1985. Tom Ritter Elected President of Macon County Farm Bureau

Emmett Sefton, previous president.

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1985. Tom Ritter Elected President of Macon County Farm Bureau - i Photos by Steve Cahalan Emmett Sefton (left)...
i Photos by Steve Cahalan Emmett Sefton (left) has ended six years as president of the Macon County Farm Bureau, to be succeeded by Tom Ritter. Farm Bureau reins change hands By STEVE CAHALAN Herald & Review Farm Business Writer After six years as Macon County Farm Bureau president, Emmett Sefton of rural Dalton City has been succeeded by a rural Blue Mound man who is 20 years his junior. Tom Ritter, 33, was elected president at the organization's annual reorganizational meeting Sept. 10. I He was treasurer the past year. The new president raises corn and soybeans on 1,600 acres in partnership with Kenneth Gorden of Blue Mound. He and Gorden also own Tomken Seeds, which sells soybean seed. Ritter, who has been a farmer 10 years, says his main goal will be to get more of the county organization's 4,400 members involved in contacting legislators and running for local governmental offices. "Farmers are fewer in number and farming is not as profitable as it used to be," he says. "We need more people involved in local government to represent the interests of agriculture." HIS PREDECESSOR as county president was not eligible to seek a seventh consecutive term, under a bylaw adopted several years ago. Sefton's tenure was the second-longest by a president of the Macon County organization. Sefton, who raises corn, soybean and Angus cattle on 800 acres, said he theoretically could run for president again after sitting out a term but will not. The 53-year-old farmer has been in Farm Bureau since about 1961. Earlier this year, he was elected treasurer of the Land of Lincoln Soybean Association, the Illinois affiliate of the American Soybean Association. A Republican, Sefton has been a member of the Macon County Board since 1980 and says he probably will seek re-election next year. Reflecting on his six years as Farm Bureau president, Sefton says he is proud of the county and state Farm Bureau's work in passage and implementation of a new state farmland assessment law. "OUR (COUNTY) organization made sure it was implemented in Macon County," Sefton says of the law, which based property tax valuations on several factors including productivity. "Macon County was one of the first to get it fully implemented." Relations between farmers and the city of Decatur also have improved in the past six years, Sefton says, referring to efforts to reduce soil erosion into Lake Decatur. The county Farm Bureau has been active in lobbying with state and national legislators and has had input into Illinois Farm Bureau policy, Sefton says. The county organization's major achievements in the last six years also include remodeling its building and installing computers. "Now that we have computers, we can provide services to our members faster," Sefton says. His greatest disappointment was failing to get more members involved in the county organization's activities. County Farm Bureau members now are busy contacting congressmen about the 1985 farm bill. Sefton says he would like the federal government to phase out its price support programs. "But I don't want to see them pull out all at once," due to current low commodity prices, he says. He opposes the American Soybean Association's recent proposal that the government pay soybean producers a $50-an-acre subsidy, saying it would be too expensive. Grain futures Week's Week's 9-20 Season Season High Low Close High Low WHEAT Dec 2.98 2.88 2.86V2 3.64 2.79Vi Mar 3.05 2.99Vz 2.91 3.54 2.87 May 3.03 2.92 2.8VA 3.50 2.84 Jul 2.85 2.74 2.72 3.10 2.63 Sep 2.86 2.75V2 2.75Vi 2.86 2.69 CORN Dec 2.23 2.16 2.17 2.95 2.1 4V2 Mar 2.33V4 2.18 2.27 2.97 2.24 May 2.39V4 2.33 2.32 2.91 Va 2.31 Jul 2.43V4 2.28V4 2.34 2.86 2.33 Sep 2.34 2.28 2.28 2.70 2.24V4 Dec 2.31 14 2.25V4 2.51 2.31 Va 2.20V OATS Dec 1.29 1.24 1.24 1.72 1.21 Mar 1.30 1.28 1.28 1.67 1.26 May 1.32 .28 1.29 1.63 1.27 Jul 1.30 1.27 1.28 SOYBEANS Nov 5.19 5.04 5.08 6.68 5.01 Jan 5.29 5.11 5.20 6.79 5.11 Mar 5.41 ' 5.26 5.31 6.51 5.22 May 5.51 5.36 5.41 6.57 5.31 Jul 5.56 5.42 5.47 6.58 5.36 Aug 5.55 5.43 5.45 6.09 5.35 Sep 5.41 5.35 Nov 5.43 5.34 5.36 5.48 5.28 headquarters for mrgy.savlfig Baldor1 farm duty motors LAKELAND ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT M Q37 LV Plttnrarifi floMliir. 917 jm 9C9f knviiniv, weuniui 4. 1 I tbu tijg NOW! Discount Brokerage Service 4294253 MILLIKIN BANK Z I Zf AS YOU LOOK FOR YOUR BEST REAL ESTATE BUY. ASK YOUR BROKER Y ACQUIRED Y V HOMES SALE IF V

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  1. Herald and Review,
  2. 22 Sep 1985, Sun,
  3. Page 40

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