Manager’s Article August 22, 2017

gayIf you are reading this that means that you have made it through the Eclipse. It seems that from everything that I have heard the event was huge. Most things were positive and in Franklin County it seems that the traffic was not too bad. I drove past many gas stations who had every pump in use and that is a positive for the county.
The campgrounds were full and so were most of the hotel rooms in the county. Grocery stores had empty shelves especially in the surrounding counties of Makanda. It was great to see so much attention given to Southern Illinois on the major TV news networks as well. Just remember that this event is going to happen again in 7 years so keep those Eclipse glasses in a safe place.
The Corn Yield Tour did not happen last week – instead the good Lord blessed the farmers with rain and that means that the crops will be even better. We are planning on having it this Thursday so if anyone would like to help please come to the office at 8 am on Thursday August 24. We could actually use some extra help this year so if you aren’t busy please come. If you need more information call 435-3616.
If you are a Franklin County Farm Bureau M Member we are offering an all-expense paid trip to attend the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago. We go up on December 1 (Friday) and come home on December 5 (Tuesday). It would give you a chance to see what goes on during out General Session when changes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Policy are voted on. We stay at the Palmer House Hilton and it is a very enjoyable trip. Tell us why it would benefit you to attend this meeting and what it would mean to agriculture. If you would like more information on how to apply to go or on how to become a Franklin County Farm Bureau MM (farming) or PM (Professional) member please call the office. Applications are due by October 10th.
Local member benefits include: Lake Cove Hotel in Whittington, Door Doctor of Southern Illinois, Hobbs Service Company in Benton, and Thomas Printing in Benton. You must be a Franklin County Farm Bureau member to receive the benefits that these businesses are sharing with us. For more information on joining the Farm Bureau please call us at 435-3616.
Don’t forget our state wide benefits of hotels and car rental discounts as well. Also, a big benefit is Lasik Surgery. I had it 9 years ago and have never been dissatisfied with the results. The savings was over half of what was being charged – I saved $1,900.
I had encouraged you in the past to contact me or to get on the Illinois Farm Bureau website to sign the petition on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) but it has been announced that Farmers have an additional month to comment on a proposed rule rescinding the ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule. The U.S. EPA announced a 30-day extension of the comment period, pushing the deadline to comment to Sept. 27. IFB supports EPA’s efforts. So far, about 1,900 farmers have signed the petition. If you have any questions please call the office.
The DuQuoin State Fair begins this Friday and runs through Labor Day. For the Grandstand line-up visit their website but also know that there any many other things to do at the fair – free music, visit the Exhibition Hall and just walk around and see the animals.
With summer drawing to a close soon Farmer’s Markets across the county will be ending as well. They will usually run through the end of October so don’t wait to get your fresh produce and home-made items.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

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