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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                                 # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                              X       Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              2       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              0       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         0      # Teams Submitted                                4      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  0      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 2      , 2010 GAL Conf. 0      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 0      , 2010 AITC Conf. 0                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:       Yes       No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The purpose is to involve the younger members of the CFB in social, educational, and service activities as well as provide
leadership opportunities.




PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The YFC submitted their annual program of work and budget to the Board for approval. The YFC committee meets
monthly, except during planting and harvest, to plan activities. The committee members make the appropriate contacts
needed and volunteer their time to make each program a success.


VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
The 11 member committee is actively involved in brainstorming new ideas; planning the activities; and volunteering their
time to complete the programs. An additional 7 members volunteered to assist with the different projects.




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   1. Family Wellness Night. 2 members of the YFC and 3 students volunteered to help with the FB booth
   at the local elementary school for their Family Wellness Night for 1.5 hours that focused on nutrition,
   physical activity, and personal hygiene. The elementary school is considered a small neighborhood
   school with approximately 300 students; consisting of a low income level of 64%. 10 booths were set up
   by different organizations and those that attended were given a schedule of events and their locations in
   the school. This is the first year that the CFB was invited to participate in this event. The volunteers read
   the Tops and Bottoms book to teach the students and their families about how their food is produced and
   what part of the plants we eat. Following the story, students were given a vegetable and had to “plant” it
   on a bulletin board in the proper location (above ground if it was a top or below the soil line if it was a
   bottom). The students also received the specialty crops ag mag, vegetable stickers and had an
   opportunity to draw their own garden with their favorite tops and bottoms, as well as entered their name
   into a drawing for a free copy of the book “Tops and Bottoms”. 48 K-4th grade students and siblings
   entered the drawing for the book. Approximately 100 people attended the event. Through educating
   students about the parts of the plants we eat, we hope to excite them to eat more vegetables in their diet.
   100% YFC

   2. FFA Acquaintance Day. 2 CFBs sponsored 46 FFA students & 4 advisors from 4 chapters along with
   2 YFC members and 2 staff for a tour of the Case IH tractor manufacturing facility and stopped at the
   Jelly Belly Visitors Center. Students participated in a walking tour of the production lines within the plant.
   They learned about the step by step process needed for the assembly of Case IH and New Holland
   tractors along with their strict quality control practices. Following lunch, the students were given the
   opportunity to visit the Jelly Belly Visitors Center where they hopped on the train and learned about the
   candy industry. While on the bus, the CFBs shared “The History of the Illinois Farm Bureau” video with
   the students and the 2 YFs spoke about the opportunities available at the local and state level. This
   fulfilled our purpose to educate students about careers in agriculture and opens their eyes to how vast
   the field of agriculture is. 100% YFC

   3. Angel Tree Project. The YFC decided to put on a Santa hat and gather gifts for the underprivileged
   children in our county. Contacts were made to local organizations, church missions and elementary
   schools to help us reach the children. Ornaments decorated a Christmas tree displayed during the
   Hometown Christmas Celebration. On each ornament was the age and gender of a child in the county
   who was in need of a gift. 2 YF worked the evening of Hometown Christmas to hand out ornaments and
   receive gifts and cash donations. Those who participated in the program took an ornament, bought a
   present for the child described, and dropped off the present at the FB office or the area Chamber of
   Commerce. The committee promotes the toy drive at a local level. 1 YF attended a local dance studio‟s
   recital where the studio had collected over 200 toys and donated them to this project. 14 additional
   volunteers donated their time to shop and wrapped all of the presents. The gifts were delivered by 1 YF
   and staff to 6 different organizations to be distributed to the children. This project touched the lives of
   approximately 315 children. An estimated 3,000 attended the local celebration. 100% YFC

   4. Harvest Grain Drive. The YFC worked with a local grain elevator to collect bushels of corn to raise
   money to donate to the local food pantry. The YFC chair organized the event with the local elevator.
   Postcards were handed out to the drivers delivering the grain and press releases were printed in the
   county publication and sent to the local papers. Posters were displayed at the elevator and the CFB
   office. The drive began in October and ran through November. The elevator would sell the bushels
   donated and issue checks to the local food pantry. The YFC would collect the checks and any other
   monetary or dry good donation and deliver them to the food pantry. $437.50 was donated to the local
   food pantry. The participation was quite a bit lower than the committee had initially expected, but with the
   disappointing corn crop and the difficulties producers had getting the crop out to fields it was
   understandable that the participation would be significantly lower. After discussing the program with the
   elevator, despite the disappointment in this year‟s program, we felt the program still has potential to raise
   needed funds for our local food pantry where the need is great with the current economy the way it is.
   100% YFC




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   5. Cow Pie Bingo. The YFC looked for a way to help the CFB raise money for the CFB Foundation. The
   YFC decided to organize and run a Cow Pie Bingo at the annual dairy breakfast. The YFC decided on a
   50/50 ticket. Half of the ticket price went towards the prize money and the remaining proceeds were
   donated to the CFB Foundation for agricultural scholarships and educational programs. 4 YFs and 15
   DBC, Board members, and volunteers sold over 500 tickets prior to the event and the morning of the
   breakfast. Once ticket sales ended, the YFC set up squares (one per ticket), released the cow and
   waited for the cow pie to land. The YFC raised $268.63 for the CFB Foundation. 100% YFC

   6. Young Leader Focus Group. 3 YF‟s from our CFB participated out of approximately 25 YF/YLs from 5
   CFBs in a special focus group with other YL‟s from our district and the neighboring district. The purpose
   of the meeting was to brainstorm ideas on ways the FB could be more helpful in providing programs and
   activities that could help these individuals in their farming operations. 100% YFC

   7. Recruitment Dinner. The YFC invited a number of eligible CFB members and other eligible members
   in the county to join them for dinner at a local restaurant to introduce them to the YFC and to encourage
   them to join. The YFC Chair shared a number of the activities/ programs that we do locally as well as
   opportunities at the county, state, and national level. A total of 13 enjoyed a delicious meal and
   socializing. The results of the dinner included 2 new memberships for the FB and 5 new members to the
   YFC. 100% YFC

   8. SMV Usage Display. The YFC constructed a display showing the illegal uses for SMV signs and
   provided informational brochures for farmers and non-farmers. Approximately 200,000 fairgoers had a
   chance to see the display outside the FB/FS fair building and stop inside for more information. Farmers
   had the opportunity to purchase new SMV signs to replace any illegal SMV signs they may still have.
   100% YFC




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         2       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              0       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              6       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         0      # Teams Submitted                                10     # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  0      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                2      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 3      , 2010 GAL Conf. 0      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 0      , 2010 AITC Conf. 0                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The Young Leaders are the future of our orgainzation so we try to get them actively involved from the get go. Their
puropose is to provide activities for the youth in our county, educate themselves to enhance their knowledge of
agriculture, and improve their leadership skills. They are working on promoting agriculture to families and staying visible in
the county. This year they also focused on engaging more members by holding more social events.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
This year they held two brainstorming sessions and then set their program of work and re-evaluated it as the year
proceeded to ensure they were not missing something they should be focusing on. The FB Board receives a copy of their
Program of Work and approves their budget. During their 10 meetings over the course of the year, they evalute the
programs and determine what resources are available for them to use in their programs.

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Each of the 20 YL are utilized for the programs that best suit them. Part of their being a part of the YL program in our
county is their role in carrying out the program whether it being making calls, showing up at events, or working behind the
scenes to plan the programs. Each YL is responsible for assisting in a pedal pull, four of them are required to volunteer to
drive a semi for the Harvest for All, while the others assist with calls and collection of checks.




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   * 1.      Harvest for All 2010 - Our 20 Young Leaders contacted over seventy individual family farmers in
   our county to donate grain to help our local food pantries get the monetary resources they need to keep
   the pantries full of food that is used to supply needy families in our county. Phone calls were made, semis
   were filled, and on a cool Saturday morning in June nearly 3500 bushels of corn were donated. With cash
   and corn donations, the committee was able to donate over $16,999 to the four food banks in our county.
   The food banks on an average serve 250 families in a month. The event was publicized in three area
   newspapers along with blurbs on the local radio station. To inform the public of our success and to
   acknowledge those who donated, we took out a full page ad in our countywide publication on the event
   listing the names of those who donated. We then hand delivered the checks to the food banks, took
   photos, and submitted the check presentation to the local newspapers. 100% responsibility.

   2.       Sheep Rodeo - Our Young Leaders entertained a crowd of 1000 people at the County Fair by
   putting on a sheep rodeo. Twenty children rode in front of a grandstand of parents and spectators each
   for a $50 savings bond that was donated by area banks, insurance agents, and agriculture related
   companies. Letters were sent to those who rode congratulating them and asking them to thank their
   sponsor. This event is very popular each year for the children, parents, and spectators. 100%
   responsibility.

   3.      Pedal Pull Events - This summer the Young Leaders hosted five pedal pull events throughout the
   county. Trophies were donated by a past tractor puller and were awarded to the top three finishers in
   each of the three weight groups. Pictures of the winners were published in the local newspaper. Each
   event continually involved 4-5 volunteers, 20 – 30 children, and 40 – 50 parents and grandparents. 100%
   responsibility.

   4.       FFA Acquaintance Program - Our Young Leaders held this year‟s Acquaintance Program in the
   High School gym of one of the schools in our county. We had 20 students and 2 advisors along with 2
   YL in attendance. We had the FFA students watch the IAA Family of Companies video that introduced
   Farm Bureau and its related companies to the FFA students. Flyers on different ag careers were passed
   out and many questions were answered. The Young Leaders were able to find out the interests of the
   students and gain insight for future programming. 100% responsibility.

   5.     YL Brainstorming Session - It is easy to get in the rut of the same programs each year. We
   decided to kick off the new year with a brainstorming session. A group of 12 YL met for pizza to discuss
   any and all items of interest to them. We then came up with a full agenda of new programs to work on
   which were divided up between different committee members. 100% responsibility.

   6.       YL Christmas Party - In an attempt to get more of the wives to come to the meetings and be a
   part of the group, we hosted a holiday get together at a banquet facility in the county. We had a private
   room and had a catered meal. With offering more couples meetings, we are expanding our YL group and
   getting great input and volunteers. 100% responsibility.

   7.       O‟Hare Customs Tour – Each year the YL try to think of somewhere new to tour. This year they
   decided to go tour Customs at O‟Hare International Airport. A group of ten YL found the Customs tour
   very informative and well worth their trip. The tour took nearly 2 hours with all of their questions. We saw
   what is confiscated, why it is confiscated, and how it is found. They then stopped for a bite to eat
   following the tour to hash over what they saw. 100% responsibility.

   8.       YL Cook-out – In order to increase the interest and help Young Leaders get to know each other
   better, we held a YL Family Cook-out. Our YL chair held the event at his farm and donated the burgers.
   The Farm Bureau picked up the cost of hotdogs, salads, and chips. Some of the wives made desserts
   and snacks. After the cook-out, a fire was started and everyone enjoyed talking around the fire. We had
   15 YL, 9 significant others, and 7 children join us for the evening. We succeeded in creating a more
   inviting environment where others felt they knew each other more. 100% responsibility.




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   9.      YL Pedal Pull Party – With all the pedal pulls held in the season and over the past few years, our
   poor tractor has seen better days. The Young Leaders decided it was time to purchase new tires and
   spruce up the rims. One YL contacted a retired FB board member to see if we could use his facility as
   our repair shop. Twelve YL sanded, primed, and painted rims along with installed new tires on them.
   100% responsibility.

   10.     YL Golf Outing and Cook-out – To celebrate all the hard work put in this summer, it was decided
   by the group to have a golf outing followed by a cook-out at the farm of the YL Chair. Nine of the Young
   Leaders golfed and we had a total of 20 for the cook-out. 100% responsibility.

   11.     Young and Beginner Farmer Ag Lending – The YL had questions on what programs were
   available to them as for starting out in farming. The chair contacted a local VP from 1st Farm Credit
   Services to come speak at a meeting. The VP talked about their different loans and the qualifications. He
   also presented a balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and equity sheets to show the YL what they
   need to look for in managing their operation. 100% responsibility.

   12.      8th Grade Agri-Business Career Fair - The YL were contacted by an 8th grade teacher who was
   looking to assist her students in the classes they would need in high school for their chosen career path.
   Since we are very rural, she knew many of the students would end up stayin in the County. The YL
   contacted 10 different agri-businesses to take part in our day. Each Agri-Business had a booth. The
   students were divided up into groups of 3. They visited each station for 9 minutes where they were given
   a brief overview of the job that person did and the students were able to ask questions. We also invited
   our Ag Literacy Coordinator who kicked off the day with a demonstration showing all the jobs available
   from the farmer till our food hits the store. She also did Ag Career Bingo with the kids. The YL chair
   wrapped up the day with stating how he went to a local jr. college and then came back to the family farm.
   He touched on how he does business with all the businesses that were invited. We had 8 YL plan and
   attend the event. Our goal is to open it up to all 3 schools in the county next year. 100% responsibility.




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                            PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                        n/a      # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              0       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              0       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         1      # Teams Submitted                                6      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  0      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 2      , 2010 GAL Conf. 2      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 1      , 2010 AITC Conf. 2                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:       Yes       No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
Our County Young Leader committee works to promote leadership development and personal growth amongst our
members in the 18-to-35 range. This committee works to host events and activities that are beneficial to members and the
local communities. Each year we aim to build membership through being active and setting strong examples in our county
FFA Chapters, 4-H Clubs and the local community colleges and universities as well.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
During our fall meetings, we set goals for the upcoming year and invite new prospective members to help in planning
programs that are of interest YL Members. This committee coordinates its goals in line with the initiatives set by the CFB
Board of Directors.


VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Our CFB YL Committee utilizes each of our 25 members during the program year to reach our goals. The committee is
very involved locally and works together to make projects successful for the entire CFB, not only Young Leader programs.




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   1. “FFA Bright Future Career Adventure”. January 2010. One of our goals for 2010 was to provide our
   county FFA Juniors and Seniors with a taste of non-traditional ag careers in the urban and commercial
   market. In February 2010, our CFB YF‟s took 40 FFA Students and 4 advisors on a trip to St. Louis that
   one FFA advisor said months later, “my students still enjoy talking about the places we visited that day!”
   The trip included initial tours at the Monsanto Headquarters, Monsanto Research Facility and
   Purina/Land-O-Lakes Research Farm. At Monsanto, the students met with biotech scientists/specialists
   and spent time learning about courses of study and internships available for young people to pursue in
   ag science/agronomy. For many of these students, it was their first visit such a facility. Then at the
   Research Facility, students had opportunities to collaborate with Monsanto Professionals on the newest
   crop and forage varieties and on career paths that rural high school students might not realize are
   available in agriculture. The last stop…Purina/Land-O-Lakes Research Farm was also a hit. While the
   students were there they spent an hour with each specie manager learning about nutrition and animal
   training/husbandry careers, Students had the opportunity to meet with two recent college
   graduates/employees who could discuss the transition from growing up in a rural area to now working in
   agriculture, but in a more urban commercialized setting. Our CFB believes the day had a major impact on
   many of these students and advisors as well. Since then, two of the students who attended the trip
   completed summer internships with Monsanto. (100% YL Implementation)

   2. "Interactive Farm „10". In July 2010, our CFB introduced the newest exhibit to our County Fair, the
   Interactive Farm. The display included an entire building of large and small animals, a full sized “mock
   dairy cow”, roping steers, a chicken coupe with wooden eggs, a mock apple tree, pedal tractor obstacle
   course, 300 straw bale maze, ag in the classroom activities, solar and wind display and farm prizes,
   along with county/Illinois Farm Facts and food v. fuel demonstrations. We added very seasonal/colorful
   landscape and industry displays as a finishing touch to the exhibit. The idea started with a goal of
   bringing a taste of agriculture to the fingertips of families and children. As children entered the Interactive
   Farm, they were asked, “Would you like to help us with today‟s chores?” Children were awarded
   agriculture prizes if they milked the mock dairy cow, gathered eggs, picked apples, along with other
   miscellaneous activities at the farm. This exhibit was extremely popular and reached more than 3000
   children and/or families during the ‟10 fair week. This event was coordinated 100% by CFB & FFA
   volunteers. In addition, Interactive Farm '10 improved our interaction with local FFA students and
   provided non-farm FFA students with an opportunity to use this week-long activity as part of their
   Supervised Agricultural Experience Record Book Project. Interactive Farm was a huge success and one
   of the most innovative exhibits ever at our county fair!
   (75% YL Implementation)

   3. “Fat Bat-Ag Products Ball Game”. July 2010. Our Young Leaders chose to host a game of “Fat Bat” for
   our county 4-H members. This was no ordinary baseball game…the bases were pans filled with creamed
   corn, green beans and tomoatoes. Luckily home base was a pool full of water for kids to wash off. Our
   YL‟s hosted this first ever and very popular event during the 4-H fair to add some fun for the kids‟ week.
   (100% YL Implemented)

   4. “YL-Member Ballgame Trip”. July 2010. Our CFB Young Leaders hosted a trip to a ballgame, open to
   all members and children. The event was hosted following our county fair to allow a great opportunity for
   members and leaders to unwind a socialize with their families in a luxury suite. This event was a great
   way to share our CFB's appreciation to 40 volunteers and leaders who attended the event.
   (100% YL Planned)

   5. "FARM Day for Kids" at local grade school. October 2009. Along side our Ag Literacy Program, our
   YF's work to keep in touch and be good pen-pals and role models for agriculture amongst the elementary
   schools in our county. After being in touch with the schools for a few months into the school year, YL's
   worked with school staff to coordinate a “FARM DAY” with the most urban grade school in our county.
   216 students took part in the event. Our focus was not to blow them away with complicated farm facts,
   but to merely tease them with cool, bi-product information and little known facts about the farm, which
   truly excited them. 3 media sources covered event.
   (70% Planned by YL‟s, 30% teachers)




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   6. “Save the Ag Literacy Program Fundraising Campaign.” With the U of I Extension funding transitions,
   our CFB YL Leaders formed a committee to help fund the Ag Literacy Program for the upcoming
   programming year. $31,500 was raised. (100% by CFB Ag Literacy and YL volunteers).

   7. “YL-FFA Leadership Tour.” Sept. 2009, 7 YF‟s, 40 FFA students & advisors participated in a leadership
   course, tour and lunch at IFB, followed by a tour of the ISU Research Farm. (100% YL).

   8. “After Harvest Fall Cookout & New Member Gathering”. Seven YL‟s hosted a fall cookout, following
   harvest. 41 YF's attended & held a planning session for the year‟s upcoming activities. The event
   featured a hay rack ride and fellowship for YL‟s. This attracted 7 first time YL members. (100% YL)

   9. “YL-FB Family Fun Nights”. Nov '09, Jan & Feb 2010. More than 250 FB members of all ages
   participated in our YL Winter Family Fun bowling nights. These events were designed to offer members a
   relaxing and sociable opportunity for Friday‟s during the winter. We accomplished exactly our goal.
   Multiple members had inquired about fun, winter activities and we felt that during the coldest months of
   the year, we could offer a great way to bring members together. We will continue this event in winter „09
   due to the positive feedback that we gained from the family bowling events. (75% YL Planned)

   10. "YL Basketball". November 2009-March 2010. Our CFB YL‟s play basketball weekly at a local
   gymnasium to help stay in shape during the cold months. More than 30 different YL‟s and/or their children
   played basketball with us this year. Free to members/YL‟s. Signed 4 associates and 2 MM‟s during this
   season. (100% YL Hosted)

   11. "YL Ski Trip". January 2010. Our CFB YL's coordinated a ski trip by to Snow Star Ski Resort. 23 YL's
   attended the bus trip and was an excellent time with more than half being new YL Members. (100% CFB
   YL Planned).

   12. "FFA Visits/interaction". In spring '10, YL's visited county FFA Seniors promoting YL involvement
   following graduation and our foundation scholarship program. YL's also hosted a Monday morning golf
   outing with FFA seniors before school started. During this sweep of chapters, our YF's met with approx.
   75 HS Seniors promoting agricultural involvement at the next level. (100% implemented by CFB YL's).

   13. “FFA Farm Management Award”. Spring ‟10. CFB YL‟s work with countywide FFA Chapter advisors
   to determine a Farm Management winner from each chapter. The recipient is picked based upon their
   success and thoroughness with their Supervised Agricultural Experience Record Book/Project. One of
   our CFB YL presents this award plaque at the chapter FFA banquet and is great exposure and promotion
   for our YL Committee. (100% YL Implemented)

   14. “Kiddie Tractor Pull/Pedal Pulls”. July & Aug ‟10. At Blues & BBQ Festival & During “Young America
   Day” at our county fair 6 YL/Farm Bureau Volunteers sponsored a Kiddie Tractor Pull for children. More
   than 300 kids participated in the event. Prizes were awarded to the top three pulls in each age division
   and the event was a featured story on a regional TV Station. A great event! (100% YL Coordinated)

   15. "YL Involvement in Young Political Clubs". 14 Volunteers from our YL organization have developed
   the two most active Young Political Clubs in our County. These members have worked to host U.S.
   Senators, state and national candidates and meetings and fundraisers. These clubs have Adopted-a-
   Highway along our busiest highway in our county and hosted numerous political functions such as golf
   events, fundraisers and small rally‟s etc. Today, it is also two of our YL‟s who are chairpersons for the
   Young Democratic and Republican Clubs. (75% YL Involvement)

   16. “CFB Consumer Web Site Blogs”. Year Round. Our YL Committee worked with our CFB Image
   Committee continues to establish accounts on nationally visited, non farm websites that offer open blogs.
   We regularly post agriculture blogs on hot issues and when there are specific ag crisis‟ from anti-ag
   groups on issues, we work with county and commodity groups to flood these blog sites with farm facts
   and positive ag blogs/links. A great way to network to non-farmers worldwide.
   (50% YL Implementation)



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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                        NA       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              4       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                             # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet                      # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         3     # Teams Submitted                                 8      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                        # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                1     # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 2      , 2010 GAL Conf.       ,
2010 Commodities Conf.        , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
These were projects of direct benefit to citizens living in our community and our 4H members.




PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.




VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.




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   1. * Harvest for All Food Drive. 9 volunteers. Trailers were set up at 3 grocery stores in different
   towns in the county. Banners and signs told what the volunteers were doing. Many people brought
   food and money to the volunteers as they left the store. 100%

   2. Young Leaders were invited to tour a newly expanded seed facility with Young Leaders from other
   counties. They met at the facility, took the tour and had a meal at a nearby restaurant. 100%

   3.   Tractor Driving Contest, 6 volunteers, 3 participants, 10 spectators. Volunteers set up the course
        and judged the drivers. 4H members had to drive a tractor and implement through the course,
        finishing by backing into a “shed”. They are timed and a point system is used to determine the
        winner. 100%

   4.   Angel Tree. 6 volunteers. Shopped through Angel Tree for a family at Christmas time. 100%

   5. Tour Apiary. Members toured a local apiary run by a young farmer. This was followed by a
   cookout.




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                                 # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              2       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                             # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              1       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         1     # Teams Submitted                                        # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  1     # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                      # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 1      , 2010 GAL Conf. 1     ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 1      , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:       Yes       No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
Our County Farm Bureau realizes that the future of this organization is dependent upon future leaders. Our Young
Farmer Committee is a chance to interest these developing leaders in our programs and to excite them about the variety
of roles available to them as future leaders in the expanse of program areas and opportunities offered within our County
Farm Bureau.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
We rely on the past year's Program of Work to build on and develop the activities for the coming program year. Our
Committee meets quarterly, including a meal for Committee Members and family. Our Committee submits a list of
programs we want to do at the September Board of Directors meeting. A budget is established by the Board on our
Chairman's recommendation during our County Farm Bureau regular budget process in January.

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Our Young Farmer Committee has a list of 30 members. Not all members come to all of our activities, but we try to take
note of the areas/programs that interest certain ones and call on those for help when a program is most suited to them.
Our projects are mostly Ag. Literacy and Community Service, but may also include other areas such as Health and Safety
and Marketing.




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   1. Traveling Barnyard -- Our Board took a traveling barnyard to our Adopted Classroom in Oak Lawn (4
   hour trip for us) to provide students and adults the opportunity to see actual farm animals and to talk to
   our farmers about animal production. Three trailers containing horses, chickens, ducks, sheep, a cow
   calf pair, bottle calves, and piglets. Fenced areas set up in the school's parking lot. Students, faculty, and
   parents were allowed to view the animals & speak with farmers about animal production. 20% YF.

   2. “Farmer Stanley” goes to the Adopted Classrooms! Based on an elementary-school project called
   Flat Stanley, our Board created “Farmer Stanley”. He is a two-foot high foam-board cut out that we
   created. Director takes him each month to “diary” about the farm. Sends narrative and pictures to 3
   adopted classrooms; Directors visit at least 2 times per year. 20% YF.

   3.“Farmer Tan Contest” held during County Fair July 2010. 3 YF members had shirtless pictures taken.
   These were put on ballot in our booth. People encouraged to vote by putting money in. Trophy awarded
   on last night of Fair to member with most money. Raised $100 for AITC program. 100% YF.

   4. FFA Acquaintance Day – January 22, „10 at the Farm Bureau Building. YF Comt conducted “Trivia
   Bowl” contest, beginning with pizza lunch at 12 noon. 7 FFA Chapters participated. Each invited to send
   team of 4 to 6 members from any class. Consisted of 8 rounds of 10 questions, with a few bonus
   questions thrown in each round. 1 comt. member served as MC, while other members served as score
   keepers. Trophy to winning chapter team. We formed an impromptu Advisor Team as well. Everyone
   had a blast and learned more about Farm Bureau, affiliates, and cooperative systems than any other
   program we have done. 48 FFA members. 100% YF.

   5. Ag Literacy Program Fundraising – Our annual Chicken & Noodle Dinner was held March 5, 2010,
   from 4 pm-7pm at our building. Over 140 diners were served, and donated desserts were available for
   purchase. $1,297 was raised for for AITC. 20% YF.

   6. Our Women‟s Committee held a “Best Milk Mustache Contest” on July 29, 2010 on Kid‟s Day during
   the County Fair. We had 32 kids compete. The top ten finalists received a black “Got Milk” t-shirt and
   the overall winner received a trophy. 10% YF.

   7. XX Hospital Young Farmer Safety Award; March 2010. A regional hospital created a Young Farmer
   Safety award competition among 10 CFB‟s in our area. One winner would be chosen from each CFB
   and awarded $250. The ten would then compete against each other for one overall winner to be
   awarded $1500. The program supports and promotes the health, safety, community involvement and
   leadership of young farmers, acknowledging their achievement in agriculture. Our County winner
   received their award plaque and $250 from a hospital representative at our March 2010 Board of
   Directors meeting. 100 YF,.

   8. Our Young Farmer Committee designed and ordered 4 signs to use for farm safety. The signs say “It‟s
   Farming Season; watch out for those who grow your food!” and measure 4 X 6 feet. Members placed
   these highly reflective signs on busy highways to draw attention to farm machinery on the roads. 100%
   YF.

   9. The Young Farmer Committee hosted a truck preparedness clinic on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the
   Farm Bureau Building parking lot in Lewistown. The program began at 4pm and lasted until 7pm. Two
   Illinois State Police Troopers went over items to be aware of when preparing to take semi tractor-trailers
   and other farm trucks on the roads this fall. A local farmer brought his semi to our site, and the troopers
   covered such topics as pre-trip inspections, load limits, cdl requirements, and basic trucking regulations.
   They were also able to address individual questions, circumstances, and concerns from the audience.
   We had 27 members attend. There was no charge and refreshments were served. 100% YF.




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   10. Young Farmers sponsored a Hunter Safety Course on Saturday and Sunday (March 13 and 14,
   2010). The maximum number of 30 hunters took the class, which was taught by two volunteers from the
   area. This qualified those in the class to meet the requirements to obtain a FOID card. Donuts and
   coffee were served. 100 % YF.

   11. XX Ag. Ed Advisory Council – 1 YF member serves with area business leaders & high school Ag
   teachers. Met Sept. 30, ‟09 & Feb. 24, „10. Each meeting included a guest speaker and at each one we
   did mock student teaching placement interviews. We then make recommendations to the college as to
   where these students “fit” best for their student teaching assignments. Helps improve the college‟s ag.
   ed. program, which will in turn improve high school ag. education/FFA departments when these teachers
   are placed. 20% YF.

   12. Our YF comt. held a National Ag. Week Farmer‟s Share Breakfast on Sat., March 20, 2010 at our
   building from 7 to 10am. Breakfast included bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, toast, juice, milk, &
   coffee. Charge was $.59, (what the farmer earned for the commodities used to prepare one meal). We
   created a brochure listing meal ingredients w/commodity prices. 150 attended. 80% YF.

   13. Harvest for All participation – Our YF comt. held at food drive at our local grocery store Sat., Feb. 27,
   2010. One member brought a flare-side wagon to the store parking lot near the front door. We
   publicized in advance in local papers. We collected 135 pounds of food & $60 cash. 3 members
   delivered it to the local food pantry. YF held a contest during National FFA Week for our 8 chapters. We
   offered a pizza party to the chapter collecting the most food; winner collected 50 pounds. Our district
   also won a state-wide competition from YL conference and Annual meeting penny wars, which garnered
   our county $600 to donate to our local food pantry in April 2010.     100% YF.

   14. Our Young Farmers held a pedal tractor pull during County Fair on July 30th for 60 kids, awarding
   cash prizes and trophies to the top 3 in each of 6 classes (Fair Board donated trophies for us) and a bag
   of candy to all. We awarded trophies in front of the evening‟s tractor pull crowd. 100% YF.

   15. The YF Comt. held a Tug of War for 4-H clubs in front of grandstand July 29th. Winning team given
   pizza party. 100% YF.

   16. Provided 20 watermelons & bottled water for buyers & sellers at County Fair livestock auction July
   2010. 40% YF.

   17. Our YF chair and 3 other young leaders made a presentation to 50 members at our District meeting
   August 23, 2010. 50% YF.

   18. Young Farmer Trap Shoot – June 26, 2010. Our Committee organized with local trap shoot range
   and promoted it. 2 boxes of shells were donated as prizes from our two FS companies. Included YF
   division and Senior (old farmer) division. 25 participants. 4 YF volunteers. 100% YF.

   19.Our YF sponsored an outing to a minor league hockey game with a neighboring CFB on Feb. 21,
   2010. 5 members of our committee met 5 members of the other CFB for supper and then the game. Our
   YF sponsored a tour of a research farm with neighboring CFB‟s on August 13, 2010. 7 members.
   100%YF.

   20. Young Farmer Cookout – May 22, 2010 at Chairman‟s house. Provides an evening out for committee
   members and their families, & planning for summer activities. 10 members attended. Christmas
   Party/Dinner at area restaurant; December 18, ‟09. 28 members/guests. 100% YF.

   21. Seasonal Cheese and Nut Sale - YF Comt:53 packages of nuts, 29 lbs of cheese, & 10 gift sets.
   Order forms in October „09 CFB publication; delivered Dec 15, „09. 1 vol. 100% YF.

   22. Our YF Committee offers "first year" YF membership for $30. 100% YF.




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                        20       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              2       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     1       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              1       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         2     # Teams Submitted                                 12     # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  2     # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                      # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 4      , 2010 GAL Conf. 1     ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 1      , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The YL Committee planned a variety of programs and activites to meet the needs of our younger FB members. They tried
to develop a wide range of programs. Some programs were offerered for families, others were planned for adults.
Educating our youth, and trying to get new people involved were the main goals of the year.


PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The committee developed a POW, and CFB granted them funds. The committees met at least 12 times through out the
year to work on their programs and activites. Committees used resources from the What A Great Idea Book, AFBF,
IAITC, IFB Website, District YL Rep, and Round-Table Discussions from manager's meetings. The committee was
motivated, helpful, and enthusiastic to complete their programs. The committee dedicated a lot of time and effort.

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Volunteers initiated the ideas and carried out the programs. They volunteer for the things they like to do. We start
working on the programs as soon as we can to ensure the program gets completed. Everyone has a job to do based on
their skill level. The meetings, dates, and times, are set up in advance to keep the committee focused on the program
coming up. The YL's mailing list has grown to over 60 individuals and couples.




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   1. Down on the Farm: 200 first graders from the local elementary schools participated in the 7th Annual
   Down on the Farm Program which was held at the local Extension Center. Students had the opportunity
   to visit seven different stations. The day‟s highlights included a hilarious skit, hayrack ride, petting zoo,
   equipment tour, moo moo masks, homemade butter, milk a cow, farm safety, and ice cream sandwiches.
   Prairie Farms Dairy donated 200 cartons of milk. AC McCartney and Martin and Sullivan‟s John Deere
   provided the machinery. We feel it is important for us to share our heritage and our way of life with the
   younger generations who may not have the opportunity to experience farm life. We want to provide a
   positive educational experience for children of all ages. We try and work together to make this program
   as fun as we possibly can! Over 20 Farm Bureau members donated their time and energy in making this
   annual event a success. YL‟s 50%, WC 50%.

   2. FFA Acquaintance Day Program: The County Young Leader‟s committee (8) invited all County FFA
   Chapters (3) to attend the program. A total of 40 students participated in this event. The goal of this
   program was to educate FFA students about our County Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Bureau, and our
   affiliated companies. It‟s a unique opportunity for us “to tell our story” and to positively influence a key
   group that will be agriculture consumers, employees and customers. The committee helped coordinate
   and chaperone the event. The day included a tour of Case IH, along with lunch, fun, and games at Fun
   City. Illinois State FFA Vice President, Caroline Bremer talked to the students about ful-filling their gifts
   and talents. The IFB Young Leader video from the IAA Annual meeting was shown as a way to spark
   their interest in Farm Bureau. The YL Chairman talked to the students about the various opportunities
   within our local CFB. The students bowled and were each given a $10 gift card to spend on games.
   YL‟s 100%.

   3. Illinois vs Iowa Young Leader Outing: Young Leader‟s across west central Illinois and Eastern Iowa
   were invited to attend a 2-day YL conference in Burlington, IA at Fun City. An Agri-Quiz Bowl
   competition was organized. The contest operated just like the competition at the Illinois State Fair. Our
   CFB Manager and President were the keynote speakers and talked to the Iowa Young Farmers on “How
   to Kick Start Your YF Program.” The expenses related to this conference were picked up by the CFB‟s
   from Illinois and Iowa which included overnight accommodations, a dinner reception, lunch on Saturday;
   and Fun City Cards that participants could use for breakfast and/or games at the complex. This was an
   excellent chance to network with other young leaders from across southeast Iowa and west central
   Illinois. Our County was the only Illinois County represented with 40 participants. However, there were 8
   different counties from Iowa totaling 50 Young Farmers. 6 new Young Leader‟s from our county attended
   this program that had never been to a YL activity before. It was nice to offer the YL‟s in our county a
   program that incorporated the entire family. It was a great bonding experience for everyone. YL‟s 100%.

   4. How to Communicated Effectively with YL‟s: It was time to rebuild, reshape, and re-think what was
   the best method of communicating with our Young Leader‟s Committee? With over 60 names on our
   mailing list, we decided that a letter, followed by a phone call just doesn‟t cut it anymore. We sent out a
   survey asking our YL‟s what form of communication they prefer; phone call, e-mail, or a text. We
   wanted to launch a new software program called “Alerts Made Easy,” but before we did that, we wanted
   to see what form of communication they preferred. This new software was going to allow us to contact
   our members by voice mail, e-mail, and text messaging. With everyone‟s busy lives, we realized that we
   had to get FB‟s information out to these folks quicker and more efficiently, without losing that personal
   touch. “Alerts Made Easy” has helped stay in better contact with our younger members. YL‟s 100%.

   5. An outing for the guys and the gals: The Young Leader‟s hosted an event at the Farm Bureau office
   where a spaghetti dinner was served followed by guest speakers John Deere. The ladies were treated to
   free manicures while the guys talked about equipment. A total 12 YL‟s participated. YL‟s 100%.

   6. Reorganization of YL Committee: We were beginning to have a problem with aging committee
   members, so a free dinner was organized at a local restaurant. All the County and State YL Programs
   and activities for the year were discussed, including POW. 20 YL‟s attended. YL‟s 100%.




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   7. FFA Activities in County: Donate money to each chapter, judge a variety of contests throughout the
   year, chaperone students to FFA Youth Conference, sponsor FFA Acquaintance Day Program, Invite
   FFA Chapter to tour CFB office, FFA Banquets, Rely on 100+ volunteers to help assist at these various
   activities, most of these volunteers are members of the YL Committee. YL‟s 25%, CFB 75%.

   8. 4-H Activities in County: Assist at the 4-H Fair, purchase tickets for 4-H BBQ Fundraiser, support
   Livestock Auction, sponsor Livestock Merit Trophy, and attend 4-H Achievement Night. 20+ volunteers
   help at these various activities throughout the year, most of these volunteers are members of the YL
   Committee. YL‟s 25%, WC, 25%, Board 50%.

   9. Program of Work: Once a year the committees and Board meet to design their POW. They develop
   of list of programs and design a budget and timeline on when the programs should be completed. POW
   completed by 7 members of the committee. YL‟s 100%.

   10. Local Hospital Fundraising Campaign: 3 Members of the CFB met with hospital capital campaign
   committee to discuss the possibility of assisting with a fundraiser where agriculture could make one big
   donation and give Farm Bureau some naming rights and special recognition. Adequate, rural healthcare
   is important to all of us. The YL‟s are planning on helping the hospital raise funds by sponsoring a pedal
   tractor pull and Who‟s Got the Best Farmer Tan Contest at the County Fair. YL‟s 100%.

   11. YL Chair & Grandfather Featured in News Story: Not your father‟s farm was the headline of the
   news article that featured the CFB‟s YL Committee and the assistance that young farmers give to the
   family farming operation. Continuing education is something that is going to have to be continued as the
   farming techniques and strategies change so fast. The story impacted nearly 250,000 people.




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                                 # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                              X       Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference                      # Attendees                                 WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                             # Applicants                                The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
                                                                                                  work if funds were needed.
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants
2010 YL District Discussion Meet                      # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
                                                                                                  5      # times met
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                               # Teams Submitted
                                                                                                  The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                        # Applicants                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to
Washington                                      # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 4      , 2010 GAL Conf.       ,                                 (Do Not Write In This Column)
2010 Commodities Conf.        , 2010 AITC Conf.
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:

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INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The CFB's Young Farmer's (YF) Committee's purpose is to appeal to the next wave of prospective leaders in agriculture.
The YF Committee is another opportunity young members as they complete their High School FFA and Youth 4-H
eligibility to participate in leadership training and seminars through state competitions and conferences. Through this
participation members gain idea sharing and team working abilities both of which promote the role models of agriculture.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The YF Committee meets at the beginning of each program year to lay out the visions and goals for the next 12 months.
As members discuss the effectiveness of programs from prior years, the committee comes up with a program of work to
be presented to the CFB Board of Directors. With the approval from the Board, the members then meet with staff to help
develop materials and carry out activities. The Chair then reports monthly to the CFB Board about each activity.

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
There are eight (8) members that compose the CFB YF committee. Those members are responsible to present a
program of work through the county chair to the CFB Board, help with the promotion of each program through advertising
and additional member recruiting, help with an general set up and project management. Each project listed in this
program area is 100% YF committee




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   1. Farm Bureau Night at the County Fair – The importance of having a presence at the county fair has
   become a priority in the county. Our Y.F. (8) and Women‟s Committees (6) Board Members (6) decided
   that the county organization should sponsor a dinner and entertainment for the evening at the County
   Fair. This was the first year that the committees tried to handle an event like this and what expectations
   to have. The meal was prepared by members of both committees with the menu including pork loin,
   chips, baked beans, tea/lemonade, and homemade ice cream. Ninety-six (96) pounds of pork loin, three
   gallons of baked beans, and 17.5 gallons of ice cream fed approximately 225 people. The one set back
   was the entertainment was cancelled because of the soggy ground conditions per the rain storm the
   morning of. The event was highlighted in county newspaper and Farm Bureau publication. The
   committees agreed that for having no prior experience with something like this, it was somewhat easy to
   pull off. Plans are being discussed for the next year, it looks as if this will be a continuing program. (Y.F.
   50%, W.C. 50%)

   2. County Fair Livestock Premium Donation – Ordinarily the county organization doesn‟t purchase one
   particular animal at the county fair to keep from playing favoritism between members and families. New
   this year the county 4-H leaders auctioned off a goat several times to raise money for 2011 livestock
   premiums for the county fair. With the money being cut throughout the state it is necessary to protect the
   sanctity and the idea of the county fairs. This idea has worked in other counties with the understanding
   that it‟s not the fix all, but a message that people value their county fair. The Y.F. Comm. and the W.C.
   partnered together to purchase a portion of the animal. Total money raised was over $5,000 to put in the
   premium account to sustain our county fair. Print media covered the project, all the donators where
   recognized by 4-H chapters and a plaque was presented. (Y.F. 50%, W.C. 50%)

   3. FFA Acquaintance Program - Our Y.F.Comm. provided an orientation/pizza party to introduce the
   Farm Bureau family of companies to our county‟s FFA members. Affiliated company representatives
   from Farm Bureau, COUNTRY and Growmark/FS made up our panel of guest speakers. Following a
   brief presentation from each affiliate, a quiz game based on Jeopardy helped reinforce the knowledge of
   the family of companies with winners receiving prizes from the YL Committee. The event was attended
   by 60 FFA‟ers, an article was written and published in the county publication. (Y.F. 100%)

   4. FFA Chapter Leaders Recognition – Our Y.F. Comm. recognized outstanding FFA members from
   each of the counties four chapters. This program was held in conjunction with an FFA Acquaintance
   program of a neighboring county. The committee sponsored a paid trip per individual to the John Deere
   Harvestor Works factory in Moline. The award was based on referral from the FFA Advisor based on
   participation and volunteerism in chapter programs. (Y.F 100%)

   5. Poster Contest - Over 245 Second grade students (12 classes) exposed over 20,000 newspaper
   subscribers to the W.C. (6) and Y.F. (8) sponsored poster contest. Top winner in each class was
   presented a free pizza gift certificate and their photo was printed in the local papers. The contest allows
   each classroom to be able to spend time talking about the agriculture industry and where their food
   comes from. All participants received the “ABC‟s of Agriculture”. (Y.F. 50%, W.C. 50%)

   6. Hunter Safety Course – The Y.F. Comm. sponsored a Hunters Safety course in conjunction with an
   adjacent county Farm Bureau, and a local outdoor sporting goods store. The committees sponsored a
   pair of meals for the day and half program. With the increasing numbers of young hunters, this program
   is necessary to teach the proper handling of firearms, and pre-requisite for obtaining a FOID card. There
   were approximately 20 people in attendance, with plans to continue in the future. (Y.F. 100%)

   7. Scofy Break - 90 8th grade students, 1 Volunteer. The Extension sponsored a one day career
   workshop for 8th graders in the county. Students were able to learn about a wide variety of careers that
   are available. The Young Farmer‟s provided a break-out-session that included the many different career
   opportunities in agriculture. Students were amazed of the many different career opportunities that are
   tied to the agriculture industry. Four different presentations were made with showing a brief video
   presentation entitled, “Connecting to Agriculture” along with a game based on Jeopardy. All those who
   participated were awarded a small prize. (Y.F. 100%)




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   8. Farm Safety Day Camp – Our YF committee assisted the local FFA chapter with a farm safety day
   camp. While the majority of the kids who attended were not from a farm, many have ties to agriculture
   and should understand the dangers. Two of our committee members spoke to each group (22 groups)
   approximately 10 minutes about Large Farm Equipment Safety. A total of 475 third and fourth grade
   students throughout the county visited our booths on agricultural safety and chemical safety. Other
   exhibits present were; grain safety, electrical safety, lawn mowing, weed eating, livestock safety, water
   safety, first aid, and ATV safety. Each student was given a farm safety ag magazine. The event
   increased overall safety awareness and is planned as an annual event. (Y.F. 100%)

   9. National Ag Day Baby - As an organization we felt it was very important the general public be aware
   of Nat‟l Ag Week and its purpose. The Women‟s Comm. (6) and Y.F. (8) decided to work together and
   recognize the first baby born on Nat‟l Ag Day. Arrangements were made with the local hospital and the
   two local newspapers to cover this event. Nat‟l Ag Day came as well as the Nat‟l Ag Day Baby. Reps
   from both committees delivered the gifts to the mother ($75 worth of baby items and a nice car seat).
   The two local newspapers covered the event and we received great publicity. Both news releases were
   front-page photos with a story attached about the importance of agriculture and Nat‟l Ag Week.
   Approximately 20,000 people subscribe to these two local newspapers and had the opportunity to read
   the articles. Our Nat‟l Ag Day Baby has turned into an annual event and the local hospital stated that our
   program provides more gifts than the New Year‟s Baby contest. (W.C. 50%, Y.F. 50%)

   10. Letter Writing/Phone Call Campaigns - It is important that we keep in close contact with our elected
   officials and lobby the beliefs of our organization. We either called or wrote our legislator and asked for
   their support or opposition on certain bills. We had approx. 13 volunteers who made those regular
   contacts. We let our elected officials know where we stand on certain issues and encourage them to vote
   in our benefit, which is the benefit of many. These are all issues that affect the pocket book of farmers
   and the general public. ( W.C. 50% Y.F. 50%)

   11. National Ag Week Activities - Several activities were planned to draw the attention that it was Nat‟l
   Ag Week. A couple of the activities for the week included the following: Church Bulletin Insert - Two
   thousand church bulletin inserts were distributed at area churches during the week. The insert thanked
   American farmers and had an agriculture prayer. Press Releases - Two local newspapers ran press
   releases provided by the county Farm Bureau. Approximately 20,000 people received the two
   publications. Overall, the projects were very successful because we reached thousands and spread the
   word about the importance of agriculture. (W.C. 50%, Y.F. 50%)




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         9       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              3       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                             # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet                      # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         1     # Teams Submitted                                 13     # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                        # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                      # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 1      , 2010 GAL Conf.       ,
2010 Commodities Conf.        , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
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Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The CFB implements Young Farmers activities to provide activities to educate be involved in the county, and be a voice
for farming.




PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The involved committee submits annual programs of work to the Board for approval and budget. Planning techniques
include working with the county fairs to have a local impact, keeping updated on farm safety, and having contact with
children to give them information.


VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Involved in planning and implementing these activities are the young leaders who have a strong desire to have a positive
voice throughout the county.




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   1.       Kiddie Tractor Pull – 9 volunteers sponsored three Kiddie Tractor Pulls within the county. There
   are four age groups, each with a boys and girls division. First place winners all received a toy tractor.
   2nd place winners received a $2 bill. 3rd place winners received a $1 coin. Approximately 90 children
   participated in the tractor pull. The top pullers are eligible to compete in the State competition. 100% YL.

   2.      Dairy Coloring Contest - Over 250 coloring contest sheets were turned in for children up to
   second grade. Sheets were distributed in our county publication during June, which is National Dairy
   Month and also distributed to all of the area schools. “Got Milk” themed prizes were given to the winners.
   Five volunteers conducted this activity. 100% YL.

   3.      Mobile Petting Farm –The Young Leader committee has an old school bus and, with support
   from the board of directors, they transformed it into the Farm Animals on the Moo-ve Mobile Petting
   Farm. Since the bus has been in operation for several years now, there were some renovations that
   needed done. The bus has recently been repainted along with new lettering to spruce things up.
   Educational materials are available on the bus for each of the different animals and someone is always
   on hand to answer questions and ensure the safety of the visitors. 1 or 2 volunteers is generally all that
   is needed to conduct the petting farm. Altogether, we have had 9 volunteers help with this project
   throughout the year. 100% YL.

   4.       Farm Safety Signs -6 volunteers. The Young Farmers posted 8 additional Farm Country Stay
   Alert road signs throughout the county on congested or fast moving trafficked roads in which farm
   machinery and equipment travel on. 100% YL.

   8. FFA Field Trip - 10 volunteers, 30 FFA members and 3 advisors. The Young Leaders organized a
   field trip of two local agricultural businesses. The tours showed a broad spectrum of agriculture ranging
   from a small family-owned apple orchard to a large commercial fertilizer plant. Two students from each
   chapter were chosen for the IFB and Affiliates Youth Conference. The county FB paid for all the students‟
   expenses. 100%YL.

   9.       Food Check Out Day - Five volunteers visited each grocery store in the county. There are 7
   stores. At each store, the committee member surprised one to two shoppers that they were receiving
   FREE groceries today. Stickers and information about Food Check Out Day was distributed. At the end
   of the day, a Supermarket Scramble was conducted. This year we invited school administrators and had
   them answer questions to find the appropriate items in the store. It was estimated that 200 people were
   reached through this promotion, plus the media coverage in 3 area papers. 100% YL.

   10.     National Farm Safety & Health Week - For National Farm Safety Week, our Young Leaders
   placed a sign with an SMV emblem in front of the Highway Department, which sits on the busiest
   highway in the county. The message informed drivers to stay aware of slow moving vehicles such as
   farm equipment. Hundreds of people were reached by this message. 3 volunteers assisted with making
   and putting up the sign. Our CFB also features a window display on the Farm Bureau office window
   along the same highway in a different spot. This year, the window featured a combine and SMV signs.
   This activity reached hundreds of people as well. 100% YL.

   11.       Food Pantry Donations – This year the group decided that they would like to make sure that
   families in need had a good Thanksgiving dinner. They contacted each of the counties five food pantries
   and bought all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for a family in each town. 100% YL.

   12.    Floats in local parades – 7 volunteers made floats for three of the local parades to promote Farm
   Bureau. 100%YL.

   13.    E-85 Promotion- With the help of a grant from the Illinois Corn Growers the group approached a
   new gas station that was promoting the use of E-85 at their station. We worked with the Illinois Lung
   Association and the local car dealership to help highlight some of the flex fuel cars that are available.
   More than 250 were directly reached by this promotion. 100%YL.




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   14.    Hosted District Basketball event - Our YL group organized a basketball event for our district. It
   was a well-attended event with several county groups involved. 100%YL.

   15.       ***Reuse a Shoe Program - 6 volunteers. Students from four area schools, Kindergarten
   through twelve were involved in collecting shoes for this program. The committee decided that they
   would like to do a project during National Recycling Month and decided that the Nike Reuse a shoe
   program would be a great way to get kids involved in the project. For this first-year project more than 800
   pairs of shoes were collected to be recycled. The Schools are asking for this program to be an annual
   event. The local newspaper did two feature articals on this program from start to finish as well as two
   local radio stations reminding people to bring in their old shoes. 100%YL.

   16.     Farm Bureau Appreciation Picnic – 6 volunteers. The committee has a huge role in the annual
   member appreciation picnic that moves to different locations around the county each year. The group is
   responsible for kids‟ activities at the event. This year the Animals on the Moo-ve petting zoo was in
   attendance. The group also provided goodie bags for the kids full of ag mags, coloring books, crayons,
   and other fun activities. The children were also able to make “hamburger” snacks that taught them about
   how everything from their hamburger came from the farm.

   17.     Care Package to soldier- 6 volunteers. 1 recipient. The committee collected items for a soldier
   overseas that ranged from food items to personal care items. The goal of this activity was to let this
   person know that we appreciated everything that they were doing and that they are in our prayers.
   50%YL.

   18.     World Dairy Expo – 5 volunteers. As a reward for all of the hard work the committee members
   do over the year it was decided to take an educational field trip to The World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.
   Members had the opportunity to take in information about the dairy industry along with the latest
   happenings.

   19.      Pint for a Pint Promotion – 10 volunteers. For June is Dairy Month the group decided to give a
   pint of milk to everyone that donated blood at a local blood drive. In all there were about 50 blood donors
   that day – and everyone enjoyed their pint of milk when they were finished. There was also a lot of great
   dairy promotion information at the event as well. We even were able to sign up a new member at this
   event and have been asked to conduct this activity at another blood drive.

   20.     Harvest Safety Banners – The committee developed two banners that were put up on a busy
   interstate highway on each side of the County during harvest season. These banners reached thousands
   of people as they came into our county during the busy tourist season. The banners highlighted a SMV
   sign on the back of a combine and urged drivers to slow down when they see the symbol.




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                            PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         18      # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              4       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              4       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         1      # Teams Submitted                                18     # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  2      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 4      , 2010 GAL Conf. 1      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 1      , 2010 AITC Conf. 0                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The primary goal of Young Farmers (YF) is to promote safety on and off the farm as well as community involvement,
agriculture education, and leadership opportunities. The YF committee serves as a place for FB members 35 and younger
to participate in community events, educate the public about agriculture, socialize, and become better citizens.


PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
A program of work (POW) is developed annually to facilitate the implementation of the goals and objectives of this
program area. Final approval is sought from the Board of Directors. We have a core group that makes contacts and sets
programs and projects into motion. When needed, sub-committees are formed to handle certain programs or projects.
CFB office staff assists with administrative needs that aid in successful completion of program objectives.

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
The YF committee is made up of 50 men & women who are ultimately responsible for developing and implementing all
aspects of projects and programs. On occasion, they have sought help from outside their ranks working with other CFB
committees, and civic groups from the community.




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   1. GPS Unit donation. YF Committee. Committee donated $5,500 worth of GPS navigational units to 32
   area emergency providers. Fire trucks, rescue squads, and law enforcement vehicles throughout the
   area are now equipped with the latest Global Positioning System technology in order to respond even
   faster in emergency situations. The response received from the area emergency providers shows a
   definite need for this type of technology in the vehicles. 127 GPS units were requested. Numerous
   emergency responders indicated that by being able to have a GPS system in their emergency vehicle
   they will be better able to find locations that they may have otherwise had difficulty in finding. The
   program began after a member of the YF committee was recognized as the Outstanding YF presented by
   a local hospital. He received a monetary award that he donated to the YF committee with the goal of
   purchasing GPS units for area emergency providers to aide them in locating rural residences. (100% YF)

   2. Relay for Life. 12 YF. The YF's know the importance of Relay for Life, and decided to have a team at
   this year‟s event. The team held several fundraisers throughout the year to raise money. The team held a
   bags tournament at a local restaurant, sold local grocery store coupon booklets, sold YF can coozies,
   and bagged groceries at a local grocery store for tips on a Saturday. Over $900 was raised and donated
   to the American Cancer Society. (100% YF)

   3. Leadership Boot Camp. 6 YF/8 FFA Students/4 speakers. It was determined that FFA members in
   the county could truly benefit from a day-long leadership session. YF's organized this event with outside
   speakers to present. The morning began with a speaker on communication. Interactive communication
   activities were conducted. Lunch was then served with a professional speaker on dinning etiquette. The
   speaker also presented a session on personal image and covered items such as: Facebook, MySpace,
   Texting, Instant Messaging, Public Image/Dress Code, Cell Phone Usage, Handshaking, and how to
   generate conversations in a social atmosphere. This session was new this year. The afternoon session
   was on leadership and ways to become a better leader. FFA members participated in hands-on activities.
   The day concluded with mock interviews and resume writing. Numerous amounts of positive feedback
   were received, and the program will continue on an annual basis. (100% YF)

   4-5. Tractor & Lawnmower Safety Programs. 30 vol/40 youth/15 parents. A Tractor & Lawnmower Safety
   School was set up to educate 4-Hers and others about safely operating machinery. Older youth listened
   to YF about tractor maintenance/safety; younger youth learned about lawnmowers. Participants were
   then eligible to compete in the Lawnmower & Tractor Driving Contests held during the 4-H show.
   COUNTRY agents sponsored the trophies; dealerships donated usage of machinery. After registration,
   the participants were given a written safety test. The youth took turns driving through a course, receiving
   deductions for hitting flags/misuse of equipment. Their test score and competition score were combined
   to determine the winners. The contest was held to test safety knowledge & skills of local youth, awarding
   those who excel in lawnmower/tractor safety and maneuvering. (100% YF)

   6-7. Ag Olympics/Balloon Scramble. 20 vol/90 youth/100‟s watchers. To help relieve the pressures of
   doing well during the 4-H show, YF coordinated events for youth that created team building experiences,
   and encouraged friendships among 4-Hers. On the day of the event, 4-Hers competed as teams in three
   different relays. The Balloon Scramble was held for youth too young to be in 4-H. All who participated
   and watched enjoyed the stress free opportunities to have fun during the fair. (100% YF)

   8. Touch a Truck. 6 vol/1,000 pre-K/K students/250 adults. To expose pre-K & Kindergarten children to
   agriculture, YF participated in a local program sponsored by the Rec Div. YF supplied a livestock trailer,
   mule/ATV, and an educational milking cow for area youth to physically “touch” on day of event. Hands on
   learning activities were incorporated to allow kids to get involved. YF demonstrated and explained ways
   farmers use equipment, handed out picture pages, and coordinated activities. (80% YF)

   9. YL Conference Donation. 1 YF. One young farmer is a very talented photographer who donated 2
   pictures to the YL conference. Over $600 was raised for Harvest for All from her donations. (100% YF)

   10. Farm Tours. 10 YF. YF committee saw value in educating themselves about the diversity within their
   own committee. Three farm tours were arranged seeing the farmsteads of those members. (100% YF)




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   11. Hunter Safety Course. 10 vol/66 participants. The YF committee saw the need for a Hunter‟s Safety
   Course to be held within our county. Every one that registered passed the class. By hosting this course,
   the youth of our county will be safer hunters. (100% YF)

   12-15. Social Outings. Year Round. 125 YF. Social outings and gatherings provide a means of
   establishing real relationships within the group. In December, YF‟s had a catered meal for the Christmas
   Party. In October, a YF hosted the group for a Wiener Roast and Halloween Party for kids in the group.
   The committee attended a Minor League Baseball and Hockey Game. All social events are setup as an
   opportunity to invite new members that may be interested in what the committee has to offer. (100% YF)

   16. Ticket Taking. 20 YF. The committee helps out at the county fair by taking tickets at all grandstand
   events. Events that the YF's take tickets at include: demo derby, figure 8 races, tractor pulls, stock car
   races, and two harness races. This is another great way for YF's community involvement. (100% YF)

   17. The Great Grocery List Race. 2 vol/86,000 residents. Food Check Out Day creates a great
   opportunity for the agriculture industry to “boast” about their contributions to America. A “celebrity”
   grocery list race was held. Local Fire Department Chief and radio celebrity raced for food that would later
   be donated to a local food pantry. A live radio broadcast took place at the store. (50%WC 50%YF)

   18. FISH Donation Drive. 6 YF/100‟s of residents. Taking donations at Annual Meeting provided $260 for
   the local food pantry to provide food to area people in need. (100% YF)

   19. FFA Acquaintance Program. 16 vol/45 FFA‟ers. Program goal was to introduce FFA students to
   YF/FB. YF provided dinner and tours of a local Pioneer Plant. Afterwards, the committee spoke
   respectively to the group while enjoying dinner and fellowship. Program began a relationship with the
   youth, and informed them of YF, FB, and and affiliate companies. (100% YF)

   20. Ag Day for Kids Sessions. 6 YF/450 students. YF taught (16) 8-minute sessions on two different
   topics at Ag Day for Kids, an event that teaches 4th graders about the diversity of agriculture. One
   session was about the dairy industry. The other was about simple machines, a subject area requested by
   teachers, as it often appeared on ISAT tests. (100% YF)

   21. Children‟s Museum Exhibit. 10 vol/4,000 youth/2,000 parents yearly. Local children‟s museum
   provides excellent opportunity to educate non-farm public about ag. FB maintains ag exhibit area;
   displays include: “Where‟s the Beef,” combine cab with video, egg/nesting area, reading corner, 4
   seasons of ag display, life size plaster animals, and an area for kids to play with toy tractors. Our exhibit
   gives children a chance to experience learning about agriculture in a hands on environment. (100% YF)

   22. Cardboard Boat Regatta. 20 YF/100's of residents. The YF committee decided becoming a part of
   the area cardboard boat regatta race is a great way to get involved in the community. They also knew
   that it was for a great cause as it was a fundraiser for the area school district. (100% YF)

   23. Agribusiness Tour. 10 YF. Members of the YF committee traveled to the Quincy area for a tour of the
   1930s Farm Equipment Museum, Knapheide Manufacturing Plant, and the Warsaw Levee District. They
   were able to ask questions, see major technology, and see that area's farming practices. (100% YF)

   24. FFA Youth Conference Chaperone. 1 YF/7 FFA members. A member of our YF committee assisted
   the CFB manager as a chaperone at the FFA Youth Conference. (100% YF)

   25. AITC Fundraiser Donation. 6 YF/150 members. Committee knows the importance of Ag Education;
   therefore donated items to our AITC silent auction at our CFB's annual meeting. $100 was donated to
   AITC. (100% YF)

   26. CPR Refresher. 25 YF. One YF is a trained EMT and the YF's committee finds it essential to know
   the proper techniques for CPR. The YF teaching the course shows the proper way to perform CPR on
   adults as well as children, as many of our YF's have young children of their own. (100% YF)



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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                            PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         12      # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              7       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     1       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              2       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         2      # Teams Submitted                                9      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  1      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 3      , 2010 GAL Conf. 0      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 0      , 2010 AITC Conf. 0                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:       Yes       No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
Activities were planned that would provide young adults with agricultural interests with the opportunity to meet and discuss
agricultural issues, as well as to provide programs to develop young leaders in the agriculture industry and in their
communities. Activities were planned and intended to attract new members to FB, the Young Farmer Committee, and to
create a positive and enthusiastic attitude amongst members.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The Young Farmer Committee submitted a program of work and budget to the Board of Directors for approval. For each
activity the committee planned, responsibilities were assigned and divided amongst the members. Meetings were also
held after annual activities to gain feedback from volunteers and to help better prepare for next year‟s event.


VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Volunteers were vital to the creation, planning and implementation of each project listed. A motivated group of 24 Young
Farmers shared the responsibilities for planning the year‟s activities. Committee members elected a chair person for each
event, who was the primary contact for both the CFB office staff and YF members in regards to the event. Project
responsibilities were assigned to members of the committee to help organize and plan the event efficiently.




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   1. Annual Young Farmer Cookout - June 26, 2010 100% YF
   In an effort to attract new participants to the Young Farmer Committee, the Committee hosted their
   annual Young Farmer Cookout. The cookout is a great way to attract new members in a more relaxed
   and less intimidating atmosphere. The cookout is also a great way to involve current members outside of
   the usual Farm Bureau surroundings. The Committee invited members from four surrounding CFB
   Young Farmer Committees as well as the county Farm Bureau Board of Directors and their spouses. 7
   new potential committee members turned out for this year‟s cookout. Positive feedback and a
   tremendous turn-out of 35 people has motivated the committee to host this event annually.

   2. FFA Acquaintance Program - January 19, 2010 100% YF
   In an effort to become more involved with our active county FFA chapters, our 24-member Young
   Farmers committee organized and presented an evening of information and fun. The committee
   organized a quiz bowl which included questions on the county Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Bureau and the
   affiliated companies. The evening was wrapped up with pizza and soda served to everyone. This
   allowed more time for everyone to talk and get to know each other. In total, approximately 16 FFA
   members and 2 FFA advisors coming from three local high schools attended the event. The committee
   emphasized the many opportunities Farm Bureau provides to FFA members now and in the future such
   as membership on the Young Farmer Committee. This also provided an excellent opportunity to discuss
   future FFA Acquaintance programs with the FFA advisors and students. One FFA Advisor commented
   that he thought it was the best program to date!

   3. 4-H Fair Meal - July 22, 2010 100% YF
   The YF Committee sponsors an annual ribeye sandwich meal during opening night at the County 4-H
   Fair. The event gives the committee excellent exposure to the large crowds of people that are visiting the
   fair and attending the evening's grand stand attractions. The committee served 150 ribeyes to hungry
   fair-goers. Money raised during the event will help fund programs and events for the upcoming year.
   Committee members were also able to talk to customers about FB and YF.

   4. Hockey Game- February 27, 2010 100% YF Committee
   14 YF traveled for a social outing to see a local hockey game. The Committee received recognition for
   being in attendance during the game. This event was a great way for the committee members to further
   strengthen their relationships with one another and have fun at the same time.

   5. Ag Week Book Donation
   In honor of National Ag Week, the 24-Member YF Committee donated copies of Janet Stevens‟ popular
   children‟s book, “Tops and Bottoms” to the local libraries. The committee hopes that the children who
   read the books will learn about agriculture.

   6. Harvest for All – June 22 – August 15 100% Young Famer Committee
   The 24 member YF Committee sponsored a Harvest for All Food Drive that was held in conjunction with
   our County Fair and Farm Visit Day. FB members and members of the community were encouraged to
   donate non-perishable food items at the drop off sites. $210 and 520 pounds of food was collected and
   donated to the 6 community food pantries of the county.

   7. AITC Golf Outing- July 9, 2010 50% YF Committee
   New this year! The CFB along with one neighboring CFB organized the 1st annual AITC Golf Outing.
   The golf outing was a success containing eighteen teams, all holes sponsored and one lunch sponsor. In
   total, over $3000 was raised for the AITC programs. This was not only a great opportunity to raise
   money for AITC, but it also allowed members of the agriculture community to show unity in their support
   for the program in a public manner.

   8. Illinois Ag Leadership Presentation – August 24, 2010
   A local participant in the Illinois Ag Leadership Program came to the YF Committee meeting and gave a
   presentation about the Illinois Ag Leadership Program and his experiences while in the program. The 8
   members in attendance seemed interested in the program and we hope that one day one of them will
   apply!




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   9. Ag Industry Tour Presentation – March 16, 2010
   The CFB participant gave a presentation to the YF Committee about his experiences on the Ag Industry
   Tour to Florida. He spoke to the committee about the program and the different agricultural practices that
   they were able to see while on the tour.

   10. Young Farmer / Board of Directors Acquaintance Meal - 50% YF
   The YF Committee and the Board of Directors hosted an aquaintance dinner as an effort to bridge the
   gap between the directors and the YF committee. The dinner is held in an effort to get more YF involved
   in FB, get them interested in joining other FB committees, and also to open their eyes to the possiblility of
   serving on the Board of Directors in the future. Unfortunately, the late harvest kept causing the event to
   be canceled, but the committee is excited to do it again this next year!




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                                 # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference                      # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                             # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet                      # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                               # Teams Submitted                                        # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                        # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                      # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 2      , 2010 GAL Conf.       ,
2010 Commodities Conf.        , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
Our purpose for having a Young Leaders group is to encourage leadership among our younger farmer members. Their
ideas often provide us with a new perspective on important issues. Their energy and enthusiasm helps to promote Farm
Bureau to a younger generation.


PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The Young Leaders Committee works to determine the needs of area young people involved in agriculture and develop
programs to meet those needs with a focus on social and educational opportunities. Planning is usually done in a social
situation.


VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Our Young Leaders Committee consists of very dedicated people who willingly donate their time to CFB projects.




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   1. "Tractor Drive" Crops for College. This summer the Young Leaders Committee hosted its 3rd annual
   "Tractor Drive" to raise money for its scholarship fund and promote the county farm bureau. Each year
   this event is planned to take place in conjunction with the local annual antique tractor and engine show.
   The event brings much publicity for the CFB and is enjoyed by all who attend. The committee decides on
   a designated scenic route through the country and makes the necessary arrangements with local law
   enforcement where needed to cross state highway routes safely. Participants are required to use a
   tractor capable of traveling 10 mph. This year twenty drivers participated in the drive. The registration fee
   was $30.00 which included lunch. Each participant had a picture taken on his/her tractor which was made
   into a magnet and given to each driver as a souvenir. $750 was raised for the "Crops for College"
   scholarship fund. 100% Young Leaders

   2. " Crops for College" Fundraiser. The county fair cattle superintendent and his wife are members of our
   local Young Leaders Committee. For the past four years, money generated from the Showmanship
   Contest has been split between the winner of the event and our Crops for College Scholarship Fund. A
   local county veterinarian was the winner of the Cattle Senior Showmanship this past summer, and he
   generously donated his winnings of $400 to the "Crops for College" scholarship fund. 100% Young
   Leaders

   3. Trip to Oak State Products. Six members of the Young Leaders group toured Oak State Products in
   Wenona, Illinois. Oak State Products is a state-of-the-art sustainable food manufacturing business that
   specializes in producing many different baked goods for grocery store shelves across the nation. This
   facility has 4 oven lines, 4 separate packaging areas and warehousing facilities to accommodate the raw
   materials. Oak State Products is a recent recipient of Pepsico's sustainability award, and the tour focused
   on recent energy conservation innovations as well as seeing active cookie production lines. This facility
   has been managed by the same family for 5 decades and has grown from a small company employing
   50 people to employing approximatley 500 people. 100% Young Leaders

   4. Informal Meetings. The CFB's Young Leaders Committee met twelve times throughout the year to
   plan and implement various programs and activities. They determine the needs of area young people
   involved in agriculture and develop programs to meet those needs with a focus on social and educational
   opportunities. The meetings were held at the CFB building with dinner provided. Several programs,
   tours, and social activites were planned for the summer. Eleven people from our county participate on
   this committee. 100% Young Leaders

   5. "Crops for College". The CFB's Young Leaders Group developed a program called "Crops for
   College". Throughout the year the committee sponsors events to raise money for this program. This year
   the scholarship amount was increased from $500 to $750 due to the success of the fundraising efforts.
   The funds raised during the year are then used to award a scholarship to a high school senior going into
   the field of agriculture. In order to apply for this scholarship a student must be a dependent of a farm
   bureau member. 100% Young Leaders

   6. Ag Extravaganza. This well-received event is held every year in April at the county fairgrounds. This
   year over 250 third graders, their teachers and parent chaperones attended the event. The students
   came from every elementary school located in our two-county area as well as home-schooled children
   from these counties. They came to experience agriculture in a variety of ways. This event is the
   collaboration of our CFB and our local University of Illinois Extension's Ag in the Classroom. FFA
   members guided students from station to station for ten minute hands-on lessons which included a farm
   animal petting area, farm equipment, wheat, dairy, soybeans, wool, corn, purmpkins and animal nutrition.
   In addition to these stations, our local Soil and Water District sponsored the county resource station.
   Larry the Pirate and his companion, Ellery the Eagle, took the students on a virtual trip around the county
   to see the variety of natural treasures found right here where we live. Students took home goodie sacks
   filled with agricultural-themed items such as pumpkin seeds to plant, Tootsie Rolls and popcorn to taste
   as agricultural end products, and activity books and Ag Mags to enjoy. A nutritious box lunch was
   provided to everyone in attendance. Over 100 volunteers worked to make this event an educational and
   fun experience. 50% Young Leaders




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   7. Fair Display Help. Each year our Young Leaders group volunteers to help with the CFB county fair
   display. They help by setting up and taking down the display and they also volunteer time working at the
   booth. The theme of this year's booth focused on livestock. Pictures of some of our local farm families
   that raise livestock were displayed. Posters were used to depict the different breeds of cattle, pigs,
   sheep and goats. There were various activities and handouts for the children and door prizes for
   everyone. The fair is an excellent opportunity for the CFB to mingle with the community and promote its
   organization. 50% Young Leaders




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         2       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              1       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   1       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              0       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         0     # Teams Submitted                                 8      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  0     # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0     # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg.        , 2010 GAL Conf. 1     ,
2010 Commodities Conf.        , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:       Yes       No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
Our Committee‟s purpose is to involve young adults with an interest in agriculture in Farm Bureau. The committee role is
to educate students and consumers about agriculture‟s importance in their lives and our economy, promote agriculture
careers to high school students, expand and improve our farm operations, provide social events for our membership,
promote Farm Bureau and agriculture to youth at our County Fair, and recognize outstanding FFA members.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
Our Young Leader‟s (YL) Committee reorganized this year. We developed a program of work and budget and received
board approval. Programs were developed and implemented to strengthen our efforts of educating students and
consumers about agriculture‟s role in their lives. Our committee members met 8 times and held project specific work
nights 4 times. Our committee cooperated with a FFA Alumni and Ag Instructors to plan and conduct two programs

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
The committee is comprised of 22 volunteers involved in production agriculture, agri-business and agriculture education.
4 FFA Chapter instructors and members helped with two projects; 10 FFA Alumni members helped with one project and 8
non-committee members were involved in two projects. A total of 44 volunteers helped plan and execute our Young
Leader‟s Committee programs.




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   1. Reorganization of the YL Committee. 50%. The future of Farm Bureau and agriculture lies in the
   hands of our younger members. We must have young leaders involved to be successful. Our YL
   committee had become inactive except for one activity. The board of directors made a list of 25
   prospects and contacted them to attend a reorganizational meeting in January and become a part of
   Farm Bureau. 14 interested young adults attended the meeting. We reviewed activities the committee
   had previously conducted and asked those in attendance for ideas. They discussed a variety of topics
   and decided which one to pursue immediately. On average 12 members attended each month to work
   on the activities. At the August meeting, the group recapped everything accomplished over the past 8
   months and decided to meet on a quarterly basis unless something unforeseen arose. This has been an
   exciting development for our Farm Bureau and hopefully the success will continue.

   2. Livestock Barn Signs. 100%. Fair attendees walk through the livestock barns at the County Fair, but
   may not realize the importance of the animals or even what animal they are looking at. The YL‟s
   Committee decided to develop educational signs to hang in each livestock barn. The project chairman
   attended the Fair Board meeting to gain approval for hanging signs in the barns. After getting an
   overwhelming positive response, the committee worked on the facts and layout for the signs. Using
   materials from the Ag Mags and Ag Calendar, the signs were educational with an entertaining twist to
   help fair attendees remember the facts. 4 committee members placed the nine 22x28 signs in poster
   frames and hung them in the livestock barns. Approximately 22,000 people attended the fair and have a
   better understanding of agriculture because of this project.

   3. Food Drive Competition. 100%. To kick-off the reorganization of the YL‟s Committee, the group
   sponsored a Food Drive from February 15-March 20 (National Agriculture Day). The Food Drive was a
   competition between the four local high schools. The community could also make donations at three
   drop off locations and designate which school would get credit for their donation. An amazing total of 999
   pounds of food was collected and donated to two local church pantries and one high school which works
   directly with families in need. The winning school received a trophy and recognition in the local papers.
   The committee plans to make this an annual event to help those in our community and provide a fun
   competition for the high schools.

   4. Behind the Scenes Tour of the County Fair. 100%. The lack of understanding about the farm by
   children in our community is a concern of the YL‟s Committee. One idea to help educate children was to
   invite them to the county fair for a Behind the Scenes Tour. Four daycares were invited. 8 committee
   members served as tour guides taking 165 children and 15 teachers through each livestock barn to show
   them the animals and tell them facts about each animal. FFA and 4-H members were in each barn to
   talk about caring for their animals and let the kids pet them. At the conclusion, we provided them with a
   sno cone from the 4-H stand. Rave reviews were given by all the participants. Local newspapers
   provided coverage. Plans are underway to expand the tour next year inviting all our daycares to
   participate.

   5. Ag Career Night. 50%. To help students decide what to do after high school, our YL's Committee and
   a FFA Alumni Chapter hosted an Ag Career Night. 14 colleges were invited to talk about their campus
   and curriculum. Two local graduates who now work locally at John Deere and FS served as the keynote
   speakers to share their college experiences and current occupations. 8 colleges participated with booths
   for attendees to visit. Sub sandwiches and soda were served and attendance prizes awarded. The local
   newspapers were present and provided excellent coverage. 58 students and 15 parents participated,
   with 20,000 people indirectly impacted. We need to promote ag careers to the next generation.

   6. FFA Acquaintance Program. 100%. 40 Ag Science students and their advisors toured Monsanto‟s
   facility in Chesterfield on January 28th. Students saw firsthand the research labs and greenhouses as
   well as spoke with Monsanto employees about career opportunities. This was an eye opening
   experience to see the various aspects of seeds being produced to later be planted in our fields to provide
   food for the world. Two students from each FFA Chapter were then eligible to attend the IFB & Affiliates
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   7. Agri-Business Award. 100%. To recognize excellence among FFA members, our YL Committee
   sponsored an Agri-Business Award. One of two chapters participated. The award was presented at the
   Chapter FFA Banquet where 150 members, parents, and guests were in attendance. This provided
   excellent PR for our CFB and an opportunity to recognize an outstanding young leader.

   8. County Fair Livestock Trophy. 100%. We have a variety of livestock divisions at our county fair. Our
   YL‟s Committee donated a trophy to recognize the winner in the Rabbit Division. The winner was
   appreciative of the trophy. Supporting the fair, 4-H and FFA is a priority for our County Farm Bureau.

   9. Foundation Silent Auction. 25%. Our CFB Foundation Board sponsored al Silent Auction in
   conjunction with the CFB Annual Meeting. Five board members divided a list of local businesses and
   contacted them asking for donation items. A total of 53 items were donated with $1,913.00 raised. Our
   CFB, WC and YL Committee each donated an item.

   10. Where to get money? 100%. Our YL‟s Committee wanted to educate the public about agriculture as
   well as educate themselves on programs available to them as young agriculturalists. Most of the
   committee members do not farm full-time, but would like to expand their operations. The Vice President
   of the local Farm Credit office attended our March YL committee meeting to provide the group with
   information about Farm Credit and what is available to young adults. 12 committee members and 2
   prospective committee members increased their knowledge about lending programs for young producers.

   11. Pedal Pull. 100%. 9 YL‟s Committee members conducted our Pedal Pull at our County Fair. Our
   committee donated trophies to the 1st and 2nd place winners and gave each participant a coupon good
   for $1.00 off either an ice cream cone or sno cone at the 4-H stand. 108 youth, ages 4-12, had a terrific
   time in the pull while a crowd of over 225 adults cheered them on. The goal of providing a fun event for
   youth at our fair was accomplished.

   12. Harvest Night Donations. 10%. With decreased funding from the State of Illinois for Extension, the
   local Extension Council organized Harvest Night to raise funds for our county unit. Our CFB made a
   $100.00 general donation. Our WC donated a cookbook and kitchen accessories and our YL Committee
   donated “The Last Dance” framed picture for the Silent Auction.




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PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         2       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              0       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              0       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         0      # Teams Submitted                                7      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  0      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 1      , 2010 GAL Conf. 0      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 0      , 2010 AITC Conf. 0                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
We want to provide services to those in the YL/YF age brackets who are interested in agriculture in any form. We have
participated, planned & carried out projects, especially for community good.




PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
Soliciting donations, utilizing media, assisting with county farm bureau programs & more is what we try to accomplish
through our efforts.



VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Volunteers plan, develop & implement programs, especially for the good of the communities with the assistance of staff.




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    1. July 30th, our Young Farmer Committee purchased an animal & a 4-H Federation project at the county
       fair. We had two young farmers along with our manager who assisted with the sale. The funds from
       the animal purchase go directly to the 4-H project owner & the federation money goes towards
       premium funds for the next year. We are hoping to continue these efforts & help our 4-H & junior
       shows continue for many years to come. Responsibility 100%.

    2. Young Leader „Harvest For All‟ Raffle. Our district young leader, along with the help of 9 county farm
       bureaus & 3 additional volunteers have put together a young leader raffle program. We have wagons
       filled with toys, toys to scale & more. We are hoping to raise $800 or more before the IAA annual
       meeting for the Harvest for All program. Responsibility 100%

    3. Action Request Contacts. Throughout the year, we have averaged 4 contacts on the various action
       requests that have come out from IFB. Though not all the contacts are reported, our members are
       contacting the legislators. Staff will send a post card or the entire action request to board members &
       to our letter writers (12) in the county. We don‟t always hear from everyone, but we do know from
       hearing „after the reporting deadline‟ we are averaging at least 4 contacts per request. Responsibility
       10%

    4. March 12-13, 2010, we held a Hunter Safety Course. Our Young Leader, along with 3 additional
       volunteers worked to set up the program with IDNR. We have an avid group of hunters in our area
       who help their children into the sport as well. The local high school administration donated the
       cafeteria, various sponsors supplied us with funds for food & prizes. A local team of instructors did a
       great job of presenting the program to the over 150 participants this year. At the end, we gave away
       over $3,000 worth of gifts & prizes. Doughnuts, coffee, milk & juice were provided in the morning
       along with a meal at noon on Saturday. We also raffled off a bow donated by a bow company & St.
       Louis Cardinals tickets for the Harvest For All program conducted by the state Young Leader
       Committee. We did have a local news channel & newspapers cover the event. This is our 3rd annual
       program for the 2 counties. Responsibility 50%




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                                 # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                              X       Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              6       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                     0       # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                   0       # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet              2       # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                         2      # Teams Submitted                                9      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                  1      # Applicants                                     The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                0      # Participants                                   The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes              No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg. 2      , 2010 GAL Conf. 0      ,
2010 Commodities Conf. 2      , 2010 AITC Conf. 0                                             (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:       Yes       No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The Young Farmers Committee‟s (YFC) purpose is to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Farm Bureau by
providing opportunities for leadership development and enabling young men and women to be participating members of
their CFB. Our goal is to offer programs/activities that promotes agriculture positively, educates the non-farm community
and communicates agriculture's message.

PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
The YFC prepares a plan of work for the year that is submitted and approved by the CFB board of directors. YFC
members volunteer as sub-committee members for each program or activity to be held during the year. The YFC works
with the FB staff for a budget for each program/activity. Each sub-committee has planning meetings and reports to the full
YFC on each program/activity before and after each is complete. A monthly report is also made to the board of directors.

VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
The role of the YFC is plan, implement and evaluate each of the programs/activities. Volunteer committees for the
following programs/activities: Amazing 4-H Race - 6 with additional 12 volunteers; Food Check-Out Week & Grocery Store
Race - 3 with additional 10 volunteers; Farm-City Breakfast - 5 with additional 9 volunteers; 4-H Tractor Driving Contest -
3 with additional 6 volunteers; FFA Acquaintance - 3 with additional 4 volunteers and Fair Acitivities - 4 with additional 11




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   1.      Amazing 4-H Race. 12 teams of four 4-Her‟s participated and 19 parents drove or observed „The
   Amazing 4-H Race‟ based of the popular TV Show and hosted by the county 4-H Federation and Young
   Farmers Committee in March to wrap up 4-H Week in the county. The 4-H Federation and Young
   Farmers planned 10 activities with 9 driving clues. The teams had to decipher a driving clue and tell their
   driver where the clue would take them. At the destination point if correct, the team would locate the 4-H
   flag and be given an activity clue. When the team completed the activity successfully, their race card
   was stamped and they were given the next driving clue. Activities included: Dizzy Mummy, Breakfast
   Scramble, CANtagious, Rock Solid Question #1, Bobble Head, Defying Gravity, Rock Solid Question #2,
   Bit Me, Separation Anxiety, and Rock Solid Question #3. The whole event took about 3 hours to
   complete. Prizes were awarded to all the teams for participating. A pizza lunch was served to finish the
   event. 75% Young Farmers Committee.

   2.       Grocery Store Race. The Young Farmers sponsored a grocery store race for non-perishable
   food items to close Food Check Out Week. The 6th Annual Celebrity Grocery Race included team
   members Senator McCarter, County Farm Bureau president, Representative Flider and Rev. Ed
   Broaddus. The teams had 5 minutes to purchase non-perishable food items that contained corn or
   soybeans co-products such as corn syrup, cornmeal, cornstarch, corn oil, soybean oil, soy protein or
   lecithin. Team McCarter-Hemer purchased 174 items for a total of $473.40. Team Flider-Broaddus
   purchased 255 items for a total of $712.58. All the food was purchased by the Young Farmers
   Committee and donated to the local ministerial food pantry. 100% Young Farmers.

   3.      Food Check Out Week. The Young Farmers promoted and celebrated Food Check Out Week
   February 21-27. During the week the local grocery store sacked groceries in the Food Check Out Week
   reusable grocery bags purchased through IFB by the Young Farmers Committee. 100% Young Farmers.

   4.       Farm-City Breakfast. The Young Farmers Committee hosted a Farm-City Breakfast on National
   Agriculture Day in March. The cost of the breakfast was $0.20 and included scrambled eggs, bacon,
   biscuits & gravy, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee. The committee served 184 people. The purpose of
   the event was to promote the value of $1 of agriculture commodities and the affordability of food. 100%
   Young Farmers

   5.       4-H Tractor Driving Contest. A contest hosted at the county Fair for 4-Her‟s to demonstrate their
   mastery of safe tractor operation and maintenance. The event was sponsored by the Young Farmers
   Committee. 1 contestant was scored on a written exam, parts identification, and two-wheeled implement
   driving. The committee prepared a written examination with questions based from the 4-H Tractor
   Operators Manual, labeled 25 parts on the tractor for the parts identification and used the state contest
   driving course for the two-wheeled implement driving. The contestant had 7 minutes to safely driving
   through the course. Trophies for the Jr. and Sr. Division were sponsored by the County Farm Bureau.
   100% Young Farmers Committee.

   6.       FFA Acquaintance Program. The Young Farmers Committee planned FFA Chapter visits for the
   month of September with the goal of introducing Farm Bureau and the Young Farmers Committee and
   highlighting the Ag Literacy resources available through our County Farm Bureau office. The Young
   Farmers met with 136 FFA members and 6 FFA Advisors. 16 Young Farmers met with all 6 FFA
   Chapters and Advisors. The 45-60 minute program included the Illinois Farm Bureau history video,
   discussion about the County Farm Bureau and Young Farmers Committee, Careers in agriculture and
   resources available from the county Ag Literacy library. Committee members left each FFA Advisor an
   Ag Literacy resource list. Each FFA member received Careers in Agriculture brochure. 100% Young
   Farmers Committee.

   7.       Cutest Little Farmer Contest. 23 children dressed up and used props competing for the Cutest
   Little Farmer. The Young Farmers Committee sponsored the contest as part of the children‟s activities
   during the county fair. The contest was held for boys and girls ages one to three. 6 - $50 Savings Bonds
   were awarded to the best two entries in each age category. 100% Young Farmers.




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   8.      Money in the Straw. 42 children participated in the Money in the Straw activity sponsored by the
   Young Farmers Committee as part of the children‟s activities during the county fair. Two tarps were
   covered with straw. $50 in coins and Tootsie Rolls were spread into the straw. Children ages 1-3 had 5
   minutes for search through the straw pile. The Young Farmers Committee purchased “Money in the
   Straw” imprinted plastic cups for the children to collect their findings. 100% Young Farmers Committee.

   9.      Pedal Pull. 49 children ages 4 to 7 participated in the Pedal Pull sponsored by the Young
   Farmers Committee as part of the children‟s activities during the county fair. The children were put into 4
   age divisions for the pedal pull. Each participant received a „Participation‟ Blue Ribbon and a treat sack.
   1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies were awarded for each age division. 100% Young Farmers Committee.

   10.    Pedal Tractor Giveaway. The names of the 49 pedal pull contestants were put into a drawing for
   the Case IH pedal tractor purchased by the Young Farmers Committee. The winner was a 5-year-old
   boy. 100% Young Farmers Committee.

   11.     Antique Car, Truck, Tractor & Implement Show. The Young Farmers Committee hosted the 6th
   annual show during the county fair. 3 entries were shown due to stormy and inclement weather. 100%
   Young Farmers Committee.

   12.    Christmas Party. 17 Young Farmers enjoyed a dinner to celebrate the Christmas holiday. The
   committee furnished the meat and everyone was asked to bring a covered dish to share. 100% Young
   Farmers.

   13. Summer Picnic. The Young Farmer Chair hosted a summer picnic attended by 17 committee
   members and children. The committee furnished the meat and everyone brought a covered dish to
   share. 100% Young Farmers Committee.




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CHECKLIST OF COUNTY YL/YF PARTICIPATION IN STATE                                       Which name is used?
PROGRAMS.     (Do not include members of the IFB YL Committee)
                                                                                               Young Leaders          Young Farmers
                                                                                               Other:
Only if a county program effort is added, describe it in the YL/YF report
pages in addition to this checklist.                                                                      QUALIFICATION FOR AWARDS
                                                                                Yes       No
                                                                                                           (Mark the appropriate box.)
PROGRAM                                           PARTICIPATION
                                                                                                  The committee has a CHAIR or CO-CHAIR.
2009-10 District YL Events planned by
IFBYLC Representative                         1       # Participants                              The Board of Directors has an approved written
                                                                                                  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for the committee.
                                                      Not Held
                                                                                                  The committee has a written PROGRAM OF
2010 IFB Young Leader Conference              1       # Attendees
                                                                                                  WORK approved by the Board.
2010 YL Achievement Award                             # Applicants
                                                                                                  The Board allocated FUNDS for the program of
2010 YL Ag Excellence Award                           # Applicants                                work if funds were needed.
2010 YL District Discussion Meet                      # Participants                              The committee MET during the program year.
2010 YL Quiz Bowl                               # Teams Submitted                                 2      # times met
2010 YL Ag Industry Tour                        # Applicants                                      The chair or committee member REPORTS TO
2009-10 YL in IFB Leaders to                                                                      THE BOARD on committee activities.
Washington                                      # Participants                                    The committee implemented PROJECTS.
2010 YL County Chair Award Entry              Yes             No
# YLs to 2009 IAA Annual Mtg.        , 2010 GAL Conf.       ,
2010 Commodities Conf.        , 2010 AITC Conf.                                               (Do Not Write In This Column)
                                                                              For IFB Use Only:
Report Pages are Attached:        Yes      No How Many?          1      2


INTENT
PURPOSE. Why did the County Farm Bureau decide to plan/complete this set of projects?
The committee wanted to do projects that they felt would be of interest to younger farmers such as themselves and to do
projects that offered services or enjoyment to our members and the public in general. We wanted to generate more
interest and awareness of the committee.


PLANNING. Describe the time, energy, and resources used in developing this set of projects.
We met and developed a plan. We budgeted for our programs and got approval from the board. We contacted several
businesses to help us with our projects.



VOLUNTEERISM. What was the role of volunteers in this set of projects? For each volunteer group involved, specify the group’s name and number
of people.
Our volunteers consisted of the young farmer members (7) and other individuals (8). They made contacts with
businesses, teachers, bus drivers, etc.




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   * 1.Truck Inspection Seminar. We asked two Illinois State Troopers to come and talk to our farmers about
   what they look for when pulling a truck over for a highway inspection. We had a semi tractor trailer
   combination on hand so that the troopers could demonstrate. They gave the farmers information and
   websites to visit to get even more details. We reached 30 and had 3 volunteers. 20%

   2. Kiddie Tractor Pull. Our Young Leader committee held a Kiddie Tractor Pull at the county fair for
   children. The children were divided into four weight classes, with trophies going to the winner of each
   class. All participants received a ribbon. Pictures were taken of the winners and published in the local
   newspapers. 100%

   3. Ag Day for Kids. 3rd & 4th graders & teachers attended our Ag Day for Kids where they rotated
   through 8 agricultural learning sessions. The sessions were beef & beef by-products; pork & pork by-
   products; corn & corn by-products; soybeans & soybean by-products; horses & agriculture uses of
   horses; poultry & poultry by-products; dairy, what goes into running a dairy; how the products get to the
   store, etc. and soil erosion & conservation. The event was an effort between FB, area farmers, SWCD,
   Extension, Corn Growers, Soybean Association, Cattlemen, Pork Producers & the Dairy Association.
   Volunteers consisting of retired teachers, businessmen and others from the community, escorted each
   group through the various learning sessions. Goodie bags were prepared for each teacher with materials
   on every topic taught during the day to use in their classrooms as well as items for the children and info
   on our Ag Lit Coordinator. The media was present & gave us great coverage. 375 students;26 teachers;
   30 volunteers.The students & teachers have more knowledge of how agriculture impacts their lives daily
   and teachers have the resources to continue teaching about agriculture in the classrooms. 20%

   4. Ag Education Day for Kids. We have a fall festival and the festival board asked us to do something
   educational for the kids, so we invited 4th & 5th grade students to our Agricultural Education Day for
   Kids. We set up 8 learning stations for the groups to rotate thru on: Beef-How to Care for & Prepare a
   Show Calf; Swine-How to Care for & Prepare a Show Hog; Horse-How to Care for &Prepare for a Show;
   Soybeans-Growth & Plant Parts; Corn-Growth & Plant Parts; Farm Machinery-What Each Does; Poultry-
   How to Care for & Show Poultry; and Soils & Fertilizer. Local implement dealers & fertilizer companies
   brought equipment for the machinery & fertilizer stations. The presenters for corn & soybeans had real
   plants for the children to see & touch. The livestock at the festival were used for the livestock learning
   stations. A local farmer who judges poultry brought in different breeds of poultry & talked to the children
   about what judges look for. The young ladies from the Festival beauty pageant served as escorts for the
   children. Most of them are from the urban community, so it was a learning experience for them as well
   as the children. We gave the teachers bags with more info on the topics taught as well as resources for
   more Ag information & information about our Ag Lit Coordinator. 385 kids, 26 teachers; 38 volunteers.
   The students, teachers and escorts learned more about agriculture and the different aspects of ag. 20%

   5. Trucking Compliance Educational Seminar. We had two compliance officers from the Illinois
   Department of Transportation come to our Farm Bureau® and they talked to seventy-five members about
   the new truck laws for 2010 and what a farmer needs to do to be prepared for an IDOT truck audit. They
   went over the papers that officers look at when performing an audit and told them what an owner needs
   to do to protect themselves and their operations. They provided the group with many handouts and
   contact information as well. They also left information at the Farm Bureau® for farmers who couldn‟t
   make the meeting. We had over 15 people come in and get handouts that couldn‟t make it to the
   meeting. We reached at least 90 people and had 6 volunteers. We supplied our members with valuable
   information on how to protect themselves and avoid fines. 20%

   6. Donation to Food Pantries. The Young Farmers made a monetary donation to four food pantries in our
   county. 100%

   7. Strategic Planning Review for the Board. Our board had previously held a strategic planning session
   to help them become a stronger, more focused board. They met again this year to go over our goals
   and review the mission statement. 18 directly; over 2,600 indirectly. 20%




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   8. Monthly Report from Board Members – At every board meeting we go around the table and ask the
   directors to report on what they are hearing from their fellow farmers. Then we discuss those topics and
   see if there is anything that we could set policy on from what is being discussed. Sometimes the informal
   coffee shop conversations result in the discovery of what Farm Bureau can do to help our fellow farmers.
   18 volunteers; not sure the number reached. The impact is getting our board members talking to other
   farmers about concerns and then bringing those concerns to the board. This serves as reinforcement of
   the importance of an organization such as ours and lets farmers know we are willing to work for them and
   their farming operation. 20%

   9. Precision Farming Seminar - An informational seminar was held covering all aspects of precision
   farming. Topics included water management, guidance, auto-section and variable rate control and
   agronomic benefits of all items. Tools like cell phone based RTK and GLONASS were discussed. Also,
   a Q & A session was held to answer questions about systems that farmers already have. Updates to EZ
   Guide 500 and EZ Guide 250 were available on site. 30 reached; 2 volunteers. Farmers were given
   more knowledge on technology available to them. 50%

   10. Report from Young Farmers Chairman. Our young farmers chairman wrote an article for our monthly
   newsletter about the Young Leaders Conference. He wrote about all the sessions he attended and the
   information that he gleaned from the conference. He encouraged other young farmers to find out more
   about the Young Farmers program. 100%




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