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News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau.

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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Unified Carrier Registration Now Available

Registration is now available for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) effective January 5, 2018. The fees, normally due January 1 of each year, had been delayed until this point awaiting today’s Federal Register publication in which the fees are formally established. Fees for the registration year 2018 have been reduced below the previous level by… read more

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Landowner 101 Classes

Expand your understanding and skills for managing your farmland with a series of Landowner 101 classes. Instructors will include Don Meyer and Dr. Maria Boerngen of Illinois State University. Topics to be covered include: Feb. 15 – Farmland Leasing March 1 – Basic Agronomy March 8 – Grain Marketing Classes will be held from 6:30… read more

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Ag Scholarship Deadlines – Feb. 1

McLean County students pursuing ag-related careers are eligible for a number of scholarship opportunities including: McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation Ag Leadership Scholarships Up to five $1,000 scholarships Two will be awarded to high school seniors, one to an Illinois State University student and two to students at a college, university, technical or trade school…. read more

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On the Road Seminar – Feb. 7

Take a look at the latest farm trucking rules and transportation regulations at the On the Road Seminar Wed. Feb. 7 at 8 a.m. at the ASMARK Agricenter, 14171 Carole Drive in Bloomington. Illinois Farm Bureau staff Kevin Rund and Kirby Wagner will cover the complexities of licensing requirements and farm exemptions. Additional topics include… read more

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