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Aunt Charlotte

Back-up-blogger Mardel here again. Thanks for bearing with me. Katlyn will be back soon – I promise!

Today is my Aunt Charlotte’s 90th Birthday. A great milestone for a beautiful, gracious lady who looks a lot like Queen Elizabeth!

Aunt Charlotte and other beloved family members and friends from generations past are the ones who taught me about hard work, responsibility, honesty and trust, faith and family, stewardship and serving others. They helped me appreciate the simple things in life, and realize how blessed I was to grow up in a farming community.

Because of the examples set by my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles (Aunt Charlotte is the only one left) and a great bunch of neighbors, I understand that farming is much more than a livelihood – it’s a lifestyle. And I understand that farmers are much more than potential AgriEnergy customers – they are a very special group of people with whom I’m honored to travel through life. In fact, working with farmers is almost like opening a birthday present every day. It is indeed a blessing and a gift to work alongside the very men and women who feed our world.

Happy 90th Birthday Aunt Charlotte! And, thanks for the life lessons.

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Here comes the bride!

Today’s post comes from the pen of our special events coordinator, Mardel Robinson. Exciting things are happening this weekend!

Here’s the scoop:

I love Fridays. But this Friday is even better than most; it signals the beginning of a special weekend for the AgriEnergy family. Today is owner Barbara Aley’s birthday and it’s the last full day that your usual blogger will go by the last name of Rumbold.

That’s right. Tomorrow our very own communication strategist Katlyn Rumbold will marry the love of her life and become Mrs. Brian Sanden. In a barn, of course. Wearing cowgirl boots, of course. Surrounded by LOTS of supportive family members and friends, of course.

Katlyn & Brian

Katlyn & Brian

Ever since that “bling” showed up on her left ring finger back in December, the AER “girls” (Linda, Heather, Annette, and me) have followed the wedding planning process and offered ideas and advice. I’m not sure how much our input was appreciated, but Katlyn gracefully accepted all of it.

And now the big day is here! No more planning. No more advice. Just all of us at AgriEnergy Resources wishing Brian and Katlyn a lifetime of love as husband and wife!!

P.S. There’s one more good thing about this weekend. It’s Labor Day Weekend! That means the AgriEnergy office and plant will be closed on Monday, September 7, so our employees can spend a little extra time with their families.

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It’s fair time in Princeton!

The Bureau County Fair is set to open Wednesday! There’s always a sense of excitement during fair season, watching the fairgrounds come to life. It’s the one time of year to catch up with old friends, eat junk food (and not feel bad about it), and take in some local entertainment.

The Bureau County Tractor Pulls will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Each year, the grandstands are packed.

The Bureau County Tractor Pulls will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Each year, the grandstands are packed.

This is why we, at AgriEnergy Resources, fully support the Bureau County Fair in Princeton and urge you to enjoy local agriculture, food, traditions, and progress our great county has to offer.

Here’s what we’re looking forward to most:

“Elephant ears!” – Bob Warren, Purchasing/Logistics

“The FOOD! And watching my grandson on the rides.” – Linda Dickinson, Human Resources

“Neat exhibits! I personally like county fairs better than state fairs because they’re smaller and closer to home. Heck you might even know who is exhibiting.” – John Mayernak, Sales Agronomist

“Cattle shows and cheese fries. There’s nothing better!” – Katlyn Rumbold, Communication Strategist

“What I like best about the…
Flowers and floral arrangements
Animals, especially the Angus heifers
Inevitable over-indulgance
Ribs from Kramer’s” – Mardel Robinson, Special Events

The Bureau County Fair will run August 26-30.

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Goin’ Showin’

Picture this…

You wake up before the crack of dawn. Wash your steer. Dry your steer. Feed your steer. Fit your steer.

THEN, it’s show time. You walk into the ring, sweat dripping down your back, heart a pounding. The judge walks slowly around the ring evaluating each and every steer. You catch his eye. He sees you. He keeps watching you and your animal. The ring is silent. You can hear a pin drop. Then in one swift movement he slaps your steer. Your eyes well up as you catch your families eyes in the stands. Your mom is snapping pictures like a crazy lady. Your dad’s fist goes in the air with a victory punch. Your brother is stunned. Your sister is in shock. You just won the Illinois Sate Fair junior steer show. You can’t believe it. You set out with a goal the previous year and you achieved it. The long hours spent in the barn have finally paid off. You won the whole show.

Posing for a picture with Scotty (the show steer), country music star Scotty McCreery, and Governor Bruce Rauner, 4-Her Taylor Donelson, of McClean County, was all smiles during the Illinois State Fair 'Sale of Champions.' Scotty was performing in the grandstands when he heard the grand champion steer was named after him and thought he'd come check it out. Such a cool moment for Illinois 4-H! Photo credit: Scotty McCreery Facebook

Posing for a picture with Scotty (the show steer), country music star Scotty McCreery, and Governor Bruce Rauner, 4-Her Taylor Donelson, of McClean County, was all smiles during the Illinois State Fair ‘Sale of Champions.’ Scotty was performing in the grandstands when he heard the grand champion steer was named after him and thought he’d come check it out. Such a cool moment for Illinois 4-H! Photo credit: Scotty McCreery Facebook

While the entire audience can relate in your joy, there are some people, outside of the bleachers, who have no idea what it means to accomplish something as big as winning a livestock show. That is why, at this year’s Illinois State Fair, agriculture was brought back to the front and center, highlighting our state’s deep agricultural roots.

And that is why, we at AgriEnergy Resources, are proud supporters of the Illinois State Fair.

What was really neat about bringing agriculture back to the center of the fair, was that the championship drives was held in the Coliseum located right in the middle of the fairgrounds. Previously, the championship drives were held in the junior barns.

This year, people roaming the Midway had the opportunity to see for themselves how great agriculture is, including Governor Bruce Rauner and country music star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. They got in a bidding war during the auction of the grand champion steer. The governor ended up winning the bid with a record-breaking $61,000. Proceeds will go back to Illinois 4-H and FFA while the meat will be donated to the University of Illinois.

All in all, it was a great year for the Illinois State Fair and all the exhibitors. There’s something to be said about the fair, whether you’re into livestock or not. Among the array of foods, concerts, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, horse races, rides, games, there’s something for everyone.

We are so excited to see where the future of Illinois agriculture is heading and we can’t wait to visit our local county fair next week.

What’s your favorite part about the fair?

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100-year-old farmer accounts for last 10 decades

This man is incredible. He’s spent his life farming and has no plans of stopping. In the past 10 decades Elmo Snelling said technology has been the biggest change in agriculture.

Thank you Texas Farm Bureau for putting together this video and sharing his story!

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Let’s Celebrate the Earth

Our founder used to have a plaque with the verse Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. – hanging in his office. So in memory of him and in honor of Earth Day, we’d like to share our own version.

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

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Farm Favorite Friday: From City Lights to Starry Nights

I am so excited to introduce you all to today’s Farm Favorite Friday author!

She grew up in Michigan and much like me had dreams of moving to the big city with no intentions of EVER settling down with a nice, young, farmer. Especially in Bureau County.

When I first met her, I’ll be honest, we were arch enemies. I think she’d agree with that too. You see, we wrote for competing newspapers and how could you be friends with the competitor? Well, one day while covering an event together (for our competitor papers), I found out she was dating a farmer. And it was in that moment, in that blustery parking lot, we clicked.

Goldie & Nick

Since then, she’s become my partner in crime, the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey.

So without further adieu, meet Goldie Currie as she narrates how one farmer flipped her world upside down (in a good way of course):

“It’s been eight months since I got engaged to my favorite farmer.

Some days I can’t believe I’m on the road to marriage, while other days I find myself at the calendar counting the days until our June 20, 2015 wedding.

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would grow up to be a farmer’s wife, I definitely would have laughed and assumed they were kidding.

I always imagined my future life tucked away in the big city dreams. I imagined myself being what many call a “city girl” — complete with a big closet full of fashion duds, an apartment overlooking the city and some sort of fancy event to attend to every night.

I’m a long way from that these days, and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. I can truly say I am where I’m suppose to be.

The Rapp FarmsteadMy fiancé lives on a farm just north of Princeton. The house is the one his father was raised in, therefore it has a lot of sentimental meaning to us.

I’ll be the first to say, I was nervous leaving my nice town house in downtown Princeton for the quiet, country life.

I wondered if it would feel lonely and empty without the chatter of kids biking by or motors from cars strolling through the streets or even those friendly waves to neighbors. But, guess what, I haven’t thought twice about those things since getting engaged. To be honest, I’m enjoying the peace and quiet. Looking out the windows over the summer, seeing the yard surrounded by corn stalks, gave me a sense of comfort and security, as I saw it as a border around my new little world.

Other than being on the farm, my life hasn’t changed that much as a “future farm wife in training.”

This past harvest season was my first one spent on the farm. It was exciting to see my fiance, his brother, and father all revved up and ready to get out to the fields for the day. The fall season is an exciting one for our family. I love riding in the combine, eating dinner in the fields as the guys take a quick rest, and listenening to them talk about how far along they are and which fields they will tackle the next day.

I feel lucky I get to be apart of this family, whose roots run deep in the agriculture world. I look forward to learning more throughout the years and getting to watch first hand how their farm progresses. I can’t wait to see what’s in store, and you never know,I might be the one out there driving one of those big, green combines someday.”

Goldie is currently the Senior Staff Writer at the Bureau County Republican.

If you have a similar story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it. Please email your stories to

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