Coffee & Conversation: Program offers discounts at businesses – Business – Journal Standard

Coffee & Conversation: Program offers discounts at businesses – Business – Journal Standard

This week I had the pleasure to visit two of the Stephenson County businesses that participate in our Membership Value Program. Our Membership Value program is a discount program offered to all Stephenson County Farm Bureau members. We’ve partnered with over 20 local businesses to offer discounts.

This week I visited A.J.’s Lena Maid Meats and Auto Repair Specialists. While visiting with these businesses, I took some short videos to highlight the services provided by each. We will be posting these videos on our Facebook page for our followers to enjoy. If you’d like a full list of our Membership Value Program businesses and the discounts they offer, please visit our office or call our office at 815-232-3186 and we will mail you a list of the businesses.

Farm Bureau member discounts offered:

• A.J. Lena Maid Meats offers Farm Bureau members a 10% off retail products with a cap of $10. A.J. Lena Maid Meats is located at 500 W. Main St., Lena. Website:

• Auto Repair Specialists offers $2 off any oil change. Auto Repair Specialists is located at 3358 state Route 26 S, Freeport. Website:

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 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Farm Bureau building, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport. 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. Help us sock out socklessness in Stephenson County.

Life Line Screening coming soon: Life Line Screening will be at Stephenson County Farm Bureau on Dec. 15, 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 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 The Complete Wellness Package includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening for $149, or $139 with the special Facebook discount. Speak with the LLSA representative for more package options. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

Nut and candy orders due Oct.16: 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 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Products for sale include pecans, cashews, mixed nuts, pistachios, almonds, pecan, peanuts and much more. To place your order print and mail the order form below, stop by the office or call 815-232-3186.

Well-water testing offered by Stephenson SWCD: The Stephenson County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Well Water Testing Program on Monday through Oct. 14. 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. Kits will be sold from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and Oct. 13 at the SWCD office, 1620 S. Galena Ave. Participants are asked to take water samples either Oct. 13 or the morning of Oct. 14, and return the kits to the District office by 3 p.m., Oct. 14.

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

Victoria Hansen is manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau

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