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W-HFB and IAA Scholarship Opportunities Available
The objective of the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® Foundation scholarship program is to provide financial assistance through scholarships to our members or their dependents who are entering or attending college and majoring in Agriculture or Agribusiness. W-HFB Foundation & Memorial Scholarship information can be found under the Foundation Tab. Applications are open and due by February 28, 2021.
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau oversees the Evelyn Titus Memorial Scholarship. Evelyn K. Titus, a long-time resident of Warren County, passed away in 1992 and directed that proceeds from her estate establish a scholarship for a male and female Warren County resident continuing education in agriculture or family & consumer sciences. Evelyn K. Titus information can be found under the Foundation Tab. Applications are open and due by February 28, 2021.
The IAA Foundation endeavors to enhance the future of agriculture by providing college scholarships to Illinois Farm Families, Illinois Farm Bureau members, spouses, or their children who major in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related course of study. Visit www.iaafoundation.org for full details and a link to the online application. Applications for IAA Foundation Scholarships are open and due by February 15, 2021.
COUNTRY Farm/Crop Winter Webinars
COUNTRY and Illinois Farm Bureau staff will host four live webinars throughout January and February to provide farmers across the state information about changes to federal crop insurance and new private products offered by COUNTRY, the #1 crop hail insurer in Illinois. The format will also allow viewers to ask questions in real-time, just as they would in the traditional meeting format at county farm bureau offices and other locations. RFD Radio Network® Director Rita Frazer will host the 90-minute live meetings, covering topics and presentations by a team of experts, including: high-level crop insurance/farm bill changes (Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial); legislative updates (Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau); and farm legacy planning (Joe Buhrmann, COUNTRY Financial).
Those interested in attending the live webinars can sign up in advance at COUNTRYFinancial.com/AgWebinars. Participants can choose the meeting date and time that best fits their schedule to pre-register and add the webinar to their calendar:
- Tues., Jan. 19 at 8:30 a.m. CST
- Wed., Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. CST
- Tues., Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. CST
- Thurs., Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. CST
IDOA Pesticide Exam Information
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is offering Illinois Pesticide Certification exams both online and in limited in-person opportunities. The state agency expects to offer 15,000 to 20,000 certification exams during the 2021 certification year through online testing and limited in-person testing for certification licenses.
For training and testing information and to register, click here.
Anhydrous Ammonia Certified Grower Training
Illinois growers and grower farm operators who transport or apply anhydrous ammonia, or otherwise maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment, are now required by state regulation (8 IAC 215) to complete certified grower training. The full text of the current regulations is available at: https://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/008/00800215sections.html.
Growers and grower farm operators have until April 1, 2022 to become certified. Their certification will be good for three years from the date they complete the training, after which time they will need to participate in a refresher course. The certified grower training may be delivered through both online and in-person opportunities at no cost to the grower or grower farm operator. The in-person classes have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but IFB will be working in the coming weeks and months to make those opportunities available for CFBs.
For Training information & registration, visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Plants/Fertilizer/Pages/Anhydrous-Ammonia.aspx.
Certified Livestock Manager Training
The Illinois General Assembly passed the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) on May 21, 1996. Since that law was enacted, livestock facilities in Illinois that house over 300 animal units (for example, 750 finishing hogs, 214 dairy cows, or 300 beef cattle) are required to have at least one person certified in the environmental protection aspects of manure management.
The certificate, administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, is valid for three years. University of Illinois Extension acts as the subcontractor to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, to provide the CLM training required by the LMFA and to develop resource materials that support the training program.
<300 animal units → no training required but encouraged
≥300 and <1,000 animal units → training required
≥1,000 animal units → training + passing test required
For more information and to register, click here.
Local Young Leaders Participate at State Levels
Click here to read about Gayle Baker recently being named the new District 8 Representative on the IFB State Young Leader Committee & about Justin Allaman's participation in the Young Leader State (virtual) Discussion Meet.
Illinois Farm Bureau Livestock Resource: Farm Gate
Illinois’ livestock industry addresses environmental protection through regulatory programs, industry-led educational initiatives, and publicly-funded programmatic approaches. Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) wants to assist farmers with regulatory questions and provide educational opportunities and resources to help meet industry regulations and protect the environment. IFB has implemented an educational program for Illinois livestock farmers at the farm gate level. The program is built for livestock farms of all sizes, with a special focus on small and medium sized operations.
For more information, visit http://ilfb.org/take-actionstar/current-priorities/protecting-our-environment/livestock/farm-gate/.
IAA (Virtual) Annual Business Meeting Highlights
IFB Provides 21 Nutrient Stewardship Grants for 2021
Twenty-eight county Farm Bureaus will oversee 21 projects funded with $150,000 through Illinois Farm Bureau’s Nutrient Stewardship Grant program.
Funded projects show active collaboration in all categories of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) - education and outreach, research, implementation and documentation.
Since 2015, the IFB Board of Directors has committed more than $700,000 to the grant program, funding 100 projects in 70 counties. Through the program, IFB takes an active role to support county Farm Bureaus and local partners to develop projects that address farmer needs for research, education and outreach, and implementing best management practices for nutrient loss reduction. To read more about the projects, click here
Friend of Agriculture Awards Presented to Area Legislators
County Farm Bureau leaders meeting as trustees for Illinois Agricultural Association ACTIVATOR® – Illinois Farm Bureau’s political action committee – endorsed the following legislators up for election as Friends of Agriculture based on their voting records and efforts on behalf of agriculture:
- Representative Cheri Bustos (D) of the Illinois 17th Congressional District
- Representative Norine Hammond (R) of the Illinois House 93rd District
- Representative Randy Frese (R) of the Illinois House 94th District
- (Mid-Term) Senator Jil Tracy (R) of the Illinois Senate 47th District
About Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR®:
ACTIVATOR, IFB’s Political Involvement Fund, is a voluntary, non-profit, segregated fund promoting the economic and social well-being of farmers which seeks to help elect pro-farm candidates no matter their party affiliation. ACTIVATOR trustees are local Farm Bureau leaders representing each county in the Illinois General Assembly Legislative District. For more information about Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR’s “Friends of Agriculture” contact Illinois Farm Bureau® at 309-557-2308.
$10,000 to River Bend Foodbank for Beef and Pork Products
The Quad City Regional Advertising Group partnered with Illinois Farm Bureau in August to donate $10,000 to River Bend Foodbank for beef and pork products. The Quad City Regional Advertising Group consists of Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Mercer, Warren-Henderson, Stark and Knox County Farm Bureaus.
According to River Bend Foodbank, the $10,000 donation will purchase approximately 3,000 pounds of ground beef and ground pork, providing 50,000 meals to those in need. Every dollar donated helps provide five meals. River Bend Foodbank supports local food banks within the eight counties in the Quad City Regional Advertising Group. Click here to read more.
The 28th Annual Farmers Breakfast was held on the morning of September 11th at the W-HFB in Monmouth. Overall, 160 breakfast burrito meals were served and the event and speakers were live on WRAM AM 1330.
Click above to listen to the recording of the keynote speaker, Mark Gebhards, Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau.
Many thanks to the sponsors of this breakfast: G&M Distributors, Inc., LMP Insurance Agency, M & E Catering, COUNTRY Financial, Culligan Water, FS, WRAM AM 1330, and W-HFB.
Farm Progress Virtual Experience
On September 15 - 17, Farm Progress Virtual Experience brought together the best of Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days into one powerhouse virtual experience.
FPVX was proud to offer farmers what they value most about in-person field demonstrations plus a rewind button. These field demonstrations along with many exciting show features are available for registered attendees to view during the event and through Spring 2021.Show highlights included:
- 400 acres of corn to harvest
- Hay to cut, rake and bale
- Working cattle demonstrations
- Practical education sessions
- Live insights from farmers
- Unique product features from exhibitors
Nitrogen Strip Trial Virtual Field Day
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau received an Illinois Farm Bureau Nutrient Stewardship Grant last winter and with it is preforming a Nutrient Stewardship Grant. We hosted a virtual field day that was filmed on Friday, July 17th. 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 adjusting for this event! For more information on this trial, click here.Warren-Henderson was one of 8 county farm bureaus to host a field day this summer:
- Warren-Henderson FB on nitrogen strip field trial results
- LaSalle CFB on struvite field application results
- Clinton CFB on nutrient and manure management results
- Shelby CFB on drainage water management results
- St. Clair CFB on FGD gypsum results
- Wayne CFB on the Nutrient Loss Inhibitor Demonstration (NLID) plot results
- Jo Daviess CFB on cover crop results
- McHenry CFB on a woodchip bioreactor
To read more about IFB Nutrient Stewardship Grants and to view the information and videos of each field day event, click here.
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.
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.
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
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?
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!"
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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
January 27 - Future of Ag Forum, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
January 27 - COUNTRY Ag Webinar, 11:00am
February 9 - COUNTRY Ag Webinar, 4:00pm
February 15 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 1:00pm
February 16-18 - Virtual Govenmental Affairs Conference, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Februray 23 - Virtual Rules for the Road (Trucking Seminar), 9:30am
February 25 - COUNTRY Ag Webinar, 12:00pm
February 25 - Virtual Rules for the Road (Trucking Seminar), 6:30pm
March 2 - Virtual Rules for the Road (Trucking Seminar), 9:30am
March 4 - Virtual Rules for the Road (Trucking Seminar), 6:30pm
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Hours when staff is present vary.