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McHenry County Farm Bureau News

Scholarship available

McHenry County Farm Bureau Agricultural Education Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is available for high school seniors pursuing continuing education in agriculture or agriculture-related field. The applicant or the applicant's family must be a member of the McHenry County Farm Bureau to qualify. Additional scholarships may be awarded if funds are available at the time of judging.

All scholarship applications need to be received by March 20, 2015.

If you need an application or have any questions regarding this scholarship, please call our office at 815-338-1520 or email mcfbmgr@att.net.

Goad returns to McHenry County



Hello, McHenry County Farm Bureau members. For some of you this will be a reintroduction and for others, this will be all new. My name is Victoria Goad and I was recently hired by the Illinois Farm Bureau as a County Farm Bureau Manager trainee. This is my second week on the job and I am excited to return to McHenry County, not only because I grew up in McHenry County but because the McHenry County Farm Bureau is near and dear to my heart. Just four short years ago I had the honor of serving as the McHenry County Farm Bureau Intern. During that time I was able to assist with Agriculture in the Classroom, work on the McFarmer Blog, and spark my interest in all of the Farm Bureau.

In December, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Agriculture Education. While at the Platteville, I served as the President of the Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Platteville, as well as the President of the Beta Delta chapter of Sigma Alpha, a professional agriculture sorority. I did not grow up on a farm but rather in a small rural community. I first became involved with agriculture through 4-H and FFA.

I began my journey with the Farm Bureau on January 19th with one week of training at the home office in Bloomington. I will spend the next two weeks learning the ropes in McHenry County. Then I will head back to Bloomington for two weeks. After that, I will head to another county to train with that manager. I am excited to be back in my home area and to see some familiar faces and meet new ones. I hope to meet many of you and learn about your operations and agriculture passions.

Helping homeless veterans:

McHenry County Farm Bureau Women's Committee donated 20 welcome packs to homeless veterans who are in the process of rebuilding their lives at New Horizons in Hebron.
TLS needs your help as well!

Transitional Living Services can't help veterans without the generous support of individuals and organizations. Whether you want to share your time, donate goods and services or give financial assistance, your contributions will make a difference in the life of a struggling veteran.

Here are ways that you can help:

Food donations

TLS maintains a food pantry on the New Horizons campus that residents can access so they can cook for themselves in their studio apartments or in a community kitchen.

It is vital that the food be nutritious. Some snack foods are welcome, but canned goods are more in keeping with the nutritional needs of TLS clients, a number fighting chronic illness because of life on the streets. We can accept frozen meats from an approved market. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a huge help.

Toiletries and personal hygiene items for both men and women are welcome.
To donate to the pantry, visit New Horizons at 10513 Illinois Hwy. 47, Hebron. Call 815-648-2203 beforehand so a staff member can make time for your visit.

Cash donations

Many New Horizons residents do not have a driver's license or car. Cash donations will help TLS buy gasoline for vans that take veterans to work, doctor's appointments, job interviews and school.

A financial gift may also go toward rehabilitation services and resident living expenses.  Donations are tax deductible.

Agricultural internship available

McHenry County Farm Bureau is excited to once again offer an agriculture related summer internship.

The selected intern will gain valuable experiences in program planning, Ag in the Classroom, media, governmental affairs and public relations. The selected individual will receive valuable work experience, funds to further their education and the opportunity to receive college credit.

The internship is open to McHenry County residents who will be a sophomore, junior or senior at a college or university this fall. Preference is given to applicants who have a farm background and/or studying agriculture related field.

Interested applicants need to apply by March 15, 2015.  To apply, simply email your cover letter and resume to Dan Volkers at mcfbmgr@att.net.

McHenry County’s agricultural industry is valuable and diverse

My family and I had the opportunity to take a drive down to Missouri this past summer and I noticed a repetitive theme that played out along our 450 mile journey. The theme was very green and featured a taller plant and a shorter plant. The taller plant, corn, occupies 12 million acres of land within Illinois and represents our largest agricultural crop. The shorter plant, soybeans, comes in a distant second occupying 8 million acres. For those of you who are not familiar with an acre, it is an area of land that is a little smaller than a football field. Illinois' 75,000 farms cover more than 26.9 million acres -- nearly 80 percent of the state's total land area. Looking at last year's receipts, Illinois farmers contributed a whopping 17 billion dollars to Illinois' economy.

Here in McHenry County, we plant 120,000 acres of corn, 58,000 acres of soybeans and 3,000 acres of winter wheat. A modest amount of this grain production is fed to our county's livestock. Another modest portion goes to regional ethanol plants and food processors. The lion's share however is not only headed out of our county, but out of our state. Some of this grain hops a ride on a train to chicken producers in the Southern States and some of it finds its way onto an ocean going vessel headed to countries around the world. Last year's corn, wheat and soybean production added 100 million+ dollars to our local economy.