Ladies, as you are getting more and more involved in the farming operation, you need to consider attending Annie’s Project. Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive, agricultural business can be challenging. Farm women can have a key role in successful farm transitions. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a new Annie’s Project course for women, is divided into the following planning areas: Succession Planning - Transferring knowledge, skills, labor, management, control and ownership between generations · Business Planning - Developing goals, strategies and actions that form a road map to business growth · Estate Planning - Managing an individual’s asset base in ones’ lifetime, at death or after death · Retirement Planning - Designing an enjoyable and productive time in life.
Local professionals and Extension staff will teach the sessions on business, estate, retirement and succession planning. Besides brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home. This is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. A small class size will make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and have questions answered.
Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow will be held locally at the Lena Community Center, 497 Lions Drive, Lena. The program will be comprised of four weekday sessions: September 23, 26, 30 & October 3. These sessions start at 4 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m. There is one weekend session to be held on Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Pre-registration is required to attend Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow. Registration cost is $75. Registration can be completed by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125, (815) 858-2273, or on line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
Illinois farmers have set a new farm safety record this year. Only twelve farm-related deaths occurred in Illinois from July 2012 through June 2013— the lowest number in the 35 years that COUNTRY Financial has been keeping records.
“We are clearly on a path to report zero farm deaths in Illinois,” says Eric Vanasdale, senior loss control representative at COUNTRY. “It’s not a coincidence that the National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 15-21) theme is Working Together for Safety in Agriculture. It takes the whole team, farmers and safety organizations, to continually make Illinois farms safe.”
COUNTRY, the No. 1 insurer of Illinois farms, tracks farm-related deaths through newspaper clippings. Every year, COUNTRY reports the findings in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week and the Illinois Press Association.
This year tractor run-over and rollover deaths and roadway collision deaths have tied as the leading causes of farm death. Tractor run-over and rollover deaths decreased by half from eight deaths to four. Roadway collisions deaths decreased by three, and accounted for four farm deaths.
Grain bin suffocation accounted for one death this year, which ties last year as the lowest on record. This number marks a success in wake of a 2011 National Farm Safety and Health Week campaign, which focused on preventing grain bin suffocation.
“The increased awareness and publicity offered by groups like the Grain Handling Safety Coalition certainly helped prevent accidents. A smaller and dry crop also worked in our favor last year. There weren’t many reasons for farmers to enter grain bins and break up crusted grain,” said Vanasdale, a coalition member.
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 4 p.m. Thursday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: Tractor, International 300 Utiltity, 1420 hrs. loader w/snow bucket, chains, 3pt. quick-tach, fluid in rear tires, owners manual, new rear tire others like new always stored inside. $4000.00 firm Call 815-493-1023 or 815-632-8965
FS: Katahdin lambs, fainting goats & Boer cross goats born this spring. Female goats $90, Wethers goats $80 and Lambs $150. Also several yearling fainters ready to breed for $100. 815-622-8658 or 815-493-2693
FS: Mcintosh & Wealthy Apples $10/bushel. Canning Tomatoes $15/bushel. Butter cup squash 50 cents each. 815-225-7510
FS: 2 1983 El Caminos in restorable condition, as is. $2500 for both. 815-441-8619 or 815-275-5358
FS; 8x12 foot kids playhouse. Paneled, bunk beds, electric lights, porch, chimney and good roof. 815-858-5060
FS: 2008 Chrysler T & C Touring van. Runs great, all new brakes, good tires, always serviced locally. 117,500 miles. All the extras including: tilt/cruise/9” DVD w/headphones/pwr windows & door locks & 8 way pwr driver & pass seats/remote start/pwr sliding doors & lift gate/ 1st & 2nd row heated seats/2nd row stow and go & pwr 3rd row stow and go/leather seats/backup camera/pwr adjust pedals/towing pkg/cd/mpc/hdd/2nd row pwr windows/3 row pwr vent etc. $9,900. Call 815-275-6061
FS: Farm fresh eggs from free range hens. $2/dozen. 815-291-8330