Speaking of Scholarships…

Stephenson County, Illinois — Many people these days are interested in or concerned about the integrity of their food and the processes behind it, and we’re pleased to be able to help share timely and relevant information to address those concerns. Stephenson County Farm Bureau, with assistance from a Consumer Communications grant from the Illinois Farm Bureau, will be hosting a free showing of the movie “Food Evolution” on Monday March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lindo Theatres in Freeport. Seating is limited and you must reserve your seat in advance at www.eventbrite.com under Freeport Illinois Food Evolution, or you can call the SCFB office at (815) 232-3186 if you don’t have Internet access. All registered attendees will get a voucher upon check-in good for $3 off your concession purchase that night, and the 90-minute documentary will be followed by a panel discussion featuring four experts answering your questions and discussing the key points of the film.

“Food Evolution” is a project initiated by the Institute of Food Technologists, a non-profit group of 18,000 food scientists worldwide that decided to celebrate their group’s 75th anniversary by commissioning acclaimed director/producer Scott Kennedy to create this film. “Food Evolution” focuses on the use of biotechnology in the agricultural industry as we address the goal of feeding a global population of 9 billion people by 2050. The film is being shown in numerous venues nationally including at Farm Bureau showings statewide. We encourage interested residents to join us for the first in what we hope will be many positive dialogues regarding our food supply and the people behind it. Look for more information on our website at www.stephensoncfb.org.

Nurse Practitioner Scholarships available

Applications are due May 1 for five $4,000 scholarships being granted this year through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. The scholarship program, now in its twenty-sixth year, helps encourage and develop the pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois. Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural area in Illinois. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program. Applications are available at county Farm Bureaus® throughout the state, on the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program website at RIMSAP.com, or by writing Donna Gallivan, Program Manager, Illinois Farm Bureau, PO Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. For additional information, contact Donna Gallivan at (309) 557-2350, or via e-mail at dgallivan@Ilfb.org.

Speaking of scholarships…

Our SCFB Foundation scholarship applications are now posted on our website at www.stephensoncfb.org under the Education tab on the SCFB Foundation page. We’ll again be offering up to four $500 Ag Studies scholarships to graduating seniors who are pursuing an ag-related degree, and we have a variety of grants available to current college students. Applications are also available at the Farm Bureau office.

Trip updates

We now have details posted for most of our 2018 bus trips, including our two Cubs/Brewers baseball trips and our two Indiana trips, June 4-6 to Shipshewana and our July 23-25 Fair Oaks Farms/Shipshewana combination trip. We have less than 10 seats left for the June 13 day game outing to Miller Park, and the April 6 night game is over half full. Call (815) 232-3186 or visit www.stephensoncfb.org for details.

“Gathering of the Green”

2018 is the 100th anniversary of John Deere entering the farm tractor business with the acquisition of the Waterloo Gas Engine Company in 1918. This is one area of focus of this year’s Gathering of the Green conference, an alternating-year event for John Deere two-cylinder and New Generation tractor and implement collectors, restorers and enthusiasts. Thousands of participants travel to the Quad Cities to be a part of this event, slated for March 21-24, 2018 at the beautiful and spacious River Center, 136 E 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa. Highlights include 60-plus technical and historical workshops, a huge vendor hall, awesome displays celebrating 100 years of John Deere tractors, Thursday evening speaker Neal Dahlstrom (Deere & Co.), Friday fun Auction, Saturday toy auction, and Saturday banquet with keynote speaker Graham Thompson (Deere & Co.). Details at www.gatheringofthegreen.com, call or text (563) 845-3298, or e-mail info@gatheringofthegreen.com.

On the run

Andrea and I continued our 2018 running schedule on February 3 as we competed in the 37th annual B-rry Scurry hosted by Clinton Community College in Clinton Iowa. The relatively flat 4-mile course through town was a fun event on a fairly mild winter day, and we were glad to miss out on snow. Next up is our annual trek to Wauwatosa Wisconsin in March for the Lucky Leprechaun 7K Run as we celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with a Milwaukee getaway.

Bruce Johnson is the manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau

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