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Raffle to raise money for Rock River Valley Food Pantry

Looking for a way to help raise money for the hungry in the Rockford area and possibly fill your freezer at the same time?

The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Young Leaders are selling raffle tickets to raise funds to help out the Rock River Valley Food Pantry.  The Young Leaders will raffle off two quarter sides of beef and two half hogs at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting on March 18, 2015.  Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10.  (You need not be present to win.)

Tickets are now available at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau office located at 1925 S Meridian Road, Rockford, IL.  (Tickets are limited and all proceeds will benefit the Rock River Valley Food Panty.) Stop in today and pick up your ticket.


Key Dates for Farm Programs

USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).  The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.  Farmers may begin visiting their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices in Freeport, IL if they want to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres, the first step before choosing which new program best serves their risk management needs. Letters sent this summer enabled farm owners and producers to analyze their crop planting history in order to decide whether to keep their base acres or reallocate them according to recent plantings

Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:

·         Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015: Land owners may visit their Freeport Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.  (Must bring completed PLC Yield worksheet to the meeting.)

·         Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015: Producers make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

·         Mid-April 2015 through summer 2015: Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years.

·         October 2015: Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed.  

USDA helped create online tools to assist in the decision process, allowing farm owners and producers to enter information about their operation and see projections that show what ARC and/or PLC will mean for them under possible future scenarios.  The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.    Farm owners and producers can access the online resources from the convenience of their home computer or mobile device at any time.

Additional decision assistance is available at farmdoc: http://farmbilltoolbox.farmdoc.illinois.edu/ and Agriculture Policy Analysis System (APAS): http://fsa.usapas.com/

 



New Certified Crop Advisory Courses


Now available are four new CCA Online Courses that are presentations from this year’s Crop Management Conference. You may go to 
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cca/   to visit each course and click on begin course to view . For obtaining CEUs, a person must register for the course.  Courses include:
 

Management of Wheat Diseases in Illinois
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences by Dr. Carl Bradley. This lesson discusses integrated management strategies for Fusarium head scab and associated mycotoxins and stripe rust of wheat.

$15.00 - 1.0 CEU in Integrated Pest Management

Rootworm Update
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences by Dr. Mike Gray. This lesson discusses the biology and evolution of the Western corn rootworm to past and current management practices. Other topics include: integrate pest management, resistance management, crop rotation, in-furrow soil insecticides and more.

$15.00 - 1.0 CEU in Integrated Pest Management

Getting High Corn Yields in a Lower-Corn-Price World
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences. Dr. Emerson Nafziger presents results of his research on diverse, agronomically important topics: from seeding rate to row spacing, from nitrogen rate to weather, from foliar fungicides to irrigation and more.

$15.00 1 CEU in Crop Management

Planning and Using Data from On-Farm Trials
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences by Dr. Emerson Nafziger. This course covers many topics important to the planning, establishment, data collection and analysis of on-farm research trials including: general experimental design, site selection, why some treatments are better candidates for on-farm research, replication, basic statistical concepts and more.

$15.00 - 1.0 CEU in Crop Management

On-the-Road Seminar- Thursday, MARCH 26

Motor Vehicle Regulations for Illinois Farmers

Come and learn how to straighten out all the twists and turns in trucking rules that apply to farmers.  There’ll be lots of time for your questions.

Federal truck regulations affect virtually all operating farmers in Illinois.  As a “Farm Vehicle Driver” many farmers enjoy exemptions.  But, significant new exemptions from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations were made effective in November, 2013, with Illinois legislation bringing additional changes in 2014 and again in 2015 for those operating a “Covered Farm Vehicle.”  You need to know the differences in those sets of exemptions.  That’s the primary focus of this seminar.

Also, over the past 18 months the Off-Highway Vehicle Stamp program has been started, retracted, re-legislated and is being readied for a restart.  New medical card rules have kicked in: one last January, and another last May.  The USDOT Number & UCR registrations—and even the CDL—are still widely misunderstood.  And there’s more.  Come join us and get your questions answered.

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau® will host a 2-hour seminar beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 that will address these regulations.  Join us at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau building, 1925 S. Meridian Road, Rockford.  The seminar will focus on trucking laws—both, new and well-worn—important to farmers with a focus on the Covered Farm Vehicle.  In addition, you'll have the chance to ask your questions.  

Topics include:

  • New Regulations
  • Covered Farm Vehicle (CFV) exemptions
  • Medical card:  examiners and certification
  • OHV Stamp and registration
  • Redefining the tank vehicle
  • Pending Regulations
    • Electronic Logging Devices
    • Further changes to CFV
  • The Interstate Carrier
  • Definition
  • USDOT Number registration
  • Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)
    • Recap of Fundamentals
    • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
    • Drug & Alcohol Screening
  • Your  Questions
Presenting the seminar will be Kevin Rund who, for more than 30 years, has specialized in farm transportation issues for the Illinois Farm Bureau®.  In addition to his presentation, Rund will provide take-home materials addressing these topics.


Come on out March 26.  Learn something new and improve your understanding of today's motor vehicle law.  You’ll be better able to sort “coffee shop talk” from real world requirements, saving you expenses and headaches.

The seminar is free courtesy of your county and state Farm Bureaus®, but advance registration is requested.  Please call 815-962-0653 to reserve your place at the On-the-Road Seminar.






Drive Out Hunger Collectable Tractor- Only 90 left!
The Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders have teamed up with Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank to help reduce the number of households in Illinois that faces hunger this year.  You can start a “collection” that will not only help area families, but also increase in value over time.  When you purchase the limited-edition tractor collectable, 100% of the profits will go to Harvest for All!

The1:32 scale metal die-cast, Illinois Farm Bureau, Steiger® 450 RowTrac TM is fully equipped with an opening cab door, opening hood, articulated body, detailed engine, movable 3-point hitch with draw bar, movable mirrors, a detailed interior, and a GPS dome.  The tractors are available for $60.00 through the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Department at 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, IL  61701.  For details contact the Young Leader Department at 309-557-2536 or download an ORDER FORM.  This is a limited edition of 276 tractors, so order yours today.




ASK A FARMER!


Do you have questions about agriculture and wish to know the answer?  Here is your chance! 

2014
Q: How many hours a day does a farmer work?
A: Depends on the farm operation.  I raise beef cattle as well as produce corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, and hay.  In the summer months, I typically work 16 days.-David

Q: Can there be more than one queen bee in a hive?
A: No, there is only one queen bee in each hive.- Phillip, Raines Honey Farm


Q: How many honey bees does it take to make enough honey to fill a 12 oz. bear?
A: It takes 12 honey bees make one tablespoon of honey.  Therefore, it will take 864 honeybees to make enough honey to fill a 12 oz. bear bottle.- Phillip, Raines Honey Farm

2013
Q: When a farmer does crop dusting, does he do it or does his brother/hired guy?
A: The Farmer generally hires an outside source or company to spray (crop dusting) for them due to requirements for licenses, insurance and experience.- Cody

Q: What percentage of crops grown and sold in Boone County are organic? GMOs and non-GMOs?
A: "Short answer is no one knows... The most recent USDA Ag Census data lists Boone county as having 137,000 acres in farmland in 2007.  While it may look like it, not all acres are corn and soybean fields.  Of the acres planted in 2007, 59% were planted to field corn, 24% to soybeans, 3.5% to alfalfa and other forage (mainly used to feed cows, horses, and other ruminants), and 2% to wheat.  The remaining acres are a diverse mix such as nursery trees, fruits, vegetables, and pasture for animals.  


Seed that has been developed with a genetically modified organism (GMO) is most often found in corn and soybean seed varieties.  Farmers do not have any wheat GMO seed varieties that they can buy.  Most of the fruit and vegetable production is produced for local food markets and is mainly organic and non-GMO. 

So that leaves corn and soybeans.  I have grown both GMO and non-GMO varieties.  What I plant depends on; seed variety yield, the weeds and insects that I find in my fields, and market prices.  I sell my grain to two local elevators.  One contracts directly with farmers to raise specific varieties of corn and soybeans depending on what a buyer such as a food processor wants.  The grain buyer at that elevator estimated about 90% of the soybean seed varieties grown in the local area are GMO and 80% of the corn.  

Working through the math, a good estimate would be about 70% of the farm land acres in Boone County are grown using a GMO seed variety."- Ken

Q: Why do honeybees make honey?
A: Honey bees make honey to feed the hive and store enough to get through the winter.  If there is extra, that is what the beekeeper. -Phillip, Raines Honey Farm

Q: What starts their (honey bees) honeycomb?
A: When honey bees eat nectar and honey, they secrete wax on their abdomen (same as people grow hair).  They use this wax to build the honeycomb.  TRIVIA: 1 pound of honeycomb will support 24 pounds of honey. -Phillip, Raines Honey Farm






Agricultural Security & Terrorism Awareness


In January 2013, the Winnebago Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in partnership with Win-Bur-Sew Fire Department hosted an information meeting on “Agricultural Security & Terrorism”.  The presentation was given by Steffan Nass, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator- FBI’s Springfield Division. 

Agro-Terrorism is defined as the deliberate introduction, use, or threatened use, of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive agent against one or more components of the food or agriculture sectors, with the goal of causing mortality or morbidity, generating fee, precipitating economic loss, or undermining sector stability and confidence in government.

Here are a few indicators of Agro-Terrorism.

  • Suspicious persons asking specific questions about a facility or process.
  • Unauthorized photography of processes in or around facilities or farms.
  • Possessions of chemicals, biological agents, vaccines, or medication with no apparent purpose
  • Manuals, communications, or websites pertaining to chemicals or biological agents
  • Attempts to rent or borrow ag-related equipment for no logical reason or purpose
  • Thefts of anhydrous ammonia or other fertilizer products
  • Thefts of livestock

 Agricultural Retail Facilities should report any of the following:

  • Any attempted purchases of pesticides by those not authorized or those without need
  • ALL security breaches if applicable
  • Suspicious activity around anhydrous ammonia storage facilities
  • Suspicious attempts to purchase fertilizer (such as ammonium nitrate, or agricultural use pesticides) by unfamiliar or suspicious persons

Producers and Auction Markets should report any of the following:

  • Suspicious behavior around farms or ranch operations
  • Theft of nurse tanks containing agricultural use pesticides or hazardous materials (Report Immediately)
  • Unusual symptoms or behavior in livestock
  • Sudden unexplained death or loss in livestock
  • Severe illness in large numbers of animals
  • Suspicious illnesses among employees

Aerial Applicators should report any tampering or attempts to purchase or rent aircraft or chemicals. 


Suspicious signs and symptoms of illnesses in employees should be reported to your local health department.  Health officials should be made aware of the emergency, normal duties and any contact with sick animals that may have led to the illness.  Details of contact with feed products, medical supplies, or chemicals that the employee may have had contact with should also be noted.


Suspicious signs and symptoms of illnesses in animals (such as blistering or ruptured blisters around the mouth, nose, teats, or hooves; central nervous system disorders that prevent the animal from rising or walking normally; loss of appetite and conditioning; swelling around the eyes and neck in poultry; dramatic drop in egg or milk production; large number of dead insects, rodents or wildlife; and unusual ticks or maggots) should be reported to your veterinarian.

If a crime is in progress, CALL 9-1-1 immediately.  If you have information about a crime, or to report suspicious activity, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (217) 522-9675.  The following information is needed: 

  • Your location
  • What activity is occurring
  • If a weapon is involved
  • Location of the activity
  • Description and license plates of any vehicles involved (make, model, color and direction of travel)
  • Description of persons (race, age, height, weight)
  • Your contact information

This information was provided by the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group.  The Illinois Agro-Security Working group is a partnership between frontline agricultural industry personnel and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of preventing criminal and terrorist activities in and around Illinois agriculture and food systems.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Fertilizer Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef Association, and the United States Department of Agriculture form the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group.

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