McLean County Farm Bureau

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Spring Rural Route Safety Days

Seeing farm equipment up close allowed Ridgeview High School students to gain a better perspective on how to share the road safely at Rural Route Safety Day March 20. McLean County Farm Bureau board member, Reid Thompson, provided a tractor and planter for the event. Mike Dowling also volunteered at the event. Students had the chance to climb in the tractor cab to better understand what equipment operators can see and what they cannot see

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McLean County Farm Bureau advisory board member, Alex Rhoda (right),  met with Congressman Darin LaHood (second from the right), during the recent Illinois Farm Bureau Leaders to DC program. From left: Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau staff; Tammy Halterman, IFB District 5 director; and Steven Nightingale, Henry County Farm Bureau also participated in the discussion.

Rhoda Travels to DC to Advocate for Ag

Farm Bill discussions served as the primary focus of the recent Illinois Farm Bureau Leaders to Washington trip held March 6-9. McLean County Farm Bureau advisory board member, Alex Rhoda, traveled to the nation’s capital to advocate for agriculture and push for completing a Farm Bill in 2023. He participated in a delegation of nine Illinois farmers. Rhoda met with Congressman Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, as well as U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, and Dick

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McLean County Internet Quality Survey

Does your internet speed slow you down? Is your internet always connected when you need it for your family and your farm? Help improve the availability of high speed internet in McLean County! McLean County Government has been awarded technical assistance from the United Soybean Board to develop a strategic action plan in conjunction with community partners to tackle internet connectivity challenges in the county. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete

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The “Quizteama Aguilera” team took home a Team Spirit award for
their tennis themed costumes at the 2023 McLean County Farm
Bureau Foundation Trivia Night.

Trivia Night Raises Funds for Ag Ed

With a sports themed trivia night testing knowledge of athletics and agriculture, the McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation successfully raised more than $5,500 to support local ag education efforts. Nineteen teams competed for prizes and bragging rights at the annual fundraising event held Feb. 25 at the McLean County fairgrounds. Congratulations to the winning trivia teams: •1st Place – The Players to Be Named Later •2nd Place – 6 Aggies & a Nurse •Team Spirit

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American Farm Bureau Federation President, Zippy Duvall (center) presented McLean County Farm Bureau with a County Activity of Excellence Award for Rural Route Safety Days. From left: Michael Swartz, manager; Reid Thompson, board member; Austin O’Neall; board member; and Brian Dirks, President accepted the award.

Rural Route Safety Days Earns National Award

Following farm equipment may slow you down for a few minutes, but a collision would slow you down even more or could even be deadly. McLean County Farm Bureau takes that message on the road to local high schools through a program called Rural Route Safety Days. The program earned national recognition as a 2023 ‘County Activity of Excellence’ from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Rural Route Safety Days provides a hands-on learning experience for

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