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USDA Announces Direct Assistance To Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to...

 

Lotz Announces Retirement

Lena State Bank would like to announce the retirement of Julie Lotz, Consumer Services Officer. Julie will be retiring on June 5, 2020. Julie has been looking forward to her retirement to spend more...

 

FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible,...

 

Farmers Can Now Apply For Financial Assistance

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and...

 

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment Triggered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of...

 

Apple River State Bank Awards Grants

Through Apple River State Bank’s partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, the bank is providing $20,000 to support non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to supporting our customers and...

 

Safe, Effective Ways To Open Illinois Restaurants

Local eateries, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and coffee shops are the social and economic lifeblood of many Illinois communities. Following the stretch of statewide shutdowns that began in late March, residents may be eager to see their favorite food...

 

Monroe Clinic Beginning To Reopen Services

As we begin to slowly enter the recovery phase for COVID-19 including increased patient visits, we want to assure our patients, visitors, and community members that we are taking every step we can to ensure your care is delivered safely. Our services...

 

Introducing Pearl Investment Services

State Bank of Pearl City introduces Pearl Investment Services, a new division aimed at providing its customers and communities with the investment services they need at a hometown institution they...

 

FFA Stepping Up For Farmers

With many ag producers struggling under the current depressed prices due to COVID-19, the Lena-Winslow and Scales Mound FFA chapters are working on a joint project. We are selling 2 different...

 

Callie Plager Receives Daisy Award

Callie Plager, RN, a nurse at Monroe Clinic's Highland Women's Care in Freeport, received the DAISY Award based on a nomination from a recent patient. Callie has been a nurse with Monroe Clinic for 4...

 

Adkins Energy Scholarships

Adkins Energy LLC is proud to award three outstanding local students with $500 scholarships to help them further their higher education. Entries for this year were judged on academic achievement and an essay: Why is ethanol important to agriculture?...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    May 13, 2020

Cause & Effect Economy

As a kid, we all played the game where you lined dominos up in a wide arrangement – taking hours to weave across the floor in a massive pattern – only to enjoy the few seconds of enjoyment as you...

 

Monroe Clinic Now Offers Radiation Therapy

After months of construction, Monroe Clinic's oncology department now occupies its new home on the lower level of the clinic building, accessible via its own entrance. In addition, the department is...

 

Downtown Freeport Relief Event

“This spring has been a struggle for all small businesses across the country, and especially in Downtown Freeport. Being forced to close has made some of us work harder than we ever have before just to survive. We are living in unprecedented...

 

Jo Daviess Small Business Stabilization Grant Program

The Jo Daviess County Board has established a new $250,000 Jo Daviess County Small Business Grant Program (SBSG). The purpose of the SBSG program is to help small businesses deemed “non-essential” pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at...

 

Illinois Unemployment Rate Tops 10%

Unemployment in Illinois and the U.S. continues to balloon amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The state reported 81,596 first-time claims in the week ending April 25, during which time more than...

 

Partnership Cash Grant Program Sells Out In Less Than 18 Hours

The Greater Freeport Partnership launched its Partnership Cash program on Friday, April 24 at 7 pm and the program exceeded $10,000 sales of all grant funded purchases before noon on Saturday, April...

 

NWILDD Winners

The Daily Drawing (a cooperative fundraiser) is a drawing for 366 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 to those donating for a ticket. Cash prizes vary between $50 and $250. A ticket may win multiple times as each ticket...

 

Corporate PPE Donation

CoreFx Ingredients, manufacturers of custom dry dairy and lipid health and wellness ingredient solutions, recently donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local health care facilities in...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    April 22, 2020

Coping With Covid

All of us are inundated with daily updates from Pritzker's Office, and New York, and the White House in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you are anything like me, I wanted the local news. The I...

 

COVID-19 Response Fund Offering Nonprofit Grants

The Freeport Community Foundation (FCF) announced today, in partnership with the United Way of Northwest Illinois (UWNWIL), that it will distribute $200,000 in emergency grant funding to northwest Illinois nonprofits via an online application process...

 

Lena's Covid Collaboration

Two local businesses are working to help their community during the COVID-19 slowdown, teaming up to produce locally sourced hand sanitizer. The Lena-made hand sanitizer will debut Friday with a special social distancing-compliant event from 2 – 7...

 

Greater Freeport Partnership Names Mark Williams Executive Director

The Greater Freeport Partnership is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Williams as its executive director to lead the organization in promoting and supporting business and communities in the City...

 

Peter Zito Joins Apple River State Bank

Peter Zito recently joined Apple River State Bank as Loan Officer and is located in the Warren office. He worked most recently as the financial manager for Schweigert Family Farms, Cuba City, Wisconsi...

 

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