April Field Notes
4/16/21
Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau Updates
Upcoming Events
Save the Date
June 22nd- Annual Meeting & Membership Picnic
August 6th- Young Leaders Golf Outing

Urge Congress to Protect Stepped-Up Basis & Oppose the Transfer Tax
In President Biden's proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan, Congress would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis in order to raise revenue for government spending.

With so many different fruits, vegetables and products sold at farmers markets across Illinois each year, it can be difficult for vendors to make their products stand out from the crowd.

If you're a farmers market vendor in need of some marketing ideas, you won't want to miss this free, online session hosted by the Illinois Farmers Market Association on April 19, from 6 - 8 p.m.

During the LIVE webinar, you'll hear from experienced farmers market managers and vendors as they discuss the nuts and bolts of successful selling at farmers markets. All types of vendors are welcome; farmers, food makers, and artisans.

Illinois Farm Bureau, Feeding Illinois, and the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute have begun a Farm to Food Bank Feasibility Study. During COVID-19, farmers witnessed the importance of the USDA Farms to Families Food Box Program which purchased food product from farmers, worked with distributers to package the food into family-size boxes, and transported the food to food banks for those in need. This program showed that food banks purchasing directly from farms helps increase food access and farm profitability.
 
We have a unique opportunity to identify and build a long-term market and infrastructure where Illinois farmers can supply and grow food directly for Illinois foodbanks. However, to build viable system we need to hear from our farmers, specifically: livestock, dairy, grain and specialty crop farmers. Their input will help explore new markets, understand barriers, and develop infrastructure to build a future Farm-to-Foodbank Program.
 
Fill out the survey at http://go.illinois.edu/farm2foodbanksurvey
Other Area News





2021 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs 2021 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest launching March 24, 2021. The Treasurer invited youth from across the state, ages 8-18, to submit their most innovative, scenic snapshot that depicts their vision of agriculture in our state. The contest winners will make their mark in the Midwest as they will be featured on the new marketing material for the Ag Invest program, attend a reception with Treasurer Frerichs, plus many other prizes.

Click here to sumbit a photo and participate.
 
To read the Terms and Conditions of the program, click here.
CFAP 2 sign-up reopened

Farmers have about two months to apply or make modifications to existing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) applications.The initial CFAP 2 signup ended Dec. 11, 2020, but USDA reopened sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning April 5.
 
Producers should plan on calling ahead to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office if they wish to make a phone or an in-person appointment. CFAP applicants can also call 877-508-8364 to work one-on-one with a USDA employee on applications and questions. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with his or her FSA county office.

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2021 Earth Day Virtual Farm Field Trip
Earth Day 2021 is just around the corner! Check out this exciting Earth Day-themed virtual field trip opportunity from Nutrients for Life Foundation.




Staff contacts:
Victoria- manager@kendallgrundyfb.com
Chris (for all membership related questions)- membership@kendallgrundyfb.com
Kathy- assistant@kendallgrundyfb.com
Ann (Ag in the Classroom)- aitc@grundycfb.com