Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau 


Nutrient Management Seminar
Wednesday, March 9th
NIU Center, 8500 State Street, Rockford

Farmers and Landowners are invited to join us to learn more about the Nutrient Reduction Loss Strategy (NRLS) and ways to reduce nutrient loss through the following topics: Introduction to the NRLS; the use of cover crops to sequester nutrients; nutrient management strategies for crop production including the 4 "R's"; tile drainage management; and USDA-NRCS, USDA-FSA and IDOA-SWCD cost-share and incentive programs available to assist in practice implementation.  

The Nutrient Management Seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9th at the NIU Center, located at 8500 State Street, Rockford.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.  The registration fee is $10.  Please mail registration form or call (815) 962-0653 by Monday, February 29th to reserve your seat. 

This seminar is sponsored by the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau, Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District, Boone County Conservation District and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. 

Agenda and Registration Form

Beekeeping Workshop
turday, February 20th, 2016 
9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.


Learn how to start and manage a colony of honeybees in a fun, interactive workshop led by professional beekeeper, Phillip Raines.
We will provide a fantastic lunch and snacks and honey sampling. Handouts of the presentation are included.
Class to be held at the Winnebago/Boone farm Bureau.

$50 to register.

1925 S Meridian Rd, Rockford, IL 61102

For more information or to register contact.

Phillip Raines
Raines Honey Farm
16566 Best Rd
Davis IL 61019

Calling all Farm Women!

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators. They form peer networks that help each other manage and organize critical information.

Annie's Project is a series of education sessions covering the business of farming and ranching, and now is your chance to register to attend this program. Since its inception in 2003, 8,000 farm women from 30 states have graduated from the program and have successfully taken on the challenges of managing and operating farms. Annie's Project helps farm women learn about farm management and improve their skills as business partners. Women are taught the basics of managing money, how property is titled, setting up farm leases, basic grain marketing, deciding on insurance products, and putting together a business plan which includes financial documents like balance sheets, income statements and cash flows. Annie's Project is ideal for women who marry into farm families, or for women who have been away from the farm scene and need to get in touch with what is happening on their farms that they left years ago.
Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm starting Feb 16 and ending March 3, at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau,
1925 S. Meridian Road, Rockford, IL.

Pre-registration is required to participate in Annie’s Project, and the
cost is $50, with a deadline to register of February 10, 2016.  To register call the University of Illinois Extension, Winnebago County, at (815) 986-4357.

View the program flyer here:  

Learn more about Annie's Project at their website: 

Looking to specialize or expand your operation?

Join us at our upcoming
Meet the Buyers

Meet the Buyers events are an opportunity for farmers to hear directly from buyers about what it takes to do business with their organizations. Buyers representing retail grocery stores and chains, foodservice distributors, wholesalers and others are invited to participate. To learn more about the March 22 event, click on the flyer below.

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Illinois Farm Bureau Celebrating
100 years

The Centennial History of Illinois Farm Bureau is a beautiful new hardbound book which includes a laminated full color dust jacket.  More than 200 pages and well over 100 images tell the story of our rich heritage in larger easy to read type.  The book measures 81/4" x 113/4".  Proceeds benefit education programs of the IAA Foundation.

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The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is now requiring Illinois irrigators to report their water usage to the state.

The requirement stems from the Illinois Water Use Act, which was amended in 2010 to make reporting for all high capacity wells or intakes mandatory in Illinois, including agricultural irrigation. 

 “This is a new requirement that many of our irrigators may not be familiar with,” said Lauren Lurkins, director of natural and environmental resources, Illinois Farm Bureau. “Under the amended law, irrigators were given five years to comply.  Irrigators must report their water usage for the first time by the end of the 2015 calendar year, and we’ve been working with the ISWS to provide our farmers with all the options and information possible.”

 Under the amended law, high capacity irrigators are required to report their water use from both wells and surface water intakes, as well as the location of each well and intake. Irrigators may either provide an actual number of gallons pumped, if they’re using a flow meter, or estimate their water withdrawals using a method approved by the ISWS.

 All reporting forms, as well as water withdrawal estimation methods, can be found on the ISWS website at  A handbook with additional information and guidance also can be found on the website.

Additionally, the ISWS will allow both individual and aggregate water reporting. For more information on reporting water use in the aggregate, contact your local county Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau Supports Independent Map Amendment

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) announced its support of the Independent Map Amendment coalition, a group seeking an Illinois constitutional amendment to change the way state legislative districts are drawn.

“This is a great opportunity for the voters of Illinois to put on the ballot an option for change,” said David Erickson, vice president, IFB. “Illinois Farm Bureau members have long sought to bring an independent process to the way our state legislative districts are drawn and this proposal is a balanced approach.”

IFB will work with the coalition to reach the goal of gathering 600,000 signatures of registered voters by April 2016. The Illinois Constitution requires that any petition seeking to amend the Legislative Article of the Illinois Constitution gather at least 290,216 valid, registered voter signatures.  Click here to read more!

Stop by the Farm Bureau office to sign the petition!

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