Press Releases

Birkey’s Farm Store to Acquire Farm Pride Equipment

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, is proud to announce the execution of an agreement to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon, Illinois. The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

“This is a great opportunity for Birkey’s to expand our dealership operations into contiguous territory directly south of our existing footprint. We look forward to developing relationships and serving the needs of customers in the Farm Pride territory with the same high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us over the last 62 years,” said Birkey’s president and CEO Mike Hedge.

About Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc.

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., founded in 1954, is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The company owns and operates a network of full-service Case IH agricultural and Case construction equipment stores throughout Illinois and western Indiana. The Birkey’s network serves the Illinois communities of Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Macomb, Mattoon, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown, and Urbana, as well as Williamsport, Indiana.

 

By : Phil Stewart /July 22, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Press Releases /4 Comments Read More

Birkey’s Earns Pinnacle Excellence Status

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Seven Dealerships Recognized Across North America; Six Were Birkey’s

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., has been recognized by Case IH for achieving Pinnacle excellence recognition in ALL areas of our business (Sales, Marketing, Operations, Parts, Service, AFS). Only seven dealerships out of 548 across North America completed the assessments and earned Pinnacle excellence status. Birkey’s accounted for six of the seven dealerships recognized by the Pinnacle Program for 2015. Birkey’s locations earning Pinnacle excellence status were Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Oakland, Prophetstown, and Urbana, IL.

 

The Pinnacle Excellence Program is a company-wide program developed cooperatively by Case IH and the Case IH Dealer Advisory Board to help dealers deliver a best-in-class experience in today’s constantly changing agriculture landscape. Pinnacle recognizes dealerships for achievement in the key areas identified as important to success by both dealers and Case IH.

  • Identify best-in-class dealership business practices and benchmarks.
  • Measure dealerships’ ability to meet or exceed benchmarks.
  • Drive highly competitive, customer-centric, dealer-level improvements.

 

For example, to be recognized in the Operations component of Pinnacle, forward-looking dealers focus on leadership and team development, process improvement and optimum financial performance. A Pinnacle dealership demonstrates strong business planning and financial performance; a commitment to a well-organized work environment; a focus on professional development; a commitment to innovative technology; and an ability to offer rewarding customer experiences.

 

By : Phil Stewart /July 12, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

National Strip-Tillage Conference: August 5-6

Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2014, the 2nd annual National Strip-Tillage Conference will feature more than 20 presentations during the course of two education-packed days from Aug. 5-6 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel in Iowa City, Iowa.

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The unique event brings together a diverse group of top strip-tillers, consultants and researchers who share experience-based tips and techniques that both veteran and recent adopters of strip-till can put to work immediately in their operations. The conference will also get equipment dealers quickly up to date on the newest strip-till techniques and trends. (more…)

By : Birkey's /June 10, 2015 /Agriculture, Press Releases, Recent News /0 Comment Read More

How & Why Growers Aim for Precision

Written for Friends & Neighbors of Agriculture

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Invested in Soil

Each spring, the rich, black soil of the Midwest presents a new opportunity. Kids scoop it into Styrofoam cups, plant seeds, and wait for magic to happen on sunny window ledges. Home gardeners till it into furrows and anticipate fresh herbs and vegetables. Landscapers use it to create artistic designs.

While everyone reaps the benefits of fertile soil, no one is more invested in its potential than the men and women who rely on it for their livelihood. Since the 1970s, farmers have more than doubled their feed crop yields. Improved planting equipment is one big reason for this change.  (more…)

By : Birkey's /May 18, 2015 /Agriculture, Case IH, Farm equipment, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

All 12 Birkey’s Locations Now Case IH Precision Planting Dealers

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc. announced this week that all 12 of its agriculture locations have been certified as Case IH Premier Precision Planting dealers.

With this partnership, customers can access the latest planting technology and best row unit through their local dealership. Growers also have the option of selecting any or all Precision Planting components, depending on what they feel will deliver the greatest value to their operation. (more…)

By : Birkey's /April 28, 2015 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Planting, Precision Farming, Precision Planting, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Acquires Dillsburg Ag Service

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Acquisition Strengthens Service Department in Urbana

Dillsburg Ag Service Inc. of Rantoul, IL, co-owned by Tony Cler and Stacy Severins, will be joining Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc. Cler will assume the role of service manager at the Urbana Birkey’s location while Severins will become a road service technician, also at Urbana. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of February. (more…)

By : Birkey's /February 13, 2015 /Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Press Releases /1 Comment Read More

Birkey’s – Official Case IH Dealer of the Fighting Illini

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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.

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By : Birkey's /August 20, 2014 /Illini, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

Community “Agvocates” for Youth in Oakland, IL

Over the last 3 months, the farming community in Oakland, IL, has found some unique ways to advocate for agriculture—or “agvocate”—with their youth. Birkey’s has been proud to support these efforts. Here are three short stories.

Oakland Ag Education

In March, the Oakland School Board considered changing the agriculture teacher position from full-time to part-time. After hearing the news, community members came together to make ag classes a priority.

Many current students, students’ families and other community members attended a special school board meeting to share why ag classes were important. After the event, the school board chose not to make any cuts to the agriculture program for the 2014-2015 school year. Local news station WCIA 3 covered the story:  (more…)

By : Birkey's /May 07, 2014 /Agriculture, Hunger Drive, Press Releases, Recent News /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s PB & J Drive

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Two classic sandwich fillers provided kids with more than a snack—it gave them the chance to be good neighbors. From February 3 to April 4, Birkey’s Farm Store sponsored a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive to support 7 local food banks.

Overall, the drive raised more than 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly. Here are some quick stats from a few local Birkey’s stores:

  • At Bloomington Birkey’s, kids collected more than 90 pounds of PB&J for the Peoria Area Food Bank
  • At Galesburg Birkey’s, more than 350 jars were collected for the Helping Hearts, Helping Hands Food Pantry in Fairview and the FISH Food Pantry in Galesburg
  • At Oakland Birkey’s, the local FFA partnered with Birkey’s to raised 112 1/2 pounds of peanut butter & 114 pounds of jelly for the Oakland Food Pantry.
  • At Urbana Birkey’s, more than 150 jars were donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

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By : Birkey's /April 25, 2014 /Articles, Press Releases, Recent News, Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

What would you do if you won a Farmall Super MTA?

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What would you do if you won a restored 1954 Farmall Super MTA?

Ross Cluver called his father.

“I sat and thought about it a little and then called dad. First I said, ‘We got to make room for another tractor in the shed.’ He didn’t catch on so I told him I won the tractor. I think he was just as shocked as I was.” (more…)

By : Birkey's /April 14, 2014 /Agriculture, Articles, Press Releases, Recent News, Uncategorized /3 Comments Read More