January Field Notes
1/22/2020
News and Info
Consumer Engagement Workshop
Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau will be hosting an area wide Consumer Engagement workshop for Illinois Farm Bureau on January 28th from 6-9pm. 

This is a great opportunity for those of you who would like to sharpen your conversation skills as you engage others about agriculture. Please feel free to share this email with anyone you feel may be interested. 

Topics on the agenda include:
 
·   Let’s Talk: How and Why to Engage in Conversations About Agriculture
·   What Do Consumers  Really  Want to Know?
·   Engaging in a Formal Setting: How to Ace the Panel Discussion
·   Engaging on Social Media: Tips and Tools from Illinois Agriculture’s Own Social Media Superstars!
·   What’s Next: Opportunities for Engagement

Click this link to complete the application and register:  http://bit.ly/ConsumerEngagementWorkshop  
Leaders to Washington Applications Now Available!



Registration is now open for the March Leaders to Washington trip! This trip includes the opportunity to meet with Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill, Communicate Farm Bureau positions on federal priority issues, visit an embassy, and experience our nation's capitol.

Contact our office by Feb 7th to apply!


Sara Mitchell places in the Sweet 16 at AFBF!
Congratulations to Sara Mitchell for placing in the Sweet 16 at the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention!

Rules of the Road
Register today for one of Illinois Farm Bureau's Rules for the Road Meetings. Our closest meeting will take place March 5th in Joliet. Registration is requited ahead of time. Please call our office or Will County Farm Bureau to register.
Join us for the 2020 Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference. This one-day event will highlight Illinois Farm Bureau legislative priorities, provide insights from nationally recognized speakers and end with a legislative reception with members of the Illinois General Assembly. Event details and information on registering are below.

Event: 
2020 Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference
Theme: “Leadership... Our Legacy"
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18
Location: The President Abraham Lincoln – A DoubleTree Hotel Springfield, IL


Cost is $75 per person and a discounted rate of $50 for collegiate Farm Bureau members. To register, contact your county Farm Bureau. 

Other Area Ag News
2020 FSA Informational Meetings
SIGNUP IS UNDERWAY FOR THE 2019 AND 2020 FSA AGRICULTURE
RISK COVERAGE (ARC) AND PRICE LOSS COVERAGE (PLC) PROGRAMS.

The deadline to enroll is March 15th, 2020! Farms not enrolled by this date will not be eligible for potential 2019 program payments.

Informational meetings to discuss program options
will be held in the Grundy County FSA Basement Meeting Room on:

Thursday January 23rd at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM
and
Wednesday January 29th at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM


STOP BY THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY OR CALL THE OFFICE AT (815) 942-0359 ext. 2 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR PLAN TO ATTEND ONE OF THE MEETINGS.