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It’s Time to Order Your Peaches!
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation and Ag Education Partnership are selling southern Illinois peaches from Rendleman Orchards, located in Union County. The price for a 25 lb. box is $40.00 and delivery is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th. The deadline to order is Monday, August 3rd.
Click here for an order form. Forms are also available in the Monmouth and Stronghurst Farm Bureau offices. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward our Foundation & Ag Education Partnership programs.
Nitrogen Strip Trial Virtual Field Day
Our nitrogen strip trial was filmed on Friday, July 17th. The video recording of the field day is ready to view, you can find it and other county farm bureau field days being filmed this summer by clicking here. A special thanks goes out to our partners and presenters (Illinois Farm Bureau, U of I Extension, U of I College of ACES, West Central FS) for developing and making adjustments for this event! For more information, click here.
A Statement from the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding the mailing of unsolicited seeds:
(7-28-20)“We are currently working with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to address reports of unsolicited shipments of seeds from foreign countries. Anyone who receives unordered seeds in the mail should contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture by emailing the following information to agr.seeds@Illinois.gov: First and Last Name, Phone Number and the number of packages received. Do not open the package, plant the seeds, or throw them out. Please keep all seeds unopened and with their original packaging and labels, including mailing labels, until further instruction is provided.”
For further additional questions regarding this evolving situation – please contact Bill Bodine. Should you be contacted by media contact: Andrea Casali (309)557-2083 or email@example.com or myself.
Check out Farmweeknow.com, RFD and FarmWeek for any updates regarding this situation."
Annual Golf Outing Set for Friday, August 28th
Next Generation Ag Advocates to Host Online Farm Transition Workshops
Next Generation Ag Advocates to Host Online Farm Transition Workshops A series of sessions going over topics of estate planning, succession planning, land rents, and working capital will be presented on July 27th, July 31st, August 3rd, and August 7th. Each session will be 45 minutes and end with Q & A. The sessions will be via Zoom and limited to the first 50 participants. Questions and RSVPs should be sent to Downey@farmestate.com or 800-375-4180. Click here for more information.
Future of Ag Forum: July 29-31
The COVID-19 pandemic brought abrupt shifts to our industry, compounded financial concerns, and dampened hope for areas of growth. As Illinois opens, we have an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and plan strategically for the future. Join Illinois Farm Bureau and other partners virtually on July 29-31 from 12pm-1pm to hear from speakers who will develop common understandings of future challenges, brainstorm collaboration strategies, and prepare for opportunities in agriculture for 2020 and beyond. Click here for more information.
Ag Service Award Presented
Born in late January 1940 in rural Little York and one of twelve children, Don’s family moved from rural Monmouth to Roseville in 1948. Don graduated from High School in 1959 and married Janeth Eaton of Berwick in April 1966. Together they have sons Donald C. and James and daughter Amanda. To read more about Don, click here.
Foundation Scholarship Recipients
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® Foundation is proud to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. Because of the generosity of the Twomey Family Foundation and the donations and support of our members, the Foundation is able to assist twenty-one applicants this year furthering their education in agriculture. Each of this year’s recipients will receive a total of $1,500 for the 2020-21 academic year. Click here to read about the recipients.
Dairy Donation from Area Native
Having grown up with livestock (cattle and hogs) outside Little York, transitioning to dairy farming was an easier move for Carrie Pollard than it would be for most people. Carrie, the daughter of Tom and Sue Bertelsen, resides in Rockford, IL with her husband Brent, where they own and operate a 75-cow dairy operation. In addition to dairy, Carrie and Brent also grow cash crops on acres that have been in Brent’s family for multiple generations. The biggest change regarding dairy vs. the livestock she grew up raising? The timing. “I was used to weekend chores, etc., but I’ve found the mornings and timing to be a challenge. I am not a morning person as the Campbell and Leary clan that I grew up showing with will attest to!”
Click here to continue reading about Carrie's donation to her home community.
OSF HealthCare Now Offering a Digital Solution to Screen for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(March 13, 2020 | Peoria, Illinois) – OSF HealthCare has always taken a leadership role in preparing for and responding to the spread of infectious diseases. To better serve our patients and the community, OSF HealthCare has launched an updated digital solution to help educate and triage people who are concerned about COVID-19.
Clare, the virtual assistant chatbot on the home page of OSF HealthCare, is now equipped to screen for and educate the public about COVID-19.
Click here to view the OSF home page & to learn more.
Source: OSF HealthCare®
Ag in the Classroom Offers Online Ag Lessons
Illinois Ag in the Classroom is offering online resources and lessons during this COVID-19 time so kids can continue learning from home about agriculture. Every Monday-Friday IAITC will be releasing a short daily video and related activities on a different ag topic. Visit Beyond the Barn Door and Illinois Ag in the Classroom's Facebook page to view these materials and see how you can keep up on a little bit of ag education each day.
Rules of the Road & Plat Books Available
3 IFB Members Interviewed on National Radio Show
Three Illinois farmers, including Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau President Jared Kunkle, recently discussed their family farms and shared the challenges they face with a live audience on SiriusXM radio with host Michael Smerconish. Click here to read more at FarmWeekNow.com and here to listen to the hour long interview.
Farmers for a Sustainable Future
We represent U.S. farmers and ranchers who are committed to producing the world’s food, feed and fiber supply in a sustainable way. Farmers and ranchers play a leading role in promoting soil health, conserving water, enhancing wildlife, efficiently using nutrients and caring for their animals. For decades they have pushed past the boundaries of innovation by investing in agricultural research and adopting practices with the goals of improving productivity, providing clean and renewable energy, and enhancing sustainability. Learn more about this 21-member coalition by clicking here.
Behavioral & Mental Health Resources
August 14 - Mental Health Discussion
Make space for a healthy mind. Have you checked out SilverCloud yet?
Knox and Warren-Henderson Young Leaders Perform for a Cause
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program is a non-profit organization that was founded locally in 1994. Their missions is to speak up for and support the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. CASAs are assigned to every abuse, neglect, and dependency case in Knox, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough Counties of Illinois. To learn more, visit http://www.casaofknoxco.com/
Brazilian Farmers Visit W-HFB
Over the summer months, Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau had the opportunity to host three groups of Brazilian farmers who came to the Midwest to tour agricultural facilities through the travel company AgroBravo.
Click here to read more about the visits.
4th Grade Ag Day
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Women’s/Ag-in-the-Classroom committee and the Prime Beef Festival sponsored their annual Agricultural Education Day for kids on Friday, September 6th at Bayer Research Center outside Monmouth. 4th grade classes from ICS, Monmouth-Roseville, and United school districts attended this annual event.
During this morning program students rotated through nine different stations where they learned about the following agriculture topics: Machinery (taught by Dudley Ricketts); Soils & Fertilizer (Joe Greenstreet & Anna Sharp); Soybeans & Plant Parts (Michael Moore); Corn & Plant Parts (Craig & Chad Long); Beef (Taylor Huston); Swine (Sue Bertelsen); Animal Vet Care (Julie Snodgrass); Sheep (Robin Corzatt); and Dairy Cattle (Gayle Baker).
Thank you to the Bayer Learning Center for allowing this event to be hosted at your facilities!
GET TO KNOW US‘Get to Know Us’ is a feature of some of our Farm Bureau Young Leaders and volunteers. We hope to share what agriculture means to those featured, share the variety of agricultural jobs/careers in our surrounding areas, and have our communities get to know us a little better!
November's feature is on: Jordan Reeder
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JORDAN ]
October's feature is on: Josh Dean
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JOSH ]
May's feature is on: Cassie Schleich.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT CASSIE ]
April's feature is on: Jon Strickler.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JON ]
March's feature is on: Taylor Huston.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT TAYLOR ]
February's feature is on: Jason Johnson.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JASON ]
January's feature is on: Julie Snodgrass.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JULIE ]
December's feature is on: Jake Armstrong.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JAKE ]
November's feature is on: Gayle Baker.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT GAYLE ]
Warren-Henderson Takes on the 10 Gallon Milk Challenge
IFB News & Media
Check out Illinois Farm Bureau’s podcasts that give insight on Illinois farm, family, and food related issues! Available at this link include the Partners, RFD Radio, RFD Illinois, and Best of RFD podcasts. Whether you’re interested in the markets and weather, hearing in-depth interviews with top ag decision-makers, listening to a recap of ‘what happened this week in Illinois agriculture’, or learning about some ideas on Illinois places and events to visit, IFB has you covered!"
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® is a non-profit, membership organization. We one of 96 other Illinois county Farm Bureaus which make up the Illinois Farm Bureau. Each county Farm Bureau® is governed by their own board of directors consisting of farmer members.
Farm Bureau was originally organized to promote the most permanent and profitable system of agriculture possible as well as the education, social and financial welfare of its members. The organization has evolved into assisting farmers with legislative issues, providing leadership opportunities and educational programs, furnishing information on services and products and educating the general public about the agriculture industry.
We are a grassroots organization who takes direction from our members at the local level. The policies of the Illinois Farm Bureau are a result of resolutions submitted from county Farm Bureau®s and adopted by the voting delegation of farmer members at the Illinois Farm Bureau® annual meeting. We have both farmer (voting) members and non-farmer (associate, non-voting members). Anyone 18 years or older can become a member.
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news & events
July 29-31 - Future of Ag Forum, 12-1pm
July 31, Aug. 3, Aug. 7 - Next Gen Ag Farm Transition Webinars
August 17 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 7:00pm
August 28 - Golf Outing @ Gibson Woods, Monmouth, 10:00am tee time
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