On March 17 & 18 the Young Leaders helped sponsor a Hunter Safety Course with Rend Lake College. 61 students became certified and we were thrilled to be able to help. We would like to thank Nealy Hamson for putting on the class and helping keep the hunters safe! We were extremely happy for the huge class!
Brianna Walsh (manager) and Larry Miller (IAA Board Director) attended the Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference on February 14 in Springfield, IL. While at the conference they were able to network with individuals around the state, attend breakout sessions that informed them on what's going on with policies and different topics that are important at this moment.
Lastly to end the event there was a reception that State Senators and State Representatives were invited at where Brianna and Larry were able to meet all four that represent Franklin County at the State Level.
From February 20 through the 22 Fallon Summers, Wade Hutchens, Ike Hutchcraft, Parker Hutchcraft, Michael Browning, and Brianna Walsh all attended the Young Leader Conference in Peoria, IL.
While at the conference they were able to network with Young Leaders from around the state, listen to breakout sessions over various subjects, and hear from two key note speakers.
They also competed in a Western Themed trivia night. To say the weekend was a blast is an understatement. The State Young Leader Committee put on a great conference. We are excited for next year!
On December 3 through the 5 Michael Browning, Brad Browning, Kelly Robertson, and Leon McClerren represented Franklin County at the IAA Annual meeting in Chicago. Michael Browning was competing at the Discussion meet at the State Level. Brad, Kelly, and Leon were delegates on the floor where they discussed resolutions and ByLaw changes that the IAA proposed. They were able to voice their opinions. They all represented Franklin County well.
Franklin County Farm Bureau’s 103rd County Annual Meeting was called to order by President Leon McClerren on Monday November 14, 2022. This year the meeting was held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. We had a crowd of 95 in attendance.
The Benton and West Frankfort FFAs were represented and led the Pledge of Allegiance as well as reciting the FFA Creed. Pastor Kirk Kay, Immanuel Baptist Church gave the Invocation.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau and Young Leaders are sponsoring their Annual Harvest for All program to provide food to area food pantries. Farmers are being asked to contribute the return of one acre of land to this project or to being canned goods to our office. The proceeds will be shared with area food pantries.
Please help to make this a great year for the Harvest for All by helping to give to those in need. If you have any questions please call the Franklin County Farm Bureau at (618) 435-3616. Or by mailing a check to P O Box 457, Benton, IL 62812.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau has welcomed Fallon Summers as their new Ag in the Classroom Coordinator on October 17, 2022. We are very excited to have her as a part of our team and begin working with her on lessons throughout our county.
Fallon Summers is from Mulkeytown, IL and went to Sesser High School. She attended Rend Lake Community College where she got an associate degree in Agriculture Business. After Rend Lake she transferred to Murray State University where she got a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Her past work experience included being a Research Specialist for Acuity Genetics, a Research Specialist, Team Lead, and Barn Lead for The Maschhoff’s. She was involved with FFA, 4-H and volunteered for the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsman Club. “I am extremely excited to be able to share my love and knowledge for the agriculture industry with Franklin County,” said Fallon.