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Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Application Period Open
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Applications are now available for nurse practitioner scholarships through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. There will be 15 scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this year. The scholarship program, now in its twenty-ninth year, helps encourage and develop the pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois. Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program.
Applications are available at county Farm Bureaus® throughout the state, on the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program website at RIMSAP.com, or by writing Donna Gallivan, program manager, Illinois Farm Bureau, PO Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. Applications are due May 1. For additional information, contact Donna Gallivan at 309-557-2350, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterinary Student Loan Applications Available Now
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) is accepting applications for its Illinois Veterinary Education and Training (IVET) loan program. Loans are available to second-year veterinary students attending any accredited college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and who are focused on Illinois food animal medicine. The Illinois Veterinary Education Training (IVET) Program helps offset the high cost of veterinary education. The program loans up to $40,000 to as many as three veterinary students each year. Loans are made over a period of two to three years. IVET awards recipients a $1,500 stipend during their fourth year in school to help pay expenses associated with clinical rotations. Loans are repaid over five years, during which graduates must commit to working in a food animal practice that services Illinois livestock producers.
Applications are due May 15, 2021 and can be found online at www.ilfb.org/IVET . The selection committee will interview eligible applicants in spring 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. Loan disbursements begin in August. IFB established IVET in 2005. Since then, the organization has awarded more than $510,000 to 26 veterinary students who focus on caring for food animals in Illinois. For more information about the program, contact Tasha Bunting at 309-557-2993 or email@example.com.
Summer Ag Institute 'Ag in a Day' Workshops Open to Educators
Area educators note – Tuesday, June 8th (Quad Cities) and Wednesday, June 9th (Peoria) will be the days of our annual Summer Ag Institute “Ag in a Day” teacher workshops. These workshops are intended to help teachers learn about ag topics and local agricultural products. Hands-on activities, tours, and free educational resources will all be part of the two workshops. The workshops are $10/teacher per day, teachers are invited to attend one or both days; workshops are open to all teachers & educators. Registration is now open; learn more by clicking here.
Flag the Technology Field Flags Available
“What herbicide trait are your beans this year?” That is a question we should be asking of our neighbors and communicating our seed plans to them and to local custom applicators.
This crop year will present many challenges for private and custom applicators. The adoption of the new Enlist and XtendFlex traits mean there will now be (predominately) two different and totally unique herbicide traits in area soybean fields this season. Communicating “what is planted where” is of the utmost importance in 2021.
Let’s review the terminology:
Liberty Link: tolerant to Liberty herbicide only
Xtend: “dicamba beans”- tolerant to Roundup & Dicamba (Engenia, Xtendimax herbicides)
XtendFlex: new for 2021, tolerant to Roundup, Dicamba & Liberty
Enlist: “2,4-D beans”- tolerant to Roundup, Enlist herbicides (2,4-D Choline) & Liberty
How do we communicate “what is planted where”? The first and best option is to pick up the phone and call or text your neighbor. Let them know what trait you intend to plant and don’t forget to reach out again if plans change in season. Secondly, add a visual layer of communication. Flag the Technology flags will be available at the Farm Bureau office, free of charge. To continue reading, click here.
Food Pantries Receive Reeder Pork
Six area food pantries in Warren and Henderson counties received pork donations in late January thanks to Little York farmer Devin Reeder. Devin donated two hogs and worked with Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® to distribute the frozen meat to Alexis Area Food Bank, Family Outreach Community Center in Stronghurst, Helping Hands of Roseville, the Henderson County Health Dept. Food Pantry, Jamieson Community Center in Monmouth, and the Lomax Food Pantry. Donated cuts included: ham hocks, spare/pork back ribs, butterfly chops, pork fresh ham steaks, cured ham steaks, ground pork, mild sausage, pork steaks, and sliced bacon. W-HFB paid for the processing fees from Woodhull Locker. A big thanks goes out to Devin and his family for their generosity and contribution to local communities. To donate or see how you can be of assistance to the food pantries listed above:
Alexis Area Food Bank: 309-337-5574
Family Outreach Community Center: 309-924-1872
Helping Hands of Roseville: 309-536-0229
Henderson County Health Department Food Pantry: 309-627-2812
Jamieson Community Center: 309-734-4251
Lomax Food Pantry: 217-966-0447
NEW YEAR, STILL FARMING: CATTLE FARMER SHARES 2020 LEARNINGS + WHAT COMES NEXT
By Krystal Jungmann
Now that 2020 is behind us, like many of you, we’re looking forward to a New Year and the opportunities it’ll bring. But we also see the importance of reflecting over the last 12 months. As we talk about what 2020 looked like for us, and where our farm is headed in 2021, let me share a little about our family’s history.
Seven generations ago, my family made the journey from Ireland and settled in Sumner Township in Warren County, about as far west as you can go in Illinois. Since then, all seven generations have raised cattle right here – making it a long-held tradition of providing our families and our communities with nutritious, sustainably grown beef. We also grow...click here to read the full write-up.
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.
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/.
$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.
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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
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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.
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May 1 - RIMSAP Scholarship Deadline
May 15 - IVET Loan Program Deadline
June 21 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 7:00pm
1000 N Main Street in Monmouth
Hours > 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: 309-734-9401 | Fax: 309-734-6097
406 E Main St in Stronghurst.
Hours when staff is present vary.