If you missed the Weather Outlook and Marketing meeting, here is what all of you who were hoping for 12 inches of snow need to know. First off, if you are hearing about a big storm more than four days away, chances are it isn’t going to happen. Dr. Taylor’s presentation was more than just that as he talked about the cycles the weather seems to follow in number of years, where our moisture levels are, and what trends are showing. We had a great turnout for the program with just under 100 in attendance. I need to thank the Illinois Corn Marketing Board for assisting with the program by providing us with a grant that allowed us to bring in Dr. Elwynn Taylor and COUNTRY Financial for inviting us to be a part of the meeting.
Spring break is less than a month away. Are you looking for a getaway for a few days? Don’t forget that you can save on hotels by being a Farm Bureau member. You can save 20% at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dell. You can also save 20% off with Choice Hotels which includes Comfort Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, and more. You also are eligible for discounts up to 20% off through Wyndham Hotel Group. For all the discounts, advance reservations are needed. Contact our office today for the discount codes.
Have you seen someone driving around with Ag plates on their vehicle? Have you wondered how you can get them and what they stand for? Did you also know that for every plate on the road $25 goes to the IAA Foundation for Ag in the Classroom? Agriculture is the bread and butter for many Illinois families. Illinois is the nation’s second-leading corn and soybean producer, and a major producer of other agricultural commodities, including wheat, sorghum, pork, beef, milk, fruits, vegetables, and hay. You can help promote the importance of agriculture among our youth by purchasing a set of Ag plates. Purchase your specialty license plate at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. In the lower, right corner click on Pick a Plate, then follow the user friendly instructions.
Applications are now available for nurse practitioner scholarships through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. There will be five scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this year.
The scholarship program, now in its twenty first year, helps encourage and develop the pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois. Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program.
Applications are available at county Farm Bureaus® throughout the state, on the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program website at RIMSAP.com, or by writing Mariah Dale-Anderson, Special Services Manager, Illinois Farm Bureau, PO Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. Applications are due May 1.
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.
WANTED: Old Honda Mini Trail 70cc Mini Bikes. Parts or anything. 815-493-6241
FS: Hay Equipment: New Holland 1465 Haybine, used very little. New Holland 316 Square Baler, in great shape. Two JD 660 Hay Rakes. All stored inside. 815-244-9223
FS: Large and small square bales of straw. 815-590-5265
FS: Red prom dress with lace up back, very pretty $170. 815-684-5419
FS: Weslo Body Shop 4 station weight/exercise system. In perfect condition. Call for details, asking $300. 815-244-0080
FS: 2005 Chevy Malibu Maxx. V6, Auto and in very good condition. Gray in color, Sdn hatch back, power moon roof. For more info and a test drive call 815-718-0204.