Illinois Farm Bureau Resolves Intrastate vs. Interstate Transportation Concerns  

FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU RESOLVE INTRASTATE vs. INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS   BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Thursday it will consider Illinois farmers hauling commodities in most circumstances to be intrastate commerce, effectively resolving months-long transportation concerns of Illinois farmers.   In a meeting with the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), the FMCSA staff confirmed the agency would adopt a new policy, applicable only in Illinois, that commercial motor vehicle transportation of agricultural commodities from a farm to the first transfer point, such as an elevator or livestock market, is transportation in intrastate commerce and therefore not subject to registration as an interstate carrier.   Under the new decision, farmers would not longer be required to apply for a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number for their trucks or pass a new-entrant safety audit to haul commodities to a first point of delivery.   "We are extremely pleased with the FMCSA's ruling in this case," said Philip Nelson, President, IFB. "This ruling clarifies a number of provisions related to DOT and Unified Carrier Registration regulations for farmers hauling their grain or livestock commodities to markets within the state."   FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro and her staff toured Illinois farms and agribusinesses last summer, providing Illinois farmers and agribusiness the opportunity to voice their concerns surrounding the FMCSA interstate vs. intrastate interpretation and allowing Ferro and her staff a better understanding of Illinois agriculture, why those interpretations were cumbersome for Illinois farmers, and how agency resources could be put to better use.     "I want to thank the Illinois Farm Bureau for working with us and for spending time with us last summer to help us really understand farm transportation issues in Illinois, said Steven Mattioli, Illinois division administrator, FMCSA.   "We certainly appreciate the FMCSA and DOT officials' willingness to listen to our concerns," Nelson said. "The more than 1,700 comments submitted to the FMCSA and the FMCSA's cooperation and readiness to tour Illinois farms resulted in a favorable outcome for everyone."   The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization controlled by farmers who join through their County Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 420,500 and a voting membership of 82,973. IFB represents two out of three Illinois farmers. 

Summer Marketing Bus Trip

Plans are in the works for a summer Marketing Bus Trip.  Destinations will include Italgrani Grain, Aerie's Winery, and Danforth Plant Science Center, all in the Saint Louis area.  Further details will be posted in the next eNews, the website, and the Sangamo Farmer.

Farm Family of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted!

This is a new program created by the Member and Public Relations Committee. So many farm families in the county help to make this organization successful. We would like to show our gratitude for their continued support. If you know of someone that you think is deserving and meets the criteria below, or if you feel that your family deserves this honor, please call the office and request a nomination form.   Farm Family of the Year Award Criteria: Supports the programs of the Farm Bureau. Resides on a working grain and or livestock farm/ranch within the county. Promotes the value of agriculture through various activities. Exemplifies a love of farming and country living. Acknowledges the economic, nutritional, and cultural importance of agriculture in the state, nation, and world.       Any FB member may recommend a candidate to the Member and Public Relations Committee for selection. The Committee will select the honoree based on the criteria and known accomplishments.We will be accepting nominations through June 1st, 2012. The winners will be announced at the 2012 Annual Meeting. Please contact Ashley at the office with any questions or to request a nomination form at 217-753-5200. 

Young Leaders Announce the Steve Cox Memorial Farm Employee of the Year Award!  

Any Farm Bureau member is encouraged to recommend a candidate to the Young Leader committee for selection.  The committee will select the honoree based on the criteria listed below and known accomplishments.  If you would like to recommend a deserving individual, please contact Ashley at 217-753-5200.

The Farm Employee: 1. Maintains membership in the Farm Bureau 2. Is employed on a working grain and/or livestock operation within Sangamon County 3. Contributes to the farm operation 4. Promotes the value of agriculture through various activities 5. Exemplifies a love of farming and country living  

Farm Family Night

The Sangamon County Young Leaders Committee invites all Farm Families to join them Thursday, June 28th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds.  The evening is guaranteed FUN for all ages and will include educational stations, such as large animal safety and PTO safety.  Join us at 6:00 p.m. for a cookout and fellowship with other Farm Families.  Please call the office at 217-753-5200 to RSVP or for more details. 

Women's Committee Summer Bus Trip

Women of the Farm Bureau,   We are excited to announce the 2012 Summer Bus Trip and YOU are invited to spend the day with the Women's Committee in Normal, IL on June 21st.  We will be visiting Ropp Jersey Dairy and Cheese Store in the morning, followed by lunch at Wildberries, and wel will wrap up with shopping at Normal's College Hills Mall, an outdoor shopping experience.  The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  We ask that you please call the office at 217-753-5200 to RSVP.  The bus will leave Sangamon County Farm Bureau at 8:00 a.m. and we are expected to return before 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served on the bus, as well.