Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918
Upcoming Events

National 4-H Week - October 4-10

FFA Acquaintance Program - October 6

Office Closed - Columbus Day - October 12

Board of Directors - October 15

Leadership Tomorrow Ag Day - October 16

Daylight Savings Time Ends - November 1

Deadline to turn in Independent Map Petitions - December 15


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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 08, 2015 04:00PM

USDA October crop production report

USDA will update the numbers at 11 a.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 9. We'll update shortly afterwards.

Oct 08, 2015 03:30PM

Illinois delegation headed to Cuba

The four-day trip will focus on expanding agricultural trade opportunities.

Oct 08, 2015 01:00AM

Hybrid wheat could boost yields

Wheat growers in the near future could have access to higher yielding varieties.

Oct 07, 2015 04:45PM

Can farmers keep U.S.- EU negotiations moving?

Don't get your acronyms mixed up. Another important effort to pry EU markets back open is also in the works.

Oct 07, 2015 10:00AM

Little field yields big dreams

Plano District Superintendent Hector Garcia, Ph.D., excitedly explains his "ultimate dream" to build a science lab on district-owned farmland.

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Farm Bureau Salutes 4-H
More than 200 4-H young people in Vermilion County are joining with 6 million fellow 4-H members across the country to celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. This year's theme is "4-H Grows Here". Vermilion County Farm Bureau is proud to support 4-H and the young people who participate in it.

Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
- Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
- Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and
- Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

Farm Bureau Joins Independent Map Petition Drive

Illinois Farm Bureau has joined the Independent Map Amendment coalition, which seeks to put a proposal to amment the Illinois Constitution before voters.
The proposal would create an 11-member independent redistricting commission to draw legislative districts for General Assembly members every 10 years. The coalition is working to collect 600,000 signatures to get the question on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
Petitions are available at the Farm Bureau office, 1905-C U.S. Route 150, Danville.

Vermilion County Hosts AITC Bike Ride
The 20th - and last - IAITC Bike Ride for Ag in the Classroom came through Vermilion County on Tuesday, September 8. The group of 36 riders left Champaign early in the morning. After traveling through Kickapoo State Park, then coming into Danville from Hungry Hollow Road, the bikers made school stops at Garfield, Schalrman Academy and First Baptist Christian School. They did a skit talking about the impact agriculture has in our lives every day.
The group then stopped for lunch in Temple Plaza, where they were welcomed by Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer. Following a police escort down Gilbert Street, another school stop was made at Southwest School before the group headed to Catlin and back to Champaign.
This is the third time the IAITC Bike Ride has come through Vermilion County. We thank them for including Vermilion County in this final ride.

AITC Open House Held
Over 50 educators and parents attending the annual Ag in the Classroom Open House on Wednesday, September 2. Teachers looked at all the materials available to them for the school year. They also signed up for classroom presentations on topics like popcorn, worms, honeybees and growing a seed bomb.

Barn Door Open A Success
The 11th annual Barn Door Open was a great success on Thursday, July 30 at Turtle Run Golf Club. This yearly fundraiser for the Ag in the Classroom program had 21 teams participate this year. We anticipate raising close to $7,200 again this year. The proceeds will help Vermilion County children learn about agriculture and where their food comes from.
We thank all our sponsors for their support, especially our title sponsors: Farm Credit Illinois and Illini FS.
Click here to see the list of sponsors for this year


Farmers' Market in Downtown Danville
The Downtown Danville Farmers' Market has kicked off the 2015 season. The markets are held Wednesday and Saturdays, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm on the west side of the Danville Public Library, corner of N. Vermilion and E. Seminary Streets in Danville. Many of the Saturdays will have events and entertainment available as well. Stop by during the summer and support our local growers.


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 presents for that hard-to-buy-for farmer or outdoorsman. Stop by the Farm Bureau office and get yours today.

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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