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Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Farm Bureau will host a policy discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.  Members will be able to participate using their phones and will not need to travel.

 

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.

Harvest Season Emergency Declared, Overweight Permit Now Available

Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a state harvest season emergency earlier this month, giving road jurisdictions authority to issue Harvest Season Emergency Permits. Cook County farmers will need to seek a permit from the Cook County Transportation and Highway Department for Cook County roads.  A Transportation and Highway Department official indicated the department would use an automated permit, available at https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/transportation-and-highways. Under a harvest season emergency, a farmer with a permit may haul up to a maximum of 10 percent more than the standard weight restriction of the gross, axle and registered weight restrictions. Harvest season permits are not available for interstate highways. With individual permits, local authorities may put restrictions, such as which roads are designated for the permits or times of day the permit is valid, or special conditions, such as not valid during a rainstorm.   In addition, farmers need to talk to township road commissio ...

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“Food Evolution” the Movie Coming to Chicago in October


Have a non-farmer friend, relative, your doctor, lawyer, dietitian, kid’s teachers or other influencers in the Chicagoland area that could be enlightened and entertained about today’s agriculture? Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), Cook County Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Families (IFF), Illinois Science Council and the Chicago chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists will host a public screening of "Food Evolution" on Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Arc Light Theater in Chicago.

Tickets are available at https://foodevolutionfilm.eventbrite.com

An early bird discount is available for tickets purchased prior to Sept. 18.  Tickets are $15 if purchased after Sept. 18 but prior to Oct. 3 or $20 at the door.  Seats are limited.

To learn more about “Food Evolution” and to view the trailer visit: https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/

Join the Conversation & Win Free Groceries

Our 5th giveaway of the summer is: a $150 grocery store/farmstand gift card AND a $100 food pantry donation to the food pantry of the winner's choice. The only thing you have to do is LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and COMMENT ON or SHARE the post below to enter to win. The winner will be chosen on September 28! Official contest rules are available here.


Join the Conversation & Win Free Groceries

Our 4th giveaway of the summer is: a $150 grocery store/farmstand gift card AND a $100 food pantry donation to the food pantry of the winner's choice.  The only thing you have to do is LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and COMMENT ON or SHARE the post below to enter to win.  The winner will be chosen on August 17!  Official contest rules are available here.

Farm Bureau Presents Book Barns to Local Culver's Resturants

Four south suburban Culver’s have partnered with the Cook County Farm Bureau to help guests of all ages make the connection between farm to table dining through reading.

On July 18, the Farm Bureau delivered “book barns” filled with reading materials for children as young as 4 years old to Culver’s restaurants in Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homewood and Matteson.

As part of Culver’s nationwide “Thank You Farmers” initiative, the book barns are filled with books that bring agricultural learning to a child’s perspective, while teaching them where the food they are enjoying comes from.



Forest Preserve District Seeking Farmers




Bids are currently being accepted for row crops on the following Forest Preserve sites: Janura Preserve (486 acres) , Tampier (25 acres), and Sauk Village Addition (28.8 acres).  Bids are also being accepted for hay mowing on the following forest preserve sites: Penny Road (87 acres), Paul Douglas (130 acres), Janura Preserve (162 acres), Ned Brown Meadow (90 acres), Morrill Meadow (25 acres), Duffy Preserve (50 acres), Tinley Creek (227 acres), Zander Woods /Jurgensen (51 acres), Lansing Woods/North Creek Meadow (130 acres), King's Grove (35 acres), Plum Creek (117 acres), Holy Family Villa (33 acres), and Horizon Farm (271 acres).  Bid information is available at: http://fpdcc.com/about/departments/finance-administration.

USEPA Begins Process to Rescind the Waters of the US Rule

Earlier this summer, USEPA issued its proposed rule to rescind the 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.  This is the first of a two-part approach Administrator Pruitt plans to take to rescind and then replace the WOTUS rule.  Both parts of the plan will undergo notice and comment, and therefore, Farm Bureau and interested members will have opportunities at both times to file public comments.  The 2015 WOTUS rule- marketed by the USEPA as the “clean water rule” had more to do with land than water. ·       It was a land-grab that created confusion and uncertainty for regulators and farmers, ranchers and others who depend on their ability to work the land. ·       It imposed enormous regulatory road blocks and costs for simply moving dirt in low spots on the landscape. ·       The rule’s definition of “tributary” was so broa ...

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Cook County Minimum Wage Increase to go into Effect on July 1

Under an ordinance approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Cook County employers will be required to pay the following hourly rates: ·       $10.00 per hour beginning on July 1, 2017 ·       $11.00 per hour or the greater of the hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning on July 1, 2018 ·       $12.00 per hour or the greater of the hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning on July 1, 2019 ·       $13.00 per hour or the greater of the hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning on July 1, 2020 Beginning on July 1, 2021 and on every July 1 thereafter, the greater of: ·       The minimum wage set by the Minimum Wage Law or ·       The minimum hourly wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act or ·      ...

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Farm Bureau Participates in Wagner Dairy Breakfast

COUNTRY Financial Agency Manager Joe Youngman discusses food trivia with consumers during the 2017 Wagner Farm Dairy Breakfast.  Cook County Farm Bureau® sponsored the 4-H Livestock Stock Show.

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