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Olson Honored at IAA Annual Meeting

John Olson earned statewide recognition for decades of volunteer work helping non-farmers learn about food and farming. Olson was named the 2020 Illinois Ag in the Classroom Volunteer of the Year and recognized at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Dec. 7. In the 1980s, Olson and others hosted hundreds of local fourth graders for farm field trips. He was also involved with the development of an ag exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum starting

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Buckley Name IL Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Katie Buckley, secondary special education teacher and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Educator across the district at LeRoy CUSD #2, was named 2020 Illinois Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for her outstanding efforts in incorporating agriculture into her classroom. Agriculture themed lessons generate opportunities for problem solving and project-based learning in Buckley’s classroom. Students have the opportunity to engage with real world problems like soil conservation, resource allocation and sustainability. Buckley’s students

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McLean County Board Members Participate in IAA Annual Meeting

McLean County Farm Bureau board members discussed issues ranging from trade to transportation to taxes during the delegate session at the IAA Annual Meeting Dec. 9. Along with representatives from every county Farm Bureau in the state, the delegates discussed and approved policy for the organization on a long list of topics. Key items include: Policy calling for voluntary, science-based efforts on climate change Language addressing pesticide regulations Policy calling for revisions to the H2-A

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Hawk Competes in Statewide Discussion Meet

Congratulations to McLean County Farm Bureau member, Rachel Hawk on advancing to the Sweet Sixteen round of the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Discussion meet! Hawk completed in two initial rounds round robin of competition and qualified for the third round based on her scores. The Young Leader Discussion Meet offers the opportunity to develop public speaking skills with a focus on cooperation and problem-solving.

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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 trade school. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2020. Applications available at www.mcfb.org/scholarships. McLean County Beef Association Scholarships – Up to

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