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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, bail bond cards

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

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FarmWeek Headlines

Sep 22, 2014 01:00AM

Farm bill implementation rules expected soon

Illinois Farm Bureau's Doug Yoder will wrap up a summer of meetings on the 2014 farm bill this week - just in time for USDA to publish the rules.

Sep 22, 2014 01:00AM

Logan County farmer named Faces of Farming finalist

Another Illinois farmer will contend later this fall to become a national spokesperson for agriculture.

Sep 21, 2014 01:00AM

Farmers can 'stretch' careers via preventive measures

A few minutes of stretching each day and other preventive measures can reduce the physical and mental stress on farmers this harvest and for the rest of their careers.

Sep 21, 2014 01:00AM

Safety webinar series slated

This is National Farm Safety & Health Week.

Sep 20, 2014 01:00AM

ASA, NCGA remind farmers to channel biotech crops

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) remind farmers this harvest to properly channel biotech crops not approved for some export markets.

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This is National Farm Safety and Health Week
Vermilion County Farm Bureau is urging everyone to take note of this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 21-27, 2014. The theme – Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters – underscores the importance of us all working together to build a safer and healthier agricultural work place. 
After experiencing record lows last year, farm-related deaths in Illinois have taken a jump. Twenty-one people were killed in farm-related incidents from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. What’s concerning is the majority of the victims likely had the most experience in the field.
Tractor accidents represent the highest risk for farmers, with nine of 21 farm deaths attributed to roll-over or run-over accidents. Another four deaths occurred in roadway collisions, which mean that farm safety is something everyone needs to be aware of when travelling across Vermilion County this fall. 
Approximately 57 percent of Illinois’s farm death victims in 2013-14 were age 65 and above  ̶   the fastest growing farmer demographic in the nation, as reported by the USDA’s Agricultural Census. The majority of Illinois farmers fall into the 50 and above age group, which claimed 80 percent of last year’s deaths. 
Through promoting the awareness week and encouraging farmers to take more safety measures, Vermilion County Farm Bureau hopes everyone enjoys a safe harvest season.

FFA Chapters Learn About Local Ag Business
Over thirty FFA members from across Vermilion County participated in the Vermilion County Farm Bureau's FFA Acquaintance Program. The program is designed to make the students more aware of Farm Bureau and its affiliates, as wells give the students the opportunity to learn more about a local Vermilion County agriculture-based business.
This year's tour was to C & R Ag Supply near Fairmount. Vern Rohrscheib is shown giving the students the tour and explaining various aspects of his ag supply business and farm operation. 

Elevator Managers Discuss Harvest Procedures
Elevator managers from across Vermilion County say they are ready for the anticipated record harvest. The Farm Bureau Marketing Committee hosted a Pre-Harvest Elevator Information Meeting on August 13. The participating managers included: Burt Etchison, Stewart Grain, Bismarck; Rich Thomas, Premier Cooperative, Jamaica; David Dolan, Bunge, Homer; and Brandon Smith, JBS United, Rossville. The managers talked about their storage capacity, expected delivery routines, and other marketing factors leading into the 2014 harvest.

Vermilion County Native Now Lawrence County Farm Bureau Manager
Danielle Brown, from Bismarck, has been hired as the manager of Lawrence County Farm Bureau. A recent graduate from the University of Illinois, she joins the Farm Bureau family with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Leadership Education. Her previous work experience includes WYXY Classic 99.1 Radio Station; Illinois Corn Growers Association; and University of Illinois Extension. In college Danielle was active in Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Agricultural Education Club, and CFFA, and served as a founding officer of Collegiate Farm Bureau of the U of I. She is also the reigning Georgetown Fair Queen. We wish Danielle all the best as she embarks on a career in Farm Bureau.

Watch for Farm Equipment on Area Roadways
Farming can be a dangerous occupation. Sometimes that danger involves other motorists that aren't paying attention. In Illinois, there were more than 200 roadway collisions involving farm equipment and other motorists last year. In Vermilion County, there have been at least four accidents involving vehicles running into farm equipment.
The Young Leaders Committee, with the help of the Vermilion County Highway Department, have place some Farm Country-Stay Alert signs on various county highways. Jason Smith, of Georgetown, is shown placing a sign along the highway coming out of Westville. The signs were sponsored by a grant from Illinois Farm Bureau and County Financial.
Motorists should be cautious when approaching equipment on the roads. When passing on the left, make sure that the farm driver is not slowing down to turn left into a field, township road or farm driveway. 
If everyone's patient and slows down around farm equipment, we'll all have a safe spring farming season.

New Vermilion County Farm Bureau Discount with Toyota of Danville

Vermilion County Farm Bureau M members and A+ participants can now purchase a new Toyota vehicle from Toyota of Danville for just 2% over dealer invoice.
“We’re excited about this opportunity our members have to save money and work with a local dealer,” said Farm Bureau Executive Director Kerry Wienke. 
“In addition to the discount Farm Bureau M members and  A+ participants receive, T
oyota of Danville will make a $25 contribution to the Ag in the Classroom program for each new vehicle purchased,” said Mike Weidenburner, Business Development Manager with Toyota of Danville. 
The 2% over dealer invoice discount is good on all new Toyota models, but it is only available at Toyota of Danville, located at 2106 Georgetown Road in Tilton. 
For more information about this new discount, contact the Farm Bureau office at 217-442-8713.

National Farm Safety & Health Week
September 21-27

Meet the Buyers Meeting
September 30

National 4-H Week
October 5-11

Board of Directors
October 16

Vermilion County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
December 2

Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
December 6-9

Farm Bill Information Meeting
December 11

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