FSB Yale Elects New Board Member

February 1, 2016 — Yale, IA:  Dr James T Koch, area Optometrist, has joined the Board of Directors for Farmers State Bank of Yale. Dr Koch replaces David Whiton, who retired after serving the Board for 24 years. Dr Koch is a Partner and Optometrist with Eye Care Associates with offices in Panora, Perry, Guthrie Center, Stuart and Jefferson. He is a graduate of Luther College and Illinois College of Optometry. He and his wife, Lora, reside at Lake Panorama with their daughters. “Jim is a welcome addition to our Board of Directors,” says Doug Hemphill, President of Farmers State Bank.…

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Koehl Bros. Enlists ICE Intern

February 1, 2016— FAIRBURY, IL : Brock Honegger, a senior at Prairie Central High School, has joined the team at Koehl Bros. as support staff to the design and construction team. Brock is able to work half-days through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Interrelated Cooperative Program (ICE) while competing his final year of high school. The ICE program allows students to further studies in select career pathways through work-site learning. There are 81 nationally recognized pathways within 16 clusters, including Brock’s choice Architecture & Construction. These pathways prepare students for a full range…

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Come See Automated Ag Grow

Automated Agri-Systems

January 8, 2016 | LeRoy, IL: Amid strong growth and transformation, Automated Agri-Systems hosts an Open House on January 22, 2016 from 8:30 to 11:00 am at their shop location in LeRoy, Illinois. Join the Auto Ag team to say goodbye to retirees and meet the face of the future in Central Illinois agriculture. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Larry Poppe, partner at Automated Agri-Systems, has declared retirement. While he will still be around the office, he takes on a consultant role. Larry, a Vietnam veteran and ag industry fountain of knowledge,…

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Koehl Bros. Hires New Controller

November 24, 2015— MAROA, IL : Jim Wrigley joins the team at Koehl Bros. as Controller. With over 30 years of experience in cost reduction, accounting and agriculture, Jim brings a knowledge base that is a perfect fit for Koehl. He will control Koehl’s three Illinois locations, buying group activity and two retail branches. Jim, who has a BS in Accounting from Millikin University, has experience with some of the area’s largest manufacturers. “His experience with system integration, inventory management and cost reduction will lead in streamlining some of our new processes,” said John…

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Koehl Bros. Launches Grain Systems Express

October 15, 2015— ASSUMPTION, IL : Koehl Bros. announces the launch of Grain Systems Express (GSE). GSE is an American-based, e-commerce retailer of grain system parts and accessories. GSE’s full inventory is accessible through www.grainsystemsexpress.com and ships globally. GSE’s warehouse is centrally-located in the heart of the corn-belt, keeping delivery times short for a majority of customers. “It’s about our future, and the future of the industry,” says John Puckett, GSE Director. “Our customers are moving faster and smarter and this is one way we can serve better while paralleling the technology transition.” GSE…

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Midwest Ag Systems Launches New Site

July 9, 2015— Rockport, IN: Customers visiting Midwest Ag Systems online will see a new face to the company. A new online store front, www.midwestagsystems.net, was launched on July 6, 2015. The new site offers customer interaction, product specs, ecommerce for part sales and 24-hour service data. “The new site design is user-friendly and has increased search engine optimization. This new design hopes to improve our customer’s experience by offering more detail, easier access and quick contact through forms that reach our team 24/7,” says Scott Middleton, MAS Chief Engineering Officer. “We have also improved documentation processes for…

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Midwest Ag Systems Offers REAP Options

March 21, 2015— Rockport, IN: As tax season comes to a close, local grain equipment dealer, Midwest Ag Systems, seeks to educate on the benefits of the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). Area farmers can benefit greatly from the programs efficiency upgrade requirements, both on farm and in the pocketbook. The REAP Program basis remains the same in 2015, but by segregating the project costs by tier, the application time and complexity has been reduced. The tiers include less than $80K, $80K to $200K and greater than $200K. Also, projects that conserve energy are now evaluated…

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Farmers State Bank of Yale Rebrands Image

February 28, 2014 — Yale, IA: The oldest bank in Guthrie County just got a facelift. Farmers State Bank (FSB) in Yale may be about 100 years old, but it’s trending with online banking, mobile deposit, social media and a brand new look. FSB has replaced the age-old tractor with an Ag based shield. This shield represents FSB’s dedication to new technology, customer service and security. The bank’s new tagline is “Growing Trust. Building Community.” “Our rebranding initiative parallels our launch of the FSB mobile app. We have been taking strategic steps to make banking…

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MIDWEST COMPANIES COMBINE FORCES FOR GLOBAL IMPACT

May 6, 2013 | HARRISTOWN, IL — EPL Bio Analytical Services (EPL) is proud to continue its long standing partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (the Danforth Center) in St. Louis, Missouri. EPL supports, both financially and collaboratively, the Danforth Center’s mission of improving the human condition through plant science. Recently, EPL staff met with Dr. William H. Danforth, the Danforth Center’s chairman of the board of trustees, to discuss the way EPL’s processes affect global food production. “We are grateful for the quality analytical support provided to the Danforth Center by…

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