Capital Visit

markMarc Lamczyk, U of I Extension Program Coordinator (pictured top left) arrived back in Illinois after spending two days in Washington D.C. with the IFB Leaders to Washington. The group arrived at the Capitol and visited with Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Darin LaHood, met with Crop Life America, and took time to visit the monuments as well.  Marc will be meeting with the Franklin County Board of Directors and reporting on his trip.

Leaders Attend Discussion Meeting

meetFranklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders, Brad Browning, Tara Brown and Amy Kovarik are shown with District 17 Young Leader Chairman Kendall Browning at the 2016 District Discussion Meet at the Edwards County Farm Bureau on August 30, 2016. Brad earned 1st Place honors, Tara received 4th Place and Amy received 3rd Place. Second place went to a contestant from Edwards County. Brad is automatically eligible to attend the IAA Annual Meeting in Chicago, in December, to participate in the State Discussion Meet. Amy is the first Alternate, so if the second place person decides not to attend the State Meet, she will then go and participate. This was the first year for both Tara and Amy and we are proud of all three contestants.

Manager’s Article September 16, 2016

GayWEST CITY FALL FESTIVAL – HARVEST – UTAH CONCEAL AND CARRY
September 16, 2016
Gay Bowlin, Manager

Join us tomorrow at the West City Fall Festival – Young Leaders will be there from noon to 4 serving hot dogs, chips and drinks and Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Melissa Lamczyk will be on hand with animals that kids can interact with. Benton/West City Chamber will be serving Uncle Joe’s BBQ from 4-7. We will also have antique tractors and newer tractors to see along with inflatable bounce houses, hay rides and horse & buggy rides, craft booths and much more. Event goes from noon to 10pm.
There are some Franklin County farmers who are cutting corn but there are more that are not in the fields yet. With the forecast calling for rain today and tomorrow it will take a little while before they are able to be in the fields and get the crops out. Many are still wondering what the harvest will be like this year.
Rain over the past week slowed down some field activities. Statewide, the average temperature was 74.7 degrees, 4.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.99 inches, 1.3 inches above normal. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 11.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at one percent very short, two percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at one percent very short, four percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.
Corn dented was 91 percent, compared to 93 percent last year. Corn mature increased to 42 percent, compared to 45 percent for the five-year average. Corn harvest was three percent complete, compared to seven percent for the five-year average. Corn condition was rated one percent very poor, two percent poor, 12 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 26 percent excellent.
Soybeans coloring jumped to 50 percent, compared to 49 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 14 percent, compared to 26 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated two percent very poor, four percent poor, 15 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 21 percent excellent.
Pasture and range condition was rated one percent very poor, two percent poor, 15 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 25 percent excellent.
Utah Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit Training on October 29th, 2016 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. $65.00 to Farm Bureau Members – $85.00 for non-Farm Bureau Members. 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.html. 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.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article September 8, 2016

GayUtah Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit Training on October 29th, 2016 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. $65.00 to Farm Bureau Members – $85.00 for non-Farm Bureau Members. 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.html. 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.
Ever wondered what the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is and whether you would benefit from implementing it on your land? The CRP program is administered by the USDA Farm Service, with technical assistance provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
This program assists individuals to reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, and increase wildlife habitats. Join us in a two-hour workshop as we discuss the different types of practices available through the CRP program, cost shares and incentives, contract details and requirements, information related to CRP practices, mid-contract management practices and how producers can complete required practices.
Discussions will also cover wildlife habitat goals, buffers and pollinator habitats. University of Illinois Extension will be partnering with the Sandy Frick from the Jefferson County Farm Service Agency, Jeremy Jackman from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, and Brady Wooten, Wildlife Biologist from Pheasants Forever, Inc., and Quail Forever.
The workshop is scheduled for October 13, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Jefferson County Extension Office, 4618 Broadway, Mt. Vernon, Illinois. There will be no cost for attending the program and it is open to the public. A light meal will be served, courtesy of Pheasants Forever, Inc., and Quail Forever.
Registration is required prior to October 7, 2016. Space will be limited for this workshop, so register early. Registration information can be found at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=14931.
Questions about this program can be directed to Laurie George at ljgeorge@illinois.edu, or by calling the University of Illinois Extension Office in Mt. Vernon at (618) 242-0780.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.