Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau 



Prairie Bounty of Illinois,
a directory of direct-from-the-farm sellers, farmers markets and agritourism businesses, is available online at

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, or may visit the Illinois Specialty Growers website at for additional instructions on how to register.



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.

Local and Regional Food Summit

The fifth annual Local and Regional Food Summit will take place at Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL.
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on November 12
For more information click here!

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Roger Christin Elected to IFB ACTION TEAM LEADERSHIP

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau member and past manager, Roger Christin of Rockford was elected to serve as 2016 Chair of the Illinois Farm Bureau Quality of Life ACTION TEAM.  Roger was also elected as Vice Chair of the ACTION COORDINATING COUNCIL.  He has been involved in the ACTION TEAM program since 2013.
Men and women involved in the IFB ACTION TEAMS meet twice a year in Bloomington to develop and launch new, innovative statewide Farm Bureau programs that address the needs of agriculture and farm families.     
    ACTION TEAM applicants select from among four teams that match their interests and experience:  Consumer Outreach, Membership Promotion, Leadership Development, or Quality of Life.
Applications are now open for 2016 ACTION TEAM involvement.  Contact the county Farm Bureau for an application/brochure or go to then Get Involved/Grow Committee Success/ACTION TEAM. 
Recent ACTION TEAM accomplishments include the Consumer Outreach Team’s theater advertising, and the Leadership Development Team’s pro Ag messages on table tents. 
The Quality of Life Team offered $500 rebates on ROPS (Rollover protection structures) for tractors while the Membership Promotion Team initiated its most recent Collegiate Farm Bureau program at Southern Illinois University.


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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