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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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Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award winners recognized

From left to right, Cheyenne, Angela and Russ Sundstrom, winners of the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award; Governor Pete Ricketts; Steve Martin with A-FAN; and Homer Buell with the Sand County Foundation Board. A ranch family from southwest Nebraska has received the 2019 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. Russ and Angela Sundstrom own and operate the…read more »

Ricketts slams committee’s property tax relief plan

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has slammed a property tax relief plan put forth by the legislature’s Revenue Committee, saying it would result in “the largest tax increase in Nebraska history”. The committee proposes to increase the state sales tax rate by three-quarters of a cent in order to help fund 500 million dollars in additional…read more »

Trump and pointless tariff fatigue

Someone has to tell the president, “Enough with the tariff threats” with U.S. trading partners. Agriculture can’t afford the outcome. I was wading through the he-said, she-said articles this week generated by the prospect of a U.S.-EU bilateral trade deal – President Trump says ag is on the table, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, says…read more »

Cattleman’s Beef Board names new CEO

The Cattleman’s Beef Promotion and Research Board has hired Gregory Hanes as their new CEO. Hanes, of Colorado, is chairman of the U.S. Ag Export Development Council. He was previously with the US Meat Export Federation and spent 11 years living in Tokyo as the USMEF’s Japan director. Chuck Coffey with the Beef Board says…read more »

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