October Field Notes
10/14/20
Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau Updates
Take a behind the scenes look at Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm with Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom during their recent virtual field trip! https://bit.ly/2GVDdon

There is still plenty of time to enjoy all your favorite fall activities. Check out some of our favorite area stops!


Check out all of their website's for more information!

To learn more about our virtual Ag in the Classroom lessons click here!
Progressive Tax Yard Signs Available
Second Shipment has Arrived

A limited number of yard signs are available for members. Signs can be picked up at the Farm Bureau office or contact Victoria to arrange pick up or drop off.

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Illinois River Bridge
As many have seen the Illinois River Bridge in Morris is undergoing some repairs. Barricades have been brought in to close one lane southbound. Farmers needing to cross the bridge with large equipment heading north are able to do so at this time. Farmers needing to travel south should follow the following instructions from the Morris Police Department:
  • Plan to cross the bridge during daylight hours.
  • Call the non-emergency number for the department at 815.942.2131
  • Please give the department plenty of notice so that 2 officers can be dispatched to shut down lanes and allow you to cross.
2021 Plat Books are Coming!
After many many request the Kendall-Grundy Farm Bureau will have new Plat Books for 2021. We will have separate books for each county and they should be here just in time for Christmas. Keep an eye yo our social media for more information!
Other Area News
Kendall County SWCD
  1. The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership is hosting a virtual Zoom webinar on Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture on Wednesday, November 11th from 1-2:30pm. The presenters include: Brad Woodson (McHenry County Conservation District), Joe Bybee (IL Department of Agriculture), and Olga Lyandres (Delta Institute). Interested individuals can email info@foxriverecosystem.org to register and receive the Zoom link.
 
  1. The Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Education Coordinator, Ariel Beuchamp, is providing virtual Ag In The Classroom lessons to elementary school teachers throughout the County. Teachers can schedule live virtual lessons with Ariel or can view a pre-recorded lesson on our website at: https://kendallswcd.org/kswcd/?page_id=6 under the Classroom Resources link. The October lesson is on pumpkins, and a different lesson is provided each month. For more information please visit our website or contact Ariel at kendallaitc@gmail.com

Farm Service Agency News and Deadlines:

October 30, 2020 is the deadline to submit applications for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program – Plus (WHIP+) for 2019 losses. USDA did not originally specify a deadline when the program was announced. WHIP+ compensates producers in Grundy County, for losses due to excessive moisture occurring in calendar year 2019. Drought and excessive moisture were added as eligible losses for this program in March 2020. Contact your local County FSA office for more information.
December 11, 2020 is the signup deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). Signup for this program began on September 21, 2020. Farmers and ranchers who participated in CFAP 1 will not be automatically enrolled and must complete a new application for CFAP 2. Contact your local County FSA office to apply. 

December 15, 2020 – Final date to certify wheat acres.
The 2020 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections will begin on November 2, 2020, when ballots are mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return ballots to your Local FSA offices, or to be postmarked, is December 7, 2020. Please return ballots to your respective Service Center by December 7, 2020.
The Grundy County USDA Service Center is open for business by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA or NRCS, should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Center Employees will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are required to wear a face covering during their appointment. 
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