GROWMARK and Natural Resources Conservation Service will work together on training opportunities for Growmark System employees.

Growmark and its FS companies in Iowa initially will work with Iowa NRCS, then replicate the program in other states.

TOWN AND COUNTRY Financial Corp. has opened a loan production office in Bloomington led by Dave Rutledge, executive vice president and community bank president.

Initially, the office, 404 Hershey Ave., Suite B, will focus on business and mortgage lending to McLean County and surrounding counties. Mark Wagner will manage SBA lending.

A local mortgage banking team will follow. Rutledge formerly was at First Midwest Bank, Bloomington. Wagner formerly was at Heartland Bank and Trust Co.

"FOOD REVOLUTION," a movie/documentary with a local panel discussion to follow, will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University.

The event is sponsored by McLean County Farm Bureau and ISU College Farm Bureau.

The documentary, by Oscar-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. The movie is narrowed by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

FRUGALITY NFP has opened a second location in Pontiac at 101 E. Madison St.

The thrift shop donates its monthly profits to Livingston County charities. All stock comes from Once ‘n Again Consignment. Hours at the new location are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

The Fairbury store, which opened in 2007, is open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 

LEE ENTERPRISES, Inc., parent company of The Pantagraph, Pantagraph.com and Woodford County Journal, has sold its newspaper and digital media operations in Maysville, Ky., to Champion Media LLC.

Lee acquired the newspaper in 2002 as part of the purchase of Howard Publications.