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May 28, 2021

 

 
 
Cream of the Crop 
 

June 24 is the deadline to submit photos to the Illinois State Treasurer’s 2021 Cream of the Crop photo contest. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state. Electronic photo submissions will be accepted from Illinois students, ages 8-18. Top photographs will be chosen in three age-based categories: ages 8-10, 11‑14 and 15-18. Each student is permitted to submit up to two photos by June 24, 2021. Winning photos will be featured in Ag Invest marketing material and the 2021 Illinois State Fair. Ag Invest is one of the nation’s largest agricultural linked deposit programs and helps hundreds of Illinois farmers and agriculture professionals. The treasurer’s office, through Ag Invest, partners with eligible financial institutions to offer farmers and ag businesses annual and long-term, low-interest loans which can be used for operating costs, equipment purchases, construction-related expenses, and livestock purchases. To read the rules, terms, and legal conditions associated with this contest, visit www.CreamoftheCropContest.com or contact Teri Whitfield at (217) 900-0075.

 

 
 
 DCFS
 

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four. Most drownings result from inadequate supervision when a caregiver becomes distracted by a phone, doorbell or other children. Young children drown quickly and silently in as little as one inch of water. For every child who drowns, five more need emergency medical care for injuries that can result in life changing brain damage. Childhood drownings occur in backyard swimming pools, bathtubs, baby pools, decorative garden ponds, lakes and rivers, ditches and even buckets. The good news is that drowning tragedies can always be prevented by constantly supervising children when they are near water. For more information and safety tips, visit the DCFS site.

 

 
 
DPI 
 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) announced a statewide system to monitor the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants in wastewater, providing public health officials with early warnings of a potential outbreak on a county-by-county basis. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is detectable in human waste nearly from the onset of infection, while symptoms may not appear for three to five days. IDPH is providing $5.5 million to build and support the monitoring system for the next year. “Data generated through sampling wastewater will help public health officials better understand the extent of COVID-19 infections in communities,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Wastewater testing has been used successfully in the past for early detection of diseases such as polio. Measuring the virus levels in untreated wastewater can serve as an early indicator of increasing infections in a community and can inform our public health actions.” IDPH and DPI will begin in 10 Illinois counties, expanding to 35 counties in mid-summer, and to all 102 Illinois counties by the end of the year. The 10 counties include Carroll, Cass, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lawrence, Livingston, Macon, Montgomery, and Vermilion.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

Rural communities question whether and how to grow, or how to stop decline. The COVID-19 pandemic brings new hardships and opportunities to the discussion. Each community has its own perspective on these changing circumstances. All rural communities, regardless of their desire for growth or simple stability, can build on their inherent assets, the principles of sense of place, and the advantages of a county-wide or regional approach to growth. Rural Partners and University of Illinois Extension will host a webinar on SMART GROWTH, which will examine the characteristics of rural communities and how communities can be helpful or not, how to look at a community’s future through an optimistic but realistic lens, and strategies that can help communities, singularly or collaboratively to move towards their desired futures. For more information and to register, please see the full program description here.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 2 - Open Meetings Act (OMA) 

June 3 - Smart Growth for Rural Communities (Rural Partners)

June 8 - Revitalizing Energy Communities in Illinois

June 9 - Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 

June 10 - Social Equity as an Ethical Priority in Public Administration

June 15 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 1): The Community Role in Post-Pandemic Broadband Deployment

June 16 - TIF Fundamentals for Small Business Development (Rural Partners)

June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

June 29 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 2): Broadband 101

June 30 - Illinois Extension Housing Toolkit (Rural Partners)

July 13 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 3): Funding and Partnerships

July 27 - Developing Broadband Leadership (Part 4): Moving a Broadband Project Forward

 

 
 
 
 
 

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