(Photo #1:) Presenting Board President Leon McClerren with our County Awards plaque is Vice President of the Illinois Farm Bureau David Erickson.
(Photo #2:) Presenting Kelly Robertson with the Illinois Certified Crop Advisor Award is President of the Illinois Farm Bureau Rich Guebert Jr.
(Photo #3) Kelly Robertson, Leon McClerren and Jim Hood – Franklin County Farm Bureau Delegates at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
ANNUAL MEETING WRAP-UP – A rapidly-concluded farmer-delegate session didn’t go without significant action at the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Annual Meeting on Monday, according to Mark Gebhards, IFB executive director of governmental affairs and commodities. Gebhards said IFB received fewer submittals from counties and in open session than usual. “But the ones that we did have – I think there are two or three significant areas within the policy book that they did focus on,” he said. Those areas included trade, property rights and water quality. IFB also approved a bylaw amendment, creating a new membership class.
Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 71 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $143,400 for the 2017-2018 school year.
“We are pleased to help students through our growing scholarship program,” said Susan Moore, director, IAA Foundation. “It is a great privilege to support the next generation of leaders, and encourage continuing education in agricultural fields.”
Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, where winners will each receive $5,000 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner.
In addition to family scholarships often established to honor the memory of a loved one, the IAA Foundation offers scholarships on behalf of organizations such as Prairie Farms Dairy and the Illinois Soybean Association.
All applicants must be high school seniors accepted for enrollment, or students already enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again.
A full listing of available scholarships, eligibility guidelines, and application documents are available at the Foundation website, www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1, 2017.
For more information, contact Franklin County Farm Bureau at (618) 435-3616, the IAA Foundation at (309) 557-2230, or e-mail Susan Moore, director, IAA Foundation, at email@example.com.
The mission of the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm, is to fund education, research, and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture.
We have raised over $6,000 for Harvest of Help this year thanks to all of the amazing donations from our area farmers and Farm Bureau members. We will be delivering food the week before Christmas to all of the Franklin County Food Pantries. I want to thank everyone who has donated to this worthwhile cause. So far we have donated over $63,000 worth of food to benefit Franklin County residents in need.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau has had a great 2016 and we have even more events planned for 2017. We have many goals here at the Franklin County Farm Bureau – lobbying for farmers and members when it comes to legilsative issues, teaching students about agriculture with Ag in the Classroom, we have a very active Young Leaders Committee, bring many speakers throughout the year to offer advice on farming issues and much more. Let me know if you would like to be a part of this great organization by becoming a Franklin County Farm Bureau member. Call the office at 435-3616 for more information.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know