This Week From The Stephenson County Farm Bureau

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. We ask that you reserve your seat in advance at under Freeport Illinois Food Evolution, or you can call the SCFB office at (815) 232-3186 if you don’t have Internet access. All 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

Trips filling quickly

Our 2018 trip lineup is drawing lots of attention with many of our trips already full or near capacity. As of February 28, we only had 2 seats left on our Deere/Kinze trip (March 27), just 3 seats for our April 6 Cubs/Brewers trip to Milwaukee’s Miller Park, only 14 seats available for the April 8 Circa 21 Dinner Theatre outing to see “Rise Up, O Men”, and just 1 seat for our June 4-6 Shipshewana Amish Country trip. Our July 23-25 Fair Oaks Farms & Shipshewana trip only has 13 seats left while our August 7 Wisconsin State Fair excursion, and our Fireside Dinner Theatre trips on September 6 (Grease) and November 18 (Elf-The Musical) are growing in numbers. Our regional trips for Farm Bureau members are also filling quickly, with our Tri-State Travel Northwoods Adventure (August 14-18) and the second Iceland trip (October 1-6) filling steadily. The Lindstrom Travel “Colorado’s Historic Trains trip only has 20 seats left on this very popular outing. See details at or call (815) 232-3186.

Founding Our Future – Legacy Giving Seminar

The SCFB Foundation, in cooperation with the Highland College Foundation, Freeport Community Foundation, and the FHN Foundation, will be presenting a program on impactful giving to leave a lasting impression, and you’re invited to join us. The program will be held on Wednesday March 21 at the Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport, with a complimentary buffet starting at 5:00 p.m. and the program at 5:45 p.m. Local attorney Heather McPherson will moderate the panel discussion featuring Steve Kroeger, Union Savings Bank; Doug Freidag, Freidag & Associates; and Stephen Lafferty, Dimond Brothers. Reservations should be made by calling (815) 232-3186 by March 14.

Finding a practical solution to a horrific problem

In the wake of the latest tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida on February 14, the news media and conversations everywhere have focused on how to stem the tide of these unthinkable incidents that have become far too common. When the Columbine High School massacre took place nearly 19 years ago claiming 15 lives (including the two assailants), nobody thought it was a situation that could and would replicate itself on multiple occasions. Fast forward to 2018 where we’ve now seen 18 school shootings nationwide since January 1, leaving legislators and leaders scrambling for answers and strategies to hopefully prevent repeat performances. The debate as to the root of the problem is contentious and emotional, with Second Amendment rights to bear arms being defended vehemently in the face of cries for stronger gun regulations. The issue in my mind is why ANYONE outside of law enforcement and military personnel would EVER need to possess an assault rifle, especially if mental stability was in question. This will be a hot topic going forward with lots of questions to be answered.

I will voice my opinion regarding President Trump’s suggestion that we need to arm up to 20% of our nation’s schoolteachers to present a more formidable resistance to intrusions. This is perhaps the most outlandish idea raised up yet by our nation’s leader, and it’s been getting lots of pushback. Our nation’s teachers are charged with a huge responsibility providing a quality education to our youth, and that job has grown more difficult as the demands of student discipline and supervision have increased. Adding the task of serving as armed militia in the school hallways to a teacher’s job description is absolutely absurd in my mind, especially after learning that an armed and trained security officer stood by while the attack unfolded. Let’s hope and pray that realistic solutions emerge soon.

Carquest joins MVP Program

We’re pleased to welcome Carquest Auto Parts to our Membership Value Program as they offer special discounts to SCFB members at their Freeport, Monroe and Janesville locations. Stop by their new Freeport location at 1791 S. West Ave. (behind Garden Deli, between Dunkin Donuts and Casey’s) and get enhanced discounts using customer #337711, along with an additional 23-percent year-round discount on HD Filter pricing. A turn lane off Route 26 and big parking lot make for easy access, even while pulling a trailer. They stock many filters, belts, batteries, fluids, hydraulic hoses and other items to keep your entire fleet of tractors, trucks and equipment moving, including premium fuel, oil, air and cabin filters by Baldwin and Wix.

Carquest’s annual Spring Filter Sale, running from Feb. 18 through March 11, offers discounts up to 54 percent off their already low fleet pricing. Just call the store at 815-232-6106 with your part numbers or bring in your list of equipment or filter numbers, and they’ll gladly quote you the best prices.

Defensive Driving class scheduled

Back by popular demand, we’ve scheduled another Defensive Driving class with popular veteran instructor Doug Sommer. The course will be held on Wednesday and Thursday April 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farm Bureau, and those completing the course may be eligible for discounts on their auto insurance premiums. Call (815) 232-3186 to sign up – cost is $15 for FB members and $25 for non -members which includes lunch both days and all materials.

Bruce Johnson is the Manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau.


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