PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

The Fulton County Farm Bureau offers a variety of programs and events for all segments of our membership!  We invite you to attend events that are of interest to you and encourage you to lend your talents to our organization by volunteering for committees that appeal to you.


TEACHERS INVITED TO SUMMER AG INSTITUTE

 Fulton County Farm Bureau’s (FCFB) Summer Ag. Institute (SAI) is scheduled for June 19, 20, and 21.  This summer’s topic is “Niche Farming/Specialty Crops” and includes incredible field trips, as well as classroom and hands-on instruction. 

Field trips are expected to include the hops farm, a lavender farm, an egg farm, beekeeping, apple orchard, CSA (community supported agriculture), a nursery/greenhouse, a reindeer farm, and a seed distribution and treatment business.  All will be within Fulton and McDonough Counties.

Participants will also meet staff from Illinois Ag in the Classroom and commodity groups, will receive resources and activities for the classroom, and will learn about the surprising diversity of specialty crops and products in our area.

The target audience is Pre-K through 12th grade area educators.  Professional Development clock hours provided for participation.  The cost is $75 per person and financial assistance will be available from the FCFB Women’s Committee for Fulton County teachers.  The charge includes all meals, transportation for field trips, and materials.  The program is cosponsored by the FCFB and the McDonough CFB.

Please register online by June 6 at http://www.mcdonoughcountyfarmbureau.org/ag-in-the-classroom/sai-2018/   For more information contact the Fulton County Farm Bureau at fultonfb@att.net   or  309-547-3011.

 

Marketing Club

The meeting is held the 3rd Tuesday at the Farm Bureau Building in Lewistown.  On rare occasions, the club cancels the meeting due to field work. 

Policy Point.....Each month we'll post a policy from the current IFB Policy Book.  Sometimes it will be timely based on a current issue; sometimes it will be purely random.  Find this month's here.



FIELD DAY TO HIGHLIGHT WATER QUALITY RESEARCH

 The Fulton County Farm Bureau, together with IFB, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the University of Illinois College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), will host a field day Wednesday, June 13 to showcase research being conducted by the MWRD on water quality and nutrient loss reduction.

The field day, which will be held at 15779 County Road 5 (Cuba/Canton Blacktop), Cuba, Ill., will cover topics including:

  • Woodchip bioreactor installation;
  • Drainage water management and runoff reuse;
  • Vegetative buffer strips;
  • Cover crop interseeding; and
  • Soil health.

The field day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.; lunch will be provided at no cost. The event is free, but attendees are asked to register through the Fulton County Farm Bureau by calling 309-547-3011 or emailing fultonfb@att.net.  


Farm Safety Day Camp Is June 15

This year’s Farm Safety Day Camp will be held on Friday, June 15, at the Mason County Fair Grounds in Havana, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This is jointly sponsored by University of Illinois Extension in Fulton and Mason Counties and Fulton County and Mason County Farm Bureaus.  There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required, by June 8.

Topics covered will include Livestock and Animals, Fire, Food, Weather, Cyber/Personal, Water and Boating, Electricity, and Natural Gas.  There will be a Live Line demonstration as the finale.

 For kids ages 6 and up.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Lunch is provided.  For a copy of the registration form, call the Fulton County Extension Office at 309-547-3711 or the Mason County Extension Office at 309-543-3308.  It is also posted on the Extension website, http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/.

Registrations are due by June 8, and can be mailed or brought to the Fulton County Extension Office, 15411 N IL 100 Hwy, Lewistown IL  61542, or the Mason County Extension Office, 127 South High, Suite 1, Havana IL  62644.  You may not register by phone; however, you may fax to 309-547-3713.  A parent signature is required on all registrations. Youth who are pre-registered by June 8 will receive a free gift at the conclusion of the event.