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Thanks to a $500,000 dona- tion from Illinois Farm Bureau in conjunction with Missouri Farm Bureau, the Saint Louis Science Center will construct a new agriculture gallery exhibit. IFB President Richard Gue- bert Jr. and Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst each recently presented $250,000 on behalf of their respective organizations to the museum. "We're extremely pleased to be able to present this donation to the Saint Louis Science Cen- ter to help further consumers' understanding of modern agri- culture," said Guebert. "Agriculture is the back- bone of Illinois' economy and Saint Louis Science Center's exhibit will help to illustrate that." The agriculture gallery exhibit will feature a variety of interactive displays and fea- tures, including a greenhouse and classrooms for public pro- gramming. Content will focus on plant and animal biology, agriculture, agronomics and personal connections. As part of the agriculture gallery exhibit, two, 400- square-foot maps of Illinois and Missouri will be on display, respectively named the Illinois and Missouri Farm Bureau maps. "We are grateful to the Illi- nois and Missouri Farm Bureaus, not only for their generous financial support, but for their commitment to help us tell the story of food, and the science and technology of how we grow food and move crops from field to table," said Bert Vescolani, Saint Louis Sci- ence Center president and CEO. "Through this partner- ship, we can help connect our visitors to the farming commu- nity around us, and understand the vital role our region plays in providing the food we eat, and the challenges and respon- sibility to provide for our country and the rest of the world." In addition to contributions made by IFB, 78 Illinois coun- ty Farm Bureaus, the IAA Foundation and 32 individuals made donations. The exhibit is expected to open in June 2016. Quick Takes FarmWeek Page 2 Monday, September 21, 2015 (ISSN0197-6680) Vol. 43 No. 38 September 21, 2015 Dedicated to improving the profitability of farm- ing, and a higher quality of life for Illinois farmers. FarmWeek is produced by the Illinois Farm Bureau. FarmWeek is published each week, except the Mondays following Thanksgiving and Christmas, by the Illinois Agricultural Association, 1701 Towanda Avenue, P.O. Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61701. Illinois Agricultural Association assumes no responsibility for statements by advertisers or for products or services advertised in FarmWeek . FarmWeek is published by the Illinois Agricultural Association for farm operator members. $3 from the individ- ual membership fee of each of those members goes toward the production of FarmWeek. "Farm, Family, Food" is used under license of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Address subscription and advertising questions to FarmWeek , P.O. Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901 or go to Periodicals postage paid at Bloomington, Illinois, and at an additional mailing office. POSTMASTER: Send change of address notices on Form 3579 to FarmWeek , P.O. Box 2901, Bloomington, IL 61702-2901. Farm Bureau members should send change of addresses to their local county Farm Bureau. 2015 Illinois Agricultural Association STAFF Editor Chris Anderson ( Legislative Affairs Editor Kay Shipman ( Agricultural Affairs Editor Deana Stroisch ( Senior Commodities Editor Daniel Grant ( Editorial Assistant Margie Fraley ( Business Production Manager Bob Standard ( Advertising Sales Manager Richard Verdery ( Classified sales coordinator Nan Fannin ( Director of News and Communications Michael L. Orso ( Advertising Sales Representatives Hurst and Associates, Inc. P.O. Box 6011, Vernon Hills, IL 60061 1-800-397-8908 (advertising inquiries only) Gary White - Northern Illinois Doug McDaniel - Southern Illinois For address changes: 309-557-2239 Classified advertising: 309-557-3155 Display advertising: 1-800-676-2353 TABLET WINNER SELECTED - Robert Lindgren of Loda, a Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau member, won a Microsoft Surface 3 tablet from Illinois Farm Bureau in a giveaway during the Farm Progress Show. More than 1,200 IFB members entered the giveaway. FAIR AGE ELIGIBILTY EXPANDED - The Illinois State Fair Advisory Board has approved an age eligibility change for the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fair junior livestock shows. Exhibitors must be 8 years old by Jan. 1 and cannot turn 21 prior to Jan. 1. The state fair junior livestock shows previously allowed individuals age 10 to 18 to compete. "Animals exhibited at the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs are also shown at nationally recognized events. Therefore, we feel our participation age should mirror junior show rules," said State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen. APPLY FOR NCGA SCHOLARSHIP - Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an agriculture degree during the 2016-17 school year can apply for five, $1,000 scholarships. Sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and BASF Corporation, applicants for the ninth NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study. The student, or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2016. Recipients and a parent or guardian will receive travel and lodging to attend the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans where they will be recognized. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before Dec. 11. Applications can be obtained at {}. COVERT RE-ELECTED TO SOY BOARD - Sharon Covert of Tiskilwa and an Illinois Soybean Association director has been re-elected as director and secretary of the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Covert, one of 15 directors on the board, will continue to serve on the executive committee. The council's mission involves optimizing use and value of U.S. soy in international markets by meeting stakeholders' and global customers' needs. NEW BEEF EDUCATIONAL APP - "All About Beef" comprises the newest educational app released by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, funded in part by the Beef Checkoff. The app features two versions of Science, Technology, Engi- neering and Math-based games geared toward students in grades 3 to 5 - "The Steaks are High" and "Grocery Grab." The apps teach nutrition and environmental facts, and include kid-friendly beef recipes. As part of My American Farm games, the games are avail- able from the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad, at Google Play for Android devices, on Amazon for the Kindle Fire and at {}. @FarmWeekNow @ILFarmBureau Collecting petition signatures takes precision BY KAY SHIPMAN FarmWeek Farm Bureau members col- lecting signatures to put a redis- tricting initiative on the ballot must follow a few steps to ensure the signatures will be valid. In August, Illinois Farm Bureau joined the Independent Map Amendment coalition. The group seeks to put a proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution on the November 2016 ballot. The state's current system of drawing state legislative districts allows "legislators to decide what their legislative districts look like," Cynthia "Cindy" Canary, executive director of Independ- ent Maps, told FarmWeek . "We don't have a competitive system," Canary continued. She noted 80 percent of primary election races were unchallenged as well as 60 percent of general election races. "This is about creating a sys- tem that reaches out to commu- nities," she said. "This process will be mandated to be done completely in public. When a draft (legislative) map is pro- duced, people could comment. If Peoria or Galesburg was divided in half, well, why?" Farm Bureau members inter- ested in collecting signatures may obtain an official form from their county Farm Bureau office, according to Kevin Semlow, IFB director of state legislation. The rules specify the size of paper, specific wording - even the printing on both sides - or the signatures won't count. Canary disputed a rumor that one invalid signature would result in all signatures being discarded. The coalition is comparing each signature with the state's voter registration roll and only remov- ing duplicates or those that aren't valid for a reason, such as an incorrect address, she explained. Canary clarified the use of abbreviations with signatures. She said to use common abbre- viations, such as those for street addresses or rural route; howev- er, abbreviations of cities aren't allowed. In addition, only the signa- tures of individuals registered to vote in Illinois - not in other states - would be counted, she pointed out. Requirements include: Individuals who circulate petitions must be at least 18 years of age; Each page of signatures must be signed at the bottom by the individual who gathered the signatures; and Each page of signatures must be notarized. Farm Bureau members can return notarized petitions directly to their local county Farm Bureau office or mail them to Illinois Farm Bureau, Attention: Andrew Larson, 1701 Towanda Ave., Blooming- ton, Ill. 61701. IFB donates to Saint Louis Science Center Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr., right, presents a $500,000 check to Saint Louis Science Center President Bert Vescolani, center. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst also shares his orga- nization's support for a new ag exhibit at the museum. (Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Science Center) Continued from page 1 dollars, such as Illinois Nutrition Research and Education Council funding, being conducted at the four centers, and that contributed to the cutback. "We, at those facilities, were not successful in exploiting those sources of exter- nal funding for research," he said. Through a realignment of resources, Merchen said he expects strengthening of some research programs at the research centers. Currently, the college "is looking into investing in profes- sional staff" of the Dixon Springs forestry program, he said. Likewise, the Dixon Springs beef program has grown and "some growth in resources may be directed there," Merchen added. "I want to emphasize the Col- lege of ACES and the Ag Exper- iment Station are not divesting ourselves of crop research," Merchen said. "We will continue to be a presence at Dixon Springs, the Orr Center and Monmouth. We will continue to do work of high quality and pro- vide solutions to people in pro- duction agriculture. "We are forced to make diffi- cult decisions about our presence at these sites. That is not taking away our commitment to pro- duction agriculture," he conclud- ed. Research

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