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News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau.

MCFB Board Election Results

McLean County Farm Bureau members Brian Dirks, Ellsworth; Carl Neubauer, Downs; and J.C. Zimmerman were re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Matt Witte, Heyworth, was elected as a new member of the board. All board members are elected to three year terms.

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Dicamba Training Offered

New Label requirements for dicamba use in 2018 require specific training on product use. If you have a private pesticide applicator license and plan to spray dicamba next year, you will need to complete this additional training prior to use and keep documentation of the training for your records. Commercial applicators are also required to… read more

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UCR Registration Delayed

The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board of Directors has announced that the start of the 2018  registration period will be postponed until further notice.  They’re still awaiting completion of the rulemaking process for 2018 fees by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The UCR board is recommending that the enforcement period for 2018 compliance… read more

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Dicamba: Where We’re At & Where We Go From Here

Dicamba. It’s been on the lips of farmers, scientists and consumers alike this year – and for good reason. Complaints of damage due to drift have piled up across the Midwest; the Illinois Department of Agriculture alone received hundreds of reports. But the dicamba issues that hit the farm belt this summer weren’t at all… read more

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At the Farm Gate: Gagging on Health Insurance Premiums Like a Horse Pill

When 2018 begins, the annual premium for my private health insurance plan will have increased by 121 percent in five years. I have spreadsheets tracking health insurance costs like our farm’s corn yield trends. And, as in corn production, the numbers can tell a story: Our health insurance system is in critical condition with no… read more

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Ag Science Grants Available

Looking to grow an educational program or project in ag science? Check out the Ag Science grant from McLean County Farm Bureau to help make your ideas for hands-on learning a reality. Up to $2,500 is available each year for McLean County educators grades K-12. Project must be directly related to Ag Science: soil, plant… read more

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Ag Day Offers Local Leaders a Look at Food, Farming Issues

Twenty-nine local business leaders explored food and farming issues during Ag Day held Oct. 20. McLean County Farm Bureau sponsors Ag Day each year for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Leadership McLean County program. Don Meyer, Illinois State University lecturer, kicked off the program with an overview of the global food system. Additional speakers… read more

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#Harvest17 is Here – Stay Safe!

Harvest is here, that means farmers are already moving equipment on roads, harvesting their crop, and hauling it to elevators. Over the next few weeks and months they’ll be working longer hours—starting their days before sunrise without resting until long after sunset. The pressure to keep going can be intense and can lead to accidents,… read more

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Fall Fish Sale

Looking to stock your pond? McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District is offering fall fish sales: FISH SALE: Offering Channel Cat, Albino Catfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Bluegill, Crappie, Redear, Fathead Minnows, Largemouth Bass, and Triploid Grass Carp.  See order form for more details, click here: Fish Order Form ORDER DEADLINES: Grass Carp –  September 22nd All other… read more

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A Look at 2017 #FarmIncome

Outlook for Crop Farm Income, Cash Rents, Farmland Prices, and Agricultural Credit: Webinar covering farm income estimates for 2017 based on current projections of prices, yields, and ARC-CO payments. Forecasts were made on 2018 cash rents and farmland prices based on a survey of Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Plus an… read more

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