Ever since I can remember, I have been attached to my calendar. Throughout high school and college, it was a paper calendar that I brought with me nearly everywhere I went.
When I started with Farm Bureau I transitioned to a virtual calendar, which I can bring with me wherever I have access to the internet. In the next few months, there are some important dates coming up. Those are the dates/deadlines regarding the upcoming election. 2020 election dates to know:
Sept. 24: Early voting begins, vote by mail ballots mailed
Oct. 6: Regular voter registration ends
Oct. 18: Online voter registration ends
Oct. 29: Last day for vote by mail applications through mail
Nov. 2: Early voting ends
Nov. 2: Last day for vote by mail application in person
Nov. 3: Election Day
A big thank you: On behalf of the Conservation and Agriculture Partners Foundation and the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, I’d like to thank those who participated in our fall Prep, Freeze, Cook order. This was our larger fundraiser to date. The CAP Foundation is grateful to those who support our organization through time, talents, and donations. We will host another Prep, Freeze, Cook fundraiser that will be ready for pick up on March 10. Orders will be available early February.
Nut and candy orders now open: Back by popular demand, we will be hosting a Terri Lynn Nut and Candy sale. Orders are due to the Farm Bureau office by Oct. 16 and will be ready for pickup from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 and again from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Products for sale include pecans, cashews, mixed nuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans and peanuts. To place your order print and mail the order form below, stop by the office or call 815-232-3186.
Agriculture professional networking event: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau has partnered with Carroll and JoDaviess’ County Farm Bureaus to host a virtual agriculture professional networking and educational event. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bill Bodine, director of business and regulatory affairs with the Illinois Farm Bureau, will be our featured speaker. Topics of discussion will include a legislative update, effects of COVID-19 and renewable energy. If you’d like to register for this event please email email@example.com.
Illinois Farm Bureau group endorses Cheri Bustos 17th Congressional District Seat: Bloomington – Farmer trustees representing county Farm Bureaus in the 17th Congressional District are endorsing U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos for re-election. County Farm Bureau leaders meeting as trustees for Illinois Agricultural Association ACTIVATOR – Illinois Farm Bureau’s political action committee – unanimously endorsed Bustos for her outstanding voting record and many other efforts in the 116th Congress on behalf of farmers in her district.
Congresswoman Bustos undertook multiple efforts in the 116th Congress to fight for Illinois agriculture. Most notably, Bustos was instrumental in arranging a private, in-person meeting between IFB President Rich Guebert and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This meeting was an invaluable experience which helped move the needle forward on the eventual passing of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.
At the request of Illinois Farm Bureau, Representative Bustos signed onto multiple letters ranging in topics such as, USDA’s performance on the 2019 crop report, request for Section 319 funding for a multi-county nutrient loss reduction strategy project in the Mississippi North priority watershed, request to delay the payment deadline for crop insurance premiums and critiques of the U.S. EPA’s misuse of Small Refinery Exemptions.
ACTIVATOR Trustee Committee chairman Don Temple said “Congresswoman Bustos has not stopped advocating for agriculture since arriving in Washington. She is always accessible to Illinois Farm Bureau. She continues to represent Illinois agriculture and fight for what’s right. Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR Trustees in the 17th district are proud to call Cheri a ‘Friend of Agriculture.’”
Victoria Hansen is manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau
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