The Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation announces that they are offering scholarships to students who are to be admitted to a post-secondary school during the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants must be members of the Mercer County Farm Bureau or a dependent of a member of the Mercer County Farm Bureau. Applicants must also meet all other eligibility requirements pertaining to the Foundation’s scholarship program. The Foundation is awarding up to eight - $1,000 scholarships this year.
The Mercer County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a "Women to Women: Marketing Workshop" with Stewart- Peterson's Naomi Blohm on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Jumer's Hotel & Casino. Jumer's Hotel & Casino is located at 777 Jumer Drive in Rock Island, IL. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $40 per person and will include a light breakfast and buffet lunch. Reservations are due on March 7th. You can make your reservations online by clicking here or calling the Mercer County Farm Bureau at (309) 582-5116. Please mail the $40 reservation fee to the "Mercer County Farm Bureau, PO Box 40, Aledo, IL 61231." Space is limited to the first 25 paid reservations so Naomi can provide personal attention to the workshop's attendees.
On February 18th the Mercer and Rock Island County Young Leaders had a kickoff meeting held at Liberty Station in Aledo. Joe Franks welcomed everyone for attending the event and thanked them for their interest in the group. Mercer Farm Bureau Manager Kendra Bolen, Rock Island Manager DeAnne Bloomberg, and Manager Trainee Sara Haag introduced themselves to the group. The other 22 attendees introduced themselves to the group. Kendra Bolen then talked about all the opportunities in the statewide Young Leaders activities and challenged the group to get involvement in the Young Leader discussion meet held at Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. Joe Franks then discussed possible social events, meeting speakers, and agriculture promotion ideas for the group to get involved with. Then ideas of future meetings and projects were discussed among the group. The Young Leaders are invited to Henry County’s spokesperson training on March 26th in Geneseo. The next meeting for the Mercer and Rock Island County Young Leaders will be a District 3 bowling outing on March 28th at Milan Lanes. Anyone with a passion for agriculture and between the ages of 18 and 35 and their family are welcome to attend. The group is also planning a June cook-out and bonfire meeting with more details to come. For more information on Young Leaders contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau office.
The Mercer County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee is sponsoring a Weather Outlook program on Thursday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercer County Farm Bureau basement. Mike McClellan, owner of Mobile Weather Team, will be providing the Weather Outlook. The Weather Outlook program will look back at 2013’s weather, provide a closer look at what’s happening now in the Midwest, South America, & worldwide, provide a long range weather outlook for spring planting, growing season, & harvest, and will address climate change. Also, there will be adequate time to ask questions. There is no cost to attend the program.
The Mercer County Farm Bureau Young Leaders in conjunction with the Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Young Leaders are holding a bowling social outing. The event will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Milan Lanes. In addition to Mercer County, Rock Island, Henry, Stark, and Whiteside County Young Leaders will be present. Young Leaders along with their spouse and children are welcome to attend the event. The cost will be $5 per a person and includes bowling, shoes, pizza, and pop. Young Leaders is open to anyone with a passion for agriculture and is between the ages of 18 and 35. Milan Lanes is located at 2020 1st St. in Milan, Illinois. To RSVP or for more information, please call the Farm Bureau office at (309) 582-5116 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by March 19th.