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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 http://noprogressivetax-ifb.org/.

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

October 29th Progressive Income Tax Forum on 1330 AM

"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.

Friend of Agriculture Awards Presented to Area Legislators

County Farm Bureau leaders meeting as trustees for Illinois Agricultural Association ACTIVATOR® – Illinois Farm Bureau’s political action committee – endorsed the following legislators up for election as Friends of Agriculture based on their voting records and efforts on behalf of agriculture:

  • Representative Cheri Bustos (D) of the Illinois 17th Congressional District
  • Representative Norine Hammond (R) of the Illinois House 93rd District
  • Representative Randy Frese (R) of the Illinois House 94th District
  • (Mid-Term) Senator Jil Tracy (R) of the Illinois Senate 47th District

About Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR®:
ACTIVATOR, IFB’s Political Involvement Fund, is a voluntary, non-profit, segregated fund promoting the economic and social well-being of farmers which seeks to help elect pro-farm candidates no matter their party affiliation. ACTIVATOR trustees are local Farm Bureau leaders representing each county in the Illinois General Assembly Legislative District. For more information about Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR’s “Friends of Agriculture” contact Illinois Farm Bureau® at 309-557-2308.

Henderson County SWCD Survey Aide Job Announcement

This position will require slight physical labor including surveying and laying out conservation practices on agricultural land in all outside elements. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and Word, and familiarity with ArcGIS is a plus. Training will be offered and is a position requirement. The position will be stationed out of the Henderson County Field office in Stronghurst, IL and will serve Henderson County

This is a grant funded full-time position for 3 years. All interested candidates should send a resume with references listed to the Henderson County Soil & Water Conservation District, Attn: Shannon Pence, 323 East Main Street, Stronghurst, IL 61480 or via email at Shannon.pence@il.nacdnet.net. For questions please call: 309-924-1167 ext. 3.

To see a full description and list of job duties, click here.

NRCS Soil Conservation Technician Job Announcement: Monmouth, IL

National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC) is seeking a Soil Conservation Technician (age 55+) to join its Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) program in Monmouth, IL. The successful candidate will support the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) field office with the planning, design, and implementation of conservation practices. This is a flexible opportunity, with the ability to work 30-40 hours (4-5 days) per week (Mon-Fri).
Veterans and retirees are encouraged to apply.

Click here to learn more:
For questions & further information, contact Monica:
** CONTACT: Monica | Email: mcurtis-heflin@nowcc.org | Phone: 571-512-3095 **

Steve Johnson November Webinar

Crop Marketing Strategies: Basis, Carry & Cost of Ownership
One-hour free live webinar: November 19th at 7:00pm

Presenters: Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach & Ed Kordick, Farmer Education Program Manager with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Topics to be discussed:
  • Current corn & soybean supply/demand and price outlook
  • Local basis trends & futures price carry
  • Cost of grain ownership trends
  • Crop marketing strategies, tools & market planning

To register, click here.

Livestock Grant Funding Available: Deadline Set for October 31st

IFB worked with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to produce an instructional video for livestock producers and members interested in applying for one of the Livestock Management Facilities Grant programs. This video includes a welcome from Director Costello and then leads into a step by step guide for applying under each program, a list of required documents, and contact information needed for the application. The deadline to submit an application is October 31.

Specific information for each of the Livestock Management Facilities Grant Programs is shared throughout the video. Swine Depopulation Program information can be found at 1:11, Agriculture Business Interruption Program at 17:24, and Meat and Poultry Capacity Program at 22:04. Click here for the video.

Additional information, including links to the application and FAQs, can be found on IFB’s COVID-19 resources page.

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!

Tips on Passing Farm Machinery:

  • Check to be sure that machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn with wide equipment, the driver must fade to the left.
  • Look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges, or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road. Fading to the left does not mean the farmer wants you to pass on the right.
  • Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass, and make sure the road is wide enough for your vehicle and the farm equipment.
  • Only pass where it is legal. Do not pass if there is a solid yellow center line. Furthermore, do not pass near an intersection, railroad tracks, tunnels, or bridges. These areas can be particularly dangerous.
To learn more about the heavy and wide machinery you'll see on rural roadways, click here.

Farmers Breakfast

The 28th Annual Farmers Breakfast was held on the morning of September 11th at the W-HFB in Monmouth. Overall, 160 breakfast burrito meals were served and the event and speakers were live on WRAM AM 1330.

Click above to listen to the recording of the keynote speaker, Mark Gebhards, Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau.

Many thanks to the sponsors of this breakfast: G&M Distributors, Inc., LMP Insurance Agency, M & E Catering, COUNTRY Financial, Culligan Water, FS, WRAM AM 1330, and W-HFB.

CFAP 2 Information Released

On Friday (Sept. 19), an announcement came from President Donald Trump and Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue about an additional $14 billion for farmers facing market disruptions and associated cost because of COVID-19.

Enrollment for CFAP 2 will begin September 21st and run through December 11th. Producers can apply at their county FSA offices. The second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will be split into 3 different categories-Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities.

Payment will be limited to $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined.

For more information, visit www.farmweeknow.com or www.farmers.gov/cfap.

Farm Progress Virtual Experience

On September 15 - 17, Farm Progress Virtual Experience brought together the best of Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days into one powerhouse virtual experience.

FPVX was 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 are available for registered attendees to view during the event and through Spring 2021.

Show highlights included:
  • 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 the Farm Progress Virtual Experience and access the virtual event here: www.farmprogressshow.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


‘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


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

llinois Farm Bureau in Action News

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