The County Farm Bureaus of Knox, McDonough, Mercer, and Warren-Henderson will hold a Farm Bill Update on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. The seminars will take place at the Monmouth VFW located at 830 N G St, Monmouth, Illinois.
Doug Yoder, Senior Director of Affiliate and Risk Management at Illinois Farm Bureau and Jonathon Coppess, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Policy at University of Illinois will be the speakers. They will cover options, Safety Net choices, payment limits, program eligibility, supplemental coverage option (SCO), and crop insurance changes.
Christine Frieden reminisces about growing up on a farm, life as a farmer's wife, her involvement in agriculture in the classroom, and the importance of sharing the "human side" of production agriculture with our non-farm friends.
I grew up on a farm near Eliza, on the Mercer/Rock Island County line. My dad raised corn and soybeans, and for a few years had some hogs. As kids, my brother and I shared chores such as gathering eggs, milking the goat or feeding the chickens. In the fall, we might fight over whose turn it was to ride in the combine with Dad picking corn, but as I got older and busy with high school sports and activities, the most I had to do with "agriculture" was walking beans or detasseling corn to earn money for my class ring and letter jacket! Don't get me wrong, I loved living on a farm and the rural way of life, but I just didn't see myself growing up to be a farmer. Even the Ag Economics class I took in college one semester seemed like a foreign language to me. I guess I hadn't been paying attention at home when my parents would discuss the markets or business-end of our farm operation. Why would I ever need to know that stuff? Well, fast-forward a few years and I would find out!
Livestock farmers will hear details of the new state rules for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) on November 18th from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at the Knox Agri Center located at 180 S. Soangetaha Road in Galesburg. To make a reservation, call the Knox County Farm Bureau at (309) 342-2036 or visit knoxcfb.org by November 11th.
Farm Bureau members will receive 20% off BIOFREEZE and a Complimentary Health Consultation at Chiropractic Arts Center located at 301 SE 3rd St in Aledo and Alpha Chiropractic Clinic located at 105 West "D" Street in Alpha.
Dr. Steven Johnson, Farm & Ag Business Management Specialist at Iowa State University Extension, is scheduled to present "2015 Crop Outlook & Analyzing ARC PLC Decisions" on Tuesday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Aledo VFW Hall. The cost is $10 person and will include a catered meal. To register, call the Mercer County Farm Bureau office at (309) 582-5116 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.