News

Updated March Schedule

as of 3/23/2020 12:10 pm 

KCFB cares about the health and safety of our community and members. Our members are our top priority and we will continue to offer services while keeping everyone’s health in mind. If you need to drop off a payment or anything else, please utilize our drop box to the right of our double doors.

Office Closed March 19 -  April 7, 2020

  • March 18 - Marketing Club Cancelled
  • March 19 - KCFB Board Meeting Cancelled
  • March 24 - PrimeTimers Potluck Cancelled
  • March 25 - Tractor & Lawn Mower Safety School Postponed, new date TBD
  • March 27 - Women in Ag Conference Cancelled

If you need to schedule an appointment or if there is an emergency, contact 309.342.2036 (calls are forwarding) or knoxcfb@knoxcfb.org 


postponed Lawn Mower & Tractor Safety School

The Knox County Farm Bureau Young Farmers invite all 4-H and FFA members to attend the Lawn Mower & Tractor Safety School on POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. Wednesday, March 25 at Birkeys, 664 US Hwy 150 E, Galesburg. Registration will begin at 5:30 pm and the class will start promptly at 6:00 pm.        

This program is for all youth who may operate lawn mowers or tractors and is a prerequisite for the Lawn Mower and Tractor Driving Contests that are held at the 4-H Fair in July.

All participates are encouraged to bring a parent, grandparent, or guardian. SMV emblems and other farm machinery areas will be discussed. 

Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, please contact the Knox County Farm Bureau office at 309-342-2036.


Farm Safety Day - Saturday, June 27, 2020

 

25th ANNIVERSARY

Knox County Fairgrounds

  • Ages 8-13 (as of June 27)
  • Check-in 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM
  • Camp starts 9:00 AM
  • Mock accident scene 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Parents are encouraged to watch the mock accident scene with their kids. 

It’s FREE to attend!  Each participant will receive lunch, snacks, bottled water, a free T-shirt, and goody bag!

Any questions contact the Knox County Farm Bureau

180 S. Soangetaha Rd, Galesburg, IL 61401      

309.342.2036

Farm Safety is Important, Even if You Don’t Live on a Farm!

Topics Include:

  • Fire Safety
  • Grain Safety
  • PTO Safety
  • First Aid
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Animal Safety
  • Chemical/Poison Safety
  • Electricity Safety
  • ATV Safety

**Participants are required to wear closed toe shoes**

Register HERE


DeSutter chosen as IFB Young Leader Chairman

CHICAGO — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Committee elected its 2020 executive committee members during the IFB Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Dec. 7-10.

The executive committee members, which include Chairman Drew DeSutter of Knox County, Vice-Chair Wayne Gehrke of Kane County, Secretary Jenny Jackson of Morgan County, Education and Recruitment Subcommittee Chair Gracelynn Dale of Bureau County, Achievement Subcommittee Chair Victoria Vogt of Monroe County and Governmental Affair and Commodities Subcommittee Chair Aaron Mitchell of Winnebago County, will assume their positions immediately.

Members of the IFB Young Leaders are 18- to 35-year-old men and women who are passionate about agriculture. It is a member-created, member-driven program of the IFB that allows members to promote agriculture, attend conferences and compete in events, including the Young Leader Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award and discussion meets. Giving back is also a priority for Young Leaders. Through their Harvest for All program, Young Leaders raise funds, donate food and contribute their time to help fight food insecurity throughout the state.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 386,291 and a voting membership of 79,159. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.

Front row (L to R): Jenny Jackson, Secretary; Drew DeSutter, Chair; Wayne Gehrke, Vice-Chair.
Back row (L to R): Victoria Vogt, Achievement Sub-Committee Chair; Aaron Mitchell, Governmental Affairs & Commodities Sub-Committee Chair; Gracelynn Dale, Education & Recruitment Sub-Committee Chair.


Chicago Representative visits Knox County

On November 20th, the Knox County Farm Bureau had the pleasure of hosting our Adopted Legislator Representative Lamont J. Robinson from the 5th District. His visit started at Jimmy’s Pizza for an Economic Update by Ken Springer from the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development. During lunch with Representative Robinson, Representative Dan Swanson explained some of the differences to look for during the tour. Representative Swanson was unable to tour the rest of the day with us because as a hog farmer himself, he had to be cautious and courteous of his own livestock and the livestock on the other farms.

After lunch, we headed to Triple E Farms in Altona to visit with Knox County Pork Producers Association members Dan Erickson and Brenda Schubbe. It was discussed how much care goes into raising pigs. Holding the piglets was a great experience too!

After leaving Triple E, Jason Main hosted us to learn more about cattle and the show cattle world! Having the chance to ride on a 6-seater Ranger through the pasture was an experience the Representative will never forget!

4th Meridian Farm, Nathan and Aaron Link, and Jared Higgerson were proud to host the Representative for an awesome combine ride through the cornfield to help the brothers finish harvest. We were able to learn about the technology farmers use to help their operations!

Representative Robinson’s visit concluded with dinner at The Packinghouse before he took the train back home.

This experience allowed members to gain another colleague in Springfield and Chicago as well as a friend. Thank you to the Representative for being optimistic and coming to visit as well as Christina Nourie from Illinois Farm Bureau for setting up this relationship through the Adopted Legislator Program! We look forward to visiting the Representative in Chicago once again at the IAA Annual Meeting!