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News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau.

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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COUNTRY Crop Update – Feb. 6

To help you plan for the 2018 growing season and address your insurance needs, local COUNTRY Financial crop experts will offer a free Crop Update Meeting Tues., Feb. 6 at Evergreen FS, 402 N Hershey Rd in Bloomington. Hear important updates on crop and farm insurance products, precision ag technology plus a grain marketing outlook… read more

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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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