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Fair season is here!
PEACHES aRE bACK
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation & Ag Education Partnership are selling southern Illinois peaches from Rendleman Orchards, located in Union County. The price for a 25 lb. box is $45.00 and delivery is scheduled for Thursday, August 12th. We will call Phone #1 to let you know when they arrive. Delivery will be to the Farm Bureau building in Monmouth and peaches must be picked up that day. Quality cannot be guaranteed otherwise. If ripening/harvest dates align, Cresthaven Freestone will be the peach variety delivered.
Payment must accompany order form. Make checks payable to: W-HFB Foundation. Return form and payment to: Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation, PO Box 348, Monmouth, IL 61462-0348
Deadline to order: August 4, 2021
Delivery date: August 12, 2021 (we will call phone #1 when they have arrived on the 12th)
Order forms are also available our Monmouth and Stronghurst Farm Bureau offices.
Watershed Planning Meeting
The Mississippi North Central Watershed was identified as a priority in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). As such, it is one of the state’s most critical watersheds. Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), together with multiple County Farm Bureaus, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), the University of Illinois (U of I) Extension, and Northwater Consulting are committed to sharing NLRS information with farmers across the watershed, listening to conservation needs and concerns, and prioritizing work for watershed planning purposes. A series of meetings will be held with the purpose being to gain feedback and input from area farmers and stakeholders.
W-HFB is hosting their meeting on Tuesday, August 10th from 12:00-2:00pm at the Farm Bureau auditorium in Monmouth (1000 N Main St). Lunch will be served, please RSVP by August 3rd to W-HFB by calling 309-734-9401 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For background on the watershed, click here.
WCFS Young Producers: Morton Tour
West Central FS, INC. is hosting a Young Producer Program on Tuesday, August 24th. The group will tour the GROWMARK Truck & Tank Center in Morton, IL. After the tour, GROWMARK’s very own Chuck Spencer, Executive Director of Government Relations, will talk legislative matters with the group, touching on several key relevant policy issues. Afterward, the group will have lunch at Pizza Ranch in Peoria before heading back.
More information can be found by clicking here.
RSVP no later than August 18th by calling W-HFB at 309-734-9401 or WCFS’s Rich DeSchepper at 309-299-6395.
August 26th Field Day
Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® is continuing to evaluate nitrogen in a cover crop and strip plot, with the help of University of Illinois (U of I) researchers. A field day will be held on Thursday, August 26th from 10:00-12:00pm at 1698 50th St, Kirkwood. At this field day, researchers from U of I and Illinois NRCS will share information about cover crops, phosphorus research, and soil health. Speakers for the event will include Austin Omer, Associate Director of Natural Resource Policy for Illinois Farm Bureau; Jacob Baker, host farmer and Young Leader Chair; Chelsea Harbach, U of I Extension Educator; Stacy Zuber, Soil Health Specialist, Illinois NRCS; and Dr. Andrew Margenot, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. The field day will conclude with a panel discussion of three area farmers, Chad Bell, Brian Corkill, and Colby Hunt, who will share their experiences with cover crops. Lunch will be served at the event, RSVP to W-HFB Friday, August 20th.
Biodiesel & Ethanol Promotion
West Central FS and the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau are teaming up to host a Biodiesel and Ethanol Promotion on Wednesday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Stronghurst Fast Stop in Stronghurst (320 E Main St.). Fuel will be sold to the public at a discounted rate during this two-hour event and WCFS and W-HFB will be on hand to assist with pumping fuel and washing windshields. Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be available to those who attend between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Anhydrous Training Sessions
Illinois growers and grower farm operators may fulfill new state requirements for mandated anhydrous ammonia certified grower training by enrolling in in-person training sessions this fall. Six, free Anhydrous Ammonia Certified Grower Training will be offered through a partnership among the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA). Each session will start at 1 p.m.
Attendance is limited, and growers must register to guarantee a spot. Register at ilfb.org/NH3.
2021’s Online Auction is in the Books
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® Foundation and Ag Education Partnership would like to thank sponsors, donors, and bidders who participated in our June 21-27th online auction! The auction campaign brought in over $10,000! Therse proceeds will go directly toward our Scholarship and Ag in the Classroom Programs. Many thanks goes out to Van Adkisson and Heather Gregory for their work in setting up and hosting the auction site.
Ag Service Award Presented
Steve Johnson Virtual Market Outlook
Steven D. Johnson, Ph.D. served as the Farm & Ag Business Management Specialist in Central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for 21 years, retiring in early 2021. On June 14th, Steve presented a webinar titled “What’s In Your Crop Marketing Plan?” Topics included corn and soybean supply/demand and price outlook, weather & USDA report forecasts, and considerations for a crop marketing plan. Members can view the recording/slides by clicking the below links.
Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® Foundation is proud to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. Due to the generosity of the Twomey Family Foundation, memorials in honor of loved ones, support from our members and area businesses, and fundraising efforts, the Foundation is able to assist thirteen applicants this year furthering their education in agriculture. Each of this year’s recipients will receive a total of $2,000 for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here to read about the recipients.
13th Annual Golf Outing
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation, along with the McDonough County Farm Bureau® Foundation and the Tri-County Cattlemen will be holding their annual golf outing fundraiser on Friday, August 20th at Gibson Woods in Monmouth. This is a 4-person scramble and the cost is $60 per person, $240 per team. The fees cover 18 holes golf, cart, and a ribeye steak lunch. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and tee time is 10:00 a.m. There are sponsorship opportunities if you are not a golfer but would like to support the event.
All proceeds will benefit all three organizations’ scholarship and agriculture education programs. For more information, contact Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau at 309-734-9401.
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LINK Issues Available
Illinois Farm bureau publishes a bi-monthly newsletter with the hopes of providing Local Information, News and Know-How. A goal of LINK is to improve county Farm Bureau leaders' influence in local government issues and advance their awareness, capability, and involvement in issues through information and assistance in understanding and planning on such local government issues.
The May/June 2021 issue of LINK focuses on the Farmland Assessment Law and how it works. Learn about the law, certified values, and how it all impacts you. Click here to read the May/June 2021 and prior issues.
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
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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Warren-Henderson Takes on the 10 Gallon Milk Challenge
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news & events
July 25-31 - Henderson County Fair
August 4 - Peach Orders Due
August 10 - Watershed Planning Meeting, 12:00-2:00pm at W-HFB auditorium in Monmouth
August 12 - Peach Delivery Date
August 16 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 7:00pm
August 26 - Nitrogen Strip Trial Field Day, 10:00-12:00pm
September 4, 6-11 - Prime Beef Festival
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