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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. A plat book can be found by clicking here.

Steve Johnson November Marketing Seminar

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. He specializes in topics related to government farm programs, crop insurance, crop marketing, grain contracts, farmland leasing and other crop risk management strategies.

On November 15th Steve presented “Managing ’23 Crop Margins” at the Knox County Agri-Center in Galesburg. Topics included: estimating crop costs, using your own budgets to determine breakevens, utilizing risk management tools, and outlook for crop prices. If you would like a copy of the slides Steve presented, contact 309-734-9401 or whfb@whfarmbureau.org

Click here to read Dan Grant's FarmWeek write-up about the presentation.

Farmers Healthcare Survey: Please Complete!

Farmers, help a medical student by taking a healthcare survey. Samantha Andersen is a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford and hopes to practice in the Galesburg area after her residency. She is conducting a research project aimed at our local farming communities: 

Previous research has shown that men and women living in rural areas have higher rates of chronic disease and related mortality rates than their urban counterparts. Research has also shown that exercise is a preventative measure for many of these diseases. However, the farming population has remained largely unstudied in both of these areas. With my project, I am aiming to investigate farming men and women’s physical activity levels and chronic disease prevalence in this community. The project will also discover any barriers to physical activity and accessing healthcare. The answers to these questions can guide healthcare treatment and identify the barriers that need to be addressed to decrease chronic disease in the farming population. 

The link to take this anonymous survey can be found by clicking here. There are also paper copies of this survey available at W-HFB Monmouth and Stronghurst offices. The deadline to complete this survey is December 31, 2022. With any questions, please email sande25@uic.edu. Thank you for helping Samantha with this project! 

From Food to Flowers: Everything Local Hybrid Conference

Don’t miss out on the first annual From Food to Flowers: Everything Local Hybrid Conference, held Jan. 11-13, 2023, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. This combined Illinois Food, Farmers Market and Specialty Crop Conference is a collaboration among the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Farmers Market Association to bring together more people than ever from across Illinois’ local food, specialty crop and farmers market supply chains. Learn more by clicking here.

End of Year Planning Options

The Tax-Minded Rationale:  

If the thought of paying income taxes on a required minimum distribution (RMD) is a bad idea to you, consider transferring money from your IRA (up to $100,000) to charity and satisfy your RMD without paying income tax on the transfer. 


The Rules:  

The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) charitable rollover allows taxpayers to make tax-free charitable gifts directly from their IRA to eligible charities. Taxpayers must take their first Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by April 1 of the year after they turn 72. Subsequent RMDs must be taken by December 31 of each year. If you don't take your RMD, you'll have to pay a penalty of 50% of the RMD amount. 


Learn more at IRS.GOV 

Contact the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2225 or iaafoundation@ilfb.org for more information. 

Extension Position Open at Monmouth Research Farm

Applications are being taken for an Extension Education position at the Monmouth Research Farm. The position closing date is Monday, December 12th and interviews will take place in early January. To learn more, visit go.illinois.edu/1013763.  

AFBF Survey Shows Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Up 20%

Spending time with family and friends at Thanksgiving remains important for many Americans and this year the cost of the meal is also top of mind. The American Farm Bureau Federation's 37th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10, which is $64.05 or less than $6.50 per person. This is a $10.74 or 20% increase from last year’s average of $53.31. Click here to read more.

USDA Reminds Producers to File Fall Seeded Crop Acreage Reports

Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after fall planting should call their local County Farm Service Agency (FSA) before December 15, 2022. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits. 

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Henderson and Warren County: 

December 15, 2022, Fall Seeded Crops (Wheat, Rye, other Cover Crops, etc.) 

To file a crop acreage report, you will need to provide: 

  • Crop and crop type or variety. 
  • Intended use of the crop. 
  • Number of acres of the crop. 
  • Map with approximate boundaries for the crop. 
  • Planting date(s). 
  • Planting pattern, when applicable. 
  • Producer shares. 
  • Irrigation practice(s). 
  • Acreage prevented from planting, when applicable. 
  • Other information as required. 

For questions, please contact the Warren County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office at 309-734-9308 or the Henderson County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office at 309-924-1173.

Young Leader Conference Approaching

The 2022 Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Conference will take place January 21-22nd at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. This annual conference serves as a networking event for young farmers, ag professionals, and their families who are affected by the same ag industry issues and wish to increase their knowledge and skillsets.

To attend, members must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Licensed child care will be available on Saturday for children 12 and under. If interested in attending, contact the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® for more details. Registration and hotel reservations must be made by W-HFB and are due on or before December 14th - spots fill up quickly! For more information contact W-HFB at 309-734-9401 or whfb@whfarmbureau.org.

Click here to see a tentative agenda.

Women in Agriculture Conference

Mark your calendars: The 2023 Women in Agriculture Conference will be at Bally's Quad Cities on Friday, March 24th. More information will be available in the coming months at Women in Agriculture (womeninagricultureconference.com) 

Harvest Roadway Safety Reminder

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy harvest season. Click here to read about some harvest roadway safety reminders.

USDA announces details for the upcoming Census of Agriculture

 [Springfield, Illinois] – [October 2022] – Illinois’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to be represented in the nation’s only comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every state, county and territory. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will mail the 2022 Census of Agriculture to millions of agriculture producers across the 50 states and Puerto Rico this fall. USDA will mail nearly 100,000 Census questionnaires to Illinois ag producers. 

Click here to read more.

IAA Foundation Offers Trucking Scholarships

The IAA Foundation is pleased to administer the Driving Agriculture Forward Scholarship to help offset the cost of needed commercial truck driver training and ensure more well-trained, safe drivers are available. Applicants enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a commercial driver training program at an Illinois Community College are encouraged to apply. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded every three months and are based on the Illinois Farm Bureau region where the applicant resides. Learn more:

IAA Press Release

Illinois Harvest Permits

Below are some resources related to Illinois Harvest Permits. Members can sign in to myifb.org to view a video demonstrating the online application process for Illinois Harvest Permits and route authorizations. With any questions related to Illinois Harvest Permits, contact Rodney Knittel, Assistant Director of Transportation & Infrastructure for Illinois Farm Bureau: rknittel@ilfb.org, 309-557-3662 (work), 217-370-7383 (cell).

Illinois Harvest Permit Resources:

To view a video demonstration, visit myifb.org
Illinois Farm Bureau 'Rules for the Road': online booklet


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.

IALF Now Taking Accepting Applications

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF) works to build knowledgeable, effective leaders for agricultural industry – leaders who will confront the most urgent and pressing issues of global and local food security and sustainability. In 1981, it was recognized that there was a growing need for leadership development in agriculture. Illinois ranks as one of the nation’s leading agricultural production states. While, many emerging leaders had the skills to grow and process food, there was a need for training in other aspects of agribusiness. In 1981 the IALF was established with the goal of preparing agricultural professionals to be successful leaders in ag.

IALP is currently taking applications for their 2025 class. Learn more by clicking here.

Rules for the Road Trucking Seminar

Rules for the Road Recording Booklet Available

In February-March, Illinois Farm Bureau hosted a series of two-hour trucking seminars focusing on transportation laws and regulations as they pertain to the agricultural industry. The Rules for the Road Seminar covered recent changes and some of the more established but still misunderstood rules, such as the USDOT Number, UCR registrations and driver’s license classifications, to name a few. Members can find a recording of a seminar by logging into myIFB.org and contact the W-HFB office for a copy of the latest IFB Rules for the Road Transportation Booklet.

Interested in Beekeeping?

The Western Illinois Beekeepers Association cordially invites you to attend their monthly meetings. They are held on 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. Contact Jan Arteaga at 309-313-3648 or arteaga618@gmail.com with questions.

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

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.

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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

November 23 - Office Closed at Noon

November 24-25 - Office Closed

December 3-6 - IAA Annual Meeting

December 19 - W-HFB Board Meeting @ 1:00pm

December 20 - Foundation Board Meeting @ 12:00pm

January 11-13 - From Food to Flowers: Everything Local Conference

January 20-21 - Young Leader Conference @ Embassy Suites, East Peoria

February 14 - Governmental Affairs Conference, Springfield

March 24 - Women in Agriculture Conference


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Rules for the Road Transportation Online Booklet


office locations:

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.
Phone: 309-924-1151