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Holiday Foods Pickup Day - December 17

Board of Directors - December 18

Office Closed: Merry Christmas - December 24-26

Illini Farm Toy Show - January 9-11


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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

Dec 19, 2014 08:30AM

Vilsack drops proposed beef checkoff

In an interview with DTN, USDA Secretary Vilsack says he's dropping his proposal for a new beef checkoff.

Dec 19, 2014 01:00AM

Newton: 'New era' of crop prices will continue

We have comments from John Newton, U of I associate professor, discussing the "new era" of grain prices.

Dec 18, 2014 01:00PM

Gov. Quinn calls special session

Gov. Quinn calls back lawmakers to set up a special election for state comptroller in 2016.

Dec 18, 2014 08:00AM

CME issues emergency price limits for cattle futures

The new limit, starting Thursday, is $4.50 per hundredweight for feeder cattle. Expanded limits for live cattle futures will take effect on Friday.

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Citrus Fruit Pickup Day Delayed

Due to trucking scheduling beyond our control, the pickup day for the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Holiday Food sales is now Wednesday, December 17. Members that order fruit and nuts can come between 9:30 am - 5:00 pm that day to pick up your orders. 

Farm Bureau Hosting Farm Bill Information Meeting
Vermilion County Farm Bureau, along with Midwest AgriCredit and USDA - Farm Service Agency, are sponsoring a Farm Bill Information Meeting on Thursday, December 11. The meeting will be held at 1:30 pm in the Farm Bureau Auditorium. The program will be presented by Doug Yoder - Illinois Farm Bureau's go-to person on farm programs and crop insurance. Doug will review the options farmers can select in this year's Farm Bill signups. He'll also review the federal crop insurance options.

Thanksgiving Meal Just Slightly Higher This Year
Good news! This year’s Thanksgiving Day dinner will average just 37 cents more than last year. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41. And here in Danville, that same meal can be purchased for $44.64. The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at $21.65 this year. The AFBF survey shopping list also includes bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers. In Danville, foods showing the largest increases this year were pumpkin pie mix and the pie shells, the milk and produce items showing the largest decreases. The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011.
Now that’s something we can all be thankful for!

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.

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.

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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