September 5, 2019

Coffee and Conversation with Victoria Hansen

“Facebook has over 2.32 billion monthly active users and Instagram has over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide”, according to Hootsuite. Have you wanted to learn more about Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat? If so,  Stephenson County Farm Bureau has a the program for you. On September 25, we will be hosting a Social Media 101. We will be offering two sessions, the first is at 9:00a.m. and the second is at 7:00p.m. Both sessions will be hosted at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 210 West Spring Street, Freeport, IL. Sabrina Burkiewicz, Senior Social Media Specialist with Illinois Farm Bureau, will be our instructor for this event. The class will be equal parts information and hands-on practice. We encourage individuals to bring their laptop, tablet, iPad or smart phone. If you don’t have one and want to attend, we will have visuals as well. Social Media 101 is a free program. Registration is not required, but would be appreciated. To register or to ask questions, please contact our office at 815-232-3186.

Highland Community College Crop Research Field Day:  Highland Community College Agriculture in partnership with University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Crop Research Field Day on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Highland Agriculture’s research plot located at 3472 W. Loras Drive in Freeport, IL. The free event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend to learn about the research taking place at Highland, as well as hear from Extension specialists throughout the state regarding 2019 crop production issues. A light breakfast is included. To register, visit web.extension.illinois.educ/registration/?registrationID=20684.

Sign up for Defensive Driving Today: Doug Sommer will be back by popular demand this fall to present the Defensive Driving Program! The two-day program will be held October 22 and 23, 10 am – 3 pm both days at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building. Lunch will be provided both days. For successfully completing this course, you may be eligible for a discount on your COUNTRY Financial auto insurance. Cost for the class is $15/person for Stephenson County Farm Bureau members and $25/person for non-members. To register, contact the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 815-232-3186.

Conservation and Agriculture Partners (CAP) Seeks new Education Coordinator: Position Description
Flexible hours up to 40 hours a week coordinating the Agriculture-in-the-Classroom (AITC) program and related ag & conservation education/awareness activities for grades pre-K through high school in Stephenson County.  Time is divided between classroom activities, outside programs, and preparation/administration duties.  Primary program focus is grades K-6. Position is based in the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building in Freeport, with office space and storage areas provided. Summer hours are limited but include Summer Ag Institute, Stephenson County Ag Breakfast and Stephenson County Fair.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with adequate insurance.

1. Answer requests from teachers and students for agriculture & conservation information and programs.
2. Work with teachers on how to use AITC materials (including workshops and Summer Ag Institute).
3. Develop and maintain AITC resource center for teachers enabling access to online resources, supplemental information while researching new materials and resources to benefit the program.
4. Schedule and assist with delivery of materials to teachers.
5. Develop rapport with teachers, administrators, CAP board, media and others via newsletters, electronic communications and personal contacts.
6. Work closely with CAP board, county Farm Bureau staff and IFB staff on resource needs and program development, including fundraising initiatives.
7. Coordinate annual programs including Teacher of the Year, Ag Adventures and poster contest.
8. Assist teachers with field trip planning, classroom visits by outside speakers and other means of promoting agriculture and conservation awareness.
9. Coordinate and collaborate with other organizations on mutual programs, including Earth Day in the Classroom, Keepers of the Land and similar programs.
10. Coordinate planning for quarterly CAP Foundation board meetings, including, budget oversight and activity reports.
11. Complete grant applications and reports as required.  Attend required AITC training sessions and conferences.
12. Recruit and train volunteers to assist with presentations and other program activities
13. Other relevant duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree with teaching experience preferred, but not mandatory. Qualified candidate must be able to work independently, be organized and be able to communicate proficiently.
Compensation will start at $16/hour based on qualifications.  Reviews to be conducted at 6 months,1 year and periodically thereafter, with appropriate raises given. IRS mileage rate is paid for documented business-related travel. Office provisions include laptop computer, printer, copier and other essential office supplies. Additional support will be provided through the Stephenson County Farm Bureau office.

To apply, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume no later than September 10, 2019 to CAP Foundation Attn.: Victoria Hansen, 210 West Spring Street Freeport, IL  61032

Farm to Table Dinner: Join Highland Community College at this year’s Farm to Table Dinner, an evening with friends supporting the Highland Community College Agriculture Program.  This great event will take place on September 12, 2019 and will include a five-course meal prepared with local ingredients. With 100% of the proceeds support Highland Community College Agriculture Program. Limited to 200 guests. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 each, $300 for half table sponsor (4 tickets & event recognition) and $600 for a full table sponsor (8 tickets and event recognition). The menu includes classic deviled egg with toast point, herb and goat cheese focaccia, kale salad and maple syrup, chili verde with tomatillos and braised pork shoulder soup. The main course consists of dueling flanks- herb marinated grilled bison flank, tomato braised beef flank ropa veija style, roasted fingerling potatoes with garlicky swiss chard and collard greens. The meal will finish with lavender lemon balm frozen mousse with granola-like crumble. To register or become a sponsor visit

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Freeport, IL 61032

Phone: 815-232-3186
Fax: 815-232-0016
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Stephenson County Farm Bureau(R) is affiliated with the Illinois Farm Bureau(R). Illinois Farm Bureau® is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation®, a national organization of farmers and ranchers including Farm Bureaus in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and is responsible for Farm Bureau® membership and programs within Illinois.
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