Category: Member News

News and updates from McLean County Farm Bureau

Volunteers Needed – McLean County Fair

Farmers are needed to share their everyday ag knowledge at the Food & Farm Fun Zone educational exhibit during the 2019 McLean County Fair July 31 – Aug. 4. Volunteer shifts are three hours each. The exhibit needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. … Read More

Industrial Hemp Forum Highlights

Area farmers learned about the challenges and opportunities for growing Industrial Hemp at a forum hosted by McLean County Farm Bureau June 25. Western Illinois University researcher, Dr. Win Phippen, offered a look at what it takes to grow industrial hemp. Challenges include the labor intensive nature of the crop and testing requirements. Industrial hemp … Read More

Prevented Planting Resources

Check out for videos, links & resources as you make planting decisions. University of Illinois farmdoc will also be holding three webinars: Prevent Plant / Late Planting Decisions with  Gary Schnitkey, Todd Hubbs, and Jonathan Coppess Wed, June 12, 2019 at 8 a.m. Price Environment – detail on latest crop progress and price outlook … Read More

Prevented Planting Meeting

Join us for a look at crop insurance coverage, the USDA Market Facilitation Program and agronomic considerations for prevented planting acres. Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the McLean County fairgrounds in Bloomington. Speakers include: Nyle Wiechmann, COUNTRY Financial Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau Karen Corrigan, McGillicuddy-Corrigan Agronomics RSVP appreciated, but not required. Sign … Read More

Golf Outing – July 1

Hit the links July 1 to support local ag education efforts including the McLean County Fair! Please note: Date change to July 1! Cost: $90 per golfer or $360 per foursome Location: The Den at Fox Creek Includes golf cart, 18 holes of golf, lunch, snacks and ribeye dinner! Plus raffles, contests & prizes You can … Read More

Industrial Hemp Forum June 25

Check out the challenges and opportunities for growing industrial hemp at an informational forum Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mini Expo Building at the McLean County Fairgrounds. Speakers include: Dr. Win Phippen of Western Illinois University, 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Trials Bill Bodine of Illinois Farm Bureau, Rules & Regulations As of … Read More

Golden Clover Nominations

Know someone who helped make your 4-H Club or McLean County Fair experience great? Nominate them to receive a Golden Clover Award! Deadline is June 1, 2019. Golden Clover Awards recognize individuals for outstanding service to 4-H and the McLean County Fair. Awards are given in these categories: Golden Clover – volunteer of retirement age … Read More

Kubsch, Streitmatter Complete ALOT

Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) created Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT), an agricultural leadership development program designed to give participants a head-start on tackling tomorrow’s responsibilities. Twenty-one IFB members representing seventeen counties have successfully completed the 40th ALOT program. Tori Streitmatter and Kristen Kubsch represented McLean County. The 2019 ALOT sessions were held in Oglesby, Cambridge, … Read More

MCFB Foundation Scholarship Winners

Mackenzie Kraft, Normal HS Clayton Thomas, Normal West HS Devin Jefferson, Illinois State Victoria Medernach, Parkland College Jill Parrent, Iowa State McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation is pleased to announce five local students selected to receive a 2019-20 Agriculture Leadership Scholarship: Mackenzie Kraft, Normal Community High School senior, plans to study Animal Science at Iowa … Read More

FFA Service Award Winners

McLean County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 FFA Service Awards. The awards are given annually to one member from each local FFA chapter. Winners include: •Kathyrn Cole, Blue Ridge •Kate Henkel, El Paso-Gridley •Sara Ingels, Heyworth •Jerred Grussing, LeRoy •Carly Groth, Lexington •Georgia Merkle, Normal Community •Jaden Thompson, Normal … Read More