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Rural Road Harvest Safety Reminder
As harvest is upon us, the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® reminds motorists and farmers to be mindful when traveling roadways. We wish everyone a safe and successful harvest! Click here to read about safety reminders & tips on passing farm machinery. For further farm safety information, visit: The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
Bushels for Care
Gifts of grain are a unique and underutilized way to make a charitable gift. For farm operators, gifting grain directly, rather than selling the grain and making a gift from the proceeds, may provide a more significant tax savings. Contributing grain allows you to avoid the sale of the commodity as income, while the production costs may still be deductible.
OSF HealthCare and Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau are teaming up to promote Bushels for Care this harvest season. Currently, OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth is in the midst of a major emergency department redesign. Bushels for Care dollars donated toward OSF HealthCare at this time will go toward this new emergency department project. Click here to learn more.
Schleich Family Recipient of Excellence in Agriculture Award
Chad Bell of Mercer County and Tyler and Cassie Schleich of Warren County took top honors in Illinois Farm Bureau’s Young Leader awards. The Schleichs were awarded the Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes members who are outstanding leaders and actively contributing to Farm Bureau, other agricultural organizations and their communities. Applicants may also be actively farming, but their primary source of income is not production ag. Click here to read more.
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 10th at Fairview Center United Methodist Church outside of Monmouth. Approximately 90 fourth grade students from ICS and United school districts attended this annual event. During this morning program students rotated through seven different stations where they learned about the various agriculture topics: Machinery; Soils & Fertilizer; Soybeans; Corn; Beef; Pork; and Sheep. Click here to read more about the event.
Match Nutrient Management to Local Soil Resources
Farmers in western Illinois have soils well suited for corn and soybean production. And based on information shared during the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Nutrient Stewardship Field Day, Aug. 26, farmers also have new local research results to make the most of that resource. Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) partnered with Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension during the 2019, 2020 and 2021 growing seasons to evaluate nitrogen use in strip-till corn in a field near Kirkwood. Click here to read more about the event.
Help Your Rural Hometown Today: Grow Communities
Eligible farmers can now enroll for a chance to help a local nonprofit organization or school in his/her hometown with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund. The program is a singular effort seeking to give $5,000 grants to a variety of rural nonprofits, education efforts, and rural initiatives in a streamlined way.
Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded over $60 million to nonprofits, schools, and ag youth organizations across rural America. From 3D printers and STEM education to food banks to 4-H clubs, the America’s Farmers programs help lift and support rural communities, one grant at a time. The process to enroll is simple, visit www.americasfarmers.com for more information. The deadline to enroll is November 1, 2021 at 5:00pm CT.
Ag Service Award Presented
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.
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.
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.
Rules of the Road & Plat Books Available
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.
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news & events
November 15 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 7:00pm
November 16 - Steve Johnson Marketing Seminar - Time & Location TBD
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.