• River Flood Warning - Click for Details
    Effective: June 24, 2024 @ 4:36pm
    Expires: June 28, 2024 @ 3:00am
    WHAT...Minor flooding is forecast.
    WHERE...Rock River near Joslin.
    WHEN...From Monday afternoon to early Friday morning.
    IMPACTS...At 12.5 feet, Water affects some summer cottages along the river.
    ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 7:45 PM CDT Sunday the stage was 10.3 feet. - Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage tomorrow afternoon to a crest of 12.8 feet Tuesday morning. It will then fall below flood stage Thursday evening. - Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
    Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas. Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. The next statement will be issued by Monday evening at 845 PM CDT.

Dr. Chad Hart is Featured Speaker at Farm Bureau Market Outlook Seminar


The featured speaker at the September 6, 2023, Market Outlook Seminar is Dr. Chad Hart, who Professor of Economics, Crop Markets Specialist and Extension Economist at Iowa State University. The Market Outlook Seminar is on September 6th at 6:15 PM at Lavender Crest Winery, 5401 US Highway 6, in Colona. Dinner is served following the local grain market update from Tom Parchert of Big River Resources. Reservations are required by August 30th to guarantee your attendance.

Dr. Chad Hart was born and raised in southwest Missouri where his parent’s raised cattle and operated a small meat locker. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics with minors in Mathematics, History, and Astronomy from Southwest Missouri State University in 1991. He then moved to Iowa in the summer of 1991 to pursue graduate education and received a Ph.D. in Economics and Statistics in 1999 from Iowa State University.

Dr. Hart joined the staff for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State after his graduation. He served as the U.S. Policy and Insurance Analyst with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and a Scientist with CARD. For FAPRI, Dr. Hart was responsible for directing econometric and modeling efforts for the crop insurance component of the FAPRI modeling system. For CARD, he served in multiple roles, concluding as the head of the Biorenewables Policy Division and examined the interactions between the agricultural and energy sectors.

His research has examined the interaction between the agricultural commitments within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the agricultural policies and programs of WTO members, crop insurance, international trade, biofuel policy, federal agricultural policy, and crop marketing.

Additional dates and speakers for the 2023-2024 series include: November 8th, Ted Seifried, Zaner Ag Hedge; March 14th, Paul Otto, Freese-Notis; July 2nd, Matthew Kruse, CommStock Investments.

Cost for the series is $90.00 and a single session is $35.00 (if not pre-registered cost will be $40.00). To make reservations, please call the Henry County Farm Bureau 309-937-2411, Rock Island County Farm Bureau 309-736-7432 or Mercer County Farm Bureau 309-582-5116.

The Market Outlook Seminar Series is sponsored by the Henry, Rock Island and Mercer County Farm Bureau Marketing Committees in conjunction with Gold Star FS, BankORION, Alan Davis – COUNTRY Financial Crop Insurance Specialist, Central Bank, COUNTRY Financial – Brent Bigham, Tracy Bigham, Chad Nelson, John Waugh; Big River Resources LLC, River Valley Cooperative, Diamond Ag, Wyffels Hybrids, Compeer Financial and Hertz Farm Management.

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