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

http://FarmWeekNow.com/newswire.aspx?c=1

Oct 21, 2014 01:00AM

Keep family living costs in mind as margins tighten

In 2013, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,307 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) averaged $80,716 -- or $6,726 a month per family. That's 5.3 percent higher than in 2012.

Oct 21, 2014 01:00AM

New state CAFO rules the new normal for livestock farmers

Livestock farmers need to set aside any preconceived notions about new state livestock regulations and be prepared for the new normal in Illinois. We have comments from IFB's Lauren Lurkins.

Oct 20, 2014 01:00AM

At home on the range; bison excel in Illinois

David Ruhter, Newman, worked at zoos more than 20 years before he and his wife, Kathleen, decided to start their own livestock operation.

Oct 20, 2014 01:00AM

Weekend sun restarts harvest efforts

Illinois farmers made some progress last week, as fields began to dry out.

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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.



Don't Miss Your Chance to Vote
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


Farm Bureau Salutes 4-H
Vermilion County Farm Bureau salutes the more than 250 members of 4-H in Vermilion County. They work hard on their projects and are involved making an impact in their communities throughout the year. Tuft’s University researched the effect of 4-H on youth development. It indicated that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. And we congratulate the club leaders and parents who give of their time and work hard to help develop these future leaders of agriculture and our communities.
For more information about 4-H in Vermilion County, contact Kristen Block at the Vermilion County Extension Office - 217-442-8615.



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.


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. 

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.


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