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News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau.

IFB Farm Bill Work Sessions

Dive into the discussion and help shape Illinois Farm Bureau policy for the 2018 Farm Bill with upcoming work sessions: Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. at Champaign County Farm Bureau Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. at Peoria County Farm Bureau Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. at Sangamon County Farm Bureau Supper will be included and… read more

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Lake Evergreen Watershed Nitrate Program

What is the fate of your nitrogen? Farmers in the Lake Evergreen Watershed are invited to participate in a research project aimed at providing data to drive informed decisions for nutrient management. If you would like to participate, contact us for more information. Project Description:  Measure nitrate levels with weekly water tests from field tile… read more

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MCFB Board Election Results

McLean County Farm Bureau members Fred Grieder of Carlock and Marie Denzer-Farley of Danvers were re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Arin Rader of Normal and John Burkhart of Stanford were elected as new members of the board. All board members are elected to three year terms. The new board members will be… read more

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Scholarships Available to McLean County Students

Looking to launch a career in agriculture? Check out these scholarship opportunities available now! McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation Ag Leadership Scholarships: Up to five $1,000 scholarships 2 awarded to high school seniors 1 to an Illinois State University student 2 students at other colleges, universities, technical or trade schools Postmark deadline is Feb. 1,… read more

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Farm Safety Breakfast Jan. 31

Defend your data! Take a look at tips for preventing identity theft plus learn the latest trucking rules and regulations for Illinois farmers Jan. 31 at the Pontiac Elks Club. The Farm Safety Breakfast starts with a complementary hot breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. Speaker Brian McGill with the IAA Credit Union will address identity theft… read more

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McLean County Chamber Seeks Ag Nominees

Know an outstanding advocate for agriculture? Or a farmer who is outstanding in their field? Nominate them for a 2016 McLean County Chamber of Commerce Ag Award! Award categories (descriptions here): Outstanding Service to Agriculture Outstanding Young Farmer Outstanding Agri-Business Person Outstanding Conservationist Emerging Leader in Agriculture McLean County Farmer of the Year Click here to fill… read more

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2017 Ag After Hours Set

Build your network & your knowledge at the 2017 Ag After Hours events. Young farmers and agribusiness professionals are invited to attend. Thurs., Jan. 26 at C.J.’s in Bloomington Speakers: Don Meyer & Dr. Maria Boerngen, Illinois State University Topic: Land Leasing & Negotiating Tips Wed., Feb. 15 at McLean County Farm Bureau building in Bloomington Speaker:… read more

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Book Grants Awarded to 7 Local Teachers

Ag-related books with be cropping up in seven McLean County classrooms thanks to book grants from Illinois Ag in the Classroom. Congratulations to the winning teachers: Maureen Svob, Irving Elementary Ann Schramm, LeRoy Elementary School Meredith Beard, Lexington Elementary Lucinda Kraft, Lexington Elementary Amanda Juarez, Sheridan School Adria Carter, Towanda Elementary Ashley DeFreese, Towanda Elementary… read more

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Ag in the Classroom Gets $7,500 Grant

The McLean County Fair Ag in the Classroom program will grow and plant more seeds of food and farm knowledge with a $7,500 grant from the IAA Foundation. The 2016-17 County AITC Coalition Grant funds are provided by the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau. McLean County Fair plans to use… read more

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4R4U: New Approach to Nutrients

The new 4R4U program seeks to help farmers implement nutrient management practices that makes the most sense for their individual farms. Illinois Farm Bureau and GROWMARK recently announced the statewide partnership to promote the 4R approach to managing nutrients. “4R is systems approach to fertilizer use,” said Lauren Lurkins, director of natural and environmental resources,… read more

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