Each year our Board of Directors and our Governmental Affairs Committee invite our elected County Officials and several State Officials to spend the "Evening in the Country" with them. This is a great opportunity for the farmers to share what is happening in agriculture in our county and state level. Each official updates our organization what is happening in their offices. We appreciate that we have always had great relationships with everyone and thank them for taking the time to attend. This year the event was held at the Cedar Hill Farm in Red Bud. We shared a wonderful meal and some very awesome desserts. Another successful Randolph County program.
Randolph County Farm Bureau President Kevin Luthy accepts a recognition plaque awarded to the Bureau for its achievements during 2014. The award was presented during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and calls attention to the comprehensive nature of county Farm Bureau programs.
The Randolph County Farm Bureau was recognized for its achievements during the 100th annual meeting of the Ilinois Farm Bureau held in Chicago December 6-9, 2014.
A member of Membership Group IV, Randolph County received the following program awards:
Gold: Health & Safety, Legislative/Political Process, Local Affairs
Silver: Ag Literacy, Commodities & Marketing, Member Relations, Policy Development
Bronze: Communication & Promotion
County Farm Bureaus in Membership Group IV are those with 2,996-5,600 members.
As part of its Annual Meeting, Illinois Farm Bureau presents program and committee awards in recognition of outstanding county Farm Bureau volunteer efforts throughout the year.
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and rachers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization controlled by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB represents two out of three Illinois farmers.
Adopt a Legislator
Randolph County Farm Bureau has adopted Senator Melinda Bush from Lake County. She comes from a very urban district and wanted to educate herself on agriculture and farming. So far six of our Randolph County leaders have traveled to her area to learn about issues that are faced in her district. This also gave them an opportunity to learn about some of the agriculture in Lake County.
In turn Senator Melinda Bush visited Randolph County in September. Our leaders had a full weekend planned for the Senator to explore Randolph County. Everyone enjoyed the time spent sharing our knowledge of agriculture.
The photos below are from both visits with Senator Bush.