Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918
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National Farm Safety & Health Week
     - September 18-24

FFA Acquaintance Program - September 27

Foundation Trustees - October 12

Board of Directors - October 20


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Associate Members:
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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.

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FarmWeek Headlines

Sep 26, 2016 01:00AM

2016 a bounce back year for pumpkin production

No worries, pumpkin lovers: Pumpkin production bounced back this season after getting squashed by weather issues last year.

Sep 26, 2016 01:00AM

Family meals gain importance during fall

Survey finds only 57 percent of survey respondent parents eat dinner with their children every night.

Sep 26, 2016 01:00AM

Great Lakes Basin railroad route changes, avoids Boone County

Illinois Farm Bureau requested STB allow for an additional comment period because the route has changed.

Sep 26, 2016 01:00AM

IDNR holding public meetings on chronic wasting disease

Each meeting will start at 7 p.m. with a 30-minute presentation and discussion.

Sep 26, 2016 01:00AM

USDA funds three Illinois Conservation Innovation projects

Projects based in Chicago, Peoria and Evanston will receive a share of $26.6 million.

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National Farm Safety & Health Week is September 18-24, and with that comes an important message along with this year’s theme: Farm Safety… a Legacy to be Proud of.” Vermilion County Farm Bureau is joining the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety to bring the subject to light.

The theme serves as a reminder that it’s up to us to teach our children and grandchildren to use good safety sense on the farm. From generation to generation, farmers learn from those who have gone before them.

In 2015, we had the lowest number of farm deaths in Illinois than we have had for some time, with 11. Our average for the past 20 years has been about 31 deaths per year. There were also no farm-related grain bin deaths. Farmers should give themselves a pat on the back, and continue to do what they are doing in taking farm safety seriously. This is proof it is making a difference.

Don’t leave farm safety to chance. Teaching by example is the safest way to work.

Corn Harvest Ready to Begin

Combines will soon be rolling across Vermilion County - in fact, some may have already hit the fields. Once they hit the fields, they will be bringing in one of the largest crops in history. So it will take a long time, and farm equipment will be on roads through most of the fall. Everyone needs to be alert on rural roads this fall, and keep safety at the front of your mind.

Willard Named State Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Susie Willard, Vermilion County Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom coordinator. She was recently named the K-8 Teacher of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Nominated by Vermilion County Soil & Water Conservation District, Susie was recognized for her unparralled record of visiting 626 classrooms this past school year, giving these lessons to more than 13,300 students.
Utilizing her 30-plus years of teaching experience, she brings her own knowledge of being on a farm to the children to help them learn about working with nature and bringing food to our tables.
Her enthusiasm for the topic and her natural ability to share that message with the number of students reached made Susie Willard an excellent choice for the state conservation K-8 Teacher of the Year
She's shown above with Mitchell Killough (l) and Bob Mathis with SWCD. Mathis was also recognized for 35 years of service as a SWCD director.

Farm Bureau Host Dans for Farm Visit
Vermilion County Farm Bureau hosted the Danville Dans for a visit to a farm recently. The group talking about farming in Illinois, and what is involved in raising food. They players - from colleges all over the country - got to climb into a tractor and combine to get a feel for the size of the equipment. The group also interacted over a cookout supper.

Farm Bureau Meets With State Senator Bennett
Members of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Legislative Committee met with State Senator Scott Bennett in Dennis Smith's farm shop recently. The main topic of discussion was the ongoing budget situation in Illinois. Those present talked about the impact the lack of funding was having on Soil & Water Conservation Districts, county fairs, FFA and ag education, and local governments. Sen. Bennett share some of the activities that had taken place, and that they will be back in session June 29. We appreciate the Senator taking time out of his schedule to meet with Vermilion County farmers.

New Travel Discount Available
Vermilion County Farm Bureau members can now save $50 per person on any tour offered by Collette Tours. Whether it's a bus trip through the Rockies or travel to England or Austrailia, Collette has a number of trips avaialble throughout the year.
Click here to check out this new member discount!

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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