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Raffle to raise money for Rock River Valley Food Pantry
Looking for a way to help raise money for the hungry in the Rockford area and possibly fill your freezer at the same time?
The Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Young Leaders are selling raffle tickets to raise funds to help out the Rock River Valley Food Pantry. The Young Leaders will raffle off two quarter sides of beef and two half hogs at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting on March 18, 2015. Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10. (You need not be present to win.)
Tickets are now available at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau office located at 1925 S Meridian Road, Rockford, IL. (Tickets are limited and all proceeds will benefit the Rock River Valley Food Panty.) Stop in today and pick up your ticket.
New Certified Crop Advisory Courses
Now available are four new CCA Online Courses that are presentations from this year’s Crop Management Conference. You may go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cca/ to visit each course and click on begin course to view . For obtaining CEUs, a person must register for the course. Courses include:
Management of Wheat Diseases in Illinois
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences by Dr. Carl Bradley. This lesson discusses integrated management strategies for Fusarium head scab and associated mycotoxins and stripe rust of wheat.
$15.00 - 1.0 CEU in Integrated Pest Management
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences by Dr. Mike Gray. This lesson discusses the biology and evolution of the Western corn rootworm to past and current management practices. Other topics include: integrate pest management, resistance management, crop rotation, in-furrow soil insecticides and more.
$15.00 - 1.0 CEU in Integrated Pest Management
Getting High Corn Yields in a Lower-Corn-Price World
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences. Dr. Emerson Nafziger presents results of his research on diverse, agronomically important topics: from seeding rate to row spacing, from nitrogen rate to weather, from foliar fungicides to irrigation and more.
$15.00 1 CEU in Crop Management
Planning and Using Data from On-Farm Trials
This lesson contains content presented at the 2014 Crop Management Conferences by Dr. Emerson Nafziger. This course covers many topics important to the planning, establishment, data collection and analysis of on-farm research trials including: general experimental design, site selection, why some treatments are better candidates for on-farm research, replication, basic statistical concepts and more.
$15.00 - 1.0 CEU in Crop Management
Drive Out Hunger Collectable Tractor- Only 90 left!
The Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders have teamed up with Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank to help reduce the number of households in Illinois that faces hunger this year. You can start a “collection” that will not only help area families, but also increase in value over time. When you purchase the limited-edition tractor collectable, 100% of the profits will go to Harvest for All!
The1:32 scale metal die-cast, Illinois Farm Bureau, Steiger® 450 RowTrac TM is fully equipped with an opening cab door, opening hood, articulated body, detailed engine, movable 3-point hitch with draw bar, movable mirrors, a detailed interior, and a GPS dome. The tractors are available for $60.00 through the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Department at 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61701. For details contact the Young Leader Department at 309-557-2536 or download an ORDER FORM. This is a limited edition of 276 tractors, so order yours today.
Seed that has been developed with a genetically modified organism (GMO) is most often found in corn and soybean seed varieties. Farmers do not have any wheat GMO seed varieties that they can buy. Most of the fruit and vegetable production is produced for local food markets and is mainly organic and non-GMO.
So that leaves corn and soybeans. I have grown both GMO and non-GMO varieties. What I plant depends on; seed variety yield, the weeds and insects that I find in my fields, and market prices. I sell my grain to two local elevators. One contracts directly with farmers to raise specific varieties of corn and soybeans depending on what a buyer such as a food processor wants. The grain buyer at that elevator estimated about 90% of the soybean seed varieties grown in the local area are GMO and 80% of the corn.
Working through the math, a good estimate would be about 70% of the farm land acres in Boone County are grown using a GMO seed variety."- Ken
Agricultural Security & Terrorism Awareness
In January 2013, the Winnebago Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in partnership with Win-Bur-Sew Fire Department hosted an information meeting on “Agricultural Security & Terrorism”. The presentation was given by Steffan Nass, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator- FBI’s Springfield Division.
Agro-Terrorism is defined as the deliberate introduction, use, or threatened use, of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive agent against one or more components of the food or agriculture sectors, with the goal of causing mortality or morbidity, generating fee, precipitating economic loss, or undermining sector stability and confidence in government.
Here are a few indicators of Agro-Terrorism.
Agricultural Retail Facilities should report any of the following:
Producers and Auction Markets should report any of the following:
Aerial Applicators should report any tampering or attempts to purchase or rent aircraft or chemicals.
Suspicious signs and symptoms of illnesses in employees should be reported to your local health department. Health officials should be made aware of the emergency, normal duties and any contact with sick animals that may have led to the illness. Details of contact with feed products, medical supplies, or chemicals that the employee may have had contact with should also be noted.
Suspicious signs and symptoms of illnesses in animals (such as blistering or ruptured blisters around the mouth, nose, teats, or hooves; central nervous system disorders that prevent the animal from rising or walking normally; loss of appetite and conditioning; swelling around the eyes and neck in poultry; dramatic drop in egg or milk production; large number of dead insects, rodents or wildlife; and unusual ticks or maggots) should be reported to your veterinarian.
If a crime is in progress, CALL 9-1-1 immediately. If you have information about a crime, or to report suspicious activity, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (217) 522-9675. The following information is needed:
This information was provided by the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group. The Illinois Agro-Security Working group is a partnership between frontline agricultural industry personnel and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of preventing criminal and terrorist activities in and around Illinois agriculture and food systems. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Fertilizer Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef Association, and the United States Department of Agriculture form the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group.
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