PECANS ARE IN – extra-large pecan halves – $9 for a 16 oz. bag and chocolate covered pecan halves – $8 for 12 oz.

We are taking orders for fruit – 4/5 bushel of grapefruit or tangelos – $25 or 2/5 bushel is $15. For a 4/5 bushel of oranges the price is $31 and for a 2/5 bushel of oranges it is $21. The fruit will be here either December 14 or 15. Orders for fruit must be in by November 23rd.

It has been a long fight over the past 18 months, but the dam’s about ready to burst on a regulation that will greatly impact farmers.

Both chambers of Congress are now on record against the EPA’s onerous new “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS rule, which dramatically expands the reach of the federal Clean Water Act regulation across our rural landscape.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate took a rare but necessary action to disapprove of a federal regulation. With encouragement from Farm Bureau members and support from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, the Senate decided that the WOTUS rule “shall have no force or effect.”

“Writing a rule from behind a desk at the EPA in Washington that makes farmers in Illinois question their right to use their own private property is the very definition of regulatory overreach, and I have consistently opposed this rule,” Sen. Kirk said.

Thank you Sen. Kirk.

And with a strong bipartisan majority, the U.S. House last May passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, which also requires withdrawal of the WOTUS rule. Again, thank you to Congressman Bost for supporting the legislation.
In addition to creating liability on our land, the regulation creates nothing but uncertainty for farmers unsure of where federal control begins and ends on their land.

And that sets up farmers to be targets of agency enforcement actions and citizen lawsuits. We’ve seen this play out before. If this rule cannot be stopped, we are absolutely certain that court decisions will ultimately force us to obtain permits for routine farming practices like applying fertilizer or pesticides.

Fortunately, last month, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a nationwide stay on the regulation. The court concluded that certain aspects of the rule, including a new, broad definition of “tributary,” are at odds with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Water Act. In addition, the Sixth Circuit wrote that the EPA’s rulemaking process was not only “suspect” but built on shaky scientific evidence. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

The House has acted. The Senate has acted. And now the courts are calling this regulation into question.

That’s why Farm Bureau will continue to work hard with our congressional allies over the next several weeks to pass legislation to either block or — at the very least — defund implementation of WOTUS through the end of this administration.

Our members believe strongly that it’s time to end this regulatory nightmare. It’s time drown EPA’s WOTUS rule.

Just a reminder that you can go to our website at to get local news and all local member discounts anytime. If you have any questions please call the office at 435-3616.

Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Starch Testing

Starch   Franklin County Ag in the Classroom has been providing a science experiment in a few 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms in schools in September and October. The AITC calendar for the 2015-2016 school year highlights apples in September but has Apple Crunch Day on October 22, 2015.
This is a great time to explain variables with testing for starches – especially in apples.
Mrs. Lamczyk, AITC Coordinator, provided a variation of experiments in the classrooms.
The first classroom had cut up apples and potatoes from the grocery store to test for starch. Apples from the store are not ideal for testing due to the cold storage they have been through. The rest of the testing used items, such, as corn starch, bread and noodles.
A high concentration of iodine is dropped onto the items with a dropper or spray bottle to test for starch presence. The first test had the store-bought apples but the rest of the testing used fresh apples from an orchard. Students find out what items contain starch or learn about the variables that can change the starch content found in apples. This depends on the time of year they are picked and used.
This is just one of many “Sciences in your Shopping Cart” experiences that AITC can provide for free to schools. Mrs. Lamczyk visited over 8,000 students last year.
The Franklin County AITC would like to thank Ken and Mary Bolen for their donation of the apples, and to Sesser Animal Hospital for the iodine solution used in the experiments. AITC would not be able to provide all the free resources for all the hands on activities without community support.
Thank you to all who support Ag in the Classroom. If you are interested in learning more about Ag in the Classroom or how you can help support this program, please call Franklin County Farm Bureau at 618/435-3616.

Franklin County Ag in the Classroom Petting Zoo

Zoo   Franklin County Ag in the Classroom has been MOOOVING around for the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Melissa Lamczyk, provided an educational petting zoo at the 25th Soil and Water Conservation Fair, Rend Lake College Foundation Big Truck Day, and the Sesser Oktoberfest.
Mrs. Lamczyk brought along “Milkshake”, a Herford/Angus cow, and “Max” and “June”, Boer goats and she talked about the life cycles, care, feed and nutrition of the animals. Students and audiences of all ages ask lots of questions about the animals. The question asked most was – “Is Milkshake is a milk cow”.
“Milkshake” is a crossbreed of Herford and Angus. She has a 6 month old bull calf that doesn’t travel along to the petting zoos because he’s about to be weaned from his mother. “Milkshake” was an orphaned calf that Melissa’s daughter, Marissa, bottle fed and has shown annually at the Franklin County 4-H Fair. “Milkshake” has been shown at several petting zoos.
“Max” is 6 months old and “June” is 3 months old and they are Boer meat goats. The goats are also some of Marissa’s 4-H projects. The difference in the ages show the difference in size and life cycle stages of a goat.
This was the goats’ first appearance at a petting zoos. “June” really liked the extra attention and goat treats that she received from the kids. “Max” was still a little shy and unsure of people but warmed up to eating treats by the middle of the day.
Many times children have a preconceived notion from adults and certain storybooks that some animals may bite or are mean but find out quickly that these particular animals are well cared for and very friendly. A few children even sat on “Milkshake’s” back for parents to take pictures. All were amazed at how calm and gentle she was. A petting zoo is a great way to get hands on education in an outdoor setting.

Harvest of Help Donations

The Franklin County Farm Bureau is sponsoring their annual Harvest of Help program to provide food to area food pantries. Farmers are being asked to contribute the return from one acre of land to this project. The proceeds will be shared with area food pantries.
Farmers are in the food production business, and they recognize that some families in our area are in need. The food pantries are doing a great job servicing these needs, but with the current economic stress, more food is needed to distribute through the area food pantries.
This project is announced as the fall harvest is underway. Although weather is always a concern it usually happens that Franklin County Farmers are blessed with a bountiful crop, and Farm Bureau wants to give area farmers an opportunity to share food with those in need.
Farmers are asked to contribute the proceeds of one area (net after expenses) to the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation. This contribution would be tax deductible for this not-for-profit 501c3 foundation.
All proceeds contributed to the Farm Bureau Harvest of Help Project would be distributed to food pantries within the county.
Please help to make this a great year for the Harvest for All by helping to give to those in need. If you have any questions please call the Franklin County Farm Bureau at (618) 435-3616. Or by mailing a check to P O Box 457, Benton, IL 62812.

We Are Looking For Silent Auction Donations

Franklin County Farm Bureau
Seeks “Silent Auction” Donations

The Franklin County Farm Bureau is seeking donations from businesses and individuals for items to auction at the Annual Meeting on November 30th. Money raised will help to fund the Ag In The Classroom Program and to help the Young Leaders to fund scholarships through the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation. All items will be tax deductible donations.
This is the fifth year that the Franklin County Farm Bureau has had this auction, last year we raised over $1,400 and hope to make this amount or more this year.
The Foundation welcomes any item for donation.
Please contact Melissa Lamczyk, Ag In The Classroom Coordinator or Gay Bowlin, Manager at (618) 435-3616 if you would like to make a donation. We may then make arrangements to pick up the item.
Thank you in advance for your help supporting the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation, the Ag In The Classroom Program and helping to provide scholarships for high school seniors.
If you are attending the Annual Meeting please stop by the Silent Auction tables and bid on items.
For more information on how you can help Franklin County students through the Franklin County Farm Bureau Foundation, please contact the office.

Membership Drive Tractor Winner

Breanna   The Franklin County Farm Bureau was the Business of the Month at US Bank in Benton during the month of August. We had brochures for people to pick up and asked everyone to register for a chance to win a 2015 Limited Edition Harvest for All Tractor. The winner was Breanne Brady from Benton, IL. Congratulations to Breanne!

Quality of Life Team

QualityFranklin County Participates in Illinois Farm Bureau® ACTION TEAM

The Illinois Farm Bureau ACTION TEAMs met recently in Bloomington to develop program-related recommendations. A total of 47 Farm Bureau members are currently appointed to IFB ACTION TEAMs, serving on his or her choice of Leadership Development, Membership Promotion, Consumer Outreach, or Quality of Life TEAMs.

Serving on the Quality of Life ACTION TEAM from Franklin County is Gay Bowlin, Manager of the Franklin County Farm Bureau.

Members of the Quality of Life ACTION TEAM are front row, left to right: Gay Bowlin, Manager of Franklin County Farm Bureau; Caleb May, Pawnee, Christian County; Vicki Hocking, Mt. Carmel, Wabash County; and Gladys King, Morton, Tazewell County. Middle row, left to right: Julie Kern-Morrison, New Berlin, Sangamon County; Tamara Halterman, Vice Chair, Dwight; Grundy County; and Christina Lionts, Loami, Sangamon County. Back row, left to right: Dale Wachtel, Shumway, Effingham County; Paul Rickey, Seaton, Warren-Henderson; Todd VerHeecke, Geneseo, Henry County; and Roger Christin, Chair, Rockford, Winnebago-Boone. Team member not pictured is Keith Richardson, Alexis, Mercer County.

The Quality of Life ACTION TEAM focuses on efforts related to rural health/healthcare, farm safety, rural crime, and farm success.   Most recently the team offered $500 rebates on rollover protection structures (ROPS) for tractors.

The Chair and Vice Chair of all four ACTION TEAMs comprise the ACTION COORDINATING COUNCIL (ACC). Leading the ACC is Heather Poppy, Chair – Lynn Center, Henry County and Deanna Keeney, Vice Chair – Casey, Clark County.

Farm Bureau members interested in applying for any of the four IFB ACTION TEAMs can contact the County Farm Bureau for more information. Applications are due November 24, 2015, for TEAM members that begin a two-year term in January 2016.  TEAMs meet in Bloomington twice a year.

Self-Defense Classes

“Stunning” Self Defense Class at the
Franklin County Farm Bureau Office

What everyone should know about stun guns, pepper spray and other improvised weapons
A stun gun, pepper spray and other improvised weapons in the hands of someone “not” trained is much like owning a handgun and not having firearms training or ammunition… extremely ill-advised. Hands-on training from certified instructors is an ABSOLUTE MUST! Without a doubt, a Stun Gun can be an extremely effective tool for self-defense and frequently used by Law Enforcement to defuse violent situations. But understand this is providing you have been properly trained by certified instructors. Even the largest and most violent criminals will be discouraged from the electronic voltage of a stun gun, deployment of pepper spray or other improvised weapons and every citizen, young or old, fragile or strong, can learn proven deployment techniques that will allow them to defend off an attack and get away safely.
This 1-hour course could quite possibly be the best 1-hour investment of your life. We begin by discussing when we are vulnerable and recognizing dangerous situations, the moment of extreme exigency and Illinois laws, then jump right into our main focus…the Stun Gun and improvised weapons. Upon completion of the course, you WILL receive an actual Stun Gun for your personal protection valued at $39.95 plus a carrying case another $10.00 value.
Curriculum includes:
• Situational Awareness…Conditions to Avoid
• Extreme Exigency and Illinois Laws
• Primary sites to target on the Human Body
• Prohibited areas
NOTE: You will receive your own FREE stun gun (civilian version) for personal defense upon completion of this training course, which is INCLUDED ($39.95 Value and Carrying Case $10.00 Value)*** in the course cost.
Course Date: October 1, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $50.00 ($40.00 for Farm Bureau Members)
Location: Franklin County Farm Bureau Building –
1210 Highway 14 W. Benton, IL
Our extremely affordable price makes this training basically FREE, considering the value of the Stun Gun you receive is INCLUDED in the price of this life changing course.

*** Illinois Law requires participants to preregister for the course a minimum of 24 hours in advance, persons taking delivery of the stun gun must be 18 years or older and a current FOID card holder to receive the free stun gun at the completion of the training.
Course conducted and delivered by Extreme Exigency

You can register for this course by sending an email to,, or call the Franklin County Farm Bureau at (618) 435-3616 or Extreme Exigency at (314) 925-0869.

New Newspaper in Franklin County

The West Frankfort Gazette is a local publication encompassing West Frankfort, Thompsonville and other Franklin County news and events. A weekly subscription will be mailed to households for $45 a year. All local news including sports, local council and board meeting activity as well as Franklin County records will be published.
The West Frankfort Gazette will also collect reports from public safety departments. School and civic organization activity will be an important part of the newspaper.  Obits and classifieds as well local weekly columns will also be published.
Announcements including engagement, anniversary and reunions with the accompanying pictures will be accepted free of charge. The West Frankfort Gazette is a division of Reppert Publications, Inc., located at 210 East Main Street in West Frankfort.
For further information call (618) 937-1211 or email