Scholarship Opportunities for Students Seeking Ag Careers

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 a student at a college, university, technical or … Read More

IL Farm Economic Summits

Take a look at the extraordinary challenges of the 2019 crop year and management strategies for the future at the Illinois Farm Economics Summits. The programs begin at 8:15 a.m. and ends with lunch each day. Topics include: 2019 THAT Just Happened What Did We Learn with Delayed Planting? Farm Management Implications Illinois Farm Income: … Read More

IL 4R Indoor Field Day

Get the latest information and research updates on 4R Practices to reduce nutrient loss at the 4R Indoor Field Day December 12 at the ASMARK Agricenter in Bloomington. The agenda includes: Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biannual Report – Dr. Greg McIsaac, U of IL Source & Management of N & P Losses: NREC Research … Read More

IL Hemp Summit

After a challenging first year, what did we learn and what is the future of industrial hemp in Illinois? Learn about the 2019 growing season, best practices and lessons learned at the Illinois Hemp Summit Tuesday, December 17 hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. ​Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 9:00 am to 4:00 pm The Orr … Read More

IL Swine Day 2019 – African Swine Fever

What happens if African Swine Fever spreads to the U.S.? Illinois? Your farm? Prepare for the worst case scenario at Illinois Swine Day December 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield. Topics includes: What is ASF and why are we worried about it? What is really happening … Read More

2020 Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Conference

The 2020 Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Conference will be January 31 & February 1 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Keynote Speaker: Jim “The Rookie” Morris Breakout Session Topics: Anhydrous Safety, Hydroponics, Meals on the Go, Climatology, Managing People, Media Training, Ag in the Classroom, Photography, RFID & Livestock Traceability, Mental Health, Agronomy, … Read More

Local FFA Members Attend BUILD Conference

Illinois Farm Bureau and its affiliate companies were proud to sponsor the Illinois FFA BUILD Conference in Decatur October 14-15. Members from Normal Community, Normal West and Tri-Valley FFA Chapters participated in this year’s event/ Through five different sessions, FFA members learned how to BUILD their leadership, image, relationships, team and perspective, as well as … Read More

Partners in Play: Celebrating 25 Years with the Children’s Discovery Museum

As the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal celebrates its 25th Anniversary, McLean County Farm Bureau is also celebrating 25 years of partnership and collaboration in the museum’s mission of learning through play. “Agriculture has always been part of the Children’s Discovery Museum from the very beginning,” says Shelly Hanover, Director of Museum Experiences and Engagement. … Read More

Ag Day Highlights Key Farm & Food Issues

Global trade and economic issues served as the main focus for Ag Day held Oct. 18 for a group of twenty-three local business leaders. McLean County Farm Bureau sponsors Ag Day each year for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Leadership McLean County program. Dr. Lucas Maxwell of Illinois State University kicked off the program … Read More

Prevented Planting – Top Up Payments

Did you know more than 7,500 acres in McLean County were claimed as prevented planting in 2019? Those acres are eligible for an additional payment this year. As part of the 2019 Disaster Relief Act crop insurance users qualifying for a 2019 Prevented Planting (PP) indemnity will receive a supplemental PP, or Top‐Up, payment. Get … Read More

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