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.


We wish to thank you for your Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau® membership. 

As an expression of our appreciation, we will provide you with a very special gift… a FREE 8”x10” full color portrait of your family

Individual poses are available; however this program is limited to one (1) FREE portrait per member family.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the free portrait.  You may wish to invite Grandparents, Parents and Children for a generation portrait or bring one change of clothes, props or your pets.

Photography Dates & Times:
Monday, November 30, 2015                 2:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015                   2:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday, February 5, 2016                         2:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 2016                    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photography Location:   Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau at 1925 S Meridian Rd, Rockford, IL

You will view portraits; select your complimentary portrait; and order any additional portraits you may wish at the time of photography.

Donate non-perishable items for the local food pantries and receive an additional $5 off your order.  See GIVING BACK for more information.

Additional Materials:
Lifetouch Portrait Guide
Lifetouch Options
Lifetouch Portrait Pricing
Portrait Greeting Cards Special


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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.

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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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Be the voice, resource, and advocate for farm families and agriculture,
while promoting stewardship for today and future generations.

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