Serving Vermilion County Agriculture Since 1918
Upcoming Events
IL Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - December 3-6

Young Leaders Committee - December 6

Holiday Foods Pickup Day - December 12

Crop Insurance Management Seminar
     - December 14

Board of Directors - December 15

Office Closed for Christmas - December 23-26

Office Closed for New Years - January 2

Illini Farm Toy Show - January 6-7


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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

Dec 05, 2016 11:20AM

Six elected as IFB Young Leader Committee officers

Massac County's Bremer will chair the group.

Dec 05, 2016 09:21AM

IFB report lists opportunities for growth

Future of the Organization report includes 25 recommendations for county Farm Bureaus to consider.

Dec 04, 2016 06:57PM

Two nominated to Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors

Fourez and Reichert will be up for election during Monday's delegate business session.

Dec 04, 2016 03:57PM

Guebert: 'We need to be Farm Bureau proud'

During his presidential address at IFB's Annual Meeting, Guebert encourages members to be creative to get members involved.

Dec 04, 2016 02:25PM

GROWMARK hopes to get students buzzing about pollinators

Contribution to Illinois Ag in the Classroom will support educational materials on the relationship between pollinators and farming.

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Crop Insurance Meeting Coming December 14
Vermilion County Farm Bureau will host a Crop Insurance Seminar with the area Country Financial agents on Wednesday, December 14. The morning will begin with biscuits and gravy at 8:30 am, and the program will start at 9:00 am. Doug Yoder will talk about how crop insurance options have performed, along with potential changes in the next farm bill. Brad Clow will address how drones can be used for crop scouting and processing claims. The session will wrap up with Dr. Howard Brown talking about nutrient management issues. The program is free and open to all Farm Bureau members.

98th Annual Meeting Held
Vermilion County Farm Burea
u held it's 98th Annual Meeting November 29 at the Beef House Banquet Center.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Kimberlee Kidwell (shown on the left with VCFB President Dennis and Annette Smith). The Danville native is the new dean of the U of I's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. She talked about being back home, and helping the college reach out and share their research and information with the farming community.

Brian Andrews Receives the Inaugural Distinguished Service Award
The Vermilion County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award has been developed to recognize the leaders and members that have been strong supporters of our local Farm Bureau. The initial recipient of this award is Brian Andrews. In the last 25 years, he has served on the Board of Directors twice and was President from 1997-2001, during which time the Center for Agriculture building was completed. He was involved in the formation of the Lake Vermilion Water Quality Coalition, and was a driving force behind the creation of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation. He's shown with his award alongside President Dennis Smith (left) and Executive Director Kerry Wienke.

Mandy Mourer Named AITC Teacher of the Year
Mandy Mourer, a fifth grade teacher at Northeast Magnet Elementary School, was named the 2016 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. She teaches fifth grade, and incorporates agriculture in her lessons as she teaches the development of the country from east to west. She utilizes the Ag Kits through AITC, and enjoys the presentations given by Ag Literacy Coordinator Susie Willard. She's shows on the left with her daughter Lydia, Susie Willard (in the middle) and her principal Kelly Truex.

Gale Cunningham Honored as Spokesperson of the Year
With a passion that developed growing up on his family's grain and dairy farm northeast of Hoopeston, Gale Cunningham speaks up for agriculture every day. His work as Farm Director for WYXY Classic 99.1 FM not only provides farmers with the information they need, but it also brings a positive message of agriculture to all his listeners. He's shown between President Dennis Smith (left) and Executive Director Kerry Wienke.

Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Dips Back Below $50
With last year's potential shortage of turkeys and pumpkin pie mix in the past, this year's traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner dropped 24 cents, according to the 31st annual survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The menu -- turkey, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings, in enough quantity to feed ten people -- runs $49.87 this year. And that same meal purchased in Vermilion County would cost $45.28, a local drop of 7.4%. The local prices is also 9.2% less than the national average.  Many may be saying that you spend more than this on your meal, and that may be true. We're fortunate to be able to offer our families more than the basics in this traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Click here for more information about the AFBF Thanksgiving Dinner Survey

Farm Safety Not Just for One Week
Although National Farm Safety & Health Week is now past, the message of the week should carry all through harvest. theme: Farm Safety… a Legacy to be Proud of.” Vermilion County Farm Bureau is joining the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety to bring the subject to light.

This year's theme -- "Farm Safety... a Legacy to be Proud Of" --  serves as a reminder that it’s up to us to teach our children and grandchildren to use good safety sense on the farm. From generation to generation, farmers learn from those who have gone before them.

In 2015, we had the lowest number of farm deaths in Illinois than we have had for some time, with 11. Our average for the past 20 years has been about 31 deaths per year. There were also no farm-related grain bin deaths. Farmers should give themselves a pat on the back, and continue to do what they are doing in taking farm safety seriously. This is proof it is making a difference.

Don’t leave farm safety to chance. Teaching by example is the safest way to work.

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.

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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