Illinois Farm Bureau will host a series of two-hour trucking seminars which will focus on transportation laws and regulations as they pertain to the agricultural industry throughout the state. Two of the events will be broadcasted virtually on Feb. 22 and 24, 2022.  McHenry County Farm Bureau will host one of the in-person sessions on March 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 22500 IL-173, Harvard, IL. 

“There are some trucking laws that have been reshaped in recent years, such as the Entry Level Driver Training Requirement that goes into effect on Feb. 7, 2022,” said Rodney Knittel, IFB assistant director of transportation and infrastructure. “These presentations are designed to take a closer look at these latest rules and provide an opportunity for farmers to ask those ag-related trucking questions that they can’t seem to find clear answers for.”

The Rules for the Road Seminar will cover recent changes and some of the more established but still misunderstood rules, such as the USDOT Number, UCR registrations and driver’s license classifications, to name a few.  Knittel specializes in farm transportation issues and will lead the seminar series, and he will be joined by Illinois enforcement agencies.

Rules for the Road seminars are open to all Illinois Farm Bureau members. Attendance is free, courtesy of Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and Illinois Farm Bureau, but advance registration is requested.  On March 8th, Lunch will be served at noon. Please call the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau at 815-962-0653 or email to reserve your place at the March 8th Rules for the Road Seminar by March 1st.

For more information, contact Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau or Rodney Knittel at


COUNTRY Financial®, Illinois Farm Bureau Keep Farmers Updated on Improved Opportunities to Protect Farm & Crops in 2022

There is always uncertainty around what spring, summer and fall may bring. COUNTRY Financial® and Illinois Farm Bureau remain ready to assist farmers through every season. The organizations are again teaming up for ten regional meetings across Illinois to share updates on improved opportunities for farmers to protect their farms and crops in 2022.

“Every farm operation is different, and our goal is always to help our farm clients and Farm Bureau members reach their goals together with options and information from a trusted partner,” said Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial Crop Agency Manager. “These meetings offer us the opportunity to connect with clients and members prior to the busy planting season, to make sure they have the most up-to-date information about federal crop and hail insurance options, learn about new coverage options from COUNTRY and gain a better understanding of changes in markets and government that they may need to consider, so they can make informed decisions for their operation.”

The ten meetings co-hosted by COUNTRY Financial and Illinois Farm Bureau will take place throughout January and February. Eight meetings will be held in-person across the state, and there will be two virtual presentations. All meetings will include:

  • Crop Insurance Update, including changes to federal crop insurance and new private products offered by COUNTRY, the #1 crop hail insurer in Illinois. (Doug Yoder, Crop Agency Manager for COUNTRY Financial)
  • Crop Claims Update (COUNTRY Financial Crop Claims Representative)
  • Market Outlook (Tim Tresslar, Grain Origination Manager for Growmark)
  • Legislative Update (Illinois Farm Bureau)
  • Opportunity for Audience Q&A with presenters

 The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18th at Dekalb County Farm Bureau, starting at 8:00 AM. (full schedule of events is listed below) 

Registration opens December 13, 2021, for each event. To register and reserve a seat for any of the ten events, farmers should call their county farm bureau office. A full directory of Illinois county Farm Bureau offices can be found at Farm Bureau members can also login at to register online.

For updates and more information, visit

Meeting Locations:

Dekalb County Farm Bureau
1350 W Prairie Dr Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
8:00 AM

Champaign County Farm Bureau
801 N Country Fair Dr Ste A Champaign, IL 61821
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
11:00 AM

Virtual #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
9:00 AM

Knox County Farm Bureau
180 S Soangetaha Rd Suite 101 Galesburg, IL 61401-5585
Thursday, January 27, 2022
5:00 PM

Adams County Farm Bureau
PO Box 3037
Quincy, IL 62305-3037
Thursday, February 03, 2022
10:00 AM

Virtual #2
Wednesday, February 09, 2022
12:00 PM

Union County Farm Bureau
104 W. Broad St., P.O. Box F
Jonesboro, IL  62952
Thursday, February 10, 2022
5:00 PM

Friday, February 11, 8:00 a.m.
First Christian Church
100 W Center St
Fairfield, Illinois 62837
Friday, February 11, 2022
8:00 AM

Montgomery County Farm Bureau
102 N Main St Hillsboro, IL 62049-1148
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
10:00 AM

American Legion in Breese
575 N Main St, Breese, IL 62230

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
5:00 PM

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2021-2022 Project Grant Applications Now Available for

Boone and Winnebago 4-H and FFA Youth

The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau is offering up to $200 per project in project grants for 4-H and FFA Youth to help support projects underway by local FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. The recipients will be able to use the grant to purchase necessary materials and supplies.

The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a member of a 4-H club or FFA chapter in Boone or Winnebago Counties
  • Must submit a typed application to describe the project
  • Applicant’s FFA Advisor/ 4-H leader must sign the application
  • Applicant’s parent/guardian must sign the application

The recipients will be chosen based on the above requirements, along with a 5 to 10-minute oral presentation on the proposed project at an upcoming Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau board meeting. Grant funds will be awarded after the recipient submits a summary of the program or project, photos, and detailed receipts.

Grant Overview

Grant Application