Franklin County Farm Bureau News – Louisville Farm Show Bus – February 11th


By Gay Bowlin, Manager

We will be taking a bus to the Louisville Farm Show on February 11 – if you are a farm bureau member and would like to go please call the office – there are only a few seats left. We will leave at 6 a.m. and return approximately 7:30 p.m.

I am currently working on the 2015 Plat Book – the book should be out sometime late summer.  If you would like to advertise in the book please call the office.

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address.

“Illinois Farm Bureau opposes President’s Obama’s plan to increase the capital gains tax. Good tax policy sets capital gains tax rates at a lower level to encourage business investments that grow the economy and create jobs.

“Unfortunately, the President’s proposal would dramatically increase the tax bill for any farmer who sells land, buildings or breeding livestock.

Our Adopted Legislator Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, is behind Senate Bill 61 to reduce the sales tax on diapers and baby wipes.

The Senate Democratic Staff news release explains:

Illinois currently has two sales tax rates; a general merchandise rate of 6.25 percent and a food and drug rate of 1 percent. Sandoval is pushing for diapers and wipes to be added to the 1 percent (rate now assessed on purchases of) groceries, medicine, and certain other medical products.

One of the biggest issues facing farmers today is their age – I don’t necessarily mean that they are getting old but they are getting “older” and this means that there is a need for younger farmers to take over.

We feed the world’s population today and it is only going to grow in the future. As agriculture professionals I feel that it is our responsibility to speak to the young people today. If we wait it may be too late and there won’t be anyone to take over. This does not mean that farming will go to the wayside just that there will be fewer farms to produce what the America and the world will need.

The way that Farm Bureau handles this is to involve 18 to 35 year olds in our Young Leaders Committee and high school age under 18 in our Junior Young Leaders Committee. Being a part of this committee will help the youth today by exposing them to young people who are already heavily involved in agriculture business and farming. For more information on joining either one of these committees please call the office.

There are many more discounts available to anyone who has been a member in good standing for at least 30 days.  So don’t wait – call or come by and join now.  The savings are amazing and it is a great organization.

The Franklin County Farm Bureau has many businesses giving discounts and/or support to our members.  Here are just a few:

Mr. D’s Drive-In – 219 N Main St, Benton, IL  (618) 439-9647

Free medium Pepsi with purchase of steak sandwich

Door Doctor of Southern Illinois Inc – 1208 W Webster St, Benton, IL  (618) 439-3667

Farm Bureau Members – “The doctor will see you now!”

Jamerson Auto Sales – 1512 N Main St, Benton, IL  (618) 439-9668

Voted best pre-owned auto dealer in Franklin County – Family owned & operated

Rend Lake Marina – Rend City Road, SW end of the lake by the dam, Benton, IL  (618) 724-7651

10% off week day boat rental (not including holidays)

For more information on joining the Franklin County Farm Bureau please call our office at 435-3616.

Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

Fun facts from the 2014 Illinois governor’s race — and a whole lot more

The 2014 gubernatorial election was chock full of milestones. With $80 million spent by incumbent Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner, it easily was the most expensive in state history. It also ended a 12-year drought for Republicans, who held the governor’s office for 26 years before losing it in the 2002 election.


Here’s a link to the story at Reboot Illinois.

SIU sets up seven bicycle stations

Located at various spots across campus, the bicycle repair stations were installed through a partnership with the sustainability office and several other campus organizations. Each station features tools to help cyclists make basic bicycle repairs, from changing flats to adjusting brakes.


Here’s the story in the Southern Illinoisan.

Rauner among the nations’ top donors in 2014 election

CHICAGO — Multimillionaire Bruce Rauner was one of the top donors in the U.S. to 2014 state-level political campaigns, sinking more of his own money into his successful bid for Illinois governor and other races than almost any other organization or person nationwide, a new study found.

Here’s the story in the Springfield State Journal-Register.

JALC signs 10 to softball scholarships – three from Franklin County schools


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 CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College softball team will certainly have a Southern Illinois flavor at the start of the next school year. No fewer than nine of the 10 signees are from the heart of Southern Illinois with the 10th residing on the outskirts of the region.

Committing to play at Logan this past Saturday were: Kiarha Wilce (West Frankfort); Katie Sandusky (Benton); Sydnee Rushing (Goreville); Nicole Short (Zeigler-Royalton); Grace Vaughn (Hardin County); Hillary Ingram (Hamilton County); Jordyn Smith and Krista Garduno (Massac County); Megan Hampton (Carterville); and Madison Rapien (Trenton-Wesclin).

“This is one of the most talented recruiting classes we have ever had,” said Vols head softball coach Bruce Jilek. “We certainly have acquired pitching depth (Rushing, Vaughn and Short), including multiple Division I prospects, and all are Southern Illinois kids.”

Infield prospects include Wilce (middle infield); Rapien, Smith and Hampton. Outfielders include Sandusky, Ingram and Garduno.

Informational meeting on Feb. 3 will discuss Costa Rica Collette Vacation

INA – Students interested in learning more about traveling to Costa Rica in 2016 with Collette Vacations have the chance to ask questions at an informational meeting, set for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the Historic Schoolhouse on the Rend Lake College Ina campus.

This meeting will discuss all aspects of the Tropical Costa Rica trip, as well as answer questions and provide details on an early booking discount. The nine-day trip is scheduled for Feb. 1-9, 2016 starting in the capital city of San Jose.

This trip highlights San Jose, a coffee plantation, the northern city of Guanacaste, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, the Arenal Hanging Bridges, the Arenal Volcano, a cruise of Lake Arenal, a local cooking demonstration, the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, the city of Zarcero, and the National Theatre in San Jose. The lush forests, stunning waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and endless coastlines make Costa Rica a slice of paradise.

The Tropical Costa Rica trip costs $3,249 per person or $2,699 per person for double occupancy, which includes an eight-night stay and 14 meals.

Attendees can also discuss the Pacific Northwest and California trip, scheduled for Aug. 9-16, 2015. Featuring three states – Washington, Oregon, and California – participants on this trip will start their tour from Seattle, travel through the Cascade Mountains in Portland, and into the Columbia River Gorge and the Bonneville Dam. The Pacific Northwest and California trip costs $3,399 per person or $2,749 for double occupancy, which includes seven nights’ stay and 10 meals.

To RSVP to the informational meeting, contact the Community and Corporate Education Department at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714 or

Frerichs won’t disclose sex harassment report on Rutherford

Newly inaugurated Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs refused Tuesday to release a report about sexual harassment allegations against his predecessor, pointing to ongoing legal action.

Illinois school funding overhaul being discussed


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois senator says he’s altering controversial school funding legislation to increase its chances of passage.

Andy Manar proposed a measure last year to make school funding more equitable. It directed more state money to poorer districts at the expense of wealthier suburban ones. The legislation passed the Senate but hit opposition in the House.

The Bunker Hill Democrat says he’s filing a new bill with “substantial changes,” including a provision to offset higher costs of living in some districts. That means wealthier districts would lose less money than they would have under the previous bill.

GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans expressed concerns about the previous legislation. GOP Sen. Dale Righter says having a Republican governor will force compromise.

Illinois’ school funding formula hasn’t changed since 199

Fund established for 7-year-old Nashville girl who survived plane crash

A fund has been established for Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old Nashville girl who survived a plane crash.

A family spokesman said the fund for the benefit of Sailor was set up in response to many inquiries from people about how they could help the girl.

Information about the fund is available at

Checks can be made payable and sent to: Sailor Gutzler Fund, P.O. Box 242, Nashville, Ill., 62263.

Sailor’s parents, Marty and Kim Gutzler, and her sister, 9-year-old Piper Gutzler, died in a plane crash Friday night in Kentucky. Sailor’s cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, also died in the crash. The family was flying a small plane from Florida to a regional airport in Mount Vernon.

Sailor walked from the wreckage to a residence, where she asked for help.

The family spokesman, attorney Kent Plotner, said Sunday the Gutzler family is thankful “for the heartfelt words of sympathy that have been expressed during this unimaginable loss.”

Certified Medical Assistant program approved for fall

INA, Ill.  – A new program for those interested in the health care industry will start in the Fall 2015 semester, and students can register now for general education courses leading up to the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) program at Rend Lake College.

All general education courses are required for those who want to complete the associate degree program. At two years and 66 credit hours, students can begin the program now to get a semester ahead of schedule.

There will also be a one-year, 36 credit hour certificate program offered, and students can register for some existing courses, such as Health Care Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology Fundamentals, Intro to Pharmacology, and others. In addition to general education courses and a practicum, students will be required to take new curriculum to graduate.

The program will prepare students to work in medical offices, clinics, and other outpatient facilities doing a number of tasks, including maintaining appointment schedules and medical records, billing, recording vital signs, obtaining medical histories, and drawing blood.

Kim Robert, Dean of Allied Health, said the associate degree will better prepare students for jobs in the community with more communication skills and better opportunities for supervisory roles in an office setting.

“We’re excited about the new Certified Medical Assistant program because we recognize it as a need for our students in the ever-changing health care industry,” said Kim Robert, Dean of Allied Health. “Both the degree and the certificate are a response to the needs in our district. It’s all new, and we can’t wait to get started next fall.”

Medical assistants are projected to have much faster than average job growth by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with more than 162,000 jobs coming into the market in the next eight years, a 29 percent increase.

After graduation, students can sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants examination. To learn more about the CMA program, contact the RLC Allied Health Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251.