GROWING YOUR ROOTS • Lots Of End-Of-Year Activities


The last Monday before Christmas–where did the year go? A question I will probably continue to ask for years to come. The past month has been full of meetings and end of the year activities.

We hosted our County Annual Meeting on Nov. 18 at the Raymond Knights of Columbus Hall. Country Girl Catering of Morrisonville prepared the meal and we had approximately 175 members attend. It was great to gather as a group again!

On the first weekend of December, we sent four voting delegates to Chicago for the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting. Robert Coleman, Kevin DeVries, Dennis Hand, and Jay Niemann represented Montgomery County and conducted annual business, introduced new policy, and celebrated the year’s successes. The theme for the meeting was “Tradition and Transition” and there was a total of 337 voting delegates from across the state.

Over three hundred policy submittals were considered and covered topics such as government farm policy, energy policy, farm equipment, climate change, healthcare and urban agriculture. The language of these approved policies will be forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration during its upcoming annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, this January.

On Dec. 14, we partnered with Sangamon County Farm Bureau to host an informational windfarm meeting in Pawnee. Bill Bodine and Laura Harmon, Illinois Farm Bureau staff, gave a presentation to members about wind lease provisions and answered questions. Approximately 40 members attended the meeting that was held at the Pawnee Fire Department.

Montgomery County Farm Bureau Young Leaders met on Dec. 15 at the Farm Bureau office for their monthly meeting and ugly sweater party. They are gearing up to attend the State Young Leader Conference in January that will be held at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Riverfront Hotel and Conference Center. The featured speaker for the conference is Dr. Temple Grandin.

There’s still time to purchase a plat book for that special someone on your Christmas list! We have new, 2022 Montgomery County plat books for sale at our office. In addition to plat books, we also have 2022 Farmer’s Almanacs and 2022 calendars available at no cost to our members. Stop by and pick up your copy today.

As this month’s column comes to a close, the Directors and staff of Montgomery County Farm Bureau would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Montgomery County Farm Bureau will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3 for the holiday season. Membership dues payments can be made over the phone by calling 309-557-2689 or by visiting during this time.


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