I have mentioned a few times that 2019 marks the 100th year of the Carroll County Farm Bureau. We will be doing various programs and events throughout the year. We will also be doing trivia, throwback pictures, and many other things as we reminisce the last 100 years. Now don’t shoot the messenger as our records are only as good as those who give us the information and I for one have certainly not been around as long as the Farm Bureau although it sometimes feels that way. This week, I am looking at who are oldest current members are. Our oldest farming members come in at 104 and our non-farming members also come in at 104.  The oldest Farm Bureau number we have belongs to Jeanette Boothby.  

Exciting news! As if you didn’t need another reason to bank with the IAA Credit Union, they are now offering a $200 bonus when you finance your new Ford or Lincoln vehicle with them. This is in addition to the $500 Ford or $750 Lincoln rebate you get as well. The credit union offers competitive rates and easy remote banking. 

How many times will you right 2018 instead of 2019? Likely we all will for a month. If you have not gotten your 2019 calendar yet, we do still have them available at the office. We also have the 2019 Farmers Almanacs as well, so stop on out and pick yours up. You don’t want to fall too far behind! 

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Leading your family farm is what you know best – paying bills, making marketing decisions and leaving the farm better for the next generation. Farm Bureau needs you to lead our organization and champion our legislative priorities. Farmers will be working with a new Governor, Congress and General Assembly.

Illinois agriculture only remains strong when farmers realize this power and continue “Taking Charge of Change.” Make plans to attend the Illinois Farm Bureau 2019 Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference. This one-day event will highlight Illinois Farm Bureau legislative priorities, provide insights from nationally recognized speakers and end with a legislative reception with members of the Illinois General Assembly. The date is set for Tuesday, February 19 at the President Abraham Lincoln – A Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. The day will kick off with RFD doing a live broadcast at 9 a.m., or you can start the program at 10:20 with the commencement and welcome. There will be various breakouts through out the day along with  a general session featuring discussion on the Illinois Farm Bureau priority issues and an update. The final breakout will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a statewide legislative reception.  If you are interested in more information or signing up for the conference, please give our office a call or shoot me an email. 

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