Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918

Upcoming Events
Georgetown Fair - August 6-13

Illinois State Fair - August 11-21

Fall Ag Outlook Meeting - August 15

Peaches Pickup Day - August 17

Board of Directors - August 18

Ag in the Classroom Open House - August 31
     & September 1

Office Closed - Labor Day - September 5

AITC Get-a-Grant Workshop - September 8

Young Leaders Fun Night - September 10


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"On the Farm"
Weekdays 6:50 am


Associate Members:
Boost Your Benefits with the
A+ Program!

A+ program allows associate 'A' members to choose the level of activities and services they wish to use, A+ participants will receive: 
* local merchant discounts
* theme park tickets
* reduced prices on food orders,
bus trips, plat books

The cost of the A+ program
is just $10, in addition to your Farm Bureau dues.

Click here for details!

More Member-Only Discounts

FarmWeek Headlines

Aug 27, 2016 03:00PM

Stay in the know. Attend farm income webinar.

The free, hourlong webinar, will be held Sept. 7.

Aug 26, 2016 10:40AM

Justices rule against Map Amendment

The citizen-initiated amendment will not be placed on the November ballot.

Aug 26, 2016 01:00AM

Applications available for mini-grants

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture project provides mini-grants of up to $500 for new ag literacy programs in K-12 classrooms.

Aug 26, 2016 01:00AM

Dairy alternative market to pass $35 billion by 2024

United States expects to be a key market for alternative dairy products and anticipates a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 percent through 2024.

Aug 26, 2016 01:00AM

Join a City Moms tour - without leaving home

A virtual tour will of Pearl Valley Eggs at Pearl City and Yordy Turkey Farm at Morton will be held Sept. 10.

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Join Us For The Fall Ag Outlook Program

Vermilion County Farm Bureau's Fall Ag Outlook Program will be held on Monday, August 15. We'll begin with biscuits and gravy available at 8:30, then start the program at 9:00 am in the Farm Bureau Auditorium.
Paul Coolley will moderate a panel discussing these topics:
Commodity Price Outlook - Curt Kimmel, with Bates Commodities
Enegery and Inputs Outlook - Mark Thornsbrough, with Illini FS
Facility and Basis Outlook - Roger Miller, with Premier Cooperative
Weather Outlook - Eric Snodgrass, U of I Atmospheric Science Dept.
The program is free and open to all Farm Bureau members.

Fresh Peaches Coming In August 17

County Farm Bureau once again
took orders for fresh southern Illinois peaches. They will arrive at the Farm Bureau office on Wednesday, August 17.
A limited number of extra boxes are available. Call the Farm Bureau office at 217-442-8713 to reserve yours today.

Willard Named State Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Susie Willard, Vermilion County Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom coordinator. She was recently named the K-8 Teacher of the Year by the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Nominated by Vermilion County Soil & Water Conservation District, Susie was recognized for her unparralled record of visiting 626 classrooms this past school year, giving these lessons to more than 13,300 students.
Utilizing her 30-plus years of teaching experience, she brings her own knowledge of being on a farm to the children to help them learn about working with nature and bringing food to our tables.
Her enthusiasm for the topic and her natural ability to share that message with the number of students reached made Susie Willard an excellent choice for the state conservation K-8 Teacher of the Year
She's shown above with Mitchell Killough (l) and Bob Mathis with SWCD. Mathis was also recognized for 35 years of service as a SWCD director.

Farm Bureau Host Dans for Farm Visit
Vermilion County Farm Bureau hosted the Danville Dans for a visit to a farm recently. The group talking about farming in Illinois, and what is involved in raising food. They players - from colleges all over the country - got to climb into a tractor and combine to get a feel for the size of the equipment. The group also interacted over a cookout supper.

Farm Bureau Meets With State Senator Bennett
Members of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Legislative Committee met with State Senator Scott Bennett in Dennis Smith's farm shop recently. The main topic of discussion was the ongoing budget situation in Illinois. Those present talked about the impact the lack of funding was having on Soil & Water Conservation Districts, county fairs, FFA and ag education, and local governments. Sen. Bennett share some of the activities that had taken place, and that they will be back in session June 29. We appreciate the Senator taking time out of his schedule to meet with Vermilion County farmers.

Be Aware of Farm Equipment on Roads
When the fields dry out, farmers will be back out in their fields to finish this spring's plating.
Farmers are working hard to get fields ready for planting. Their equipment will be on the roads moving from field to field. Everyone needs to be alert to this farming activity and be safe on rural roadways.
And farmers need to make sure they use their warning lights and have a proper SMV emblem visible from the rear of their equipment.
Together we can make this a safe spring.

New Travel Discount Available
Vermilion County Farm Bureau members can now save $50 per person on any tour offered by Collette Tours. Whether it's a bus trip through the Rockies or travel to England or Austrailia, Collette has a number of trips avaialble throughout the year.
Click here to check out this new member discount!

New Program Benefits Members & Animal Shelter

Vermilion County Farm Bureau has a new member benefit that will cover the adoption fees for one cat or dog each month for the next year at the Vermilion County Animal Shelter.   The fee waiver will be given to the first Associate ‘A+’ or Farming ‘M’ member requesting the offer each month.  That’s a savings of $75 to $125 on the adoption expenses, which includes having pets spayed or neutered, a health exam, first round of vaccinations, and first-year rabies shot and tag.

There is no expiration time during the month – it’s good until the first qualifying member uses the program.  

Pets available for adoption at the shelter changes every day.  Stop by and see all of the adorable cats and dogs.  The Vermilion County Animal Shelter is located at 14775 Catlin Tilton Road (across from the nursing home).  Adoption hours are Monday through Friday – 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 2nd/4th Saturdays – noon to 3:00 p.m.

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