MCFB plans several events


A McLean County cornfield is shown last summer / CIFN file photo.

BLOOMINGTON – The McLean County Farm Bureau has several events planned during February and March.

It is still an unusual meeting season with plenty of virtual events happening.


“As things have started to open up, we are moving to more of a hybrid model in a lot of our events,” MCFB assistant manager Anna Ziegler told The Central Illinois Farm Network last week.


COUNTRY Financial will offer crop webinars Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 25 at noon. The sessions can be viewed online or you can view the event at the McLean County Farm Bureau office if you pre-register at 309-663-6497.


“Those crop updates will provide an overview of the crop insurance offerings and updates for this next year,” noted Ziegler.


A succession planning seminar is a part of this event as well.


MCFB has planned a Landowner 201 class on Mar. 4, 11 and 18 which builds on a program offered in the past known as Landowner 101. The class is intended for those wanting to know more about the farmland they inherited or for anyone hoping to pass the farm on to the next generation.


Registration is on the organization’s website and the classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $20 per class or $50 if you sign up for all three. Farm Bureau members will receive a discount.


Money for the McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation will be raised during a virtual trivia night fundraiser. The foundation provides funds, scholarships and grants and helps the local Ag in the Classroom program. Cost is $60 per team and the Farm Bureau suggests 4-6 people participate per team.


Finally, a blood drive is slated for Feb. 25 at the McLean County Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m. Appointments can be made on the Red Cross website or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Ziegler says the Farm Bureau is still planning to hold the McLean County Fair this summer will all of the normal activities. It will take place Aug. 4-8 at the fairgrounds near the Interstate Center.


McLean County Farm Bureau is a voluntary membership organization primarily focused on providing programs, resources and information to farmers and farmland owners in the county. Anyone can be a member.


“We always say if you eat you are involved in agriculture and a lot of folks do join for the benefit of participating in COUNTRY Financial,” said Ziegler.


Farm Bureau offers discounts on everything from hotels to car rentals.

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