The cold weather continues but meetings and information on important issues are available for farmer in the month of February. On Wednesday, February the 2nd , Kevin Rund, Senior Director of Local government, will be providing information on the latest changes in truck regulations. Breakfast will be provided at 7:30 AM with the meeting following in the Farm Bureau building.
Also, on Tuesday, February 15th, Dale Durcholz, from Agri-visor, will provide information on commodities and their outlook. Again, breakfast will be provided at 7:30 AM.
On Wednesday, February 16th we will be going to the Louisville Farm Show. Farm Credit and Farm Bureau is sponsoring this trip and you are invited with no charge. Please call the Farm Bureau office to help us have a count for these meetings at 435-3616.
Our Adopted-State Senator Martin Sandoval has been appointed to the Senate Ag Committee. The Senator had requested this appointment as he has become interested in issues that are important to Franklin County farmers because of our relationship during the last few years. The Senator is asking our county Farm Bureau leadership to provide information on how new legislation can be advantageous for local farmers. We would welcome any comments that you may have to pass on to the Senator.
One of the things that I have found interesting about Senator Sandoval is that he causes us to think about ways in which he can help us and his constituents. One of the ways that he approaches an issue is by asking how or what type of legislation would help individuals. So that is the question that we are asking, what would you ask for in legislation to meet your business needs. If you have comments please call me at 435-3616. I believe that this will be a great opportunity for our local farmers to interact with this Agriculture committee member.
Speaking of a Senator that we know, State Sen. Brad Burzynski plans to retire from his 35th District seat, effective next month. The 55-year-old Rochelle Republican gave no particular reason for his decision. He says he wants to move on to other things in his life.
This week we sponsored an Acquaintance Day for FFA members at the SIU Student Center. The 4 FFA Chapters in Franklin County had over 40 students attend and Kelly Robertson of Benton was one of the featured speakers. Kelly did a great job of informing students about possible careers in Agriculture.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.