry to recognize some of the best growers in the U.S.  The winners will be recognized at the annual awards banquet held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic on February 26-28, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ.  Stephanie Gaffner of Greenville received 2nd place in the national competition for Double Crop Non-Irrigated Sorhgum with a yield of 147.31 bu/ac.  Stephanie’s yield ranked 1st for Illinois.  Jim Stoecklin placed 2nd in Illinois with a yield of 110.69 bu/ac.  They both planted Dekalb DKS28-05 variety of sorghum.  Jim’s yield would have earned 3rd nationally, but competition rules only allow for the top state winners to compete at the national level.  The Bond County SWCD staff participated in the harvest and certified the yield results.
Stephanie Gaffner (center) and Mr. & Mrs. Jim Stoecklin of Greenville.
The National Sorghum Producers Contest provides sorghum farmers with the opportunity to showcase their sorghum crop, competing with colleagues across the Sorghum Belt. The contest allows the industry to recognize some of the best growers in the U.S. The winners will be recognized at the annual awards banquet held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic on February 26-28, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Stephanie Gaffner of Greenville received 2nd place in the national competition for Double Crop Non-Irrigated Sorhgum with a yield of 147.31 bu/ac. Stephanie’s yield ranked 1st for Illinois. Jim Stoecklin placed 2nd in Illinois with a yield of 110.69 bu/ac. They both planted Dekalb DKS28-05 variety of sorghum. Jim’s yield would have earned 3rd nationally, but competition rules only allow for the top state winners to compete at the national level. The Bond County SWCD staff participated in the harvest and certified the yield results.
Lorraine Albert of Mulberry Grove, pictured with Linda Gehrig.   Lorraine Albert is the daughter of Carl and Jan Albert of Mulberry Grove.  Lorri is a 2013 graduate of Mulberry Grove High School and is enrolled in the agriculture program at Kaskaskia College.  She will graduate in May 2015 from Kaskaskia College and will be enrolling at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the fall of 2015 majoring in Agriculture Economics.  Lorri is currently serving as President of the KC Accounting Club, and Vice President of the KC Ag Club.  She has been recognized on the Kaskaskia College President’s List and Dean’s List.  Lorri currently works part-time as an agriculture education intern for the Bond County Ag, in the Classroom program.
Lorraine Albert of Mulberry Grove, pictured with Linda Gehrig.
Lorraine Albert is the daughter of Carl and Jan Albert of Mulberry Grove. Lorri is a 2013 graduate of Mulberry Grove High School and is enrolled in the agriculture program at Kaskaskia College. She will graduate in May 2015 from Kaskaskia College and will be enrolling at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the fall of 2015 majoring in Agriculture Economics. Lorri is currently serving as President of the KC Accounting Club, and Vice President of the KC Ag Club. She has been recognized on the Kaskaskia College President’s List and Dean’s List. Lorri currently works part-time as an agriculture education intern for the Bond County Ag, in the Classroom program.