The 2013-2014 dues notices have hit the mail. If you have not received your notice in the mail, please let our office know. The notices mailed earlier than normal this year as we were a test run for new software for home office. Therefore they were looking to get them out the door.
Whenever you get an invoice, you wonder what it is for. Well with your Farm Bureau dues, you get a wide variety of membership benefits. The benefits include both tangible and intangible. One of the major intangible benefits is the lobbying done by Illinois Farm Bureau. Many of our members do not realize all the legislative work that is done by our organization. While associate members may believe that our lobbying only benefits the farmers, they also need to remember where their food comes from. Every new piece of legislation that effects the farmers, can also indirectly or directly affect the rest of us as general consumers. As for the tangible benefits, don’t throw away the Illinois Farm Bureau value card that was included with your dues notice. It lists all the discount codes you need to take advantage of the discounts available to you. There are also others not listed on there like membership in the IAA Credit Union which offers great loan and interest bearing account rates. If you ever have any questions on discounts and benefits, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Are you up for a challenge? We still are in need of teams for the Ag Olympics at the Carroll County Fair on Thursday, August 8th. We just got our first adult team signed up and need some competition for them. Teams of four will compete in a variety of zany games. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams in each age category. Entry forms are available on our website and in the fair books.
It is that time of year again for aerial spraying. As you see the crop dusters out and about, here is some information for you on what they are doing. They are spraying fungicide on crops. With the addition of GPS technology the planes are much more efficient and precise in their spraying which allows them to spray without overdrift. In a newly released study, the Crop Protection Research Institute says fungicide benefits to the United States are immense. The report, reviewed and endorsed by 38 commodity groups (including the National Cotton Council and United Soybean Board), says if left untreated, yields of most fruit and vegetable crops would plunge 50 to 95 percent.
“Fungicides are pesticides that kill fungi and bacteria,” said Leonard Gianessi, CropLife Foundation director and lead author of the report. “If they aren’t killed, the fungi and bacteria cause plant diseases. There are 20,000 different species that release spores and bacteria. These spores float around and must infect plants to complete their life cycles.
Without fungicides, and based on literature review, “we conclude uncontrolled diseases would significantly lower U.S. crop production. Disease pathogens are widespread and before fungicides there were tremendous losses to diseases, a lot of rotted produce. So as you see the crop dusters out and about, remember why they are there.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: 2000 Dutchman Classic 35BH fifth wheel camper. Bunkhouse fifth wheel camper with one slide. Sleeps 8, private bath that has toilet and sink in rear, front queen bed, rest room with toilet and bathtub/shower. Has it all- Air, stove, oven, fridge, microwave, tons of storage and 30#LP tank. Great shape, selling due to purchase of a new unit. Priced below blue book value, asking $7,950.00. Unit is ready for new family, very clean and in good working condition. Would be great for anyone with kids or grandkids. Call 815-266-9353
FS: 2 Singer Sewing Machines. Featherweight with carry case $300. Model 99k, attached to case, button holder and attachments $50 OBO.815-493-6575
FS: 2 niches for cemetery ashes available. Located at Oakland Cemetery & Mausoleum on Pearl City Road in Freeport. Value is $1,495 each, asking $1,000 each OBO815-493-6054
FS: 2002 883 Sporster with 11,000 miles $3,750.00 OBO.815-684-5497
FS: Gerstner Model 052 Oak Tool Chest with B-26 7 Drawer Base $600 (trade)815-244-3969
FS: Grizzly Model H7718 Maple Tool Chest 12 Drawer $125815-244-3969
FS: Bed Liner for Dodge Ram Pick-Up, Full Size Box (w/rams head) $50815-244-3969
FS: 32” Sanyo HDTV. 7 years old. Works great. 815-291-7822
WANTED: Tandem wagon gear in good condition. Blower with recutter. 815-499-3659
FS: Cabbage $1/head 815-225-7510
FS: 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster 883. 20,000 miles and in excellent condition.$4,000 OBO 815-244-9340
FS: 2013 Spring Boar Goats. Male only traditional color, solid paints some can be reg at 100%- $125 and up. 630-707-0294
FS: Custom baling small square bales of hay or straw 815-541-5873