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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 »

ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU® PROPOSALS SHAPE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION POLICY

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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Farmers turning to high-interest loans to get financed

An extension farm business management specialist is concerned about farmers turning to high-interest operating loans. David Bau with the University of Minnesota says going into 2019, he anticipated about 20 percent of farmers would be unable to securing financing with their current bank. “Then at the launch of renewal season I think it got down…read more »

Bill to address rural health workforce introduced in U.S. Senate

Bipartisan legislation to strengthen rural healthcare has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith and Wyoming Republican John Barrasso are co-authors of the Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2019. Smith tells Brownfield the bill would get to the root of a major problem in Rural America. “I’ve been focused on…read more »

Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act introduced in Senate

Bipartisan legislation to strengthen rural healthcare has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith and Wyoming Republican John Barrasso are co-authors of the Strengthening Our Rural Health Workforce Act of 2019. Smith tells Brownfield the bill would get to the root of a major problem in Rural America. “I’ve been focused on…read more »

Dean Foods issues shouldn’t impact farmers much

A dairy industry leader says fluid milk sales have been difficult but Dean Foods filing for bankruptcy shouldn’t make them worse. Dairy economist Mark Stephenson with the University of Wisconsin says while Dean’s represents about a third of the nation’s fluid milk processing, milk will still be bottled. “The worst-case scenario I think for farmers,…read more »

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