In just under a month, the Stephenson County Farm Bureau will host our annual meeting. With the current COVID-19 situation, we have modified this event. This year, we will be hosting the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at our building, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport. Our meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. We invite all Farm Bureau members in good standing to attend, but ask you register in advance so we can prepare accordingly. To register you can call our office at 815-232-3186 or email email@example.com. Light refreshments will be provided. We will also have a virtual option available upon request.
Wine and holiday food pairing presentation via Zoom: Have you always wondered what types of wine pairs best with your holiday favorites? If so, this Zoom presentation is for you. Pam Rosmann of Famous Fossil Winery in Cedarville will provide a pairing presentation for those who attend. This presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 17. If interested you can register by calling our office at 815-232-3186 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well- water testing offered by Stephenson SWCD- rescheduled: The Stephenson County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Well Water Testing Program Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. As with everything in 2020, our program has been pushed back due to COVID-19 and we will be handling the program differently. We will be selling kits from the entryway since customers are not currently allowed into the office. Please call the office at 815-235-2141, ext. 3 when you arrive to purchase kits. Personal checks would be the best method of payment if possible. The program, which tests drinking and well water for nitrates, certain pesticides,and 22 different heavy metals, has been organized as a drive to keep costs down. Pesticide screening now contains testing for glyphosate (Roundup). Kits will be sold from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 through Nov. 4, at the SWCD office, 1620 S. Galena Ave. Participants are asked to take water samples either Nov. 5 or the morning of Nov. 6, and return the kits to the District office by noon Nov. 6. Water samples for all tests will be immediately shipped to the laboratory. Prices will vary, depending on the type of test ordered. Any test or combination of tests may be ordered. A confidential report of the results will be mailed directly to the home or farm owner within six to eight weeks. PurTest® Bacteria self-testing kit is available from the District for $20. This is not part of the regular testing kits. For more information, call the SWCD office at 815-235-2141, ext. 3, or visit the SWCD website at stephensonswcd.org.
Membership benefit spotlight: Easy Canvas Prints is our membership benefit spotlight this week. With the holidays nearing, these make a great personal gift to give, especially when you take up to 93% off custom canvas prints. To access this benefit log into abenity.com.
1: Go to your preferred internet browser and type in https/ilfb.abenity.com
2: Sign or register:
Signing in: Type in your username that you have created and then enter your membership number which can be found on your Farm Bureau card. If you do not remember or do not have your Farm Bureau card call the Stephenson County Farm Bureau office at 815-232-3186.
Register. New users need to fill out the fields to register username and password. You will need your Farm Bureau membership card for your membership number, if you do not remember or do not have your Farm Bureau card call the Stephenson County Farm Bureau office at 815-232-3186.
3: When on the Abenity website, select “Browse Our Discounts”
4:”The Browse Our Discounts” page will show you all the offers. You can search by product brand or the 14 categories listed.
5: Enjoy the perks of being a Farm Bureau Member with over 302,000 discounts.
2021 agriculture calendars: Farm Bureau members can receive a complimentary 2021 agriculture themed calendar by stopping at the Farm Bureau building, 210 W. Spring Street in Freeport or by calling our office and we will mail you your calendar. These calendars will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Life Line screening coming soon: Life Line Screening will be at Stephenson County Farm Bureau on Dec. 5 offering five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. Appointments are limited, so please sign up now by calling 1-800-640-6307 and receive a $10 discount off the package or text the word circle to 797979 or visit Life Line Screening’s website at lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle. Complete Wellness Package, which includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening for $149 ($139 with the special Facebook discount). Speak with the LLSA representative for more package options. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. There is no time like the present to take action!
Sock drive: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is asking for help collecting socks for those in need in Stephenson County. We are accepting sock donations at the Farm Bureau building, 210 W Spring Street, Freeport, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. We have a designated box right inside the office door. We are also accepting gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. If you have questions, please contact our office at 815-232-3186.
Holiday room rentals: We are now accepting room rentals for holiday events at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building. If you need somewhere to host a holiday event, do not delay in booking as rooms are going quickly. For more information please call 815-232-3186.
Victoria Hansen is manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau.
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