Rain, rain, go away until another day when the crops are in the ground and they need a sprinkle to grow. It seems like all anyone is talking about is the weather. We closed out the week with snow on Saturday, 50 degrees on Sunday and rain on Monday. What a spring so far. This week, the Stephenson County Farm Bureau said farewell and good luck as Marlie Folk who retired after over seven years. On behalf of myself, the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Board of Directors and member I’d like to thank Marlie for all she has done for the Farm Bureau and the community.
Congratulations to: Gwen Heimerdinger who is the recipient of a Collegiate Farm Bureau Scholarship offered by the IAA Foundation. Gwen is the daughter of James and Leann Heimerdinger of Pearl City and a current student at Highland Community College studying agriculture business. The IAA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau and awarded over $106,900 to 69 students pursuing degrees in agriculture and related fields based on their academic ability, leadership involvement, professional career goals and overall commitment to success. Congratulations, Gwen!
Livestock Truth number 3: Livestock Farms are Economic Engines for Illinois. Illinois ranks 4th in the U.S. in pork production, producing over 1.9 billion pounds of pork each year. In Illinois, about 23% of farms raised beef cows- 12,646 farms with a total of nearly 344,000 cattle. There are approximately 650 dairy farms in Illinois with 94,000 dairy cows producing nearly 2 billion pounds of milk each year. Livestock production, along with dairy and meat processing, contributes $14.1 billion in economic activity in Illinois and is responsible for over 52,000 jobs throughout the state. Livestock farmers invest in rural communities. Livestock creates an annual demand for Illinois’ top two commodities-corn and soybeans-consuming an estimated 112 million bushels and 36.8 million bushels, respectively. To learn more about this truth or other Livestock Truths visit www.ilfb.org/livestock-report
Thank you: To the Farm Bureau members and guests who traveled to Circa 21 to see a production of “Grumpy Old Man”. The food was delicious and the performers were incredible. The evening was enjoyed by all. If you have suggestions to improve our trips or trips, you would suggest we take please contact Victoria at 815-232-3186.
Travel Preview Meeting: Tulip Time on the Jewles of the Rhine informational meeting will be held at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building on Thursday, May 9th, at 6:00p.m., for a preview of our upcoming tour, April 5-15, 2020. Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the Romantic Rhine, Europe’s longest river. Travel on board a luxurious river ship during tulip time, visiting iconic ports of call, sampling incredible cuisine, and absorbing the local culture. Experience the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland on this 11-day tour. Stops along the way include Keukenhof Gardens, Cologne, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz, Kehl, Strasbourg, and Beisach in the Black Forest. End your trip with a coach ride to Lucerne, Switzerland, for a few days of relaxation along with Swiss Alps. For more information on this trip, visit www.stephensoncfb.org
Summer Position available for graduating high school senior: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is seeking a graduating high school senior to serve as our 2019 Summer Program Assistant. This exciting position allows an individual to learn about Farm Bureau and agriculture in our county while assisting with various Farm Bureau sponsored events. The right candidate will be a good communicator, able to work independently or collaboratively and comfortable with working in public settings and dealing with people of all ages. For more information visit or website www.stephensoncfb.org or call our office 815-232-3186.