One of my favorite things to do is read. There is just something special about opening a new or used book and reading a story. I recently finished All In by Porter Moser. For those who don’t know Porter Moser is the current University of Oklahoma men’s basketball coach, but in Illinois is likely best known for being the former coach of Loyola University men’s basketball tema and leading them to the Final Four during the 2017-2018 season. This book tied my love for college basketball and reading. I always enjoy after a good read discussing the book or article with someone who has read the book or is interested in the topic. I am a big fan of book clubs, which is why I am extra excited to announce that the Illinois Farm Bureau is hosting a book club that will be reading This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways. Join this virtual book club as the group is equipped with the tools to have engaging conversations about what goes on behind the scenes on farms in their own communities. The reading will be self-paced, with weekly discussion prompts in an online forum throughout the month-long event and conclude with a live virtual discussion. This book club will kick off on January 18, with the live discussion taking place on February 15 at 6:00p.m. To register visit www.ilfb.org/consumerengagement.com Each participant will receive a free copy of the selected book. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our office at 815-232-3186.
Agriculture Themed Calendars: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is again offering our members agriculture themed calendars. If you’d like a calendar, please feel free to stop by the Farm Bureau office at 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport between 8:00a.m. and 4:30p.m.
Extra Pecans for sale: We still have one-pound bags of pecan halves. Each bag is $10 or 2 for $15. Pecans can be purchased during normal business hours between 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. at 210 W. Spring Street Freeport, IL 61032.
Jeanne Bernick to Headline Women in Agriculture Conference
The Women in Agriculture Conference committee is excited to be back in person for this year’s 2022 Women in Agriculture Conference. Jeanne Bernick will headline the10th annual Women in Agriculture Conference in Rock Island on Friday, March 25, 2022. Bernick is an agri-business consultant and market Growth Leader for the national business advisory firm, K-Coe Isom. She offers depth of industry insights and works alongside clients with financial tools that help keep their farms and businesses not just viable but thriving. Her presentation “How Women Change the World One Farm at a Time” will focus on how the world is changing for the better as more women are coming back to their agricultural roots. Bernick will provide tips and tricks on leading as a woman working in agriculture. She also co-authored the book, Ceres Rising: How Women are Leading Farm Business. The keynote speaker will be followed by a variety of breakout sessions as well as a buffet lunch. Closing out the conference is Dr. Kim Kidwell, Associate Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is a proud Alumna of ACES where she earned a bachelor’s degree in both genetics, development, and agriculture sciences. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will speak on “Women Changing Agriculture” and highlight how women have served as the heartbeat of agriculture since civilization. Registration is now open at http://www.womeninagricultureconference.com/register.php . More details can be found at womeninagricultureconference.com This Conference is sponsored by the Farm Bureau Women in Agriculture Conference Committee.
Application Deadline Extended for Agriculture Literacy Coordinator: New application deadline January 12, 2022. The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is currently accepting applications for the position of Agriculture Literacy Coordinator. The Agriculture Literacy Coordinator for the Stephenson County Farm Bureau is responsible for coordinating the agriculture literacy efforts in Stephenson County, which includes the Agriculture In The Classroom Program. The coordinator will work with the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Manager, Board of Directors, and Agriculture in the Classroom Advisory Committee. This position is full time, with a maximum of 40 hours a week. Salary is based on experience and education. Mileage is reimbursed at IRS rate and benefits are provided. Summer hours are limited but include Summer Agriculture Institute and Stephenson County Fair.
- Develop, execute, and evaluate Agriculture in the Classroom Presentations/programs for Stephenson County classrooms.
- Provide Agriculture information and resources to Stephenson County teachers.
- Attend trainings provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Staff.
- Create and distribute at least 4 Ag in the Classroom Newsletters.
- Complete all monthly reports (travel, month contact, and others as needed).
- Help plan and facilitate Summer Agriculture Institute for area teachers.
- Work with Farm Bureau Manager to prepare Ag in the Classroom budget.
- Assist in fundraising efforts.
- Explore ways to grow program to reach a greater number of students.
- Coordinator may be required to work evenings or weekends on occasion.
- Maintain a social media presence.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) or two years’ work experience in agriculture and/or education
- Interest and basic knowledge of agriculture.
- Ability to work “hands-on” with students, teachers, staff and volunteers.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and with a team.
- Must have access to transportation and valid driver’s license.
- Pass a background check.
- The ability to lift 25-50 pounds.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Victoria Hansen, Manager, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport, IL 61032 or by email at [email protected] by January 12, 2022.