Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918
Upcoming Events

Young Leaders Fun Night - February 13

Board of Directors - February 18

National FFA Week - February 20-27

On the Road Trucking Meeting - February 25

Farm Bureau Trivia Night - February 27

Young Leaders - March 1

Nutrient Management Workshop - March 11

National Agriculture Day - March 15


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This year's theme:

Escape to Key West

Saturday - February 27

Knights of Columbus Hall - Danville

Click here for a registration form!

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"On the Farm"
Weekdays 6:50 am


Associate Members:
Boost Your Benefits with the
A+ Program!

A+ program allows associate 'A' members to choose the level of activities and services they wish to use, A+ participants will receive: 
* local merchant discounts
* theme park tickets
* reduced prices on food orders,
bus trips, plat books

The cost of the A+ program
is just $10, in addition to your Farm Bureau dues.

Click here for details!

More Member-Only Discounts

FarmWeek Headlines

Feb 12, 2016 01:00AM

Rabo: ChemChina-Syngenta deal about food security

China's move into agribusiness could actually help provide US better access to Chinese markets.

Feb 11, 2016 03:00AM

New weed control guide available

Feb 11, 2016 01:00AM

DeKalb County volunteers blanket classrooms

Northern Illinois county Farm Bureau can count on big roster of members who volunteer to help teach kids about farming and food.

Feb 10, 2016 09:00AM

CME revising livestock trading hours

The new trading hours will take effect on Monday, February 29.

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Farm Bureau To Hold "On The Road" Truck Regs Meeting
Vermilion County Farm Bureau is working with Champaign County to hold an "On the Road" Truck Information meeting on Thursday, February 25. The meeting will be held at the Champaign County Farm Bureau offices, 801 N Country Fair Drive in Champaign, starting at 6:30 pm.
Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau's transportation specialist, will give an update on the latest trucking rules and drivers license regulations. Call 217-442-8713 to register for the meeting.

Farm Bureau Hosts Legislators Roundtable
Vermilion County Farm Bureau members met with four of our state Legislators at a Roundtable Discussion on January 25.
The legislators present included: State Sen. Chapin Rose, State Sen. Scott Bennett, State Rep. Chad Hays and State Rep. Tom Bennett. The group discussed the budget issue and its impact on schools, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and local governments.

College Scholarships Now Available
Vermilion County Farm Bureau is pleased to promote four different scholarship programs to provide assistance to farm families or those seeking a career in agriculture.
Application forms are available through links noted with each scholarship. Paper forms of each scholarship are available at the Farm Bureau office. Deadlines vary for each scholarship and are noted below.

Freese Memorial Scholarship
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Flatville offers this scholarship to benefit the children of active farmers in Vermilion, Champaign and Ford Counties. Open to new and continuing college students.
Deadline - March 1, 2016                                         Click here for a scholarship form

Andrews-Brumett Scholarship
This $500 scholarship for Danville Area Community College is available to a 2016 high school graduate living in or going to school in Vermilion County. Offered in honor of Clark & Katharyn Andrews and Joe & Agnes Brumett, Sr.
Deadline - March 15, 2016                                       Click here for a scholarship form

BAGI Scholarship
Up to four $500 scholarships are offered by the Balloon Association of Greater Illinois (BAGI). Open to any college-age student studying agriculture or an ag-related program.
Deadline - March 15, 2016
                                     Click here for a scholarship form

97th Vermilion County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
A crowd of 140 people attended Vermilion County Farm Bureau's 97th Annual Meeting on December 1. President Dennis Smith led his first meeting, and spoke about those in agriculture being survivors - the generation that ushered out horse-drawn equipment is now witnessing sub-inch GPS systems in equipment. Holly Spangler (above center), editor of the Prairie Farmer magazine, spoke about the issues she sees facing agriculture. 

Lisa Witsman Named Teacher of the Year
Lisa Witsman, a 3rd grade teacher at Judith Giacoma Elementary in Westville, was named the 2015 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. She eagerly looks forward to the AITC Open House each fall, where she reserves a number of Ag Kits for use in her classroom. Thanks to the Ag Kits, her students have created ‘plastic’ using corn products, studied monarch butterflies, and investigated real grasshoppers! Her students’ excitement grows whenever a new Ag Kit arrives. In addition to her use of educational materials, Mrs. Witsman also supports the program through participation in the Farm Bureau Trivia Nights. She's shown above in the center with Ag Literacy Coordinator Susie Willard (left) and her principal Pam Dalenberg.

Millers Named Spokespersons of the Year
Doug and Vickie Miller have been speaking out for agriculture their entire lives. And the Vermilion County Farm Bureau honored them with the Spokespersons of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting. They are shown on the left of the photo, along with Farm Bureau President Dennis Smith and Executive Director Kerry Wienke. The Miller's have devoted a great deal of time and energy to develop an agriculture museum on their farm. They have hosted groups and events on their farm, such as Vermilion Advantage Farm-City Breakfast and Leadership Tomorrow classes, along with Danville Area Community College trustees and employees. They were inducted into the Vermilion Advantage Business Hall of Fame this past spring. They never turn down an opportunity to talk about the history of agriculture, and the things farmers do to continue the agricultural legacy for the future.

Farm Bureau Joins Independent Map Petition Drive

Illinois Farm Bureau has joined the Independent Map Amendment coalition, which seeks to put a proposal to amment the Illinois Constitution before voters.
The proposal would create an 11-member independent redistricting commission to draw legislative districts for General Assembly members every 10 years. The coalition is working to collect 600,000 signatures to get the question on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
Petitions are available at the Farm Bureau office, 1905-C U.S. Route 150, Danville.

New Program Benefits Members & Animal Shelter

Vermilion County Farm Bureau has a new member benefit that will cover the adoption fees for one cat or dog each month for the next year at the Vermilion County Animal Shelter.   The fee waiver will be given to the first Associate ‘A+’ or Farming ‘M’ member requesting the offer each month.  That’s a savings of $75 to $125 on the adoption expenses, which includes having pets spayed or neutered, a health exam, first round of vaccinations, and first-year rabies shot and tag.

There is no expiration time during the month – it’s good until the first qualifying member uses the program.  

Pets available for adoption at the shelter changes every day.  Stop by and see all of the adorable cats and dogs.  The Vermilion County Animal Shelter is located at 14775 Catlin Tilton Road (across from the nursing home).  Adoption hours are Monday through Friday – 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 2nd/4th Saturdays – noon to 3:00 p.m.

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