I apologize up front to those of you who read my column. At this time of the year with the holidays and closing the office, I lack things to come up with. So if anyone wants to be a guest columnist . . . feel free to let me know.
Once again we are co-sponsoring Farm Bureau night at the Ice Hogs. Join Farm Bureaus from Northern Illinois at the Rockford Ice Hogs game on Saturday, February 9th. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. against the Houston Aeros and it is bobble-head give-a-way night. The cost per ticket is $12.00. Call our office at 815-244-3001 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your tickets. This is not a bus trip and the price only includes your Mezzanne sideline seats.
We do still have a few holiday scent candles and some of the nuts on hand. We will not be placing any more orders for holiday candles or nuts so they are all on a first-come, first-served basis.
Now that you have developed the policy for the coming year, where do you go from here? It is you, the member, that can set the pace for agriculture and become an advocate to make your voice heard. With a new Congress and a new General Assembly, it is important that members begin to build those relationships.
In fact, your Illinois Farm Bureau policy #86, Involvement of Members in Farm Bureau, provides you with some guidance to start:
The thinking, direction and support of all members are needed in our organization. We urge active involvement of men and women of all ages in the committee structure on the state and county level. We will continue efforts to strengthen county and state member programs to enhance the value of Farm Bureau membership.
We encourage county Farm Bureaus to present opportunities for active members to gain the background and experience necessary to be effective leaders. These future leaders will then become spokespersons for Illinois Agricultural Association and county Farm Bureaus and the greatest industry in the world—agriculture.
It is not hard. Visit www.ilfb.org/policy to learn more about your organization’s policy. Plan to attend the annual Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference on February 20-21, 2013! Visit www.ilfb.org/fbact to gain the tools you need to guide the future of agriculture! Be your own advocate on issues important to you!
If you are interested in attending the Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference, please give me a call and I can get you registration information. Hotel registration is due by January 25th and preregistration for the conference ends on February 11th.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: 2006 Chrysler Town and Country,clean,136K highway miles,tires 75% $5300. 493-1151,815-275-3974
FS: 500 gallon gas or fuel barrel with pump $400 815-259-2315
FS: 1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 quad cab, towing package, 123k miles, loaded, rust free and in excellent condition. Pictures on Rockford’s Craig’s List. $5,900. OBO 815-493-2172
FS: John Deere CX15 heavy Duty Batwing Mower. Like new, small 1,000 PTO. 8 tires, anti-windrow kit $10,000. OBO 815-493-2172