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News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau.

2018 Golden Clover Winners

Four dedicated supporters of 4-H and the McLean County Fair received recognition as 2018 Golden Clover Award winners: Joyce Yoder was honored as a Golden Clover for her service as the leader, volunteer and project superintendent. She also served as a 4-H camp and state fair chaperone as well as teaching generations of 4-Hers baking… read more

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McLean County Fair Receives Facility Grant

McLean County Fair received a $3,000 Facility Upgrade Grant from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America. The grant funds were used to improve lighting at the horse arena on the fairgrounds. Compeer Financial awarded a total of 64 grants totaling $180,000 to support fairground enhancement projects at local and county fairs in Illinois, Minnesota… read more

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Runners Go HogWild with Race, Raise Funds for Fair

About 125 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural HogWild 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk held July 29 at the McLean County Fairgrounds. Cool weather made for pleasant run and all participants enjoyed a post-race meal featuring porkburgers prepared by McLean County Pork Producers. Bain Britt of Rock Falls finished first in the men’s… read more

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Thriving in Today’s Markets – 2018 Farm Income & Innovations Conference

Is your farm thriving or merely surviving? Sudden policy shifts, changing consumer tastes, and progressive technology present new challenges as well as opportunities. Illinois Farm Bureau wants to help you make the most of the opportunities and overcome the challenges. Register today for the 2018 Farm Income & Innovations Conference – Aug. 1 at the… read more

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Saturated Buffer Field Day – June 15

Check out a live installation of a saturated buffer along Turkey Creek and find out more about soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat at a Saturated Buffer Field Day June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Illinois State University Farm. Over lunch, Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist, will lead a discussion… read more

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FFA Service Award Winners

Ten FFA members from area high schools were honored for outstanding service to their FFA chapters as recipients of the 2018 McLean County Farm Bureau Service Awards. Grace Holtz, Blue Ridge Shelby Trunnell, El Paso-Gridley Erin Brown, Heyworth Alec Lindstrom, LeRoy Kenzie Kraft, Normal Community Caitlin Hays, Normal West Dwayne Hancock, Olympia Rachel Hankes, Prairie… read more

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FFA Members Explore Ways to “Be Bold”

Eleven local FFA members explored agricultural careers, gained leadership and built skills for teamwork and communication at the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference “Be Bold” April 16-17 in East Peoria. The local students joined three hundred Illinois FFA members from 78 counties from across the state for breakout sessions and a opportunity… read more

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MCFB Foundation Golf Outing

Join us June 18 for a round of golf to benefit the McLean County Fair & 4-H Show at the Den Golf Course in Bloomington!   Shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Teams of four will play best ball.   Cost is $90 per golfer and includes your golf cart plus a ribeye dinner at the… read more

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Golden Clover Nominations

Know an outstanding fair volunteer? Nominated them to receive a Golden Clover Award! The awards recognize individuals for outstanding service to the McLean County Fair and McLean County 4-H programs. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2018. The awards may be presented in three categories: • Golden Clover – volunteer of retirement age • Emerald Clover… read more

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Finding affordable health care for farmers

Delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting in December asked IFB to identify affordable health care options for farmers. They did so as premiums and other health care costs continue to increase, and farm families have trouble finding affordable coverage. IFB is responding with a two-pronged approach; focusing on what can be done for… read more

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