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It’s Time to Order Your Peaches!
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Foundation and Ag Education Partnership are selling southern Illinois peaches from Rendleman Orchards, located in Union County. The price for a 25 lb. box is $40.00 and delivery is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th. The deadline to order is Monday, August 3rd.
Click here for an order form. Forms are also available in the Monmouth and Stronghurst Farm Bureau offices. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward our Foundation & Ag Education Partnership programs.
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.
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.
Steve Johnson Bi-Annual Virtual Market Outlook
Dr. Steve Johnson, Extension Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University, presented a webinar titled Crop Marketing Strategies on the evening of Tuesday, June 16th. Steve reviewed both old & new crop supply/demand & cash price projections, highlighted crop marketing strategies & tools and featured written crop marketing plans for a 1,000 acre row-crop example farm. The webinar lasted around one-hour and was followed by questions.
If you were not able to attend or if you would just like to watch it again, you can access the replay and download the handouts here.
Steve serves as the Farm & Ag Business Management Specialist in Central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension. He presents annually at nearly 100 meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences across the Corn Belt and interacts with more than 10,000 producers.He holds BS and MS degrees from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Steve specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance, farmland leasing and other risk management strategies. Steve posts monthly free newsletters, webcasts and updates on both ISU Extension Ag Decision Maker and the Polk County Extension Farm Management web sites.
Annual Golf Outing Set for Friday, August 28th
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
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
August 14 - Mental Health Discussion
Make space for a healthy mind. Have you checked out SilverCloud yet?
Knox and Warren-Henderson Young Leaders Perform for a Cause
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.
6th Annual Fall Festival 5K
The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Young Leaders and the Warren County Prime Beef Festival co-sponsored their 6th annual Fall Festival 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 7th. The race started at Bayer Research Center outside Monmouth and all along the countryside course signs with agriculture facts and jokes were posted. Click here to read about 5K results.
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‘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
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JORDAN ]
October's feature is on: Josh Dean
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JOSH ]
May's feature is on: Cassie Schleich.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT CASSIE ]
April's feature is on: Jon Strickler.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JON ]
March's feature is on: Taylor Huston.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT TAYLOR ]
February's feature is on: Jason Johnson.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JASON ]
January's feature is on: Julie Snodgrass.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JULIE ]
December's feature is on: Jake Armstrong.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JAKE ]
November's feature is on: Gayle Baker.
[ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT GAYLE ]
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!"
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.
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news & events
July 3 - W-HFB Office Closed
July 20 - W-HFB Board Meeting, 7:00pm
August 28 - Golf Outing @ Gibson Woods, Monmouth, 10:00am tee time
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Hours when staff is present vary.