From the monthly archives:
By Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau®
Significant rule changes average more than one each month—keeps ‘ya guessing
Since October of 2013, there have been no fewer than 20 significant changes to state and federal regulations affecting farm trucks and their drivers.
Most important among them is implementation of the Covered Farm Vehicle (CFV) exemption.
We’re about two-thirds through a three-year phase in of the federal rule change. The keystone provision is the state legislation currently being drafted for introduction yet this winter in Springfield.
States were given up to three years to fully implement the federal regulations that were published in March of 2013. If things go well, the State of Illinois should make it just ahead of that deadline. The last piece yet to fall into place is the CDL exemption for CFV operators.
The DOT Physical (medical card) itself has undergone several rule changes: first with application of the CFV exemption, relieving qualified farmers from the req ...
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Rep. Liza Hernandez, pictured left discusses issues affecting her district with Farm Bureau Board Members Janet McCabe and Ruth Zeldenrust, and Public Policy Team Member Sarah Hoerner in Springfield in February.
State Representative Marcus Evans discusses legislative items with Board Member Ruth Zeldenrust during this year's Statewide Legislative Reception in Springfield. Representative Evans visited Zeldenrust's Chicago Heights farmstand last fall.
The Cook County Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom Program was named a recipient of the White-Reinhardt Mini Grant for it's new Part 2, There's Ag on My Plate" free 4th grade in-school presentation. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 23 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand on existing agricultural literacy efforts. Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals. “Teaching young rural and urban students about the importance of agriculture and the vital role it plays in our everyday liv ...
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Since 2001 the Cook County farmers and the Cook County Farm Bureau® have been celebrating Food Checkout Day.
Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food grown by local farmers grow while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy food on a tight budget. Through Farm Bureau’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Farm Bureau members are able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when their child is ill.
Cook County Farm Bureau® members celebrate Food Checkout Day by collecting food items, hosting a scavenger hunt and shopping spree to benefit local Ronald McDonald Houses and by encouraging farmers, sponsors, Country Financial Agencies, 4-H members, and students to participate in a food drive.
“Cook County and Illinois farmers are committed to growing safe and nutritious food for our families and for others,” ...
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Cook County Farm Bureau® celebrated Food Checkout Day by collecting food items, hosting a scavenger hunt and shopping spree to benefit local Ronald McDonald Houses and by encouraging farmers, Country Financial Agencies, 4-H members, and students to participate in a food drive. We truly appreciate your support and commitment to this great event!!
Today we celebrate Food Checkout Day!! Through our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House, this program celebrates the connection between farmers and the healthy and nutritious food they grow while bringing to light the number of families still struggling to feed their families. Thank you Cook County Farm Bureau Board Members for bringing us our final countdown picture and for your commitment to this great event!
The Team behind it all joined the volunteers and supporters counting down the last couple of days before this year's Food Checkout Day! And yes, this is the Team that coordinates, re-schedules, and moves Food Checkout Day forward every year.
Our Membership Team stopped in to support this year's Food Checkout Day! Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Food Checkout Day!
Members of the Farm Bureau's Commodities and Marketing Team took a few moments before the last Team meeting to join us in counting down the few remaining days till this year's Food Checkout Day
Public Policy Team members are sending their love to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana as part of this year's Food Checkout Day.