Category Archives: Farm First

Library Book Donation

In honor of National Ag Day, recognized March 14, 2019, the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee donated “John Deere, That’s Who” by Tracy Nelson Maurer to the public libraries in Lee County. Josie Willett, (right) is pictured making the donation to the Pankhurst Memorial Library in Amboy.  Read more »


NEW ORLEANS — Voting delegates at the 100TH annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), including 21 delegates from Illinois addressed Illinois Farm Bureau’s (IFB) priority issues, including submittals on trade, transportation, legal advocacy and Health Savings Account (HSA) reform. “Our delegates were instrumental in promoting and debating several key policy resolutions to…Read more »

Polo FFA Accepting Donations for Tornado Relief for Taylorville

Polo FFA Accepting Donations for Tornado Relief for Taylorville

Stephanie Schultz who teaches in Polo and is also the FFA Advisor for the area came from Taylorville and started her career in the area. Recently, a tornado ripped through the area leaving many families displaced.  Schultz said her students knew this and approached her about helping those affected by the tornado. The Polo FFA…Read more »

Hussey Receives Top County Chair Award

Shane Hussey, Franklin Grove, was recognized with the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Top County Chair Award for Membership Group III at the Young Leader Awards Program during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on December 2, 2018.  Hussey is the chairman of the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee and was recognized…Read more »

Rahn’s named IFB Achievement Award Winners

Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders Justin and Ellen Rahn were recognized during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago on December 2  as the 2018 winners of the Young Leader Achievement Award. The award recognizes young farmers who derive the majority of their income from farming for their efforts in production agriculture, leadership ability,…Read more »


CHICAGO —Emerson Nafziger, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, today received the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award. The award, the highest given by IFB, was presented during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 1-4. Nafziger is best known for…Read more »

SVCC Ag Hosts Open House

Sauk Valley Community College hosted an open house to showcase their Agriculture Program on Friday, November 2. Dr. Ryan Anderson and some agriculture students were on hand to visit with attendees and provide demonstrations of their resources, including offering free nitrogen soil testing for participants. The Sauk Valley Community College is currently in its second…Read more »