BY TIMOTHY EGGERT
Illinois farmers will likely face a new set of challenges and vulnerabilities next year.
To ensure they're prepared, Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial this winter will tour the state together to share updates on how farmers can protect their farms and crops in 2022.
The organizations will co-host 10 regional in-person and virtual meetings throughout January and February.
"Every farm operation is different, and our goal is always to help our farm clients and Farm Bureau members reach their goals together with options and information from a trusted partner,” said Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial crop agency manager.
Representatives plan to give an update on changes to federal crop insurance, crop claims, new private products offered by COUNTRY, markets and legislation. Each session will also include a question-and-answer period.
“These meetings offer us the opportunity to connect with clients and members prior to the busy planting season, to make sure they have the most up-to-date information about federal crop and hail insurance options, learn about new coverage options from COUNTRY and gain a better understanding of changes in markets and government that they may need to consider, so they can make informed decisions for their operation," Yoder said.
Registration began Dec. 13. To register and reserve a seat, farmers should call their county Farm Bureau office. IFB members can also register at myifb.org.
The dates, times and locations of the 10 events include:
- Jan. 18; 8 a.m.; DeKalb County Farm Bureau office
- Jan. 19; 11 a.m.; Champaign County Farm Bureau office
- Jan. 25; 9 a.m.; virtual meeting held online
- Jan. 27; 5 p.m.; Knox County Farm Bureau office
- Feb. 3; 10 a.m.; Adams County Farm Bureau office
- Feb. 10; 5 p.m.; Union County Farm Bureau office
- Feb. 11; 8 a.m.; First Christian Church, 100 W. Center St., Fairfield
- Feb. 16; 12 p.m.; virtual meeting online
- Feb. 23; 10 a.m.; Montgomery County Farm Bureau office
- Feb. 23; 5 p.m.; American Legion Post 252, 575 N. Main St., Breese
This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.