Farm Bureau Reviews Year At Annual Meeting


Members of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau celebrated a successful year at their 104th annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Raymond.

“We’ve learned to do a lot of things technologically this year,” board President Dennis Hand said, “and we’ve managed pretty well.”

Hand, who represents Fillmore Consolidated Township, has served on the board since 2016.  He introduced his fellow board members, and thanked them “for keeping it all rolling.”

Manager Katie Wilson described Farm Bureau accomplishments over the past year, like a new plat book released that evening, a new household hazardous waste collection, a golf scramble that raised $3000 for local food pantries, a new tenant (Cross Over Ministries) in the building, and the flower bed  on the property in downtown Hillsboro that was revitalized by Sharon Lohman.

M&M Service General Manager David Wright reported “a lot of positives for our company during the past year,” including numerous acquisitions and healthy sales, and Country Financial Agency manager JR Earley introduced county reps Cory Evans, Nathan Clementz, Allen Poggenpohl, and Jessica Chappelear.

Five members of the Farm Bureau board were reelected at the meeting: Justin German of Audubon Township, Robert Coleman of Grisham, Don Murphy of Harvel, Lynn Black of Hillsboro, and Mark Knodle of Witt.  They join on the board Tom Elmore of Bois D’Arc, Adam Anderson of Butler Grove, Brad Young of East Fork, Dennis Hand of Fillmore, Kirby Furness of Irving, Tyler Helgen of North Litchfield, Matt Belusko of South Litchfield, Matt Stolte of Nokomis, Chad Millburg of Pitman, Joe Pope of Raymond, Kris Reynolds of Rountree, Kevin DeVries of Walshville, and Paul Beeler of Zanesville.

The membership approved Hand’s appointment of Coleman, DeVries, Jay Niemann, and himself as delegates to the IAA annual meeting in December.

Secretary Justin German read the notice of annual meeting.  Members approved German’s minutes from the 2020 annual meeting, as well as a treasurer’s report that showed a $222,153 positive change in net assets over the course of the fiscal year that ended on Aug. 31.

Adam Anderson called the meeting to order and thanked the Raymond KCs for the venue, the Lincolnwood FFA chapter for helping to serve and lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Dennis Held for the sound system, the Women’s Committee for decorations, and Marietta Dunkirk of Country Girl Catering in Morrisonville for the meal.


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