Carroll County Farm Bureau At a Glance: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chas Welch
Chas Welch

Carroll County Farm Bureau and Illinois Farm Bureau members now can access additional member benefits and discounts when they’re on the go with the new membership benefit web platform and iPhone app. 

“We’re extremely pleased to offer this new platform for our members, giving them added discounts on hotels, theme parks, restaurants, movies and everything in between,” said Melissa Rhode, marketing director for the Illinois Farm Bureau. “Best of all, the app shows both local and national discounts, and can even notify members when they’re near a business that offers discounts.” 

To access the new web platform at https://ilfb.abenity.com, members must create an account and provide their Illinois Farm Bureau membership ID number. Members can also go to the iPhone App Store, search IL Farm Bureau Membership Benefits and download the app on their iPhone or iPad. Once downloaded, members may customize the app to include frequently used offers; search offers by business name, location and category; and provide instant in-store discounts at nearby restaurants and retailers. 

“Our members have nothing to lose and everything to gain with this new platform,” Rhode said. “Members will find more than 302,000 discounts on top of what is already available through their Illinois Farm Bureau membership.” 

Members who have questions about the app or additional Illinois Farm Bureau member benefits may contact their county Farm Bureau or the Illinois Farm Bureau Membership Call Center at 309-557-2689. 

I myself have downloaded the app and it goes off as I drive by discounts – discounts that before were never a part of our program. If you need any assistance with downloading the app, be sure to give us a call or stop by. 

This past week, 13 teachers from Carroll, JoDaviess, and Stephenson counties took part in a weeklong class we co-host with those counties. The class spends 2 days in the classroom, and then we spend a day in each county touring farms, ag businesses, and teaching the teachers about agriculture. By visiting the farms and talking to the farmers, they learn firsthand the truths about agriculture. In the 2 days of classroom, they are given many, many ways to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum so the students can learn more about ag and still be taught through those learning standards that are required. It is a fun week for all involved. In Carroll County we visited Neumiller Farms, Smith Farms, Foster goat farm and headed to Sterling to see how Rock River Grain works. At Rock River, I heard one teacher ask a question that to many in ag wouldn’t make sense, but in truth, she is not the only one around who doesn’t know that we do not eat field corn. The education process is still very much needed out on the street about agriculture. This is probably the biggest task I have along with my board and the rest of our members.

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