Manager’s Article December 2, 2016

By: Gay Bowlin-Manager

Our 97th County Annual Meeting was held on Monday. We had a very good crowd with 150 people in attendance. The business meeting was short and the meal was very good – thank you to Christy Dyel for catering the meal. The Silent Auction raised $2,175 to benefit the Franklin County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Foundation. This is the most that we have ever raised and I would like to thank everyone who had the opportunity to take those great prizes home with them.
Krista Menckowski was presented a plaque for her membership efforts and signing the most new members during our membership year. Thank you Krista and all of our COUNTRY Financial Representatives and their assistants for their hard work all through the year.
Susan Moore, IAA Foundation Director was our guest speaker – Susan is in charge of all of the fundraising for the entire state for the Foundation. Due in part to Susan’s efforts Melissa Lamczyk is able to continue to do everything that she does with the students throughout the county.
Responding to a looming shortage of registered nurses and growing demand from employers for nurses with four-year degrees, Illinois community colleges are pushing for the ability to award bachelor’s degrees in nursing. However, the idea has met with some opposition from the state’s public universities saying they don’t think community colleges should be in the business of awarding bachelor’s degrees.
Illinois hunters harvested more than 54,000 deer during the first weekend of firearm deer season last weekend. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s about 3,000 fewer deer than what was harvest in the first firearm weekend last year. The next season is December 1-4 so there is still another chance if you have not been able to fill your tag.
After the meeting last night I had four FFA students come up to me and show that they are interested in becoming part of our Young Leaders Committee. We have a very active committee and welcome these young people. If you would like to join please let me know – there is not fee, we have fun, we eat and you do not have to be in FFA – this program will help you to meet people in the community, to do great things in the community and to become a part of a great family. Just call the office at 435-3616 and I will give you all of the details.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Pictured is Kaycey Webb from the Benton FFA leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Manager’s Article November 23, 2016

GayHAPPY THANKSGIVING! First and foremost remember who to be thankful to and praise Him.
It is time to place your order for fruit.
Grapefruit – 40 lbs – $25.00 20 lbs – $15.00
Navel Oranges – 40 lbs – $31.00 20 lbs – $21.00
Tangelos – 40 lbs – $25.00 20 lbs – $15.00
ORDERS MUST BE IN BY NOVEMBER 25TH. CALL THE OFFICE 435-3616.
Pecans are already in – 1 lb bags (shelled) for $9.25 and we have 12 oz bag of milk chocolate covered pecans for $8.00.
CONCERNS OVER UTILITIES AMENDMENT – An amendment that includes many utility issues sparked concerns among the farm community during the first week of the fall veto session. Last week, the House Energy Committee passed an amendment that IFB opposes in its current form. One concern centers around the addition of “demand charges for delivery of electricity that is based on usage spikes during certain periods of time. We think farmers could be negatively impacted by high rates for demand charges,” Bill Bodine, Illinois Farm Bureau associate director of state legislation.
A new weed-management option doesn’t mean forgetting about old practices, say multiple weed experts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has registered Monsanto’s Xtendimax with Vapor Grip product, which means farmers will be able to use it in over-the-top applications on dicamba-resistant soybeans next year.
Managing weeds involves using many and diverse practices to avoid allowing the weeds to develop resistance to any one practice. Dicamba-tolerant soybeans represent one of the latest additions to farmers’ toolboxes, but farmers must use it correctly, said Ryan Rector, Monsanto technical manager for dicamba.
“I don’t think anyone wants to see their products applied alone,” Rector said. “We want to see multiple modes of action and more than one way to go after those weeds.”
Experts also encourage the use of a pre-plant burndown, timely post-emergence herbicide applications and continuous scouting to avoid allowing the weeds to produce seed.
Dawn Refsell, manager of field development for Valent, says applying a residual herbicide before planting gives farmers more flexibility later in the season. Valent manufactures Valor, a residual product that is compatible with Monsanto’s dicamba formulations.
Weeds like waterhemp and Palmer (amaranth) can grow an inch to two inches a day under the right conditions, if you get a rainfall, you could be out of your window of application. So we want to make sure you get your residual out there to expand your post-emergence window of application.
“We’ve been needing this for a long time and we finally have that approval,” Rector said. “But it becomes that much more important that we’re good stewards of the product. We know it’s a great tool, but we want to make this tool last.”
Illinois Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodities Tamara Nelsen said the process to get new herbicide technology approved is very long. She encouraged farmers to use the new dicamba formulation wisely to preserve its effectiveness.
“If done correctly, this is a terrific tool for farmers to fight glyphosate-tolerant weeds,” said Nelsen. “If this is misused, it will be a big problem for agriculture. So there are some very specific restrictions. EPA only approved it with those labeling restrictions for a reason.”
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article for November 8, 2016

GayBy: Gay Bowlin – Manager

I am writing this article on Tuesday, Election Day, and by the time you read this we will have a new President and Vice President going to the White House. I have been reading the nastiness on Facebook and seeing it in the news for quite a while now – people will be leaving if Clinton wins, people will be leaving if Trump wins – what is this world coming to that we feel so entitled to our opinion but no one else is entitle to theirs. I just ask that when all is said and done that we can come together as a united country to show our support for our next President and other elected officials.
It is time to place your order for fruit and pecans again. Our pecans will be in before Thanksgiving and are ½ shelled – 1 lb bags for $9.25 and we will have a 12 oz bag of milk chocolate covered pecans for $8.00.
Grapefruit – 40 lbs – $25.00 20 lbs – $15.00
Navel Oranges – 40 lbs – $31.00 20 lbs – $21.00
Tangelos – 40 lbs – $25.00 20 lbs – $15.00
ORDERS MUST BE IN BY NOVEMBER 25TH. CALL THE OFFICE 435-3616
Not a Franklin County Farm Bureau member? It is super easy to join and the benefits are tremendous. Hotel discounts, car rental discounts, save on ADT installed in your home, save on AirEvac for the entire family, CaseIH – save up to $500, Ford – $500 exclusive special officer, Lincoln – $750 exclusive special offer and many local members discounts as well. Membership for a non-farmer is only $20 per year $65 if you make $2,500 or more a year from farming – either way it is well worth it. For more details call the office at 435-3616 today.
USDA announced that it is seeking new proposals for projects that will provide new conservation opportunities through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants program. USDA will invest up to $25 million for projects that spark the development and adoption of conservation technology and approaches in a variety of areas.
For more information go to the NRCS Website and look for the Conservation Innovation Grants. The application period will close on January 9, 2017. All project proposals must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov and a pdf copy must be emailed to nrcscig@wdc.usda.gov
If you have kids who are interested in being in 4-H in Franklin County call Cindy Bauman at the University of Illinois Extension office at 439-3178. Cindy will then put you in contact with the 4-H leader in your area. 4-H has many area that your child might be interested in – cooking, sewing, baking, art and science just to name a few. Call today as the new year is just starting.
Illinois Farm Bureau and the IAA Foundation are moving forward with an idea from the IFB Local and State Government Strength with Advisory Team (SWAT) to support new high school agriculture teachers.
Local and State Government SWAT members studied the state’s need for college ag education graduates to start teaching careers and the need to retain new ag teachers. This year, 14 of 21 Illinois college graduates in ag teacher education entered classrooms. Statewide, 83 jobs were available.
The IFB board recently approved the SWAT recommendation for a grant program and asked the IAA Foundation to administer the program and seek funding partners.
“We’re excited and looking forward to working through the logistics of how an ag education teacher program would serve to meet the need,” said Susan Moore, IAA Foundation director.
Specific guidelines and details have yet to be determined. But essentially, first-year high school ag teachers may apply for a limited number of grants. They’ll then be eligible to reapply during the first few years of their ag teaching careers.
If being an ag teacher interests you there will be an opening in Franklin County the end of this school year so take time to apply now.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Manager’s Article for November 3, 2016

GayBy: Gay Bowlin-Manager

Only a few more days and the election will be over – no more extra mail and no more political ads – regardless of who you are voting for the key word is VOTE – take the time and get to the polls and let your voice be heard.
If you have been thinking about purchasing a Polaris don’t wait – you have until December 31st to make your purchase and still get the Farm Bureau Discount of $300. You must be a Farm Bureau member in good standing for at least 30 days.
Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Soybean Growers are working together to host three farm bill listening sessions throughout Illinois in November. Make plans now to attend: Meals will be provided at each event, but we need to secure an accurate head count to help ensure everyone attending will be adequately fed. Please register using the links above.
Mon., November 7: Mt. Vernon, Holiday Inn, 6:00 p.m., 222 Potomac Blvd., Mt. Vernon, 62864. Register using this online link: http://bit.ly/FarmBillMtg1or3
It is time to place your order for fruit and pecans again. Our pecans will be in before Thanksgiving and are ½ shelled – 1 lb bags for $9.25 and we will have a 12 oz bag of milk chocolate covered pecans for $8.00.
Grapefruit – 40 lbs – $25.00 20 lbs – $15.00
Navel Oranges – 40 lbs – $31.00 20 lbs – $21.00
Tangelos – 40 lbs – $25.00 20 lbs – $15.00
ORDERS MUST BE IN BY NOVEMBER 25TH. CALL THE OFFICE 435-3616
Not a Franklin County Farm Bureau member? It is super easy to join and the benefits are tremendous. Hotel discounts, car rental discounts, save on ADT installed in your home, save on AirEvac for the entire family, CaseIH – save up to $500, Ford – $500 exclusive special officer, Lincoln – $750 exclusive special offer and many local members discounts as well. Membership for a non-farmer is only $20 per year $65 if you make $2,500 or more a year from farming – either way it is well worth it. For more details call the office at 435-3616 today.
For medical students growing up in a city, practicing in a small town may never cross their minds. Illinois Farm Bureau’s Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP) sparks that thinking by offering incentives to students who make the commitment to serve a rural community when they become doctors.
Freshman student applicants must submit their completed Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program applications to Donna Gallivan by November 1 to be considered as a candidate for the medical school enrollment the following August. The application must be signed by your county Farm Bureau president.
Applicants must also complete the required American Medical College Admission Service Forms. AMCAS applications must be submitted by October 1 in order to be on record with the University of Illinois College of Medicine by November 1.
The Board of the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program conducts an annual interview meeting for freshman students the first week of January. Students qualifying for the interview are notified and invited in mid-November. For an application and additional information go to www.rimsap.com.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.