The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

January 29, 2013

Local group receives state recognition

DEWITT — The Clinton County Farm Bureau recently won a County Recognition award from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Clinton County Farm Bureau President Joe Dierickx said local members are dedicated to helping the public understand what agriculture and farming is all about.

“They work hard, volunteering their time to meet with legislators and the public to talk about property taxes, regulation and fiscal responsibility,” Dierickx said. “They value membership in this organization and help to find new members to keep our organization strong and relevant. When I ask for volunteers they step forward and carry on the work we need to do as a county Farm Bureau.”

Among the local members’ activities that helped bring the award were:

• They co-sponsored three open forums during the Iowa Legislative session at which local residents had an opportunity to meet and question area senators and representatives.

• They listened to members in the county with agriculture views by holding a district meeting where the views were discussed, and then developed a questionnaire that was sent to every member. The results of that survey were expressed to the IFBF by the county’s voting delegate at a state meeting in August.

• They sponsored young members’ attendance at a session of the Chicago Board of Trade to educate them on the complex issues that influence marketing and regulation.

• They targeted young farmers to fill positions on the Clinton County Farm Bureau Board.

“Farm Bureau has opportunities for members who want to become leaders in their communities through training that is provided by the state, and we have been fortunate to  have many members go to this training,” Dierickx said.

The group also received the award because of these activities:

• They are a major sponsor of the Clinton County Club show, feeling that it is important to support young kids in agriculture. They donate 4-H shirts, and sponsor area naming for a week, fireworks for one night, the rodeo gate for one night, bull riding and barrel racing gate for one night, beer tent entertainment for one night and Iowa wine tasting. They also sponsor three beef trophies.

• In 2012, member Matt Willimack participated in the  leadership training course at the IFBF’s Ag Leaders Institute, which includes four two-day sessions and a summer session. He participated in a trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with legislators.

• Dierickx went to Washington in March with a Farm Bureau group and met with legislators on fixing the estate tax situation and passing the 2013 Farm Bill so farmers could plan their crop year.

• The group, along with the IFBF and area legislators, is lobbying the Corps of Engineers about low levels of the Mississippi River, where barges deliver agriculture products for export markets and bring products back for Iowa crops.

“I really need to thank the people I have been serving with on the County Farm Bureau board, for without their help we wouldn’t have received the Outstanding County designation and would not have survived as a county organization for 100 years,” Dierickx said.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

    The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

    The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

    Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

    April 19, 2014

  • Prince reaches agreement with music label

    Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.

    Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, during which time he released key projects like "Purple Rain," ''1999," ''Diamonds and Pearls" and "Around the World in a Day."

    Financial terms weren't disclosed.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced

    A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

    Illinois Republicans across the state held elections for all 18 state central committee member posts this week, replacing six of the seven officials who signed on to a letter last year to hold a vote on removing Brady as chairman. The seventh person to sign the letter, Mark Shaw of the 10th Congressional District, was re-elected to a four-year term.

    April 19, 2014

  • Iowa gets nearly $72M in yearly tobacco payment

    Iowa received $71 million this week from tobacco companies — its annual share of a 1998 landmark legal settlement in which tobacco companies pay states for smoking-related health care costs.

    The Iowa Attorney General's Office says that since 1999, the state has received more than $960 million in tobacco payments.

    April 19, 2014

  • U of I burn center sees jump in ammonia burns

    The University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center is reporting a higher-than-normal number of patients suffering from anhydrous ammonia burns.

    The center says it has treated five people in the last two weeks. The center's medical personnel say they usually only see one or two cases each year. Official say the high number of patients in such a short amount of time is concerning.

    April 19, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 4.44.15 PM.png Paint, doodle and sketch: 3 apps for art lovers

    In the absence of a palette of watercolors and a sketchpad, these three apps can fill in as your art supplies of choice.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014

  • Way of the Cross photo The Way of the Cross By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer The Way of the Cross

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Hood A year after 'chaos'

    It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video