BY CHASTITY WELCH

While Christmas just passed earlier this week, I thought you may all enjoy this. The Ten Reasons Why Santa Claus Could Have Been A Farmer: He works all year, just to give his stuff away. He’s good with livestock. He knows how to get by with the same equipment season after season. He works outside, even in bad weather. He’s good with kids. His wife is an excellent cook. He could stand to lose a few pounds (see reason #6). He’s used to getting in and out of tight places. He covers a lot of ground in a hurry when the pressure is on. He takes care of the needs of the whole world. I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. 

This past week we held the Carroll County Farm Bureau’s 99th Annual Meeting. The meeting was just a business meeting. Ed Livengood was again elected President. Following the annual meeting, the board held their regular board meeting where the remainder of the officers; Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer were elected. Those positions remained the same with Nate Wiersema as Vice President, Keith Rath as Secretary and Bill Weber as Treasurer. The board also remains the same with the following serving as directors: Allen Derrer, Larry Alexander, Branden Alexander, Ryan Stoner, Brad Smith, Leo Gelwicks, Dan Lamoreux, Jon Lower, and Mike Behrens.  Jeremy Flikkema remains as the Young Leader Chair. 

The Young Leaders will be hosting their Annual Harvest for All in January as they have the last few years. They will be calling and collecting grain later the second week of January. 

Last week the Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation met to discuss the 2019-2020 scholarship opportunities.  They will be giving away seven $1000 scholarships! That is right $7000.  Applications are now available and will be due back to our office March 4th, 2019.  Doesn’t that sound forever away? I am sure it does but mark my word that it will be here before we know it. Applications are available on our website, at our office and at the local high schools. 

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This year they will be offering six $1000 general scholarships along with the Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry Scholarship in the amount of $1000.

To be eligible for all of the scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria: must be a high school graduate; must be a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, spouse of a member or member’s child; must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college, university, community college or technical school; must exhibit potential for successful completion of course of study; and must be a resident of Illinois.  The general scholarships require a student to be majoring in agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related field. The Harold Schmidt Memorial Forestry Scholarship requires a student to be enrolled in Forestry, Wood Science, Wildlife Biology, Botany, General Biology, or other related disciplines as listed on the application. Now don’t be scared off as there are many, many careers out there that are ag-related. 

As we go into the New Year, on behalf of the board of directors and staff Happy New Year!

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