Manager’s Article September 1, 2016

GayGay Bowlin, Manager

The rain on Friday was a real gully washer. I have seen several pictures where some of the corn fields had substantial damage with the winds and then there was the hail and lightening. Seemed to come out of nowhere and left pretty quickly as well.
We had our Corn Yield Tour on Thursday before the rains hit so that was a blessing. Here are the yields that we found:
The yields listed are the yield estimates that we came up county wide.
All twelve townships in the county were checked with the help of many volunteers. Those helping to conduct the annual yield tour were: Marc Lamczyk – Program Coordinator, Agriculture with University of Illinois Extension; Seth Schlag – Facility Manager at Consolidated Grain in Barge along with Tracy Little; Tony Lamczyk – County Executive Director for Farm Service Agency; Diane Wallace – District Conservationist along with Clint Brashear, Kenneth Rexing and Adam Birkner; Larry Miller – Farm Bureau District 17 Director; Kendall Browning – District 17 Young Leader Chairman; Brad Browning – Young Leader Chairman; Melissa Lamczyk – Ag in the Classroom Coordinator; Bennie Browning – Farmer Member, Michael Browning – Young Leader, Blake Arnold – Southern FS and Gay Bowlin – Franklin County Farm Bureau Manager.
Volunteers traveled throughout the county and took between 6 and 9 samples in each township and averaged the samples taken. The fields selected were at random and were typical throughout the township.
The yields per township are listed below:
Barren 139.7
Benton 148.8
Browning 162.9
Cave 146.6
Denning  131.3
Eastern       166.1
Ewing 142.0
Frankfort 161.0
Goode 144.8
Northern 127.1
Tyrone 130.7
Six Mile 131.3
FRANKLIN COUNTY AVERAGE = 144.3
Last Wednesday, August 24, Franklin County was invited to attend am Illinois Ag Legislative Roundtable, not a debate, at a farm in Normal, Illinois. We had 5 in attendance from Franklin County. We listened to both candidates for U.S. Senate Mark Kirk and Representative Tammy Duckworth. I must say that this event was eye opening. Both candidates spoke of their support for Agriculture and the ways that they would make things work for the farmers. In my opinion I think that I would like to hear both of them in another setting.
By the time you read this we will be down to less than 70 days until the election. If you already know who you are voting for that is fine but if you do not and you are still not up on all of the issues that are being thrown around please take the time to study the issues and what the candidates are for and against. This is your future. Don’t make your decision based on one statement or on what someone tells you to do.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Franklin County Corn Yields for 2016

The Franklin County Farm Bureau held their annual Corn Yield Tour on Thursday the 25th of August.
The yields listed are the yield estimates that we came up county wide.
All twelve townships in the county were checked with the help of many volunteers. Those helping to conduct the annual yield tour were: Marc Lamczyk – Program Coordinator, Agriculture with University of Illinois Extension; Seth Schlag – Facility Manager at Consolidated Grain in Barge along with Tracy Little; Tony Lamczyk – County Executive Director for Farm Service Agency; Diane Wallace – District Conservationist along with Clint Brashear, Kenneth Rexing and Adam Birkner; Larry Miller – Farm Bureau District 17 Director; Kendall Browning – District 17 Young Leader Chairman; Brad Browning – Young Leader Chairman; Melissa Lamczyk – Ag in the Classroom Coordinator; Bennie Browning – Farmer Member, Michael Browning – Young Leader, Blake Arnold – Southern FS and Gay Bowlin – Franklin County Farm Bureau Manager.
Volunteers traveled throughout the county and took between 6 and 9 samples in each township and averaged the samples taken. The fields selected were at random and were typical throughout the township.
The yields per township are listed below:

Barren 139.7
Benton 148.8
Browning 162.9
Cave 146.6
Denning  131.3
Eastern       166.1
Ewing 142.0
Frankfort 161.0
Goode 144.8
Northern 127.1
Tyrone 130.7
Six Mile 131.3

FRANKLIN COUNTY AVERAGE = 144.3

Manager’s Article August 19, 2016

GayMonsanto Grant – Utah Concealed Carry Class – Lock Out/Tag Out
Gay Bowlin, Manager

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is an opportunity for you to send in your entry for a $2,500 Grant to be awarded to the non-for-profit of your choice. Those who are eligible to apply must not be officers, directors or employees of Monsanto or spouses or domestic partners of any of the above. You must be at least 21 years of age or older and are actively farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, cotton and/or 40 acres of open-field vegetables or at least 10 acres tomatoes, peppers, and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture (glasshouse, nethouse, plastic).
You can go to the website at www.growcommunities.com and submit a short application or call 1-877/267-3332. The Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation which represents the Ag in the Classroom would greatly appreciate it if you would do this and then if you are awarded this grant just tell them that you would like for it to go to us. Again, it is a short process and if you have any questions or need any help please don’t hesitate to call the office at 435-3616.
Illinois farmers rated 83 percent of corn and 79 percent of soybeans in good to excellent condition as crops mature toward harvest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday.
Lock Out/Tag Out Packets available now.
What is Lock Out/Tag Out?
Tag Out protects a worker by warning others not to turn on equipment while working inside a grain bin, around augers, or servicing machinery. Tag out is a minimal safety procedure for farmers who are not subject to OSHA regulations. The best practice is to both Lock Out and Tag Out equipment. Those subject to OSHA regulations must follow the complete lockout/tagout (LOTO) standard.
How does it work?
All energy sources are disconnected and tagged in the off position. Each person involved in the work activity tags out the power so they have control of the energy source. No one else can remove the tag. The tag warns others to prevent them from accidentally turning on the equipment or machine.
When do you need to perform Tag Out?
Before entry into a grain bin
Before repairs, maintenance or service on equipment
Before any work that requires a person to place any part of their body in the point of operation.
Each packet includes 6 re-usable danger signs to write on, a dry erase marker, zip ties and instructions. Stop by the office and pick your packet up today – let’s be safe on the job.

Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

West City Fall Fest

Annual Fall Festival

The Village of West City will be holding it’s 6th Annual Fall Festival on September 17 from noon to 10 p.m. at the West City Community Center.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom will be on hand with a petting zoo and there will be tractors – both old and new – on display. The Franklin County Young Leaders will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks beginning at noon and then Uncle Joe’s BBQ will be on hand from 6 p.m to 7 p.m and The Old 37 Bank will play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will be inflatabke bounce houses, hay rides and buggy rides, fire trucks rides and stop by and see the Smoke House. There will also be a chance to drive the Illinois State Police “Drive for Life Course” were you wear “beer” goggles and drive a gold cart through a designated course to see what it would be like to drive impared.
Several craft and informational booths will be set up as well.
For event and booth information call (618) 438-6131.

UTAH CONCEAL CARRY CLASS

$65.00 for Farm Bureau Members
October 29th, 2016 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Utah Non-Resident Permit Training
No FOID Card Needed, No Written Tests,
No Shooting Qualification

Course is all classroom theory, no firearms qualification involved for Utah Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit. Travelers it is time to add this one to your wallet or purse. This is the most popular concealed carry permit in the nation and is recognized in 32 States, including all Illinois’ contiguous states.  The permit costs only $49.00 and  is good for 5 years and the renewal cost is only $15.00! We are offering the entire permit package from start to finish in a one session 4 hour course, with application, finger printing, notary and photo for $65.00 for Farm Bureau Members or $85.00 for non-members. Participant must bring their Illinois drivers license.  Payment and registration can be made by credit card at http://www.extremeexigency.com/services.  Payment can also be made the day of training by cash/checks or money order. If you have any further questions please call 314-925-0869.  To register call the Franklin County Farm Bureau at 618-435-3616 or 314-925-0869.  Register early due to limited seating.

Disclaimer Utah non-resident permit is not honored in the State of Illinois.  Illinois residents are still required to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry permit to legally carry a concealed firearm in Illinois.

Forby, Bradley Receive “Friend of Ag Award”.

BradleyFranklin County Farm Bureau president Leon McClerren was proud to present Senator Gary Forby and Representative John Bradley with the Friend of Ag Award.
Senator Forby and Representative Bradley both spoke to the crowd of 40 attendees at a breakfast meeting held at the Franklin County Farm Bureau Building. They emphasized the fact that they are aware of the issues that are important to the farmers and farming community. Senator Forby stated that “with agriculture being the number one industry in Southern Illinois it is always important to take note of these issues and vote accordingly.” Representative Bradley reiterated this statement and added “our voting record speaks for itself – we want what is best for Southern Illinois and the farming community”. Both emphasized the importance of the Action Request phone calls that are made by Franklin County and thank everyone who has called and voiced their concerns.
The designation as a Friend of Agriculture is not given lightly. A legislator must have a genuine support of the agricultural industry in Illinois to be given this award.”
Legislators have to earn a 60% or higher voting record, be accessible to their respective county Farm Bureaus, show leadership on agricultural issues, be responsive to contacts, become a sponsor or co-sponsor of Farm Bureau priority legislation, and have a pro-growth/pro-agriculture attitude.
Senator Gary Forby earned a 98% voting record and Representative John Bradley earned a voting record of 89% on 21 different legislative items from the 2015-2016 legislative session.
Both Senator Forby and Representative Bradley have continuously proven that they are leaders for agriculture and Southern Illinois. They have taken on some of Springfield’s biggest legislative challenges and made sure that they were addressed properly.
The designation of a Friend of Agriculture by IFB ACTIVATOR places Representative Bradley and Senator Forby in a group of select individuals in the state who understand the leading role Illinois agriculture play in the economy of our state and nation. Being a Friend of Ag represents that they both support farmers and farm families in their districts and throughout Illinois.
ACTIVATOR, Illinois Agricultural Association’s Political Involvement Fund, is a voluntary, non-profit, segregated fund intended to promote the economic and social well-being of farmers.  ACTIVATOR trustees are county Farm Bureau leaders representing each county in the legislative district.