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Manager’s Article September 19, 2017

gayNot much rain was received in Franklin County this past week but those who did receive some were grateful. Harvesting has begun with many farmers shelling corn and harvesting beans.
New 4-H Year Kick-off Party will be held on Sunday, September 24 from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Office at 1212 Route 14 West (directly behind the Farm Bureau office). Computers will be set up to enroll on-site. Dues for new members are $20 and for re-enrolling members $10 – payable when you enroll. Parents will need to be there to fill out medical and risk release forms also. There will be food, games and prizes. 4-H is a great way to get your kids involved in many activities. For more information please call 439-3178.
Here are some great facts about the Economic Impact of the Benton Farmer’s Market for 2017 provided by Kathleen Logan with eatsoutherillinois.org – she attended the Farmer’s Market twice during the year and surveyed 15% of the customer count.
Last year our market averaged 400 customers each week for 26 weeks. Her survey revealed the average week purchase was $16.19.
400 customers per week spending an average of $16.19 = $6,476 each week. 26 weeks of the market = $6,476 x 26 weeks = $168,376 for the year.
Kathleen used a multiplier of 2.5 (a conservative number) for economic impact because money spent with farmers and local producers stays in the local economy longer – $169,379 x 2.5 = $420,940
This equals the living wage all year for about 9 families. This is the impact that the Benton Farmers Market has on the economy during a 26 week period – we bring the dollars back into the community which is out goal.
With the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and with Hurricane Maria threatening the already devastated islands in the Caribbean we have to wonder what else is coming. Then on Tuesday of this week there was a 3.8 magnitude earthquake with epicenter showing in Edwards and Wabash Counties and on September 9 a 3.1 magnitude earthquake epicenter was in Mt Carmel in Wabash County. With so much going on in the weather these days I think that it is even more necessary that we say a prayer daily for everyone involved.
Farm injuries increase by 50 percent during harvest due to working longer hours, dealing with equipment breakdowns and handling weather-related issues.
According to USDA, Illinois farmers started on corn harvest last week. (Photo by Catrina Rawson)
During the fall harvest season, farmers spend countless hours in combines, tractors, trucks and other equipment. They also transport large equipment on our roads and highways.
“Some workers may be young, new or inexperienced, so it’s always a good suggestion to go over safety considerations with all workers to teach or reinforce the importance of safety on the farm,” said Dan Schlipmann, Illinois Farm Bureau field support manager.
Agriculture ranks among the nation’s most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. And farming is one of the few industries in which family members, who often share the work and live on the farm, are also at risk.
This time of year poses the highest risk of injury for farmers who experience fatigue and stress, under pressure to spend as much time as they can in the fields.
According to Robert Aherin, Ph.D., professor and ag safety and health program leader at the University of Illinois, sleep deprivation is a big problem, especially during harvest.
Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. If you’re really tired, he advises shutting down for a few minutes and taking a nap. A 20-minute break with a short nap can really help improve alertness. A short walk every hour might do the same.
Staying safe during harvest is challenging. Contact with machinery presents the biggest risk for both injuries and fatalities, but there are ways to avoid them and stay sharp. Consider these tips:
– Inspect all machinery before beginning and have repair tools at the ready.
– Eat balanced meals.
– Stay hydrated to maintain awareness.
– Keep your phone on you, not on a dashboard.
– Keep SMV emblems and other markings maintained and clean of dirt and mud, so they can be seen.
– Replace faded reflectors. They fade faster if stored outdoors and constantly exposed to sunlight.
– Make sure everyone operating equipment is well trained.
– Keep extra riders off equipment.
Using good, common safety sense on the road and in the field will keep everyone safer during harvest.
Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.
Just a reminder that Farmer’s Markets are still going on until the last week in October.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article August 29, 2017

FarmThursday August 24 we finally were able to go out in the county and do the Corn Yield Tour. Of course these are not numbers that are written in stone but we have always been close to the National Average in the past. Results are as follows:
Barren 157.7
Benton 162.9
Browning 136.9
Cave 146.8
Denning 161.4
Eastern 161.5
Ewing 145.3
Frankfort 154.3
Goode 117.9
Northern 206.5
Tyrone 162.0
Six Mile 125.1
COUNTY AVERAGE 153.2
Pictured are: (standing) Chelsea Browning, Brad Browning, Tony Lamczyk, Diane Wallace, Bennie Browning, Seth Schlag, Jenny Schlag and Esiah Schlag (front row) Marshall Browning, Kendall Browning, Joe Heard, Michael Browning, and Melissa Lamczyk. Not pictured – Gay Bowlin, Marc Lamczyk, Kenneth Rexing, Nikki Isaacs, Adam Birkner and Clint Brashear.
An odd thing has happened in wheat country — a lot of farmers aren’t planting wheat.
Thanks to a global grain glut that has caused prices and profits to plunge, this year farmers planted the fewest acres of wheat since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began keeping records nearly a century ago.
Instead of planting the crop that gave the wheat belt its identity, many farmers are opting this year for crops that might be less iconic but are suddenly in demand, such as chickpeas and lentils, used in hummus and healthy snacks.
American farmers still plant wheat over a vast landscape that stretches from the southern Plains of Oklahoma and Texas north through Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas as well as dry regions of Washington and Oregon. However, this year’s crop of 45.7 million acres (18.49 million hectares) is the smallest since 1919.
North Dakota harvested wheat acres are down 15 percent, Montana 11 percent and Nebraska 23 percent, to the state’s lowest winter wheat acres on record.
Fewer farmers planted wheat after a 2016 crop that was the least profitable in at least 30 years, said grain market analyst Todd Hultman, of Omaha, Nebraska-based agriculture market data provider DTN.
Many farmers took notice of a surging demand for crops driven by consumer purchases of healthy high-protein food.
“The world wants more protein and wheat is not the high-protein choice and so that’s where your use of those other things come into play and are doing better,” Hultman said. “Up north around North Dakota you will see more alternative things like sunflowers, lentils and chickpeas.”
How long the new trend will continue is unknown. While some farmers will likely switch back to wheat when profitability returns, others may keep planting the alternatives because demand is expected to remain strong, keeping prices at attractive levels.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article August 22, 2017

gayIf you are reading this that means that you have made it through the Eclipse. It seems that from everything that I have heard the event was huge. Most things were positive and in Franklin County it seems that the traffic was not too bad. I drove past many gas stations who had every pump in use and that is a positive for the county.
The campgrounds were full and so were most of the hotel rooms in the county. Grocery stores had empty shelves especially in the surrounding counties of Makanda. It was great to see so much attention given to Southern Illinois on the major TV news networks as well. Just remember that this event is going to happen again in 7 years so keep those Eclipse glasses in a safe place.
The Corn Yield Tour did not happen last week – instead the good Lord blessed the farmers with rain and that means that the crops will be even better. We are planning on having it this Thursday so if anyone would like to help please come to the office at 8 am on Thursday August 24. We could actually use some extra help this year so if you aren’t busy please come. If you need more information call 435-3616.
If you are a Franklin County Farm Bureau M Member we are offering an all-expense paid trip to attend the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago. We go up on December 1 (Friday) and come home on December 5 (Tuesday). It would give you a chance to see what goes on during out General Session when changes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Policy are voted on. We stay at the Palmer House Hilton and it is a very enjoyable trip. Tell us why it would benefit you to attend this meeting and what it would mean to agriculture. If you would like more information on how to apply to go or on how to become a Franklin County Farm Bureau MM (farming) or PM (Professional) member please call the office. Applications are due by October 10th.
Local member benefits include: Lake Cove Hotel in Whittington, Door Doctor of Southern Illinois, Hobbs Service Company in Benton, and Thomas Printing in Benton. You must be a Franklin County Farm Bureau member to receive the benefits that these businesses are sharing with us. For more information on joining the Farm Bureau please call us at 435-3616.
Don’t forget our state wide benefits of hotels and car rental discounts as well. Also, a big benefit is Lasik Surgery. I had it 9 years ago and have never been dissatisfied with the results. The savings was over half of what was being charged – I saved $1,900.
I had encouraged you in the past to contact me or to get on the Illinois Farm Bureau website to sign the petition on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) but it has been announced that Farmers have an additional month to comment on a proposed rule rescinding the ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule. The U.S. EPA announced a 30-day extension of the comment period, pushing the deadline to comment to Sept. 27. IFB supports EPA’s efforts. So far, about 1,900 farmers have signed the petition. If you have any questions please call the office.
The DuQuoin State Fair begins this Friday and runs through Labor Day. For the Grandstand line-up visit their website but also know that there any many other things to do at the fair – free music, visit the Exhibition Hall and just walk around and see the animals.
With summer drawing to a close soon Farmer’s Markets across the county will be ending as well. They will usually run through the end of October so don’t wait to get your fresh produce and home-made items.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article August 15, 2017

gayCongratulations to Franklin County 4-H for making a good showing at the Illinois State Fair. Those taking Supreme were: Derek Sample – Cooking 101 and Bailey Crisp – Visual Aids 3-D and Grace Kemp was awarded Reserved Champion in rabbits. Grace is pictured below.
This Thursday many are gathering at the Farm Bureau office to help with the annual corn yield event. We will be checking yields throughout the county – if you would like to help just give me a call or show up at the office at 8am on Thursday August 17 and join us. Next week I will have all of the results.
With the Eclipse less than a week away don’t forget to get your OFFICIAL ISO approved glasses and enjoy the event. Be careful on the roadways, don’t be in a hurry over the weekend because ther will be many people from out of town in the area. If you can use a backroad to get where you are going it might be a good idea. Be sure get gas before Friday and maybe even a little food in the house. With a lot of campers in the area my only fear is that they will be purchasing food from the grocery store while they are here so be prepared.
Watch the spectacular 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the spot of the longest duration…Marion, Illinois. Illinois 4-H is teaming with the Marion Miners Baseball to offer a full day of Family-Friendly activities! Your $8 ticket provides entry to the ballpark and a set of 4-H Eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse, along with hands-on science activities for youth of all ages. Add a hotdog meal for $7 more. Don’t forget to order a commemorative 4-H Eclipse t-shirt for just $12!
Steve Browning and I attended the Benton City Council meeting to ask for their continued sponsorship with Farm City Days. We are currently planning on June 9, 2018 from 3-7pm with the parade beginning at 3 as well. The Benton City Council will make the decision to let us use this time and to block off the square and feeder streets. We will keep you informed.
We are also looking for more volunteers to help with the event. We meet monthly to discuss and make decisions. Once it gets closer we will meet more often. We need new fresh ideas and some muscle too. We want to blow last year out of the water and the more help we get the easier it will be. Call if you would like to help 435-3616.
Local member benefits include: FB McAfoos in Benton, Mr D’s Drive-In in Benton and K & K Storage in Benton. Extreme Exigency and the Armed Barber in Benton and Tabor Pest Services in Benton. You must be a Franklin County Farm Bureau member to receive the benefits that these businesses are sharing with us. For more information on joining the Farm Bureau please call us at 435-3616.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article August 1, 2017

gayI opened an email from the Illinois Farm Bureau this past Monday. Very important email I might add.
Over the past three years hundreds of Illinois Farm Bureau members have repeatedly responded to each Farm Bureau call to undo the Obama EPA’s attempted end run around the Clean Water Act.
You might know that the rule was designed to greatly expand the law’s regulatory footprint beyond navigable waters to include most of your farmland.
Fortunately, the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has been tied up in a Federal court and has never taken effect.
Now, the Trump EPA is moving to rescind WOTUS and has opened up a comment period to get feedback from you.
In order to have your voices heard you must have an email address and a cell phone number then go to the Illinois Farm Bureau website at www.ilfb.org – and sign the petition to “DROWN THE RULE”. We have until August 21, 2017 to get this done.
You can also use text messaging to sign the petition – type “ENDWOTUS” to 52886.
Our goal is to get 2,500 signatures across the state of Illinois and take these signatures to Washington to re-write the law to encompass what we feel is the best for the farmers and everyone else when it comes to WOTUS.
If you have any questions please feel free to call out office at 435-3616 or simply Google “WOTUS”.
It will soon be time for our annual Corn Yield Tour in Franklin County. We will probably go out in a week or so to farms throughout the county to check the yield potential. If you are interested in being part of the Corn Yield check this year give us a call and we will let you know when we will be going.
With school starting soon it is time for Melissa Lamczyk, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, to put on her “teaching” hat. Melissa is available to come to any Franklin County school to teach the students about the importance of farming and where their food comes from. If you would like for Melissa to come to your classroom please call us at 435-3616 to get on her schedule.
I would like to thank the family of the late Betty Storey for including donations to the Benton Farmers Market as a memorial contribution.
If you are looking for something to do head to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield August 10 – 20, 2017. Franklin County 4-H Day is August 12 and the following 4-H participants excelled in their area and received the honor of exhibiting their projects: Derek Sample – Cooking 101; Mackenzie Crisel – Floriculture III; Bailey Crisp – Visual Arts 3D; Anna Kistner – Intercultural; Tony Kistner – Leadership I; Marissa Lamczyk – Photography II; Jasper Meadows – Heritage Arts (Division of Visual Arts); Clara Meadows – Computer Generated (Division of Visual Arts); Andrea Douglas – Woodworking II; Ryan Lemons – Junk Drawer Robotics I and Allyson Bryant – Cooking 40.
We would like to extend out congratulations to these participants and which them the best of luck.
Summer is almost over but there is still time to enjoy some of the discounts that the Farm Bureau has to offer for Theme Parks.
If you are in the market for a new Ford or Lincoln – possibly to pick up a 2017 at the end of the year sale and you are a Farm Bureau member remember to use your $500 special offer for FORD or $750 special offer for LINCOLN. If you are not a member then call today to join and save big.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.gay

Manager’s Article July 25, 2017

KendallOn Tuesday evening, July 18, Brad Browning participated in the District 17 Young Leader Discussion Meet in Edwards County. Of the four participants, Brad earned first place in the District. For his efforts he will next compete on the state level at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago, in December. We are very proud of Brad and his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck at the State Level.
Pictured with Brad Browning, Young Leader Chair from Franklin County is our District 17 Representative Kendall Browning.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s priorities for the next federal farm bill are in place, and Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. helped play a role in establishing those at AFBF’s board meeting last week.
Guebert said crop insurance, high on Illinois Farm Bureau’s wish list, remains prominent among AFBF’s priorities.
“It was really an interesting conversation, but at the end of the day, we ended up supporting crop insurance as a risk-management tool,” Guebert told the RFD Radio Network® on last week. “We need to keep the funding level where it is; that’s really important.”
Crop insurance is top of mind right now for many farmers facing hot, dry conditions in Illinois and other states. That includes some parts of Iowa, Nebraska and North and South Dakota, where many farmers continue to struggle with drought-like conditions.
South Dakota is home to AFBF Vice President Scott VanderWal, who testified last week in front of a U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on the need for tax reform. Guebert said VanderWal also touched on farmers’ crop-insurance needs during his remarks.
“Gross income has really declined in the last couple years, and (VanderWal) expressed the importance of a good farm bill moving forward,” Guebert said. “He referred back to the drought of 2012. … Agriculture did not come to Congress asking for disaster assistance, because crop insurance was doing what it was designed to do.”
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article July 19, 2017

gayWith the farm economy front of mind, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. met with the state’s senators on Capitol Hill this week to lobby for crop insurance, trade, tax reform and regulatory reform.
Guebert shared Illinois farmers’ concerns with U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, and Dick Durbin, D-Springfield.
“The farm economy has declined for the last three or four years, our working capital has deteriorated tremendously as well as the low commodity prices – whether it’s for wheat, corn or soybeans – and the challenges in the dairy, pork and beef industries,” Guebert told FarmWeek.
Also, while in Washington, D.C., Guebert joined state Farm Bureau presidents from across the country at American Farm Bureau Federation’s Council of Presidents and attended AFBF’s board meeting. Joining him in D.C.: Mark Gebhards, IFB’s executive director of governmental affairs, and Adam Nielsen, IFB’s director of national legislation.
Guebert said the upcoming farm bill dominated discussion throughout the nation’s capital.
He and eight other state Farm Bureau presidents had dinner with U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, which continues to hold farm bill listening sessions. Conaway hopes to bring a farm bill to the House floor late this year or early next year, Guebert said.
During visits with Duckworth and Durbin, Guebert outlined IFB’s 2018 farm bill priorities. President Donald Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to crop insurance, IFB’s top farm bill priority.
“I continue to point out to them that in the drought of 2012, crop insurance did work for our producers and agriculture did not come back to Congress for an ad hoc disaster assistance program,” Guebert said. “It’s really important that we have that risk management in our toolbox.”
Duckworth previously expressed concerns about the impact Trump’s proposed budget would have on agriculture. After meeting with Guebert, Duckworth issued the following statement:
“The work of America’s farmers is fundamental to the strength of our state and our nation,” Duckworth said. “We should not be turning our backs on Illinois farmers or slashing investments that Americans living in rural communities rely on for public health, good-paying jobs, quality transportation and educational opportunities. I’ll keep working to ensure our farmers have access to the resources they need to support our nation’s food supply, fuel our cars and grow our economy.”
The Council of Presidents meeting included speeches by Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue by phone.
Guebert said Pruitt discussed EPA’s proposed rule to repeal and rewrite the “waters of the U.S.” rule.
Ewing Demonstration Agronomy Field Day will be held on Thursday July 27 at 9:00 am. Topics will include Managing Nitrogen for Corn & 2017 Growing Season Overview, Management Strategies for PPO-Resistance, Southern Rust Management in Corn, Insect Headlines in 2017 and Cover Crops: The Good, The Bad and The Practical. There will be a free lunch provided – Rain or Shine. Please RSVO to the Franklin County Extension Office at (618) 439-3178 by July 24.
Directions: From I-57, take exit 77 IL 1524/Sesser. Head east on IL 154 to IL 37. Turn left (north) on IL 37 for about ¼ mile and turn right on Ewing Road. Take this approximately 3 miles to Ewing and turn left on Main St *N Ewing Rd) in Ewing. Travel about ½ mil and the road to the Ewing Demonstration Center will be on the right. Look for signs.
For more information attend one of the upcoming forums – July 25th at John A Logan College from 1pm to 4:30pm or at Southeastern Illinois College on July 26th from 9am to 12:30pm. To register or for more information call Pam or Lan at (217) 607-1948 or (773) 556-3417 (cell).
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article July 11, 2017

gayCORN YIELDS LIKELY TO REMAIN STABLE – Despite dry conditions for the next two weeks, without a significant heat event in July, national corn yield is unlikely to fall too far below the long-term trend, further expanding global supplies. Given the current state of the 2017 corn crop, and the weather forecasts for early July, final yield shouldn’t fall more than 3 or 4 percentage points below USDA’s trend of 170 bushels per acre.
We will conduct our annual Corn Yield Tour sometime in August and will let everyone know what the outcome for Franklin County is at that time. We are usually pretty close to the state wide average.
With that being said – According to the University of Illinois, farmers planning for 2018 cash rents and acreage allocations can safely plan on corn prices of $3.80 and soybean prices of $9.50.  These are based on trend yields, future price levels, and long-term forecasts by USDA, Food and Agricultural Research Institute, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
A $3.80 price for corn would continue a series of corn prices below $4.00 per bushel that began in 2014.  This is assuming that 2017 price averages below $4.00 which could be a premature assumption as yields could still vary from the trend.
Actual prices in 2018 have a large possibility of being different from these 2018 price projections. As has often happened in the past, some combination of events could lead to prices that differ from forecasts. Until those events materialize, using a $3.80 corn price and $9.50 soybean price for 2018 seems reasonable.
Congratulations to all of the 4-H participants for their hard work at the fair this past week. The BBQ and the Auction are the last things being held on Wednesday evening with the BBQ starting at 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm and the Auction beginning at 6:30 pm. BBQ tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for 10 & under.
The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) is one of the post significant pieces of energy legislation ever to pass the Illinois General Assembly. The Act will stimulate job creation with new investments in energy efficiency, wind and solar, and enhance Illinois’ position as a leader in the clean energy economy.
Specifically, FEJA will:
~~Expand energy efficiency programs to drive customer savings while also expanding options for commercial, industrial, and low-income customers.
~~Commit up to $750 million for low-income communities to save money and ensure they have access clean energy and clean energy jobs.
~~Generate $180 million per year —growing to $220 million per year—in funding for renewable resources, including new wind power; large-scale solar power projects; and rooftop and community solar.
~~Provide job training and create thousands of clean energy jobs in energy efficiency, energy innovation, and renewable power industries.
~~Protect consumers through a $0.25 monthly cost impact cap for residential customers through 2030 and a 1.3% cost cap for business customers.
Taken together, these provisions will create tens of thousands of jobs, spark up to $15 billion in wind and solar development, and deliver more than $4 billion in consumer savings.
For more information attend one of the upcoming forums – July 25th at John A Logan College from 1pm to 4:30pm or at Southeastern Illinois College on July 26th from 9am to 12:30pm. To register or for more information call Pam or Lan at (217) 607-1948 or (773) 556-3417 (cell).
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know

Manager’s Article June 21, 2017

gayI am sure that you have all seen more farm implements on the roadways. They are heading into and out of the fields and working hard to get corn and soybeans planted and some might still be working on getting wheat out. Please be aware of your surrounding as I continue to encourage the farmers to also be aware. Please note that many of these implements don’t drive over 30-40 mph so when you are approaching from behind take note and slow down accordingly. Even if all of the fields are planted there are still a lot of sprayers out there and farmers will be driving around checking their fields.
University of Illinois Extension 4-H
The following is a statement last week from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel and trade with Cuba.
“Illinois Farm Bureau policy supports aggressive actions to expand market share for Illinois and U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. We supported the previous administration’s efforts to expand travel and normalize the U.S.-Cuba relations, and view this announcement as a temporary step backwards.
“The Cuban people benefit by having more, not fewer, contacts with Americans. At the end of the day, Cuba should be buying Illinois soybeans and corn, not products from South America.
“Farm Bureau will continue to work with a growing number of congressional allies to pass legislation that creates permanent changes which allow the U.S. to extend credit to Cuba and allow Americans to travel freely to and from the island.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, met with a group of about 25 farmers and university officials, who discussed the importance of crop insurance, the potential closing of Peoria’s ag lab, agricultural research and an efficient waterway system.
“We have some real challenges coming up with this budget that we’re working on in Washington. The White House’s budget proposal cuts as much as $231 billion from agricultural programs, and that would be devastating for communities all across Illinois, and I wanted to hear from the Farm Bureau and the farmers exactly how they would be affected and what their priorities are.”
Farmers also discussed the importance of crop insurance. President Donald Trump’s budget calls for $28.8 billion in cuts to federal crop insurance during the next 10 years. If approved by Congress, the budget would cap premium subsidies at $40,000 per farmer, limit eligibility for crop insurance and commodity payments to farmers who earn $500,000 a year or less, and eliminate the Harvest Price Option on revenue policies.
“I think many people misunderstand and they think that crop insurance is some sort of government giveaway program, when it actually is a tool,” Duckworth said. “Farmers have to buy crop insurance. They have to make a decision at the beginning of the year whether or not they are going to pay for crop insurance and take that out of their budget.”
She said getting rid of crop insurance would require the federal government to provide disaster relief for farmers should another severe drought occur, like the one in 2012.
“It’s very shortsighted to cut crop insurance because it will cost taxpayers more in the long run,” she said.
HOW NOW, BROWN COW? – A surprising number of U.S. adults – about 7 percent – believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. In case you’re wondering, that adds up to about 16.4 million people – more than the population of Pennsylvania. While the numbers are shocking, experts in ag education are surprised that number isn’t higher.
This is exactly the reason that the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Farm Bureau put so much emphasis on Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and why Melissa Lamczyk, Franklin County AITC Coordinator is working so hard to educate our children early in life. If you are a teacher and would like to schedule Melissa to come into your classroom for the next school year it is not too early to start now. Call the office at 435-3616.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Tenth Annual Customer Appreciation

The Franklin County Farm Bureau along with Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives Mike Brachear, Krista Menckowski, and Adrienne Mason will be showing their appreciation to Farm Bureau members and COUNTRY Financial clients at the 4-H Fairgrounds adjacent to Rend Lake College on Tuesday, July 11th at 5:00 p.m.
This is the tenth year that the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives have been at the fairgrounds to cook and serve the meal. This year in addition to drinks and chips they will be grilling pork sandwiches and hotdogs and have pasta salad – and let’s not forget the ice cream cups.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will be selling squares for your chance to win at Cow Chip Bingo. The winner will receive ½ of the money collected and squares will be sold prior to the cookout. They will also be helping out with other activities that take place in conjunction with Family Fun Night.
All Franklin County Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend this event and enjoy the food and 4-H activities that are planned for the evening.