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Prairie Bounty of Illinois,
a directory of direct-from-the-farm sellers, farmers markets and agritourism businesses, is available online at www.specialtygrowers.org/prairie-bounty.html.

Provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau® and the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, the directory contains contact information and locations for more than 900 individual growers of fruits, vegetables and herbs throughout Illinois. The directory also provides consumers with farms’ contact information, products available, method of sale, and a complete list of all community farmers markets and agritourism businesses in Illinois, searchable by city, county or zip code.

The directory is constantly updated as growers add their names and markets to the system. Growers interested in adding their names and businesses to Prairie Bounty of Illinois may contact Diane Handley at 309-557-3662 or via e-mail at dhandley@ilfb.org, or may visit the Illinois Specialty Growers website at www.specialtygrowers.org for additional instructions on how to register.

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Agriculture Literacy Educator Position Available 

The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau has a Part Time (300-600 hours per year), hourly position available.  Responsibilities include: assisting the Agricultural Literacy Coordinator with classroom programs and teacher workshops including Summer Agriculture Institutes; providing materials, information and assistance to teachers and students; and assisting with Foundation fundraisers.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • assist Agriculture in the Classroom program efforts including volunteer coordination
  • assisting in the coordination of the Adopt A Classroom program with schools in Boone and Winnebago counties
  • providing assistance to other groups with interest in IAITC programs including the Discovery Center Museum, Lockwood Park, FFA, University of Illinois Extension, 4H, media, etc.
  • assist AITC publicity and public relations efforts

Opening is available immediately for a motivated candidate with strong speaking and computer skills.

Requirements:  

  • Education equivalent to bachelor’s degree in education, public relations, or related area
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to move extensive conference and meeting materials including the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Understanding of agricultural concepts from agriculture background, educational preparation, or previous position experience
  • Understanding of and/or previous experience with public education in Illinois
  • Strong organizational and written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop effective new educational tools about agriculture for the use of students and teachers is preferred
  • Skilled and creative presenter in programs for volunteers, teachers, and other audiences is preferred

Compensation:  Salary: based on experience. Mileage reimbursed at IRS rate

Inquiries and Resumes with three references may be addressed to:

Ann Marie Cain, Manager
Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau
1925 S Meridian Road
Rockford, IL 
61102
815-962-0653 
FAX: 815-962-0022
Email:
wbfbmanager@live.com

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!

62nd Annual Show Farm Progress Show- Wednesday, September 2

Join Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and the local FFA Chapters on Wednesday, September 2, as we travel down to the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL .  Interact with local FFA youth on the bus to and from the Show.  Spend the day at the show with the following activities:  Field demonstrations — harvesting & tillage; Ride ‘n’ Drive; new  product introductions; GPS displays & demonstrations; seed & crop; technology plots; cattle handling; demonstrations; Equine events; Antique tractors & equipment;  collectible farm toys; plus a 75-acre exhibit field — including exhibits by hundreds of the top agribusinesses from across the country & around the world!  

The bus will depart from the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau rear parking lot at 5:30 a.m. with an estimated return at 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $50 per member and $55 per non-member and includes transportation and a ticket to get into the show.  Reserve your seat by Monday, August 24.

Farm Safety Training and Drone Demo- Wednesday, September 9

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial are hosting a Farm Safety Training and Drone Demonstration at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9 at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau located at 1925 S Meridian Road, Rockford.  

Lynne McClure will provide a two hour training program on “Reducing Grain Bin Risks” and Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) followed by a live demonstration behind the Farm Bureau. Lunch will be served at Noon.  The Drone Demonstration will be held after lunch.  Please call the office at (815) 962-0653 by Monday, August 31 to reserve your seat. 

 

16th Annual Old Farmin' Days- September 12, 2015

The 16th Annual Old Farmin' Days will be held on September 12, 2015 at the Ward View Farm in northern Boone County, located at 1171 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL.  Over the past 16 years this show has grown from a neighborhood picnic to a well know event drawing over 2,500 people. 

There will be several demonstrations on may different pieces of antique farm equipment being powered by either antique tractors or teams of draft horses from 9 am until 4 pm. Back again this year is "Haying with Horses"- a demonstration of seven pieces of hay equipment all with teams of horses! 

Come out to see the antique tractor pulls, pedal tractor pulls for kids, horse plowing demos, kid's games, petting zoo, wagon rides,  chainsaw art, blacksmithing, and many more antiques on display.  There is no admission charged, but donations are appreciated.








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