Local Farmers Organizes Hay Donation for Kansas Wildfire Victims
Hats off to Vern and Lynn Rohrscheib for their efforts to collect and deliver nearly 240 round bales of hay to Kansas farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires. They also took a trailer load of 200 square bales, supplies, and a pallet of feed donated by Georgetown Ridge-Farm FFA. Thanks to all the area farmers that donated hay, trucks and money for fuel. As Lynn said, "Agriculture is a tight-knit community, and farmers are always willing to help those in need, whether it's down the road or across the country.
Farm Bureau Holts 99th Annual Meeting
A great crowd of 160 Farm Bureau members attended the organization's 99th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Beef House Banquet Center. Sue Richter, Executive Director of the Vermilion County Museum, gave a superb presentation on farm life in Vermilion County over the past 100 years.
Michelle Lawhorn, 1st grade teacher at Mark Denman Elementary in Danville, received the Ag
in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award. She takes her class of urban students to a farm
every year so they can know about farming and where their food comes from. She's shown
receiving her award from Ag Literacy Coordinator Susie Willard.
Dane Darr received the Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award. He has
been involved with Farm Bureau since he was 16 years old, including 10 years
on the State Market Advisory Committee and 20 on the Vermilion County Farm
Bureau Board. He's shown Executive Director Kerry Wienke & President Dennis Smith.
Young Leaders Donate to Georgetown Food Pantry
Vermilion County Farm Bureau's Young Leaders Committee recently made a $500 donation to the Georgetown Township Food Pantry. The funds came from the IFB's Harvest for All program, which raises money through the sale of die-cast tractors and money from the American Farm Bureau YF&R Conference.
Shown receiving the check is food pantry coordinator Judy Rahm, who said their food pantry serves 400 families. Presenting the gift are Young Leaders Committee members Aaron Immke (left), Kelli Lyons (with the check) and Kaitlin Harden (right).
Solar Projects Information Meeting
If you've been approaches about a solar project or other utility easement on your property, then Farm Bureau members should attend this Solar Project Information Meeting. Illinois Farm Bureau's director of regulatory affairs Rae Payne and attorney Garrett Thalgott have worked with these projects in other counties. They'll talk about the terms of a contract and items landowners should consider before signing an agreement.
Monday, July 17 1:30 pm Farm Bureau Auditorium
Trivia Night is Fun Experience
A wild Mardi Gras was the scene of the 2017 Farm Bureau Trivia Night. There were 22 krewes (teams) participating, and everyone had a great time.
Over $6,300 was raised for Ag in the Classroom.
THANK YOU to all our teams, sponsors and volunteers for a great evening!
Click here to see pictures from Trivia Night.
Ag Secretary Visits Georgetown Fair
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue stopped at the Georgetown Fair on Monday, August 7 as part of his "Back To Our Roots" RV Tour. He visited with farmers at the Farm Credit Illinois dinner, and made some brief remarks during the Open Steer show. He was joined by his wife, Mary, and Congressman John Shimkus.
Fourez Elected to IFB Board
Steve Fourez of Vermilion County has been elected to a two-year term on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He will represent District 12, which encompasses Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, and Edgar counties. He previously served as the Vermilion County Farm Bureau president from 2001 to 2006. He also served on the IFB Farm Profitability Action Team, chair and vice chair of the IFB GrassRoots Issue Teams (GRITs) rural life committee. He replaces Chris Hausman, of Champaign County, who completed his 10 years on the IFB Board.
Open House Held at New Hog Barn
Lawrence Parks, president of the Parks Companies, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the 8,200 head hog farm near Fithian. Nearly 400 community members, neighbors and ag representatives attended the open house on September 11 and enjoyed a pork chop or pork pattie sandwich.
Once filled, this hog farm will produce the equivalent of 1 million pork chops and 15 million slices of bacon per year.
Also pictured are (left to right) Phyllis Parks, Lawren Parks, Gabe Shepherd, Gary Parks, and Jennie Shepherd. The event was hosted in cooperation with the Shepherd and Rademacher families of Vermilion County.
Rohrscheib Named IFB YL Achievement Award Winner
Lynn Rohrscheib, of Fairmount, was named the winner of the 2017 Illinois Farm Bureau’s Young Leader Achievement Award. The award recognizes young farmers who derive the majority of their income from farming for their efforts in production agriculture, leadership ability, and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. A member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders since 2003, Rohrscheib is actively involved in her local FFA alumni chapter, and served as a district director for the Illinois FFA Alumni. She is also Chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association board, having served on the board the past five years. Lynn Rohrscheib farms with her parents, Vernon and Mary, and her sister, Stacey, continuing quite a family legacy in production agriculture. Rohrscheib represents the fifth generation to farm on her father’s side of the family and at least sixth generation on her mother’s side. Rohrscheib will represent Illinois in competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN next January.
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