Manager’s Article August 1, 2017

gayI opened an email from the Illinois Farm Bureau this past Monday. Very important email I might add.
Over the past three years hundreds of Illinois Farm Bureau members have repeatedly responded to each Farm Bureau call to undo the Obama EPA’s attempted end run around the Clean Water Act.
You might know that the rule was designed to greatly expand the law’s regulatory footprint beyond navigable waters to include most of your farmland.
Fortunately, the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has been tied up in a Federal court and has never taken effect.
Now, the Trump EPA is moving to rescind WOTUS and has opened up a comment period to get feedback from you.
In order to have your voices heard you must have an email address and a cell phone number then go to the Illinois Farm Bureau website at www.ilfb.org – and sign the petition to “DROWN THE RULE”. We have until August 21, 2017 to get this done.
You can also use text messaging to sign the petition – type “ENDWOTUS” to 52886.
Our goal is to get 2,500 signatures across the state of Illinois and take these signatures to Washington to re-write the law to encompass what we feel is the best for the farmers and everyone else when it comes to WOTUS.
If you have any questions please feel free to call out office at 435-3616 or simply Google “WOTUS”.
It will soon be time for our annual Corn Yield Tour in Franklin County. We will probably go out in a week or so to farms throughout the county to check the yield potential. If you are interested in being part of the Corn Yield check this year give us a call and we will let you know when we will be going.
With school starting soon it is time for Melissa Lamczyk, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, to put on her “teaching” hat. Melissa is available to come to any Franklin County school to teach the students about the importance of farming and where their food comes from. If you would like for Melissa to come to your classroom please call us at 435-3616 to get on her schedule.
I would like to thank the family of the late Betty Storey for including donations to the Benton Farmers Market as a memorial contribution.
If you are looking for something to do head to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield August 10 – 20, 2017. Franklin County 4-H Day is August 12 and the following 4-H participants excelled in their area and received the honor of exhibiting their projects: Derek Sample – Cooking 101; Mackenzie Crisel – Floriculture III; Bailey Crisp – Visual Arts 3D; Anna Kistner – Intercultural; Tony Kistner – Leadership I; Marissa Lamczyk – Photography II; Jasper Meadows – Heritage Arts (Division of Visual Arts); Clara Meadows – Computer Generated (Division of Visual Arts); Andrea Douglas – Woodworking II; Ryan Lemons – Junk Drawer Robotics I and Allyson Bryant – Cooking 40.
We would like to extend out congratulations to these participants and which them the best of luck.
Summer is almost over but there is still time to enjoy some of the discounts that the Farm Bureau has to offer for Theme Parks.
If you are in the market for a new Ford or Lincoln – possibly to pick up a 2017 at the end of the year sale and you are a Farm Bureau member remember to use your $500 special offer for FORD or $750 special offer for LINCOLN. If you are not a member then call today to join and save big.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.gay

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