April Field Notes
Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau Updates
Congratulations to our 2022 Scholarship Recipients
The following students have been selected to receive scholarships by the Foundation Boards of the Kendall County Farm Bureau Foundation and the Grundy County Farm Bureau Foundation. The Foundation Boards have selected 25 students to receive a total of $30,000. The boards would like to congratulate these outstanding students on their work and commitment to agriculture.
Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) created Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT), an agricultural leadership development program designed to give participants a head-start on tackling tomorrow's leadership responsibilities.
25 IFB members representing seventeen counties have successfully completed the 43rd ALOT program. Michael Bernhard represented Grundy County. The 2022 ALOT sessions were held at Starved Rock, Springfield, DeKalb, Bloomington and via Zoom. To date, over 1200 participants have graduated from the program.
The eight-week training program allows participants to study and develop leadership skills in the areas of communication, political process, agricultural economics, and global issues. The 2023 ALOT program will be held in Central Illinois.
Pictured is Michael Bernhard, Grundy County (center) with Steve Koeller (left) and Steve Stallman (right) of the IAA Board of Directors.
Summer Ag Institute
Are you a teacher looking for professional development credits this summer? We are hosting a Summer Ag Institute in July! Click below to register or to learn more!
Summer Intern Wanted
Know a college student looking for experience in the Ag Industry? The Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau is happy to once again offer an internship opportunity to college students. Our internship offers a flexible opportunity for students to gain experience and explore a variety of topics including: ag education, consumer education, legislation and politics, volunteer management and more. Those interested in applying should submit a cover letter and resume to Victoria by emailing her at manager@kendallgrundyfb.com
Other Area Ag News
SWCD Contacts:
Grundy: 815-942-0359 x 3
Kendall: 630-553-5821 ext. 3
Avian flu cases are on the rise in the Midwest. Those who come into contact with birds - poultry owners and birdwatchers - can take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading.
Refer to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Department of Natural Resources websites for detailed avian flu recommendations and updates. 
- IDOA: www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr
- IDNR: www2.illinois.gov/dnr
Poultry owners
- Keep free-range flocks inside. Prevent contact between backyard flocks and wild birds. 
- Follow USDA biosecurity measures (bit.ly/3L9s1Rb)
- Watch for these symptoms: runny eyes, swelling, lethargy
- Report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to the IDOA at (217) 782-4944
Bird watchers
- Remove bird feeders and birdbaths and any remaining feed. 
- Hummingbird and oriole feeders can stay up
- Report cases of 5 of more dead wild birds in an area to an IDNR district wildlife biologist (bit.ly/3xIDaVf)
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