Local Teacher Wins New Ag Teacher Grant

Destiny Swalve, ag teacher at

Armstrong Township High School,

was recently selected as one of

four new agriculture teachers in

Illinois to receive the Illinois

Agriculture Education Teacher

grant. The Illinois Farm Bureau

program to encourage new ag

education teachers presents grant

payments to first year teachers

that apply. Grant payments

increase over the course of the teacher’s first five years in the classroom, up to $10,000 total, if they meet the re-application process confirming they remain active as an agricultural education teacher in the state of Illinois. “I knew when I was a freshman I wanted to be an ag teacher,” Swalve said. She sees the value of agricultural education for her students. Congrats, Destiny!

National Farm Safety and

Health Week

National Farm Safety and Health Week runs

September 19-25. This year’s theme is

‘Farm Safety Yields Real Results.’

Harvest season can be particularly dangerous

for farmers with long hours and stress of weather delays, equipment breakdowns or high operating costs, and National Farm Safety and Health Week reinforces the importance of working together to ensure farmers make it home safely to their families at night.

The AgriSafe Network is offering free daily webinars on various farm safety and health topics, such as:

- Rural Road Safety      - Stress and Mental Health      - Food in the Field

        - Fertilizer and Chemical Safety          - Safeguarding Children

Click here for more details on the webinars


1. Ask

2. Keep them safe

3. Be there

4. Help them connect

5. Follow up

For more resources, visit www.ilfb.org/mentalhealthwellness

Mental Health Awareness

As farmers, we are great at taking care of our land and livestock, but not always great at taking care of ourselves. It’s time to put yourself first. A healthy farm is nothing without a healthy YOU. 

We know times are tough right now.  If you or someone you know is struggling with daily stress, anxiety, depression, addiction or other mental health challenges, you are not alone.  Reach out and ask for help.  Your mental health and wellness are important to us. We are Stronger Together.

Vermilion County

Farm Bureau members

are urged to post signs

on their property to

promote the IL Farm

Bureau $1,000 Crime Reward Program. It offers a $1,000 to the person that gives information leading to the felony conviction of a person or persons committing theft, damage to property, arson or similar felony crimes against ag production-related property in Illinois. The signs are available at the Farm Bureau office. The first sign is free, with additional signs available for cost ($2.50). There are also stickers available that the be placed on

your property as a deterrent to rural crime.

Calendar of Events

   Nat'l Farm Safety & Health Week - Sept 19-25

   National 4-H Week - Oct 3-9
   Board of Directors Meeting - October 21
   Foundation Trustees Meeting - November 3
   Daylight Savings Time Ends - November 7
   VCFB Annual Meeting - November 30

Credit Card accepted for Membership Payments

​​ Vermilion County Farm Bureau
  Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918