John Deere program reviews ag history, food production

Brian “Fox” Ellis
Brian “Fox” Ellis

The community is invited to sit in on a private board meeting and celebration of John Deere & Co. on Aug. 20 at the Hinckley Community Building. The founder of the company is retiring and handing the plow to his son Charles.

John Deere, portrayed by historian and author Brian "Fox" Ellis, will reflect on the history of his self-scouring plows, share some of his personal struggles and then turn to the future and the great changes in agriculture that he foresees.

Ellis will cover a hundred years of agricultural history and lead a discussion on the future of farming. Raising issues like the pros and cons of small versus large farm operations, the role of technology and continued mechanization, this program promises to engage the audience in a conversation on how we continue to feed the world.

The program, organized by the Hinckley Historical Society and the Hinckley Public Library, is free and open to the public. FFA members, farmers and others interested in food security and agriculture innovation will find the program insightful and engaging.

The “John Deere Board Meeting” begins at 6 p.m. in the Hinckley Community Building Auditorium, 100 N. Maple, Hinckley. To register for the event, go to:

This Road Scholars Program provided by Illinois Humanities strengthens the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement. Founded in 1974 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Humanities is the only statewide proponent of the public humanities.

Social distancing will be followed and please wear a mask.

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