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Do you have creative ideas to promote agriculture? Your special skills can help create great things! Get involved with Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) ACTION TEAMs and you'll be involved in special projects that put agriculture in the forefront. You will help create a positive future for farming.

Each ACTION TEAM consists of 10-15 volunteers who-in only two days-turn unique ideas and experiences into a year of activities and amazing results. ACTION TEAMs are for both the experienced leaders and those new to Farm Bureau. Voting and Associate members are eligible. As an ACTION TEAM member, you serve a twActionteam (1)o-year term with a two-term limit on the same team (4 years total). IFB reimburses your meeting expenses, including mileage, lodging, and meals.

There are 4 ACTION TEAMs:

  • Quality of Life-Spread the word to farmers on health and safety
  • Public Relations-Build the farmer's image to public
  • Membership-Show the value of joining Farm Bureau
  • Education- Teach the public about agriculture

Applications for 2015 ACTION TEAM members will be accepted until Nov. 24. Contact your county Farm Bureau for an application/brochure or visit {www.ilfb.org}, then select Get Involved/Grow Committee & Teams/ACTION TEAMs. Be on the lookout for new, innovative agriculture programs through the state now that IFB ACTION TEAMs met, developed programs, and elected officers.

Heather Poppy of Henry County and Deanna Keeney of Clark County will serve as ACTION Coordinating Council chair and vice chair, respectively. As vice chair, Keeney will serve on the IAA Resolutions Committee in 2015.

New officers for the four ACTION TEAMs include:

  • Quality of Life: Roger Christin, Winnebago-Boone, chair; Tamara Halterman, Grundy, vice chair.
  • Public Relations: Leonard Sheaffer, Lee, chair; Heather Henkhaus, Madison, vice chair.
  • Membership: Carly Holcomb, McLean, chair; Glen Bowers, Washington, vice chair.
  • Education: Deanna Keeney, chair; Heather Poppy, vice chair. 

ACTION TEAM members meet twice annually in Bloomington. Recent projects include pro-agriculture ads on buses in Springfield, startup of Collegiate Farm Bureau at Illinois State University, road safety bumper strips, and pro-ag theater advertising in downstate Illinois.

For more information, call the IFB Member Services and Public Relations Division at 309-557-2922.

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