Farmweek 12 12 2016 E Edition Page 1

Periodicals: Time Valued Monday, December 12, 2016 Two sections Volume 44, No.49 Corn growers voice concerns about EPA's proposal to change the Renewable Fuel Standard. page 2 High school seniors can apply for 71 IAA Foundation scholar- ships amounting to $143,400. page 4 It's nearly time for livestock producers to meet the Jan. 1 vet- erinary feed directive deadline. page 13 ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU ANNUAL MEETING EDITION Guebert: 'We need to be Farm Bureau proud' BY DEANA STROISCH FarmWeek Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. last week reflected fondly on the organization's 100-year history and looked to the future. "The future of farming is often por- trayed through advanced use of tech- nology - picture the Jetsons on a farm," Guebert said. "We see drones, remotely operated tractors and high- tech computers spitting out informa- tion. But the future I see for Farm Bureau is about the people. Farmers continuing to work the land, care for the animals and try to make a better life for their families." During his presidential address, Guebert encouraged the crowd at IFB's Annual Meeting in Chicago to keep young people involved in agriculture and "be creative in how we get mem- bers involved." "Let's be innovative in demonstrat- ing value to our members. Let's focus on what is important to our members," he said. "Let's use technology to serve our members. And let's not be shy about marketing the importance of belonging to Farm Bureau. We need to be Farm Bureau proud." Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. addresses delegates at IFB's 102nd an- nual meeting in Chicago last week. (Photo by Cyndi Wiggs) Guebert said farmers tell him they wor- ry about commodity prices and overregu- lation. He, too, worries about the future for young farmers, like his son, Kyle. To help the ag economy improve, farmers must have access to new tech- nology, build trust with consumers, advocate for "common sense regula- tion and tax policies," and increase demand for ag commodities. Trade remains essential to growing demand, Guebert said. Farm Bureau members must continue to discuss the benefits of trade agreements with their elected officials, he said. Farm Bureau will also continue to fight unnecessary regulation at the national, state and local levels, he said. Repealing the Environmental Protec- tion Agency's "waters of the U.S." rule will remain a priority for IFB next year. Guebert, in his third year as IFB president, also outlined the organiza- tion's accomplishments for 2016, including: Implementing best management practices to reduce nutrient loss. IFB took a group of farmer-leaders to Iowa in August to learn about that state's nutrient management efforts. The organization also provided 29 county Farm Bureaus with grants to imple- ment local nutrient, soil health and water quality projects. Rock Island Clean Line fight. IFB led the legal battle against Rock Island Clean Line, a planned 500-mile, high- Delegates approve new professional voting membership BY DEANA STROISCH FarmWeek With fewer farmers in the state each year, Illinois Farm Bureau delegates last week approved a bylaw amendment that allows nonfarmer members to vote. The bylaw change, submitted by nine counties, creates a new membership class called "professional voting mem- bers," which covers people working in ag-related jobs. Currently, voting mem- bership remains limited to farmers with at least $2,500 in annual farm income. After debate, delegates cast their weighted votes by paper ballot based on the number of members represent- ed. The vote was 56,052 to 20,234. The measure needed 50,858 votes to pass. Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. said the bylaw change will benefit the organization and help keep young people involved in agriculture. "We've seen a number of young people who are involved in FFA and 4- H go on to college to join the Colle- giate Farm Bureau chapters, but once they graduate and get into the real world, then what are their opportuni- ties? They can be involved in Young Leaders, but once they turn 35, they are out of that," Guebert said. "This pro- vides them an opportunity to grow in their leadership skills and be engaged in Farm Bureau if they work in agricul- ture, but are not farming." The change goes into effect April 1. The proposal stems from IFB's Future of the Organization effort. Del- egates received a final report last week during annual meeting with 25 recom- mendations. Last year, delegates approved a Sense of the Delegate Body resolution that called on IFB's Board of Directors to recommend bylaw changes that would allow nonfarmer members who support agriculture to have voting rights. Moultrie, Bureau, Cass-Morgan, Douglas, Effingham, Henry, Kendall, Macon and Mason County Farm Bureaus submitted the amendment. "A hundred years ago, there were 250,000 farms when Farm Bureau was created," said Andy Shissler, Mason County Farm Bureau president. "Our forefathers could not have predicted today there would be only 73,000 farms. We're running out of farmers. There aren't going to be any more. We're too inventive. It's a positive thing for us as farmers to be good at what we do. But we do need more members to support this Farm Bureau. Ag profes- sionals would help keep this Farm Bureau viable." Opponents voiced concerns about potential conflicts of interest between See Guebert , page 3 Bylaw amendments at a glance Amendment 1 : Required advance notice for director, officer, president and vice president nominations. FAILED Amendment 2 : Create new pro- fessional voting membership. PASSED Amendment 3 : Changed name of professional voting member to ag employee. FAILED Amendment 4 : Allowed lifetime membership dues. WITHDRAWN See Membership , page 4

Next Page