December 18

This past week Illinois Farm Bureau held their Annual Meeting.  Delegates from all over the state get together to debate and set policy for the next year.  This year there was nothing too controversial in the state luckily.  Also as part of the annual meeting, awards are presented to counties for their efforts throughout the year.  This is year Carroll County Farm Bureau came home with one gold star, one silver star, and seven bronze stars. The Young Leaders also received the Harvest for All award for our membership group and we received a Most Outstanding Project for our efforts in the FB Act program.


Jon Lower represented our district in the Young Leader Discussion Meet. He was able to make it to the Sweet 16 before getting bumped out.  For the first time that I can remember all final four participants were female.  When I started there were very few women who participated. Being female, I can say this… but some of those ladies were tenacious with details, facts, and research. If you can only imagine a woman coming at you with factual ammunition.  Jon did a great job and in my opinion should have beat the lady in his final round.


Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $118,000 for the 2020-2021 school year.


Students may apply for a variety of scholarships, including three IAA Foundation Top Scholarships, where winners will each receive $5,000 awards. Another $7,500 award goes to the Illinois Farm Bureau Legacy of Leadership scholarship winner. In addition to family scholarships often established to honor the memory of a loved one, the IAA Foundation offers scholarships on behalf of organizations such as Prairie Farms Dairy.


All applicants must be high school seniors accepted for enrollment, or students already enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college. Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academics, leadership and community involvement. Previous winners of an IAA Foundation scholarship are eligible to apply again.


A full listing of available scholarships and eligibility guidelines is available on the Foundation website, The application opens Dec. 1, 2019 and must be completed online by Feb. 1, 2020.


Our Foundation will be coming out with their scholarship opportunities here in the next week.


A reminder our office will be closed Monday, December 23 through January 2nd.  We will reopen on January 6th.



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