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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 »

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 »

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NBB’s Rehagen says Trump should support biodiesel, soybean growers

The CEO of the National Biodiesel Board says he wants President Trump to return the support he’s gotten from farmers. Donnell Rehagen tells Brownfield the President has relied on soybean growers to be his allies in the trade war with China. Rehagen says that’s why his organization and the American Soybean Association jointly requested a…read more »

Smith says Mississippi River model for flood control

A Missouri Congressman says the Missouri River needs the infrastructure that the Mississippi River has to prevent severe flooding.  Jason Smith’s southeast Missouri district has more than 200 miles of the Mississippi River which he says was at flood stage for 150 days this year, between Cape Girardeau and Cairo, without activation of the levees,…read more »

Missouri farm groups respond to suit blocking CAFO law

Farm groups supporting Missouri’s law addressing CAFO regulations say its blockage is a misuse of the legal system and stifles opportunities to keep future generations on the farm. In a joint statement, five Missouri farm and commodity groups say the lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 391 is a frivolous attempt to overturn the work of Missouri…read more »

Hartzler on latest EPA waivers

House Ag Committee member Vicky Hartzler of Missouri says she’s surprised to learn that President Trump might have directed the EPA’s latest round of RFS waivers to big oil companies, “He has been very supportive of farmers and this is counter to that. So, he certainly got some bad advice if that’s the case. But…read more »

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