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Steve Johnson to Host September 17th Webinar

A webinar titled Grain Storage & Corn Quality Issues will be presented on Thursday evening, September 17th at 7 pm CDT. The featured speaker will be Steve Johnson, ISU Extension farm management specialist with guest, Dr. Charles Hurburgh, Professor in Charge, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. The focus will be a brief overview of the September 11th USDA Crop Production and WASDE Reports followed by discussion on grain storage and corn quality issues this fall. The webinar will last one-hour and be followed by questions.

To register, click here.

Farm Progress Virtual Experience

Come September 15 - 17, Farm Progress Virtual Experience brings together the best of Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days into one powerhouse virtual experience. This virtual experience promises to be worthy of the Farm Progress name.

Action-packed live field demos will be accessible through any mobile-friendly device. Farm Progress Virtual Experience takes farmers inside the action with go-pro and drone footage to explore every facet of the latest equipment from top ag manufacturers. Everything featured during field demonstrations has been collected and curated in the field; this is not stock footage. FPVX is 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 will be available for registered attendees to view during the event and through Spring 2021.

Other show highlights include:
  • 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
Learn more about Farm Progress Virtual Experience and find registration information here: www.farmprogressshow.com

Vote NO on the Progressive Tax

In the November election, there will be one question on the ballot regarding changing the state constitution to allow a progressive tax rate. Illinois Farm Bureau opposes this change. For more information, visit ilfb.org.

IFB POLICY SUPPORTS: A moderate flat tax state income tax
IFB POLICY OPPOSES: The creation of progressive income tax rate structure.

"Our policy has been vetted by you, the members as a fair way to tax the citizens of Illinois...Don’t let the state try and fix a financial mess by creating yet another financial burden on the citizens of Illinois"
-Brian Duncan, IFB Vice President, Resolutions Committee Chairman

FarmWeek article by Dennis Green, Illinois Farm Bureau Board District 13 Director

Patrick Peoria County Progressive Tax Article

Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau has ‘Vote No on the Progressive Tax’ yard signs available for members in our offices. Contact W-HFB at 309-734-9401 or whfb@whfarmbureau.org for more information.

AFBF Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

For the past 40 years, Farm Bureau has asked every presidential candidate to provide responses to issues likely to impact and affect farmers and ranchers and rural communities in the next 4 years. Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have provided their answers. To view Candidate responses on topics such as International Trade, Farm Policy Programs, Sustainability and Climate Change, etc., click here.

Every Farmer Counts: National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020

PEOSTA, Iowa — The 2018 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 574 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.

The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”. This theme is one that reminds us that it is in everyone’s best interest to prioritize the health and safety of those who work so hard to provide our abundant supply of food, fiber and fuel. Along with the theme for the week, the daily topics of focus are:

  • Monday, September 21 - Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
  • Tuesday, September 22 - Overall Farmer Health
  • Wednesday, September 23 - Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
  • Thursday, September 24 - Emergency Preparedness in Agriculture
  • Friday, September 25 - Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture

Free Webinars will be offered the week of September 21 – 25, click here for more information.

To learn more about National Farm Safety and Health Week, click here.

Bayer's America's Farmers Grow Communities

Eligible farmers can enroll (August 1st - November 1st) for a chance to help a local nonprofit organization in your hometown with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund. Since 2010, Bayer has awarded more than $35 million to thousands of organizations. To enroll for your chance to help a local nonprofit, click here.

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.


8-17-20 FarmWeek article:

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) now is requesting unsolicited packages of seed be mailed to the nearest USDA office and an online report be filed with USDA. APHIS’ main concern is the potential introduction of harmful pests or diseases that could harm U.S. agriculture.

For a reporting form, visit this link.

For mailing, place unopened seed packets and any packaging in a mailing envelope. Place any opened packets and seeds in a zip-lock bag first, seal it and then place everything in a mailing envelope. Include your name, address and phone number so a state or federal agriculture official can contact you if needed."

Ag Service Award Presented

The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® proudly presented this year’s Ag Service Award to Don McIntyre, retired owner of Monmouth Feed Service.
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

The most current version of ‘Motor Vehicle Rules for Illinois Farmers’, a select collection of information on motor vehicle regulations, produced and provided by Illinois Farm Bureau®, are available in Monmouth & Stronghurst offices. Please contact W-HFB if you would like a booklet mailed to you. An online version with detailed breakdowns of the booklet can be seen here. 2018 Warren-Henderson Counties Plat Books are available for purchase at Monmouth and Stronghurst W-HFB locations.

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

Not all wounds are visible and sometimes calling upon the farming community – friends, neighbors, or clergy can make a difference in managing stressful situations and crises. Below are some outside resources available for those in such a situation. More information can be found under the LINKS tab.
Amy Rademaker (Carle Hospitals) : Resources, Symptoms, and Articles Regarding Mental Health and Cultivating Wellness
Rural Mental Health Support -
Ted Matthews

(320) 266-2390
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
(781) 239-0071
Farmer Resource Network (Farm Aid)
Rural Assistance Center
August 14 - Mental Health Discussion
Live Broadcast

Make space for a healthy mind. Have you checked out SilverCloud yet?

SilverCloud is a free, secure, anonymous and interactive platform to help you manage the feelings and causes of depression, anxiety or stress. Offered by OSF HealthCare and available to the public, SilverCloud is an online resource available on your computer, tablet, or phone designed to provide you with easy access to supportive behavioral therapy programs catered to your personal situation. View the links below to learn more.
  • Click here to sign-up for SilverCloud
  • View Mental Health Resources
  • Read their blog

Knox and Warren-Henderson Young Leaders Perform for a Cause

CASA of West Central Illinois hosted its 5th Annual Lip Sync Battle Fundraiser on the evening of September 26th at the Knights of Columbus in Galesburg.  CASA Young Leader Committee Members from Knox and Warren-Henderson County Farm Bureaus performed a 12 song mashup of 80’s songs and were able to gather enough votes ($1 per vote) and donations throughout the night to raise over $700 for the organization – leading them to a 1st place finish. Thanks to all supported this crew and in case you missed the performance, take a look: > CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

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’ 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


October's feature is on: Josh Dean


August's feature is on: Jacob Baker


July's feature is on: Kendall Shimmin.


June's feature is on: Justin Allaman.


May's feature is on: Cassie Schleich.


April's feature is on: Jon Strickler.


March's feature is on: Taylor Huston.


February's feature is on: Jason Johnson.


January's feature is on: Julie Snodgrass.


December's feature is on: Jake Armstrong.


November's feature is on: Gayle Baker.


Warren-Henderson Takes on the 10 Gallon Milk Challenge

IFB News & Media

Stay up-to-date with the markets, weather, and most current ag topics at FarmWeek Now.

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. 

Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau®’s mission statement:
“To Promote and Support Agriculture and our Communities"

news & events

FS & WRAM Tele-Ag Roundtable September 4th Recording


September 17 - Steve Johnson Webinar - Grain Storage and Corn Quality Issues, 7:00pm

November 16 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 7:00pm 

llinois Farm Bureau in Action News

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