“60-Day Hunger Drive” plans to raise $100,000 for local food banks to alleviate hunger in Illinois & western Indiana
Champaign, Ill. – In the 47 counties served by Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., more than 286,000 people are not able to access a nutritious meal when they want it, and one in five children are food insecure.
In response to this need, Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., is partnering with seven local food banks to provide 600,000 meals for the hungry. The 60-Day Hunger Drivefundraiser kicks off on Feb. 3 and runs until April 4 in every Birkey’s location and online. A fully restored 1954 Farmall Super MTA tractor will travel across the state to encourage donations; individuals who give $10 or more are entered into a drawing to win it.
“Our farm customers are growing crops that help to feed our world. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 60th Anniversary than to partner with our customers and carry out this mission on a local level,” says Hedge.
Birkey’s Farm Store and Parkland College students restore tractor for good cause
Champaign, Ill. – It took 4 months to turn the clock back 60 years, but the restored 1954 Farmall Super MTA proved that the feat had been accomplished.
“It looks better than it did when it came out of the factory. When it rolled off the assembly line, it didn’t shine like it does now,” said Jerry Edwards of the IH Collectors, Central Illinois Chapter 10, as he viewed the tractor on display for the first time at the 2014 Midwest Ag Expo.
The restoration was a joint effort between Parkland College’s Diesel Tech Club, who completed the restoration, and Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., a local Case IH dealer that commissioned the students for a good cause. The tractor will travel across the state to encourage donations to Birkey’s recently announced 60-Day Hunger Drive, which aims to raise money for seven local food banks. Individuals who give $10 or more at a Birkey’s location or online between Feb. 3 and April 4 are entered into a drawing to win the restored Farmall. (more…)
Recently Birkey’s Construction Equipment was awarded Diamond Dealer status by Case Construction Equipment. Birkey’s is one of only six dealers in the United States to achieve Diamond Dealer status.
For Birkey’s to remain a high-performing CASE dealership, our goal is to live up the brand promise throughout every aspect of our business:
Hiring the right people
Delivering a differentiated level of service in market
And building enduring relationships with customers.
Birkey’s in Bloomington receiving their Diamond Dealer award.
Pictured L to R: Mike Bergstrom (CNH Territory Sales Manager), & Dusty Foster (Store Manager)
Birkey’s in Mattoon receiving their Diamond Dealer award.
Pictured L to R: Bryan Dunn (Parts Manager), Don Spence (Store Manager), Mike Bergstrom (CNH Territory Sales Manager), & Clay Berner (Service Manager)
Birkey’s in Urbana receiving their Diamond Dealer award.
Pictured L to R: Jeff Hedge (Birkey’s Regional Manager), Mike Bergstrom (CNH Territory Sales Manager), & Brian McCoy (Store Manager)
“Stronger Products, Stronger People, and Stronger Support.”
Managing costly crop inputs has been a major benefit of precision agriculture since its inception. Reducing overlap by using autoguidance and section control, as well as varying product application rates, has saved growers time and money while increasing their agronomic bottom line. This fall, Case IH users will be able to manage their anhydrous application, steer their tractor and create as-applied maps. And they will be able to do it all with one display.
When calibrated, users will be able to apply anhydrous without overlap, drive using autoguidance and create valuable records to show the rate applied, all from their integrated Pro 700.
With the introduction of AFS AccuControl, farmers will utilize their Pro 700 to control multiple tools in their operation. For anhydrous, a control module will be mounted on the implement and communicate with the bar’s flow meter, rate and section valves. From there it will plug directly into the ISO connector at the rear of the tractor. If the bar is currently setup for a Raven display, we can connect our control module to the Raven harness and tie into the tractor CAN system. The result is a clean implement and cab, with one user friendly interface.
Setup in the Pro 700 is simple. The display walks users through the installation process and indicates a successful setup with a green check mark at each step. Once the system is configured, calibration is easily completed by entering the flow meter calibration number, followed by weighing the amount of anhydrous applied. When calibrated, users will be able to apply anhydrous without overlap, drive using auto-guidance and create valuable records to show the rate applied, all from their integrated Pro 700.
One of the largest challenges of a Precision Farming Support staff member is maintaining excellent support to you, our customers. There are many times when the support needed becomes heavy enough that it becomes an impossibility for the local store to meet all the needs. This past spring was certainly one of those times, as the windows of opportunities to plant were very small in most of the territory as a result of heavy rains. I am going to guess that many of you have experienced an error message on your monitor or your auto steering failed to work in one of the below situations:
You are planting at 3 o’clock in the morning because rain is coming AGAIN.
You call your local precision farming specialist and all you can get is their voice mail. You know that every producer in the county is working in the field that same day so you know why your specialist was unable to answer your call.
The question you ask yourself in these situations is “Now who am I going to call?”
Case IH created a 24/7/365 AFS customer call-in support center for just that reason. Their number is 855-4AFS-HELP. An AFS support staffed employee will answer the phone and work to resolve your problem. This staff center is located in Burr Ridge, Illinois which is also where Case IH engineers work, so their access to additional help is nearby.
We at Birkey’s Farm Store like to see the support center as an extension of your current support. We believe your main source of support should still be your local Birkey’s, as we are the most familiar with your operation and many times on-farm visits will be necessary for certain problems. But for problems that may be answered quickly, such as monitor operation questions, this will supply you with an additional source of support to keep you running in the field. All resolved and unresolved support cases in the center are then relayed back to the dealer so they know what the problem was/is and what, if anything, needs to be done. There is a yearly charge for these services so if you are interested, please contact your local precision farming specialist at Birkey’s.
As times and business conditions have changed, Kirk C&D Recycling has evolved. Once a company that removed and ground up railroad ties, today it focuses on recycling products found in demolition debris.
“The more material we have coming in, the more efficient we can become. We can buy more equipment and add more people so we can go through the material faster. It’s a fine balance,” said Tom Kirk, owner. Currently, the company operates a recycling center on seven acres in Bloomington, handling about 24,000 tons of C&D material a year. Kirk plans to add a second center in Champaign/Urbana, giving contractors in that area a place to drop off debris and opening another source of recyclable materials.
Birkey’s is proud to announce we are the official Case IH dealer of the Fighting Illini Football & Basketball!
The Birkey’s brand will be heard throughout the state on the Illinois Sports Radio Network during all broadcast games (home & away). We are also sponsoring the starting line-up during each game. Additionally, Case IH is continuing their support of the Illini (and numerous college teams across the country) in-stadium and through the statewide live radio broadcasts.
My experience at Parkland College was the most interesting. The instructors were helpful with any problem I came cross. Every class was taught with a lot of depth, even though some of it is not actually used in the real world, it is part of the curriculum. A person can’t learn everything is there is to know on every piece of equipment within the two year program, but if the individual applies themselves there is a lot you can obtain. Mark Ziegler is excellent with scheduling classes for the CNH students, he also instructs electrical, HVAC. Steve Hancock has more knowledge on drivetrain functions than I could ever have. Gordie Hedrick shows a lot of detail in his fuel and engine classes. Over all, the two years I spent in the CNH program was well worth the time. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants a career within a CaseIH dealership.
CNH Service Technician Program:
Forging the Future at Parkland College.
Technical/academic education at Parkland College plus on-the-job experience at a Birkey’s location. Case New Holland (CNH) Service Technician training at Parkland leads you to an Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Industrial and Farm Equipment Technology in just two years.
Birkey’s will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2014! Part of the celebration includes unveiling a new and improved Birkey’s logo! Thanks to our employees and customers Birkey’s is a brand the industry has come to trust. It is with you in mind that we are excited to unveil our new, fresh visual identity to strengthen our position as an industry leader and carry us into the future.
As one of our valued customers, we want you to be the first to see our new official logo. Using an updated version of the company’s iconic red lettering and gold bar, the logo better reflects the corporate brand today as it heads toward its 60th anniversary in 2014.
Thank you for being a part of Birkey’s over the years!
Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc. is a Case IH and Case Construction dealer serving Illinois and Indiana. Check out our latest video to see the high quality service and parts we provide at each of our locations. Employees from our Bloomington & Henry, IL locations are featured.