New Friend of Agriculture

On Monday, December 17, Farm Bureau Directors Brent Pollard and Phillip Raines presented Representative Jonathon Carroll with the Illinois Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award.  We look forward to working with Rep. Carroll.  Thank you for your support and Congratulations!

Soil Health Seminars

Farmers and Landowners are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 26th and Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 to learn more about Soil Health.  The February seminar focused on soil compaction and nitrogen.  The July seminar focused on cover crops in preparation of cover crop season. 

The program is sponsored by the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Bureau, Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District and U of I Extension– Winnebago, Stephenson & Jo Daviess.

Safety Training

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau hosted a CPR/AED & 1st Aid training for U of I Extension, Boone County 4-H members and their families on Saturday, April 6th in Belvidere, IL.  Fifteen 4-Her's and their family members earned their certification. The event was co-sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial.

Winnebago County Fair- August 16-21, 2016

Fun at the Boone County Fair (August 9-14, 2016)

Congratulations to the 2018 Raffle Winners!

Richard Beuth, Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau President and Roger Christin, Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Foundation Secretary selected the 2018 Raffle Winners at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Membership Appreciation Picnic held on Sunday, September 9th at Williams Tree Farm.  

Our grand prize of $15,000 goes to Jason Johnson.  Second Prize of $7,500 goes to Dale Cox.  Third Prize of $2,500 goes to Janet Hunt. 

 A special thank you from the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Foundation for everyone's support of our education efforts and to our volunteers that helped sell 277 tickets.

County Fairs:  Boone and Winnebago

August 7-19, 2018

Farm Breakfast at Family Af-Ayr Farm

(JUNE 17, 2017)

 2019  Activities

Large Animal Rescue Training (L.A.R.A.)- March 24, 2018

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau partnered with Blackhawk Fire Protection District to host a Large Animal Rescue Awareness (LARA) training.The course focused on the purpose of large animal rescue; incident prevention and evacuation planning; understanding animal behavior (normal and under stress); humane handling of large animals; understanding large animal restraint; large animal scene management; water and unstable ground rescues (e.g. mud & ice); containment & capture of loose large animals; trailer and transport incidents and barn and wild land fires.  The event was co-sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial.

YL Annual Christmas Party

The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Young Leaders and Belvidere FFA Chapter celebrated Christmas on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Don Carter Lanes during the Young Leaders' Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Party. 

 Past  Activities

Legislative Farm Tour

Representative Maurice West II of the 67th District along with his Chief of Staff, Jeremy Ennis,  joined Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau for a tour of the Mitchell Dairy and Grain, LLC on Thursday, April 18th.   Special Thank You to John Mitchell and Mitchell Dairy and Grain, LLC for hosting the tour.

Ask A Farmer- Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo

 (July 15, 2016)

County Fairs:  Boone and Winnebago

August 8-20, 2017

Belvidere Charity Pull

(JUNE 24, 2017)

25th Annual Groundwater Festival- March 13, 2019

The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau partnered with Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District, Boone County Health Department and the McHenry County Health Department to teach local 5th graders about the importance of groundwater.  The students learned about the water cycle, movement of water through aquifers and wells with the groundwater model, and possible sources of contaminants with the enviroscape.  

Farm Breakfast at Hildebrandt Farms

(JUNE 16, 2018)

2019 Rockford City Market

Answering consumers’ questions about food production, food safety and food labeling is one of Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau’s top priorities.  Five area farmers and their families spent the evening at the Rockford City Market talking to consumers about the definition of food labels and GMOs.  Kids of all ages tested their skills while playing Ag Jenga.  In addition to tuning their fine motor skills, they had the opportunity to answer various degrees of agriculture related questions and possibly learn a little bit more about agriculture along the way.  Approximately 6,400 attended the Rockford City Market on Friday, July 26th and passed by Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau’s Food Labeling display and additional activities.

Ask A Farmer- Rockford City Market

 (July 29, 2016)

Rockford City Market

(August 2, 2017)


Family Fun for National Ag Week

Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and the Discovery Center Museum kicked off National Ag Week with our Ag All Around Us event on Saturday, March 9, 2019. 

Families enjoyed free popcorn, goat cheese samples, butter churning as well as meeting our barnyard buddies, making worm farms, candling eggs, games and more. 

Local Farmers, U of I Extension- Winnebago County Master Gardeners, Belvidere FFA and Discovery Center volunteers  helped make this a day to remember!