November 28, 2022

Coffee and Conversation with Victoria Hansen

Just in time for the holiday baking season, the Stephenson County Farm Bureau is excited to remind you we are an authorized McNess Home Products retailer. We currently have McNess pure ground cinnamon, 3.8 oz. for $4.50, McNess Champion Madagascar Vanilla Compound, 12 oz. for $15.00, Imitation Uncolored Vanilla Extract for $10, Wonder flavor and Peppermint extract for $10. These products can be purchased during regular business hours, which are 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. Monday through Friday at 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport, IL 61032. We accept cash, check and credit/debit card methods of payment. If you don’t see a product you would like, please let our staff know as we maybe able to special order it for you.


How did Farm Bureau Serve our members in October:

  • FB provided election and campaign information and resources as part of its Get out the Vote effort before the Nov. 8 election. Visit
  • Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom launched a new website at and new resources for use in Illinois schools. IAITC also hit a milestone, reaching more than 100,000 students since the start of the school year.
  • IAA Foundation awarded a total of $647,000 worth of grants to 89 county Farm Bureaus for local Ag in the Classroom efforts.
  • IFB shared farmers’ concerns on proposed atrazine regulations in comments filed to the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Farm Bureau was represented during arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on a California law related to animal welfare known as Proposition 12.
  • County Farm Bureaus worked with six county government boards to pass proclamations supporting National Farm Safety and Health Week.


Membership Value Program Business Spotlight: Connect Hearing offers Farm Bureau members free hearing screenings and up to 50% off MSRP on all hearing aid devices. You can learn more at or by calling 815-233-2535.


Extra Terry Lynn Nuts:  We have extra nuts from our Terri Lynn order. We currently have bags of

  • Giant Cashews: $13/members & $15/non-members
  • Deluxe Mixed Nuts (no peanuts): $13/members & $15/non-members
  • Honey Roasted peanuts: $9/members & $11/non-members

These items are sold at a first come first serve basis, however you may reserve items by calling 815-232-3186 and paying with a credit/debit card.


Tharp named 2022 Top Crop Adviser: BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Jerald “Jay” Tharp Jr., of Jasper County, has been named recipient of the 2022 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Award in recognition of his decades of crop research and guidance.“I am grateful to be awarded this year’s Illinois CCA of the year,” said Tharp, adding that he is thankful for the support from his team members at Wabash Valley Service Company, as well as the many farmer cooperators, university personnel and fellow CCAs. “I have seen a lot of change throughout my career and this program keeps me updated on the latest practices, products and technology in the ag industry. It also serves as a great networking tool to connect with other CCAs and industry leaders.” The CCA Award, the top award from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Board, is designed to increase awareness that farmers and their crop advisers strive to make economically and environmentally sound cropping decisions. The award recognizes an individual who is highly innovative and performed superior service for their farmer customers in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production. Tharp, who has 26 years of experience in crop consulting, works with certified crop advisers (CCAs) and crop specialists across 10 counties in Southeastern Illinois during the growing season. He is a 1995 graduate of University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) with a master’s degree in plant breeding and genetics. As an agronomist with Wabash Valley Service Co., Tharp is heavily involved in the research of new products and farming practices, which he shares with farmers, seed companies, and local FFA chapters. He also oversees the Wabash Valley demonstration research plot, which showcases different experimental trials with herbicides, fungicides, biologicals, seed treatments, and other new practices. Matt Burgener, Jasper County Farm Bureau director, nominated Tharp for the award. “I nominated Jay for many reasons, but the most important is his knowledge of the farming industry and the seed technology research he does with Wabash Valley Service Company. He brings a lot to the table for growers in his expertise,” said Burgener. “In an ever-changing farm economy and technical advancements, Jay is always available to help producers with his research and plot data to help make the right choices. Every operation is different, and every field is too, so it is crucial to have the right varieties on the right ground. Outside of his work in the field, Tharp serves as Jasper County 4-H beef superintendent and a member of the Jasper County Farm Bureau Youth Auction committee. He also volunteers with many other community fundraising projects and youth agriculture and athletic programs. As the state’s top crop adviser winner, Tharp’s name will be submitted for the international award by the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Board. Tharp will be recognized during the upcoming Illinois CCA Conference as well as the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

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210 W. Spring St.
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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