Manager’s Article

February 12, 2016
Gay Bowlin, Manager

Monday is the last day that we will take reservations for the bus – we are getting pretty full and don’t want anyone to miss this opportunity. Mark your calendars for February 10. That is the day that we have reserved our bus to the Louisville Farm Show. Seating is very limited and there is no cost to Franklin County Farm Bureau Members but you must call in advance to reserve your seat. Call 435-3616. Bus will leave Franklin County Farm Bureau Building at 6 a.m. and we should return around 7:30p.m. if you decide to stop for a meal.
According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, the number of women-operated farms increased from 5 percent to 14 percent from 1978 to 2007. Today, counting principal operators and secondary operators, women account for 30 percent of all farmers in the U.S., or just under 1 million.
Beginning this month, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service will ask Illinois farmers for farm rental data for the upcoming Cash Rent and Leases survey.  NASS will publish the report in early September.
Roughly two weeks remain for Illinois residents to register to vote in the March 15 primary, but individuals are encouraged to not wait until the last minute.
Not only will Illinoisans be voting in a presidential primary election, but they also will be determining many state and local primary races. In addition, more voters traditionally turn out to vote in presidential election years.
According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, Feb. 16 is the deadline to complete standard voter register for the primary election.
There is a way to register online and if you need help please let us know and we can lead you in the right direction.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders have started taking orders for their annual Smoked Pork Loins – they will be ready to pick-up on March 24 either at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. depending upon the number of orders they receive. You can purchase a ticket from any Young Leader on the Committee or by calling the office. ½ loin will be $30 and a full loin will be $45. Get your orders in now as we are limiting it to the first 50 who place their order. If you have any questions please call the office.
You can mark your calendars for our Annual Spring Breakfast with John Bradley as well. We will each at the K&D Café in Thompsonville on March 23 at 7:30 a.m. We will order off the menu so you do not have to RSVP. Hope to see everyone there.
Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Young Leaders have scholarships available – just call our office at 435-3616 for an application – deadline to submit for Franklin County is April 6, 2016.
Application deadline for the Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program, offered by Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), is May 1. This program is good for both students and farming, as it helps out nurses with scholarships, and brings healthcare providers to rural communities.
Twenty percent of the U.S. population live in rural areas, but only nine percent of physicians practice there. The Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program (RNPSP), now in its twenty-fourth year, supports nurses who want to become nurse practitioners and serve in rural communities.
There are five scholarships of $4,000 granted each year to nurse practitioner students who agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program.
The application deadline is May 1. For more information you can contact your county Farm Bureau or visit You can also call the Special Services Department at IFB at 557-2350.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.