Manager’s Article June 21, 2017

gayI am sure that you have all seen more farm implements on the roadways. They are heading into and out of the fields and working hard to get corn and soybeans planted and some might still be working on getting wheat out. Please be aware of your surrounding as I continue to encourage the farmers to also be aware. Please note that many of these implements don’t drive over 30-40 mph so when you are approaching from behind take note and slow down accordingly. Even if all of the fields are planted there are still a lot of sprayers out there and farmers will be driving around checking their fields.
University of Illinois Extension 4-H
The following is a statement last week from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel and trade with Cuba.
“Illinois Farm Bureau policy supports aggressive actions to expand market share for Illinois and U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. We supported the previous administration’s efforts to expand travel and normalize the U.S.-Cuba relations, and view this announcement as a temporary step backwards.
“The Cuban people benefit by having more, not fewer, contacts with Americans. At the end of the day, Cuba should be buying Illinois soybeans and corn, not products from South America.
“Farm Bureau will continue to work with a growing number of congressional allies to pass legislation that creates permanent changes which allow the U.S. to extend credit to Cuba and allow Americans to travel freely to and from the island.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, met with a group of about 25 farmers and university officials, who discussed the importance of crop insurance, the potential closing of Peoria’s ag lab, agricultural research and an efficient waterway system.
“We have some real challenges coming up with this budget that we’re working on in Washington. The White House’s budget proposal cuts as much as $231 billion from agricultural programs, and that would be devastating for communities all across Illinois, and I wanted to hear from the Farm Bureau and the farmers exactly how they would be affected and what their priorities are.”
Farmers also discussed the importance of crop insurance. President Donald Trump’s budget calls for $28.8 billion in cuts to federal crop insurance during the next 10 years. If approved by Congress, the budget would cap premium subsidies at $40,000 per farmer, limit eligibility for crop insurance and commodity payments to farmers who earn $500,000 a year or less, and eliminate the Harvest Price Option on revenue policies.
“I think many people misunderstand and they think that crop insurance is some sort of government giveaway program, when it actually is a tool,” Duckworth said. “Farmers have to buy crop insurance. They have to make a decision at the beginning of the year whether or not they are going to pay for crop insurance and take that out of their budget.”
She said getting rid of crop insurance would require the federal government to provide disaster relief for farmers should another severe drought occur, like the one in 2012.
“It’s very shortsighted to cut crop insurance because it will cost taxpayers more in the long run,” she said.
HOW NOW, BROWN COW? – A surprising number of U.S. adults – about 7 percent – believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. In case you’re wondering, that adds up to about 16.4 million people – more than the population of Pennsylvania. While the numbers are shocking, experts in ag education are surprised that number isn’t higher.
This is exactly the reason that the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Farm Bureau put so much emphasis on Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and why Melissa Lamczyk, Franklin County AITC Coordinator is working so hard to educate our children early in life. If you are a teacher and would like to schedule Melissa to come into your classroom for the next school year it is not too early to start now. Call the office at 435-3616.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Tenth Annual Customer Appreciation

The Franklin County Farm Bureau along with Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives Mike Brachear, Krista Menckowski, and Adrienne Mason will be showing their appreciation to Farm Bureau members and COUNTRY Financial clients at the 4-H Fairgrounds adjacent to Rend Lake College on Tuesday, July 11th at 5:00 p.m.
This is the tenth year that the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives have been at the fairgrounds to cook and serve the meal. This year in addition to drinks and chips they will be grilling pork sandwiches and hotdogs and have pasta salad – and let’s not forget the ice cream cups.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will be selling squares for your chance to win at Cow Chip Bingo. The winner will receive ½ of the money collected and squares will be sold prior to the cookout. They will also be helping out with other activities that take place in conjunction with Family Fun Night.
All Franklin County Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend this event and enjoy the food and 4-H activities that are planned for the evening.

Farm City Days 2017 and Farm Safety Grant

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June 10th was a HUGE day in Franklin County and the town on Benton. It was the first time in 21 years that the Franklin County Farm Bureau put on this event.
Rodney Miller from Small Town, Big Deal on RFD-TV was the parade marshal and with several entries and some beautiful horses the parade started the event off at 11:00 a.m.
One of biggest draws was the Inflatables in the Kids Area. We had 10 bounce houses/slides and/or games that we rented from Affordable Bounce Company LLC along with a “Corn Bin” with corn provided by Consolidated Grain and Barge for kids to play in. Melissa Lamczyk, AITC Coordinator from Franklni County brought up 2 cows, 2 goats and a donkey for the petting zoo set up in the Kids Area as well. All of this was FREE to everyone.
Franklin County Farm Bureau’s tent was located on the square where we gave away coloring books and crayons, Official t-shirts and thanks in part from a grant provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial we had personal first aid kits and provided sun screen. There were several tractors on display and farmers spoke about safety on the roadways.
The Franklin County 4-H was on the square and sponsored a kids pedal car tractor pull.
Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives Krista Menckowski, Adrienne Mason and Mike Brachear had their tents adjacent to ours and gave away green cotton candy. This was big hit along with people registering to win a smoker along with having several items to give away.
There were food vendors, craft vendors, the West City Smoke House, and Extreme Exigency spoke about gun safety and had an indoor shooting range. The Illinois State Police did their “Drive for Life” Course and there was a “Dress Your Pet” Contest. Local music and local kids dance groups performed throughout the day.
The Car and Motor Cycle show had many entries and every loved the location and the weather. Jack Russell Fish Co. set up a Bags Tournament in the street and played from 2 to 4.
Leffler Funeral Home had a toy train display set up in their building and everyone who went said they did an amazing job and really enjoyed it.
Prairie Farms representative Wayne Horstmann brought 500 ice cream bars and had chocolate milk to give away and ran out within a couple of hours. He indicated that he will definitely be better prepared next year. Wayne also braved the heat and walked the parade route in a cow costume.
A special thank you to the committee and the volunteers who made this day possible and helped to make everything run smoothly.
Details to come for Farm City Days 2018.

Tenth Annual Customer Appreciation

The Franklin County Farm Bureau along with Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives Mike Brachear, Krista Menckowski, and Adrienne Mason will be showing their appreciation to Farm Bureau members and COUNTRY Financial clients at the 4-H Fairgrounds adjacent to Rend Lake College on Tuesday, July 11th at 5:00 p.m.
This is the tenth year that the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives have been at the fairgrounds to cook and serve the meal. This year in addition to drinks and chips they will be grilling pork sandwiches and hotdogs and have pasta salad – and let’s not forget the ice cream cups.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders will be selling squares for your chance to win at Cow Chip Bingo. The winner will receive ½ of the money collected and squares will be sold prior to the cookout. They will also be helping out with other activities that take place in conjunction with Family Fun Night.
All Franklin County Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend this event and enjoy the food and 4-H activities that are planned for the evening.

Emberton to Attend RLC

JAredJared Emberton from Thompsonville High School is planning on attending Rend Lake College with a focus on Diesel Mechanics. Jared joined the Franklin County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee in February 2017. He received a total of $1,200 to help in paying for expenses at Rend Lake. We are very proud of Jared and wish him the best in his education and in the future.