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Attention Irrigators & Livestock producers:
New Water Reporting Requirements in 2015
Info Meeting-Thursday, January 22nd
The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau is partnering with McHenry County Farm Bureau to host Mr. Steve Wilson, Groundwater Hydrologist, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 22nd at the Machine Shed Restaurant located at 7475 East State Street, Rockford, IL. Steve will provide information on the 2010 changes to the Water Use Act and the Illinois State Water Survey’s (ISWS) Illinois Water Inventory Program’s (IWIP) reporting requirements.
The Illinois Water Inventory Program (IWIP) has been in existence since the late 1970s. Until 2010, it was a voluntary program for public water supplies and industrial/commercial high capacity users run by the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS). In 2010, changes were made to the Water Use Act (525 ILCS 45, et seq) such that now, any person or land occupier that is responsible for a point of withdrawal classified as a high-capacity well, high-capacity intake or public water supply shall participate in the ISWS IWIP. A high-capacity well is one with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day or more.
Agricultural irrigation was exempt from the reporting for the first five years following the change in 2010. Therefore, beginning in the fall of 2015, ISWS will require irrigators to report how much water was pumped from high-capacity wells. The Water Use Act allows agriculture to utilize estimation methods deemed acceptable by ISWS. And, if a person or land occupier responsible for the high-capacity well lies within the boundary of a water authority or other local government entity that estimates irrigation withdraws through a method deemed acceptable by the ISWS, that individual is exempt from participating as an individual in IWIP.
Agricultural Producers who own high-capacity wells are invited to attend. Time will be allowed for questions following the presentation. Breakfast will be provided. Please contact the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau at 815-962-0653 to register.
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.
2014 Farm Bill Meetings
Got questions about the 2014 Farm Bill? Need to update your program yields or reallocate your base acres? Don’t worry; there are a number of opportunities in the local area to find the answers.
Friday, January 30th from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the NIU Conference Center, Rockford, IL (hosted by: Illinois Farm Bureau, University of Illinois Extension, and Farm Service Agency- more info to come)
Additional resources may be found on the Farm Bill page of the Illinois Farm Bureau website at www.ilfb.org/farmbill
ILLINOIS AGRICULTURAL GROUPS TO HOLD
‘MEET THE BUYERS’ EVENT FOR FARMERS- Feb. 3
Farmers throughout Illinois are invited to attend a Meet the Buyers event to meet local and regional food buyers Feb. 3, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Orland Civic Center in Orland.
“This will be our 19th Meet the Buyers event and we expect it to be one of our largest,” said Cynthia Haskins, manager of business development of compliance, Illinois Farm Bureau. “Farmers will hear from several buyers and meet with the buyers one-on-one so they can begin building working relationships.”
Meet the Buyers events are an opportunity for farmers to hear directly from buyers about what it takes to do business with their organization. Buyers representing retail grocery stores and chains, foodservice distributors, wholesalers and others are invited to participate.
The following organizations are partnering to support the one-day event: Illinois Farm Bureau, Cook County Farm Bureau, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and several surrounding Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension offices.
“This event will include buyers who are looking for local fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, artisan cheeses, dairy, value-added products and more,” said Bob Rohrer, manager, Cook County Farm Bureau.
Farmers are encouraged to bring business cards and any handouts they have about their farming operation to share with buyers.
The event is free to farmers. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to the Cook County Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276 by Jan. 27, 2015.
Farm Bureau Night at the Rockford Ice Hogs- Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Join Farm Bureaus from Northern Illinois to see the Rockford Ice Hogs vs. Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, February 7th at 7 p.m. Cost per ticket is $14. Call us at 815-962-0653 by Friday, January 23rd to order your tickets.
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.
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
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.
Agricultural Retail Facilities should report any of the following:
Producers and Auction Markets should report any of the following:
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:
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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