Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918

Early Voting at Courthouse Annex - Oct 20 - Nov 2

Foundation Trustees - October 29

Election Day - November 4

Office Closed: Veterans' Day - November 11

Holiday Food Order Deadline - November 21

Annual Meeting Ticket Deadline - November 26

Vermilion County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting & Silent Auction - December 2

IL Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - December 6-9

Farm Bill Information Meeting - December 11


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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.

Click here for details!

More Member-Only Discounts

FarmWeek Headlines

Oct 24, 2014 02:00PM

Vote now for the next Faces of Farming & Ranching

The winners will be announced November 12 at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters meeting in Kansas City.

Oct 24, 2014 01:30PM

October is National Sausage Month

Oct 24, 2014 10:25AM

Bountiful harvest this week

Check out Ken Kashian's video of harvest activity near Yuton in McLean County.

Oct 22, 2014 08:00AM

FarmWeek for October 20

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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
In addition, IFB has endorsed Tom Bennett for the 106th State Representative open seat.
We urge you to support these representatives that are behind Illinois largest industry - agriculture.

Harvest Is A Big One
A sight that will be common at many central Illinois elevators is this corn pile at the JBS United facility in Collison. Elevator staff estimate about 300,000 are in this pile, and they have plans to start a second pile on an old pad. This is in addition to the 1.3 million bushels of storage they have in their facility. As the harvest continues, we urge farmers to stay well rested, and drivers need to be cautious on rural roadways.

Be Sure Your Vote Counts

Many Vermilion County farmers will be busy with harvest and field work all this month and well into November. But voting in this year's election in just as important to your farm as harvesting this year's crop. So don't miss the chance to let your voice be heard. 
You can request an absentee ballot (see links below), vote at home, and get it back in the mail by November 3.
Early Voting is now open, and you can visit the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex to vote now through November 2.
With all the important issues facing agriculture -- EPA and their rulings on Waters of the US and Renewable Fuels Standard, infrastructure improvements, crop insurance and Farm Bill implementation, and the Illinois financial situation -- don’t let harvest be a deterrent for voting. 
Request your absentee ballot today. Then vote and mail it in!

Absentee Ballot Request for Vermilion County

Absentee Ballot Request for City of 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.

FFA's, School Groups Set Up Farm Safety Week Displays
Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee again conducted a Farm Safety Display that FFA chapters and other high school groups would display during National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year three FFA chapters - Armstrong, Georgetown-Ridge Farm and Oakwood - along with the 4A Industrial Arts class at Westville participated in the display contest.

     Oakwood FFA - 1st Place

     Armstrong FFA - 2nd Place

 Westville Industrial Arts - 3rd Place                Georgetown-Ridge Farm FFA - 3rd Place

Thanks to Country Financial's Dave Harby and Rick Rotramel, along with the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee, for sponsoring the prize money the school groups will receive.

Farm Safety Is More Than One Week
While Vermilion County Farm Bureau joined others in agriculture to mark National Farm Safety and Health Week in September, staying safe on the farm is a year-round effort.
This year's 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.

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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