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Scholarship Applications Now Open!
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship applications and Evelyn K. Titus Memorial Scholarship applications are now available. The deadline to apply is February 29, 2024. Click on our Foundation & Scholarships tab or click here for more information and to apply.
The IAA (Illinois Agricultural Association) 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. This year there are 110 agricultural scholarships available, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, that will be awarded in total of $192,001 for the 2024-2025 school year. A full listing of scholarships and eligibility guidelines is available at www.iaafoundation.org. The deadline to submit an application is February 15, 2024.
Women in Agriculture Conference Registration Now Open
The 2024 Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Friday, March 22, at Bally's Quad Cities in Rock Island. Keynote speakers for the all-day event will include Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga and Annaliese Wegner and some topics for the event will include: land ownership, aquaponics, mental health, local foods, and tax planning. Information about the conference, agenda, speakers, and how to register can be found at womeninagricultureconference.com. This Conference is sponsored by the Farm Bureau Women in Agriculture Conference Committee. We hope to see you March 22nd!
2021 W-H Plat Books
Warren Henderson Farm Bureau® has worked with Rockford Map Publishers on new 2021 plat books. The plat books are available for purchase at W-HFB Monmouth and Stronghurst offices. Plat Books are $28.00 (this includes tax) for members and $40.00 (this includes tax) for non-members. Shipping options are available, visit whfarmbureau.org or call W-HFB for information.
IFB to Host Emergency Planning Seminars
Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and COUNTRY Financial are partnering to host four “Emergency Planning on Your Farm” seminars in February 2024 to help farm families and businesses prepare for crisis situations and farm emergencies. Join IFB, COUNTRY Financial and guest host Mike Pearson, long-time farm broadcaster and host of RFD-TV’s “This Week in Agribusiness” to hear best practices to navigate crises.Click here to read more and find out how you can register.
Pesticide Testing Dates
The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the U of I Extension are teaming up to offer
pesticide training and/or testing (PSEP). Registration is now open for testing (test
only) in Monmouth at the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau auditorium on Wednesday, January
24th. Upcoming testing only events include:
January 9 - 10:00am at the McDonough County Extension (3022 W. Jackson S., Macomb)
January 24 - 9:00am at the W-H Farm Bureau Auditorium in Monmouth (1000 N Main St.)
February 7 - 9:00am at the Knox County Agri Center in Galesburg (180 S. Soangetaha Rd.)
To view a full list of testing and/or training dates and to register, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/psep/. Contact U of I Extension at 309-734-5161 or 309-309-924-1163 with questions.
2024 Certified Livestock Manager Trainings
The Illinois Department of Agriculture and University of Illinois Extension have announced options for Certified Livestock Manager Training needed to meet the requirements of the state’s Livestock Management Facilities Act. A workshop will be held at the W-HFB Auditorium in Monmouth on January 31st.
Rules for the Road Trucking Seminar
Illinois Farm Bureau will host a series of two-hour programs focusing on transportation laws and regulations as they pertain to the agricultural industry. The closest in-person meeting will be held by the Rock Island Farm Bureau on February 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the Camden Centre in Milan (2701 1st St. East, Milan). Rules for the Road seminars are open to all Illinois Farm Bureau members. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Coffee, water and donuts will be provided. Please call your local county farm bureau to reserve your place at the Rules for the Road Seminar by Friday, February 23rd. A recording of one of the Rules for the Road Seminars will be uploaded by the end of March to myifb.org for members to view.
Interested in Beekeeping?
The Western Illinois Beekeepers Association cordially invites you to attend their
monthly meetings. They are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at the
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau building., 1000 N. Main St., Monmouth, Illinois.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00am until 1:00pm held at the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau building. Free beginning beekeeping class, taught by Bernie Andrew, state bee inspector. This class is sponsored by the Western Illinois Beekeepers Association.
All events are free and open to the public. Contact Jan Arteaga at 309-313-3648 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register for an event.
IAA Annual Meeting Held December 2-5 in Chicago
Click on the links below to learn more about events held at the Annual Meeting.
The Policy Push Behind SAF
The below is from the October 4, 2023 ‘The policy push behind sustainable aviation
fuel’ FarmWeekNow article.
By Timothy Eggert, Agriculture Policy Editor for FarmWeek
“The reality is we’re not going to have battery power for long-distance travel. Our military (planes) can’t be powered by them, or ships,” Vilsack explains. “So there’s a need for a low-carbon aviation and marine fuel; it happens to be a 36-billion-gallon potential industry.”
Attention and advocacy around sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), what Vilsack frames as “the next generation” of liquid biofuels, has accelerated since 2016, with policymakers and industry stakeholders presenting it as a critical pathway to both decarbonize the aviation industry and maintain market demand for U.S.-grown grain.
Their push stems from pressure to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tied to aviation. Non-military aviation accounts for 11% of all U.S. transportation-related emissions — and is backed by billions of dollars in federal investments, federal and state tax credits and explicit production goals.
It also responds to sluggish domestic production and consumption, as a mere 33.3 million gallons of SAF were consumed in the U.S. from 2016 and 2022, with the latter year accounting for 15.8 million gallons alone.
This Oct. 4 story represented the first of a three-part FarmWeek series exploring sustainable aviation fuel, titled "Farm, fuel, flight: How the aviation industry is betting on flyover country for decarbonization." To read the full article and parts two and three, click below.
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W-H Ag in the Classroom Fall Events
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau and the W-H Ag Education Partnership - Ag in the Classroom Program, led by Ag Coordinator Anna Sharp, have stayed busy to begin the school year. Recent events have included 4th Grade Ag Day for Kids at Fairview Center United Methodist Church, 5th Grade Farm Safety Day at the Henderson County Fairgrounds, and several classroom visits. Click the Education tab to learn more about the W-H Ag in the Classroom Program and to see more pictures.
Adopt a Legislator Visits
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau had two visits over the past month with their Adopt-A-Legislator®, Representative Jenn Ladisch Douglass of the 45th District. Illinois Farm Bureau developed its Adopt-A-Legislator® program in 2001 with the purpose of building long-term personal relationships between urban state legislators and farmers from across the state.
June 3rd Tractor Drive a Success
On Saturday, June 3rd, the Maple City Antique Tractor Club hosted a Tractor Drive fundraiser for the Warren-Henderson Ag Ed Partnership’s Ag in the Classroom and W-HFB Foundation’s Scholarship Programs. The club started their 50-mile trek in Abingdon and traveled through Knox and Fulton counties, stopping at the London Mills Community Park along the Spoon River for a catered lunch. To see more photos from the Tractor Drive, visit the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Facebook page. We thank all participants for their willingness to take part in this event and support education programs!
Summer Ag Institute Workshops Held
“Ag in a Day” teacher workshops were hosted by Bureau, Henry, Knox, Mercer, Stark, and Warren-Henderson county farm bureaus on June 7-8th. Twenty-one teachers attended the ‘tour day’ on June 7th. Stops for the day included... click here to read more.
McDonough Telephone Cooperative (MTC)
McDonough Telephone Cooperative (MTC) has been investing in our communities since 1951.
From the initial cooperative members coming together in 1951 to provide phone service to
all the way to today, MTC has always focused on providing reliable service to its
Now, we’re devoted to building a reliable, all-fiber optic gigabit networks in the Midwest Illinois so our region has the best possible broadband available.
Maps of the build and MTC’s current Fiber areas are available online at: mtcfiber.net.
Residents are encouraged to visit mtcfiber.net. to register their interest in MTC’s Gig-capable fiber optic internet. MTC will email updates out to everyone registered through mtcfiber.net. and email an official service application when MTC is ready to construct fiber drops in their area. For more information, follow MTC’s Facebook page at facebook.com/followmdtc.
Illinois Farm Families: We are the 96%
Be sure to check out Illinois Farm Families’ recently launched “We are the 96” campaign by visiting Wearethe96.org. The campaign features more than 25 farm families across the state with the goal to make Illinois residents aware that 96% of farms in the state are family-owned and operated.
Sustaining our Future Documentary
Illinois Farm Bureau is proud to highlight the work our members are doing to improve soil health and water quality through a documentary titled “Sustaining Our Future: A Farm Family Story,” which debuted Dec. 3 at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
Illinois farmers have a proven track record when it comes to caring for our natural resources. Whether implementing new solutions to utilize fertilizer efficiently, install conservation practices, or engage in meaningful discussions with university researchers and industry partners, farmer efforts continue to drive innovative solutions that improve their farms while protecting the environment.
Illinois Farm Bureau members can help amplify the story by viewing and sharing the video from the IFB YouTube channel here: youtube.com/ILFarmBureauIFB.
IAA Foundation Offers Trucking Scholarships
Truck drivers are critical for transporting farm commodities, inputs, and food
throughout our state and nation. Without truck drivers, the entire supply chain
weakens. The Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship Program, funded by the Illinois
Farm Bureau, offsets the cost of required commercial truck driver training and
ensures more well-trained, safe drivers are available to drive agriculture forward.
The IAA Foundation, in partnership with the Illinois Soybean Association, is pleased to offer twenty $2,000 awards to students enrolled at an Illinois Community College Truck Driver Training for 2023.
ANHYDROUS AMMONIA CERTIFIED GROWER TRAINING
Illinois growers and grower farm operators who transport or apply anhydrous ammonia,or otherwise maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment, now are required by state regulation (8 IAC 215) to complete Certified Grower Training.
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.
Certified Grower Training will be delivered through both online and in-person instruction at no cost to the grower or grower farm operator. Growers and grower farm operators can choose whichever method they prefer.
Learn more information by clicking here.
Behavioral & Mental Health Resources
August 14 - Mental Health Discussion
Make space for a healthy mind. Have you checked out SilverCloud
Warren-Henderson Takes on the 10 Gallon Milk Challenge
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news & events
February 19 - W-HFB Board Meeting @ 1:00pm
February 20 - Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference @ Springfield
February 29 - Deadline to submit W-HFB Foundation & Evelyn K. Titus Scholarship Applications
March 22 - Women in Agriculture Conference @ Bally's Quad Cities
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.