Piatt County Farm Bureau

August 18, 2017 

BANNON OUT – President Donald Trump today fired his chief strategist, Stephen Bannnon, in the latest White House staff shake up. In firing Bannon, Trump removed a powerful and controversial figure well-known for his far-right political views. Bannon was a force behind some of Trump’s touchiest policies, including a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations. (Reuters)


TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE FARM – Scientists across the Midwest will spend Aug. 21 looking down instead of up, studying the effects of the total solar eclipse on plants and animals. Scientists at the University of Missouri will be studying how animals’ behavior changes as the solar eclipse moves through, as well as how drought-stressed plants react to the change in light and temperature. (NPR’s The Salt)


IL HOUSE SCHEDULES OVERRIDE VOTE – The Illinois House next week will attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB1, the bill which outlines how the state doles out funding for schools. The House Wednesday failed to approve Democrat-sponsored legislation which affirmed Rauner’s changes, using the bill as a standard to show that the governor’s changes to the funding formula were unpopular. (Pantagraph)


NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS NOTCH UP – U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials Friday began working through some of the toughest issues in modernizing NAFTA, including rules of origin for goods, services trade and a controversial dispute settlement system. The first round of talks is set to run through Sunday and, while not expected to outline any areas of agreement, will set up a timeline for the remainder of the talks. The next round of discussions will be held in Mexico in September. (Reuters)


WOTUS COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED – Farmers have an additional month to comment on a proposed rule rescinding the ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule. The U.S. EPA announced a 30-day extension of the comment period, pushing the deadline to comment to Sept. 27. IFB supports EPA’s efforts. So far, about 1,900 farmers have signed the petition. (FarmWeekNow.com)


FARMWEEK PREVIEW – Be sure to check out next week’s edition of FarmWeek to read stories about Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s discussions with Illinois Farm Bureau board members regarding the 2018 farm bill; the IAA Foundation’s and Illinois Farm Bureau’s ag education award; and Illinois farmers’ added access to fertilizer supplies due to a new production plant in Iowa.

 Illinois Farm Bureau® Mission:

"To improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life"


Six Flags - St. Louis, Six Flags - Great America, Holiday World, Adventureland, Raging Rivers & Silver Dollar City discounted tickets are all available online for purchase. Please call our office at 217-762-2128 or email piattfb@piattfs.com for the discount codes and websites if you are a Farm Bureau Member.

Piatt County Farm Bureau sells:

Skinless Peanuts - $5.50

BBQ Spice - $9.00

Louie's Italian Beef Seasoning - $3.00

Pecans - $12.00 

SMV Decals - $4.50

SMV Decal Kits - $11.00

Personalized Member Signs - $20.00

The Piatt County Farm Bureau is selling "Start Seeing Farmers" shirts in three colors for $9.00/each.  If you purchase 5 shirts, you get the 6th one free!  Stop in today to purchase!

Piatt County Farm Bureau Member Signs

We are selling Piatt County Farm Bureau Member Signs, which can be personalized, for $20.00.  They will be personalized with the members name or farm name and the year that they joined the Farm Bureau.  These are great to put up in a shed, barn, or by your field to show that you are a proud member of the Piatt County Farm Bureau.  If interested in purchasing a sign, please complete the information below and send it to the Farm Bureau at 427 West Marion Street, Monticello, IL 61856 or email it to piattfb@piattfs.com.  We can look up the year you joined.  There are a limited number available so don't wait!  Order yours today!



We are selling a few of these souvenir tractors that we have left from our tractor drive. Each tractor is numbered and comes with a numbered box. We will be doing a series of tractors to correspond with our tractor drive each year. You can get them at our office for $20 each. The funds will go to our foundation for scholarships.