Vermilion County Farm Bureau Dec 10-Jan 11 Booster

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Vermilion County Farm Bureau Booster, a bi-monthly membership magazine

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<ul><li><p>1VERMILION COUNTY FARM BUREAU</p><p>DANVILLE, ILLINOIS</p><p>IN THIS ISSUE ...YL Achievement Award .........page 2County Annual Meeting ... pages 4-5Scholarships Available ........page 11</p><p>Food Pantry Donation ...........page 3Teacher of the Year ...............page 6IAA Annual Meeting ..... pages 12-13</p><p> Illini Farm Toy Show / Market Outlook.......................................Back Cover</p><p>DECEMBER 2010 - JANUARY 2011</p><p>Seasons Greetings</p></li><li><p>BOOSTER2</p><p>Local Young Leaders are Achievement Award Finalists</p><p>Steve and Dawn Huls, shown with their daughter Morgan, were one of state finalists in the IFB Young Lead-ers Achievement Award program held in conjunction with the IAA An-nual Meeting. </p><p>The Young Leaders Achieve-ment Award pro-gram recognizes young leaders who have made significant strides in establishing a successful farm-ing operation. It also takes into account involvement in other as-pects of agriculture, Farm Bureau and the community.</p><p>Steve farms with his father in the Fithian/Armstrong area. Dawn teaches 5th grade at St. Joseph Middle School.</p><p>Congrats to Steve and Dawn for this statewide recognition.</p><p>FROM THE BACK PORCHby David Sadler, PresidentVermilion County Farm Bureau</p><p> ... continued on page 11</p><p>Once again we have a young leader making news at the state level. This time its our Young Leader Committee Chairman Steve Huls and his wife, Dawn, who are finalists for the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders Achievement Award. They fol-low in the footsteps of Alan and Leesa Chesnut who were finalists just two years ago. The award will be handed out at the IFB annual meeting in St. Louis with the winner going on to AFBF in January down in At-lanta.</p><p>As many of you know, Steve is my tenant so Im very excited about this news. As a supple-ment to the vetting process the couple is interviewed on film. The original shooting of the movie was set during early har-</p><p>vest but a rain delay caused it to be rescheduled for Columbus Day.</p><p>Rescheduling the shoot created two problems 1) kids werent in school which meant Dawn, a fifth grade teacher, couldnt be filmed before a live audience and 2) harvest was al-most complete. Filming of the harvest would be an important part of the finished product so the only solution was to slow things down, quit early, take Sunday off, save that last acre-age for the camera. Thats not Standard Operating Procedure but it was necessary.</p><p>As the big day approached, I was asked to run the grain cart. I know youre thinking hasnt he bragged about being the grain-cart driver extraordinaire for </p><p>several years now? Quite so, EXCEPT this year we were in the process of creating a new grain system from scratch and I was the electrician-in-residence. Save for one short stint running the combine, I was relegated to virtual isolation at the bin site as I wired up the breakers, starters and motors. It was a mad dash to the completion line between the bin construction crew, the power company crew and me. Luckily we all finished at the same time.</p><p>Anyway, there I was driving the grain cart for the first time this year, following the com-bine. Finally the family arrived from shooting interior scenes at her school, in her classroom with no students. Steve relieved his dad driving the combine and off we went, camera rolling.</p><p>We were filmed from a tripod as I chased the combine up and down the field, loading on the go and dumping in the truck at the end. Then it was hand-held work as the cameraman rode in the cab interviewing Steve. Finally it was decided I was to fill the semi while being filmed from </p><p>the rear of the trailer. Mind you, this was my first time doing that job since last year and the first time filling the grain trailer.</p><p>The cameraman climbed the back of the trailer, got in posi-tion and signaled me to start my approach. I started filling the back compartment, no prob-lem. Then I pulled up to begin the final fill. Only trouble was I didnt slow the flow down quick enough. I always try to empty the auger before shut-down even if I have to spread the last bushels out front or aft and this time was no exception. Result? Rear compartment was slightly overloaded as splattered corn engulfed the photographer. Id be surprised if that part made the final cut. </p><p>After the camera lens was cleaned, everyone gathered round the camera to chat. While we talked about harvest and yields, most of the time was spent interacting with eighteen month old daughter, Morgan, who wasnt overly talkative that day but was perfectly content waving bye-bye to everyone.</p><p>By Lynne Finnerty</p><p>Health officials are sound-ing alarms about our obesity epidemic. Since 1980, obesity has doubled among adults and tripled among children, accord-ing to the Centers for Disease Control.</p><p>Meanwhile, food purists pro-claim foods commonly available from the supermarket at an af-fordable price to be inferior to foods grown without the use of modern techniques. They say that authentic foods produced the way they might have been decades ago taste better and are more nutritious than whats on the shelf at the A&amp;P.</p><p>Theres just one problem. Assuming that people dont eat </p><p>food that doesnt taste good, does the food purists assertion run into a wall of blubber?</p><p>We have a national obsession with food. There are magazines, newspaper columns and blogs devoted to how to cook it, the best places to eat it and the fan-ciest tools for making and serv-ing it.</p><p>Its a multibillion dollar busi-ness. High-end kitchen products retailer Williams-Sonoma earns more than $3 billion a year and has just announced robust prof-its for the most recent quarter, despite the recession. The Food Network is among the most pop-ular cable channels. Profession-al appliances from Aga, Wolf and Blue Star cost several times the price of more run-of-the-mill ranges, and theyre all the rage.</p><p>Is Our Food Too Good?</p></li><li><p>BOOSTER 3</p><p>BOOSTERPublished Bi-monthly by the</p><p>VERMILION COUNTY FARM BUREAUKerry Wienke, Editor</p><p>1905-C U.S. Route 150Danville, Illinois 61832Phone (217) 442-8713</p><p>OFFICE HOURSMondayFriday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.</p><p>OFFICERSPresident .............................David SadlerVice-President ......................Mark WillardSecretary ................................Bruce DarrTreasurer ............................. Dennis Smith</p><p>STAFFExecutive Director ..............Kerry WienkeDirector of Information ............ Tom FrickeOffice Secretary ............... Nancy DuncanAg Literacy Coordinator .......Staci Walker</p><p>DIRECTORSDistrict 1</p><p>Garrett Douglass Jon FourezDavid Heckerson Rick JamesMark Willard</p><p>District 2Doug Cunningham Kevin KemnaGreg Cunningham Steve LaneJarrod Dice</p><p>District 3Alan Chesnut Bruce DarrBryan Darr Stewart SheetsDennis Smith</p><p>Periodical postage paid at Danville, IL Publication No. 061080</p><p>Postmaster - Send address changes to:Vermilion County Farm Bureau</p><p>1905-C U.S. Route 150Danville, IL 61832</p><p>Subscription Price, $2.00 per yearDisplay advertising - Apply for rates</p><p>Calendar of EventsDecember 24-27 .........OFFICE CLOSED Merry ChristmasDecember 31 ...............OFFICE CLOSED Happy New YearJanuary 5-7 .........................IL Specialty Growers ConferenceJanuary 7-9 .............................................Illini Farm Toy ShowJanuary 9-12 ........................................AFBF Annual MeetingJanuary 10 ......................................Young Leaders CommitteeJanuary 17 .........................................Market Outlook SeminarJanuary 20 ...................................................Board of DirectorsJanuary 26-27 ..........................Midwest Ag Expo, GordyvilleJanuary 28 ...................Private Applicators Training &amp; TestingJanuary 28-30 ........................ IFB Young Leaders ConferenceJanuary 30 ............................................DACC Farm Toy ShowFebruary 5 ..................................... Pheasants Forever BanquetFebruary 14 ....................................Young Leaders CommitteeFebruary 16-19 .........Natl Farm Machinery Show, LouisvilleFebruary 17 .................................................Board of DirectorsFebruary 20-26 .......................................Food Checkout WeekFebruary 23-24 .........................IFB Govt Affairs Conference</p><p>For further information on any of these activities, contact the Vermilion County Farm Bureau office at (217) 442-8713 or visit us on the web at www.vcfb.info.</p><p>One in eight Americans doesnt know where his or her next meal will come from. Illi-nois Farm Bureau Young Lead-ers want to create a movement to end hunger here in Illinois with a program we call Harvest for All.</p><p>Harvest for All is a joint ef-fort between Young Leaders and Feeding Illinois, in which farm-ers and ag professionals help ensure that everyone can enjoy the bounty produced on Illinois farms.</p><p>Last year, Illinois Farm Bureau took top honors in the American Farm Bureau for raising the most funds, raising $92,112. </p><p>Young Leaders Donate to Local Food Pantry Over $14,000 of that amount </p><p>was generated through the sale of a collectible semi-trailer truck toy. Proceeds from the truck sale were distributed to counties with active Young Leaders / Young Farmers Committees.</p><p>Vermilion County Farm Bu-reau recently donated their $275 portion to the St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry.</p><p>Carol Olson, the food pan-try coordinator, said the pantry serves more than 300 families during their once-a-month dis-tribution. The pantry served a record 325 families at their No-vember distribution so the dona-tion came at just the right time.</p><p>Illinois Farm Bureau is sell-ing anther toy truck again this year an anhydrous tank truck model. To order now, download </p><p>an order form by visiting the Vermilion County Farm Bureau website at www.vcfb.info and click on the tank truck.</p><p>The Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee member Kelli Lyons (right) presents a $275 check to the coordinator of St. James Food Pantry, Carol Olson.</p><p>Water Quality Coalition to Host Natural Resources Workshop</p><p>The Lake Vermilion Water Quality Coalition is sponsor-ing a Natural Resources Work-shop for landowners, farmers, and farm managers that will take place Tuesday, January 11, 2011.</p><p>The free workshop will cover several practices and USDA pro-grams that benefit the soil and water on farms. </p><p> Topics include Wet Area Man-agement, Nutrient Management Plans, Conservation, and Tillage Creation of Wildlife Habitat.</p><p>Speakers include fellow pro-ducers and staff from NRCS, University of Illinois and Pheas-ants Forever.</p><p>The workshop will be at the Rossville Fire Department from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and a free lunch is included.</p><p>Reservations are required by January 7th. For information, contact Cindy Johnston at 217-442-8511, ext. 3.</p></li><li><p>BOOSTER4</p><p>FROM THE MANAGERs DESKby Kerry Wienke, Executive DirectorVermilion County Farm Bureau</p><p>Foundation Raises Over $1,600 in Silent Auction</p><p>The 5th annual Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundations Silent Auction was again a great success. The auction has become a regular feature of the Annual Meeting.</p><p>Members placed bids on 25 items, from a $100 savings bond to a watercolor print, a movie night basket to driveway rock and much more.</p><p>In addition, a raffle for a $100 gift card, donated by Illini FS, was part of the evening, with Jill Cunningham winning the prize for a second year.</p><p>We would like to thank our Silent Auction donors and purchasers who made our event a great success!</p><p>Auction DonorsCountry Financial Rick Rotramel WDAN D-102Danville Dans Jeanie Cooke Beef HouseBrian &amp; Norma Andrews BirkeysPrairie Farms Dairy Cox MemorialsD &amp; C Blasting &amp; Coating Brian NevilleUnited Community Bank Staci WalkerSleepy Creek VineyardsKerry &amp; Tara Wienke Country Financial Alan PuzeyTom &amp; Mary Ellen Fricke</p><p>Auction BuyersNancy Boesdorfer Alan ChesnutBob Finley &amp; Dolores Green Bob GernandChris &amp; Evonne Hausman David BrownJim &amp; Sharon McMahon June ClemonsKammie Richter Kerry WienkeMatt &amp; Amy Hoose Lois ChesnutSteve &amp; Dawn Huls Margaret DoranKris Suchaczewski Tony Augustine</p><p>Bob Finley and Dolores Green pose with their auction purchase, a horse collar clock made and donated by Brian Andrews.</p><p>Every year I try to condense 12 months of Farm Bureau activities into a single report. It is a formidable challenge given the number and wide variety of programs. </p><p>Involvement with local issues, providing members input on state and national policies, delivery of educational programs, hosting community events, and offering discount services are general types of Farm Bureau activities. </p><p>Specific functions included coal mine informational meetings, de-fensive driving and healthcare programs, Food Checkout Day activities, estate tax action requests, Illinois Fair Map petition drive, candidate fo-rums, Leaders to DC trips, Young Leader and FFA activities, Commodity Challenge and Market Outlook programs, state budget and school funding meetings, member appreciation night, and adopted legislator visits. Other events of the year to note include: Bunge ceasing soybean processing lo-cally; the retirement of State Rep. Bill Black after 25 years of tireless ser-vice; and a historic federal midterm election. </p><p>Farm Bureau programming is a result of people getting involved. I ap-plaud the board of directors, committee members, volunteers and staff. It is the combined effort of everyone that makes this a thriving organization. </p><p>Several individuals were recognized this year for outstanding service. Dave Sadler received the Vermilion Advantage Ag Leader Award; Steve and Dawn Huls are finalists for the IFB Young Leaders Achievement Award; Richard Layden was selected as a Farmer Idea Exchange Contest winner; Staci Walker received the IL Leadership Council for Ag Educations Perry Schneider Award; and Dr. Kammie Richter was named as the 2010-2011 IL Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. </p><p>Statewide recognitions of Vermilion Countys Ag in the Classroom program are well-deserved. This year we reached 68% of the county stu-dents with free educational presentations and materials. Your support of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation, which funds ag literacy programs, is vital to this endeavor. </p><p>Membership stands at 5,793 families consisting of 1,304 farming and 4,489 associates. This marks 5 consecutive years of farming member gains and 7 out of 9 years of total membership growth. Vermilion County was one of only 21 counties in the state to attain farm, total and retention goals.</p><p>Financially, income and expense numbers were much better than bud-geted projections. Revenue was up 3.3% from last year, while expenses were 4.3% lower. This reflects a positive net income, a welcome change after two years of losses. </p><p>This year marks my 20th anniversary with Vermilion County Farm Bureau. I consider myself blessed to work for a great organization and fortunate to be associated with so many wonderful people. Thank you for your involvement and support. </p><p>As we look forward to next year, there will not be a shortage of is-sues to address or work to be done. Injecting common sense...</p></li></ul>

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