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News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau.

Saturated Buffer Sites Needed

In partnership with Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for one to three suitable sites to install saturated buffers after fall 2017 harvest. Farmers can take advantage of cost share programs to offset the installation costs. A grass filter strip or buffer strip can be enrolled or… read more

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Nitrogen Management Field Day

Check out options for best practices and strategies to reduce nutrient losses from your farm fields at the Nitrogen Management Field Day June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will be held at the BCS Arrowsmith Plant located at 14040 N 3300 East Rd. The agenda includes a sidedress application demonstration, cover… read more

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Clean Sweep Pesticide Collection

Central Illinois farmers, landowners and private pesticide applicators can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals during a free “Clean Sweep” collection program offered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Residents of Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Piatt and Vermillion counties may participate. Participants must pre-register the products they plan to dispose by July 14. Registration forms… read more

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NEW IFB Member Benefits App

Find savings at your fingertips with the new Illinois Farm Bureau member benefits iPhone App and web platform! Enjoy access to thousands of discounts on hotels, theme parks, restaurants, movies and everything in between. The app will show both local and national discounts, plus has a location feature to show discounts near you. To access the… read more

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MCFB Leadership Scholarship Winners

Four McLean County students will receive $1,000 to pursue an ag-related career as winners of the 2016-17 McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation Leadership Scholarships. Nyla Maere,Normal Community West High School Senior, plans to study Animal Science and Agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. Carley Zimmerman, Ridgeview High School Senior, plans to major in Agricultural Education in… read more

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MCFB Foundation Golf Outing

Join us June 19 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 conclusion of the… read more

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Illinois Livestock Guides Available

In August 2014, the Illinois EPA Livestock Rules became effective and parts of the Rules apply to all farms, regardless of their size. The Rules require livestock farmers to collect, contain and apply manure in a way that does not cause water pollution and prevent any runoff from feedstuffs and feed storage areas, as well… read more

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Prime Timers Tour New Ag History Exhibit

Stories, photos and artifacts from local farmers past and present illustrate more than 200 years of farming in the new agricultural history exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History. McLean County Farm Bureau Prime Timers had the chance to relive and remember their own farming experiences with a visit to the exhibit April 27…. read more

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Golden Clover Nominations Needed

The Golden Clover Awards recognize individuals for outstanding service to the McLean County Fair and McLean County 4-H programs. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2017. The awards may be presented in three categories: • Golden Clover – volunteer of retirement age • Emerald Clover – deceased person who has not previously received a Golden… read more

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Centennial Barns Designation

Barn Keepers, a Bloomington-based not-for-profit organization, has embarked on an exciting new project to recognize the owners of 100-year-old barns. For barns verified to be more than a century old, owners will have the opportunity to receive a 24 x 24-inch durable, outdoor sign to attach to their barns. The reflective, red-and-white Illinois Centennial Barn… read more

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