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Winter COUNTRY Agribusiness Seminars

Get crop insurance updates, information to help you navigate the claims process plus a market outlook and legislative update at the 2022 COUNTRY Agribusiness Seminars. Ten sessions co-hosted by COUNTRY Financial and Illinois Farm Bureau will take place throughout January and February. Eight will be in-person at various locations and two will be offered virtually. The program will include: Crop Insurance Update, including changes to federal crop insurance and new private products offered by COUNTRY,

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McLean County Fair Hires New AITC Coordinator

McLean County Fair has named Carrie Vogel to serve as Agriculture Literacy Coordinator for the McLean County Ag in the Classroom program. “Carrie brings a great deal of experience and knowledge in communicating about agriculture to diverse audiences. We look forward to working with her and continuing the success of our local Ag in the Classroom program,” says Carly Rickard, McLean County Fair board member and co-chair of the McLean County Ag Education committee. Vogel

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McLean County AITC Grant

Ag in the Classroom Grant funding from the IAA Foundation will continue to fuel local learning about food and farming. The $8,100 Illinois Ag in the Classroom County Coalition Support Grant be used to purchase supplies and resource materials for local schools. During the 2020-21 school year, McLean County Fair Ag in the Classroom reached more than 9,700 students and 664 teachers. The IAA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau and

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Ag Coloring Books Donated to Children’s Advocacy Center

A donation of 300 ABC’s of Agriculture coloring books and soy crayons will be put to use in the waiting rooms at the McLean County Children’s Advocacy Center located in downtown Bloomington. The center provides services and support for children during investigations of physical or sexual abuse allegations or when a child is a witness to a major crime and/or a victim of human trafficking. To learn more about the center and its services, visit

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LMC Ag Day Highlights COVID Impacts

The impact of COVID-19 on agriculture and global supply chains served as the main focus for Ag Day held Sept. 24 for a group of 17 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 with an overview of the global food system. Mike Doherty, Illinois Farm Bureau, Pat Bane,

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