Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918
Upcoming Events
Midwest Ag Expo at Gordyville - January 28-29

Smartphone Workshop - January 29

VCFB Foundation Trustees - February 4

Nat'l Farm Machinery Show, Louisville -
     February 11-14

National FFA Week - February 21-28

IFB Gov't Affairs Leadership Conference -
     February 25-26

Luau for Learning Trivia Night - February 28

You Could Win This Rifle!

Henry 22 American Farmer Tribute Rifle
Valued at over $1,000

Tickets are $20 each
Only 300 tickets will be sold

Contact Vermilion County Farm Bureau office for details.

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"On the Farm"
Weekdays 6:45 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, bail bond cards

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

Jan 26, 2015 08:00AM

Young Leader Conference attendance soars

This weekend's IFB Young Leaders Conference saw record attendance.

Jan 23, 2015 01:00AM

Nafziger's nitrogen advice? Common sense, N-rate calculator

We have a video interview with U of I's Emerson Nafziger, who spoke at this week's Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association convention.

Jan 23, 2015 01:00AM

Weekly farm bill question

Those planning to attend a regional meeting conducted jointly by IFB and the U of I should pre-register.

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Get Tips on Using Your Smartphone & Tablet 
Whether is was new at Christmas or you've had a smartphone for five years, there are always new apps and great tips to make technology tools work for you. Learn how to make the most of your smartphone, tablet of iPad at a worskhop on Thursday, January 29, beginning at6:30 pm in the Farm Bureau Auditorium. Staff from our local Cellular One Company will be on hand to answer your questions. The program is open to all Farm Bureau members, but registration is requested by calling 217-442-8713. 

College Scholarships Available
There are several scholarship programs available to Vermilion County Farm Bureau members and others entering an agriculture-related field of study.
IAA Foundation Scholarships - Illinois Farm Bureau's foundation is offering more than $179,000 through 74 different scholarships. ranging from $1,000 to $7,500. Application includes a activities template. The deadline is February 1. 
Click here for an application

Freese Memorial Scholarships -
 Four $500 scholarships are offered to farm children in Vermilion, Ford and Champaign Counties by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Flatville. This scholarship is not limited to an agricultural degree. Application deadline is March 1. 
Click here for an application
BAGI Scholarships - Balloon Association of Greater Illinois (BAGI) offers four $500 scholarships to Farm Bureau members in various counties where the group has active members. Application deadline is March 15.
Click here for an application

Andrews-Brumett Scholarship - This $500 scholarship (in memory of Clark & Katharyn Andrews and Joe & Agnes Brumett, Sr) is available to a Vermilion County high school senior who will be attending DACC in 2014. Application deadline is March 16.
Click here for an application

"Jamaica My Weekend" Trivia Night coming February 28
It's back! The 3rd annual Luau for Learning Trivia Night will be held Saturday, February 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Danville. This year's theme is "Jamaica My Weekend," so get you best Bob Marley or bobsled team impressions for an evening of fun. Proceeds go to support the Ag in the Classroom program. 

Click here for a registration form

New President for Vermilion County Farm Bureau

Vermilion County Farm Bureau has a new president. Dennis Smith (right in the picture), a farmer from Ridge Farm, is the 19th president of the organization. He replaces David Sadler, who served the maximum eight years allowed.
Smith is joined on the Executive Committe by (left to right): Bruce Darr, Fairmount, Secretary; Mark Wilalrd, Rossville, Vice President; and Alan Chesnut, Ridge Farm, Treasurer.

New Plat Book Now Available
Vermilion County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new 2015 Plat Book is now on sale at the Farm Bureau office. The book features side-by-side maps of aerial photos and landowners for the unincorporated areas of Vermilion County. Pricing varies depending on your Farm Bureau membership classification. They can also be mailed out if payment is received in advance. Plat books make great Christmas presents for that hard-to-buy-for farmer or outdoorsman. Stop by the Farm Bureau office and get yours today.

IFB Names Friends of Agriculture
Every year Illinois Farm Bureau members meet to evaluate our legislators voting record on issues affecting agriculture, as well as their accessibility to farmers in their district. Through the IFB ACTIVATOR program, those with high marks receive the Friend of Agriculture designation. Vermilion County Farm Bureau recently presented 104th District State Representative Chad Hays (left) with his 2014 Friend of Agriculture award, with VCFB President David Sadler (center) and Legislative & Local Affairs Chairman Mike Marron making the presentation.
Other local legislators that received the Friend of Agriculture designation include:
15th District Congressman John Shimkus
51st State Senator Chapin Rose
102nd State Representative Adam Brown
We thank these legislators for their support of Illinois largest industry - agriculture.

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.

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.

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