Recently I borrowed a “Kill-A-Watt” meter from our electric supplier, Jo-Carroll Energy. I had heard about the meters in the past and never gave them much thought. I kept thinking how they would be great for someone at home who wanted to cut their electric usage. Well, here at the office I kept thinking with all the technology and such there was no way we could cut ours.
After some more pondering I borrowed the meter and hooked it up to the old freezer in the basement. Low and behold did I about fall over when I went and calculated the usage on just one of the old freezers in the basement! Needless to say the one is now currently unplugged along with the old refrigerator we have in the basement for extra items. I am sure I can buy a new freezer cheaper than the amount of electricity that we pay to run an old one!
I have now set up an appointment for Jo-Carroll to come out and do an energy assessment of the office. I want to know where else I can cut our usage. Jo-Carroll will come out and do the assessment for individuals and businesses. You can check out the “Kill-A-Watt” meter at a library in the Jo-Carroll service territory or you can borrow one directly from Jo-Carroll. I will be sure to update you all on the savings we experience after our assessment and without our electricity drawing appliances plugged in!
Last Friday was the second Annual Women in Agriculture conference hosted by thirteen County Farm Bureaus which surround the Quad Cities. The event was held at Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island. It has become quite the event and its success comes from the teamwork of the managers who work to put it together. We will start planning next year’s conference in only a mere few weeks. Our attendance topped over 230 for the event showing us there is certainly interest in the conference. We would love to see more of the ladies from Carroll County attend.
Since 2008, roadway collisions have been the second leading cause of Illinois farm-related deaths. To combat this problem, the Farm Bureaus of Illinois, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Illinois State Police launched Caution: Slow Down, Share the Road, a rural roadway safety awareness program. “The Illinois Farm Bureau Board endorsed the effort to increase awareness about rural roadway safety. We believe this program will save lives,” said Terry Pope, Illinois Farm Bureau District 9 Director. “This statewide initiative exemplifies our strength as a grassroots organization striving to serve the interests of our members. This effort originated with members of two county Farm Bureaus who recognized a problem and acted to resolve it.”
Twenty-nine Illinois residents have died in roadway collisions with farm machinery during the last 5 years. Rural motorists accounted for all deaths except 3, who were farmers. Through the efforts of the Caution: Slow Down, Share the Road campaign, project partners aim to reduce rural roadway deaths to zero.
Just a reminder our office will be closed on Friday, March 29th in observance of Good Friday. All ads will be due to our office on Thursday, March 28th. We hope everyone has a good holiday.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.