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Mental Health Service for Farmers Expanded

Illinois farmers and their families will find help to deal with stress and mental health issues, state leaders announced recently. Illinois Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II called farm-related stress and farmer mental health “a national public health emergency” in Illinois and elsewhere. A $500,000 USDA grant will help expand the existing Farm ...read more

Conserv FS Open House Showcases New Services

Conserv FS, a leading supplier of agronomy, energy, and turf services for almost a century, has completed a major expansion project at its Waterman facility. An open house will be held on Friday, Oct. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. to showcase the expansion and how it will serve farmers and ...read more

Consider a Gift of Grain at Harvest

Farmers recognize benefit of gifting grain for charities A gift of grain is another option of charitable giving. The value of the grain can be used to support much needed charitable causes in our local community. Farmers may donate corn or soybeans by delivering grain to a commercial elevator and designate it ...read more

Online Training Required for New CDLs

Illinois Farm Bureau will provide information about new entry-level driver training (ELDT) related to the new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) requirement at an Aug. 31 online informational meeting, starting at noon. Rodney Knittel, IFB assistant director of transportation and infrastructure, said Dan Meyer with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will ...read more

SILO – A Film About Grain Entrapment

Thursday, Sept. 16, 20214 p.m. & 7 p.m. Shows (Movie length 70 minutes)DeKalb County Farm Bureau Theater1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore There will be two seatings for dinner, 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium. Call DeKalb County Farm Bureau for reservations and indicate show times, 815-756-6361, or register ...read more

Conserv FS Facility Expanded in Waterman

FS is in the midst of a large expansion project for their Waterman facility.   The new state-of-the art dry and liquid fertilizer buildings will handle ag products more efficiently and increase the volume of fertilizer available to farmers. “At Conserv FS we are committed to serving the farmers of today while ...read more

2020 – A Different Year

Scott Newport, Farm Business Farm Management Specialist The 2020 growing season got off to a slow start with frequent rainfall during the planting season. However, most of the corn and soybeans were planted timely but experienced excess rainfall in May and June followed by a lack of rain in late July ...read more

Members: Take Action on Tax Issues

Farm Bureau members should email President Joe Biden and Congress urging them to reconsider the “transfer tax” contained in the STEP Act and allow continued use of stepped-up basis. Proposed legislation would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis as a way to raise revenue for government spending. Stepped-up basis ...read more

Crop Yields Average for DeKalb County

DeKalb County didn’t break any records with corn and soybean yields last year. The 2020 yields reported by the USDA showed corn averaged 191.2 bushels per acre and soybeans averaged 58 bushels per acre in DeKalb County. Illinois averaged 192 bushels of corn and 59 bushels of soybeans. This was the first ...read more

Anhydrous Ammonia Training Now Offered

Farmers and their employees who transport and apply anhydrous ammonia will now need to be certified. Free online training is being offered at www.bit.ly/IllinoisNH3. In-person training opportunities will be announced as they develop. The training will include: properties of ammonia, competent in safe operating practices, how to take appropriate actions in the ...read more