December Field Notes
12/16/20
Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau Updates
Holiday Hours
Our office will be closed December 24th and will reopen January 4th.

During this time you can reach us by emailing Victoria at manager@kendallgrundyfb.com
Scholarship Applications Now Available



The Foundation Scholarship Applications are now available for both the Kendall Foundation and Grundy Foundation. High School Seniors and those perusing higher education are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due
March 31st 2021.




2021 Plat Books are Here!

Books are $25 each and are available in our office Monday-Friday.

We would also like to provide the option for curbside pickup, simply call our office at 815-942-6400 when you arrive and we can bring your books to your car for you.


The 2021 AFBF Convention has gone virtual and is offering everyone a unique opportunity to attend the convention for free from the comfort of your own home. If you want the inside scoop when it comes to policies and perspectives that will affect your farm or agribusiness in 2021, don’t miss the 102nd consecutive American Farm Bureau Convention. This is your opportunity to help set the agenda for the leading voice of agriculture in Washington, DC, and so much more. Participate in educational workshops to advance your leadership skills, expand your business, and gain deep insight into the trends and realities impacting food production. Witness cutting edge innovation in agriculture, hear from powerful speakers, and explore the virtual trade show to build a stronger network, shop featured products, and idea-share with other state and county Farm Bureaus.

Don’t miss the chance to look beyond the horizon at the future of agriculture, sharpen your skills and help set the agenda in Washington. To register click here.
Ag in the Classroom
This month the Kendall AITC lesson is on evergreen trees and learning how to identify four different types of evergreens. Each class that received materials received an evergreen field guide and 4 evergreen tree samples. Over 400 students participated in this lesson. The lesson video visits the Larson Family Farm Christmas tree farm in Sandwich, IL to learn about the different types of evergreen trees. You can check out the lesson and resources page here.
Seasonal Activities from Illinois Ag in the Classroom
Tree Farm Tour
Snowflake Activity
Author Interview
We teamed up with COUNTRY Financial® ag experts to host virtual agribusiness webinars. We’ll help you understand important ag industry updates and how it may impact your farm operation – so you can make informed decisions about your farm’s future. Join us throughout January and February to as we provide you updated information and answer viewer questions in real-time. RFD’s Rita Frazer will host these 90-120-minute live meetings, and each session will cover crop/farm bill updates (Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial), legislative updates (Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau) and provide a farm legacy planning overview (Joe Buhrmann, COUNTRY Financial).

You can choose from one of four live webinar dates and times below.
Each session is about 90 minutes long.
• Tues., Jan. 19 at 8:30 a.m. CST
• Wed., Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. CST
• Tues., Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. CST
• Thurs., Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. CST

As their library of resources continues to grow check back for recorded resources including:
·        Farm Bill Updates
·        COUNTRY Financial Private Product Updates
·        COUNTRY Financial Crop Claims Review
·        COUNTRY Financial Precision Planning & Drone Technology Overview
·        Agrivisor Market Outlook for 2021
We will continue to keep you updated as these resources go live.

Visit COUNTRYFinancial.com/AgWebinars for more information and to sign up today. 
*Upon writing registration is not yet open but please check back*
Other Area News
GAVC Ag Department Recruitment Happening Now
Recruitment is happening now for the Grundy Area Vocational Center Ag Department program. Check out the video below to see all the program has to offer!

Farm Service Agency Signup Reminder
ARC-PLC ELECTION AND ENROLLMENT for 2021:

Kendall and Grundy County Producers are reminded that for 2021 they have the opportunity to change their ARC-CO, ARC-IC or PLC Elections on a farm's base acres. ARC-CO and PLC may be elected on a crop by crop bases per FSA Farm Number and ARC-IC is a whole farm election by FSA Farm Number. All producers with a share in the base must unanimously agree to the farm's Election.

2021 Enrollment must be completed on any farms without a 2019 multi-year contract. As a reminder, a multi-year contract only remains in effect if there are no changes to the farm records. Changes to farm records which may cancel a multi-year contract include: share changes, producer changes, election changes, reconstitutions, etc...

Producers have until MARCH 15, 2021 to timely complete both ELECTION AND ENROLLMENT for 2021.

Farms with a 2019/2020 election and multi-year enrollment will remain unchanged if producers do not specify they want to elect a new program for 2021.

Please contact your local FSA office to ensure your farms are enrolled for 2021 or if you would like to change your 2021 program election.

More information on ARC and PLC may be found at https://www.farmers.gov/arc-plc
Kendall County SWCD Spring Pond Workshop

The Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District will host our Spring Pond Workshop virtually on Thursday, March 11th. The Zoom meeting will begin at 6:00pm.   
The evening will feature Seth Love, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist, who will provide information on pond maintenance/care, fish stocking rates, pond shocking, chemicals, feed and related questions. The workshop is free, but we kindly request you RSVP by contacting the Kendall County SWCD office at (630) 553-5821 x3 or email jbrown.kkswcd@gmail.com to receive an invitation link. Any questions you may have regarding your pond management may also be emailed and Seth will do his best to answer all of them. We hope you can join us! 
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Kendall County SWCD continues to provide updates on events, fish & tree sales, and resources on our social media as well as our website (https://kendallswcd.org/kswcd/).
Check us out at: @kendallcountyswcd on Instagram or

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You're invited! On Thursday, January 7th, the Grain Handling Safety Coalition is presenting a FREE Midwinter Grain Management session that you can participate in from anywhere. To register, simply click here and be sure to share widely to ensure everyone has access to these resources.

You'll learn about commodity care & employee safety during the winter months, through demos and presentations from skilled industry leaders! This training session will begin at 10AM CST and you will be done by 12:15PM CST.
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