College open house to be held November 12 at Birkey's

All sophomore, junior and senior students from Bureau, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties who are interested in pursuing a career in an agricultural field are invited to attend the College Recruitment Day for Agriculture on November 12, 2014.  The following colleges will be there ready to answer your questions:  Black Hawk College, Illinois Central College, Illinois State University, Illinois Valley Community College, Joliet Junior College, Lake Land College, University of Illinois and Western Illinois University.

Open house hours will be from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau or the guidance counselor at your school.

K-8 teacher grants available

Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau will award two grants in the amount of $100.00 each to two teachers in the Marshall and Putnam school districts.  Our goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in their everyday lives.   Grant applications need to be returned to the Farm Bureau by October 23, 2015.  Click here for a copy of the 2014-2015 grant application

Resources on Transportation Issues

New trucking regulations have caused a lot of confusion and prompted many calls to the Farm Bureau office.  The Illinois Farm Bureau has put together explanatory handouts on the following transportation issues.  These handouts answer many of the frequently asked questions and highlight the important information that pertains to farmers. Click on the title to view:

Great Wolf Lodge Getaway

Summer is finally here and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) wants to help you and your family getaway! Members receive an exclusive discount at Great Wolf Lodge, America’s Largest Family of Indoor Waterparks. Don’t miss the chance to stay for some wet and wild fun with your friends and family. Why not plan a trip for the 4th of July holiday and save some money at the same time! 

To make a reservation, use the code "IllI617A" for $129.99 Sunday through Thursday, and $159.99 Friday through Saturday on hotel standard rooms and 20% off their best available rates on any of condo rooms. Please book via their website or over the phone 800-905-9653.

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32 Drivers enjoy the Young Leaders Tractor Drive

The 7th annual "Crops for College" tractor drive, hosted by the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau's Young Leaders group and sponsored by McNabb Grain Company and Ag View FS, took place on Sunday August 24th.  This year it is was held in conjunction with the Putnam County Historical Society's Agricultural Museum Open House.

Thirty-two tractors braved the extreme heat as they departed from the Ag Museum in Hennepin and travelled through Putnam County.

All proceeds from the drive go to the Young Leaders "Crops for College" scholarship fund which awards scholarships each year to local students who plan to study agriculture in college.

The Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau and the M-P Young Leaders would like to thank McNabb Grain Company and Ag View FS for sponsoring the drive this year.


May 15, 2014

MPFB Scholarship awarded to Evan Koehler

Congratulations to Evan Koehler who was awarded the 2014 Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau scholarship.  The $500 scholarship is awarded to a student for his or her Freshman year of college.  It is awarded through a formula based on the applicants' grade point average over seven semesters and ACT composite scores.  Evan is a senior at Midland High School and plans to attend Iowa State University majoring in Agronomy with a focus on Plant Genetics and Bio Technology.  He is the son of Karl and Jennifer Koehler of Sparland.