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2/12/2014 4:22:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Farm Bureau reflects on 2013, looks to new year
LAWRENCEVILLE - About 120 Farm Bureau members filled the Central Christian Church fellowship hall Monday evening to hear highlights of 2013 and look to the new year.

The 94th annual Lawrence County Farm Bureau meeting also included a business meeting, fund-raising auction and entertainment.

Farm Bureau Manager Tyler Harvey said the main program of 2013 was the RES Q-Tubes and training.

"We were able to raise $12,805 and obtain two RES Q-Tubes, eight rescue personnel harnesses, eight victim harnesses, two shop vacuums, four fall protection lanyards, two main line bag packages and also the vital training to properly using all of the equipment," Harvey said in his report. "This truly shows how this county is very community-based."

The RES Q-Tubes were given to county fire departments and are used as resuce tools in grain silo accidents.

Ag in the Classroom, Summer Ag Institute and the first Lawrence County Farm Safety Day Camp were among the programs hosted by the local Farm Bureau last year.

Looking to 2014, Harvey said a new  plat book will be coming out in March or April.

"This will be the first book for Lawrence County that will have aerial maps included in it," Harvey said. 

Events coming up in 2014 include a charter bus trip to Louisville for the National Farm Machinery Show on Wednesday and the Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference in Springfield on Feb. 26 and 27.

The popular Green Eggs and Ag program for students is set for Feb. 28.

Farm Safety Day, at the Lawrence County fairgrounds, is set for May 2 with the Agricultural Institute for area teachers planned for June 10-12.

Harvey also talked about the passage of the national Farm Bill.

"The Farm Bill on a national or local level is important. The Farm Bill dictates so much for people and their livelihood," Harvey said. "I think the final report was around 900 pages long. It shows that something that may be passed at a national level and signed by our president still has an impact here in our small community."

Brandon Rhinehart gave a report on the Lawrence County Young Leader program and encouraged anyone between 18 and 35 to become a part of the group.

Rhinehart also noted that among the accomplishments and activities, Alex Mahrenholz earned second place in the Illinois Farm Bureau District 13 Discussion Meet Contest. The Young Leader Committee also received a Silver Star at the IAA annual meeting in December for its programs and activities.

Christine Hasewinkle reported on the highly successful Ag in the Classroom program. Hasewinkle, who coordinates the program, said on a typical month she sees about 750 Lawrence County students, teaching about agriculture.

Lawrence County Farm Bureau President Ralph Hasewinkle presided over the meeting, which included the re-election of three directors.

Dennis Green, Bond Township; Jim Legg, Petty Township; and Ralph Hasewinkle, Bridgeport/Christy Township; were unanimously re-elected to two-year terms.

Other members of the Board of Directors are: John King, Lukin Township; Jerry Shidler, Lawrence Township; William Gartner, Russell Township; J. R. Thompson, Allison Township; and Bryan Moore, at-large.

Following the business meeting, Ralph Brandon, a Carterville pastor and author, entertained the crowd with his humorous accounts of growing up in the country village of Sunnyside, Illinois.

State Representatives Brad Halbrook and David Reis, who serve Lawrence and other southeastern Illinois counties, attended the meeting. Barbara Allender provided dinner music.

Kaye Holscher was recognized for providing the dinner while students from the Red Hill High School and Lawrenceville High School FFA chapters helped with the dinner and served guests.


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