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Welcome to the 2013

Northwestern Illinois Farm Show! The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Whiteside County Farm Bureau, and Sterling Park District are excited to offer this show to area agricultural businesses and farmers. Valuable information in all areas of farming from the latest in farm equipment, feed, seed and fertilizer products, and insurance and financial services will be on display. We would like to thank our exhibitors and sponsors for participating in this year’s show. You are a valued part of our local economy and we appreciate you being here. We see value in the bringing you the show. Show your support for Illinois agriculture by attending the 2013 Northwestern Illinois Farm Show. We look forward to seeing you!

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Farm Show Speaker Friday, Dec. 13th 11:00am

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David Oppedahl is a business economist in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Oppedahl conducts research on the agricultural sector and rural development as well as conducting microeconomic research. He directs the Chicago Federal Reserve District’s survey of agricultural banks on agricultural land values and credit conditions and publishes the results in AgLetter—the Chicago Fed’s quarterly agricultural publication. In addition to his research, he regularly briefs the Chicago Fed’s president on the agricultural economy.

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Before starting his career at the Chicago Fed as an associate economist in 1998, Oppedahl was a consultant in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. While at the Dallas Fed, he provided research support in the area of econometrics.

Allen is a professional operational and global synoptic meteorologist. He grew up in Northern Illinois and has been producing forecasts since the 1970’s for agribusiness, media, the farm community, governments and airlines. He currently is Director of QT Weather, QT Information Systems, Inc. at the Chicago Board Of Trade in downtown Chicago. Allen broadcasts hourly squawkbox forecasts and presents global weather information on the new QT Market Center Platform and LSN News.

Oppedahl received a B.S. in mathematics from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also completed graduate-level course work in economics while attending Southern Methodist University.

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Farm Bill Boosts Rural Development There’s more to the farm bill than subsidies to farmers Source: AFBF Executive Newswatch

Most people have no idea that the farm bill plays an important role in rural development. In Thursday’s Newsline ( php?action=newsroom.newsclip&id=69863), Sabrina Matteson, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s director of rural affairs, explained that rural development may be a small part of the whole bill, but it’s still significant. “Rural development is really important because it makes our country a more secure nation,” said Matteson. Further, she noted, “We are very productive agriculturally. We can feed ourselves and there aren’t very many countries that can make that claim. Most of the food for our country comes from rural places. But where farmers live has to have a high enough quality of life in those rural communities so that the next generation will be willing to live and work there.” In the Newsline interview, Matheson was asked: (If) you live in an urban or suburban area, why should you care about rural development? “Because people need to grow the food and create fuel and fiber for the people who live in those urban areas. And the farm bill rural development funding pays for the critical infrastructure that supports quality of life so that people can live in rural areas and are willing to do that. They pay for community facilities, projects such as schools, libraries, fire stations and health facilities. USDA has invested billions of dollars to bring new and improved broadband service to residents across the country and this broadband build out encourages expansion of new businesses, which of course makes jobs. It improves education, commerce, telehealth and even entertainment to rural areas that have never had the benefit of high-speed internet before.”

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2013 NORTHWEST ILLINOIS FARM SHOW EXHIBITORS Exhibitors Booth Category GOLD STAR FS 1 Fertilizer: Fuels, Propane, etc; Grain Dryers & Handling Equipment; Precision Ag and Seed Krum Kreations 2 Skid Loaders PEABUDY’S, INC. 3 Farm Equipment DUPONT PIONEER 4 Seed HOLLAND & SONS, INC. 5 Farm Equipment VERN’S FARM SUPPLY/ 6 Grain Dryers/Grain Handling Equipment A&P GRAIN SYSTEMS Sublette Mechanical, Inc. 7 Irrigation & Lawn Equipment; Tractors ALTORFER, INC. 8 Ag Consulting; Chemical & Fertilizer Application, Harvest, Row Crop Equip; Loaders; Parts; Sprayers; Spreaders; Tractors DAMBMAN SERVICE, INC. 9 Tilage Equipment BIRKEY’S FARM STORE 10 Farm Equipment Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc. 11 Trucks & Accessories Edward Jones- Lareau & Loos 12 Financial Services Hammer Construction 13 Contractor The First National Bank of Amboy 14 Banking/Brokerage; Financial Services Hydrotex 15 Fuels, Lubricants, Propane, etc. Community State Bank 16 Banking/Brokerage; Financial Services Prairie Hybrid Seeds 17 Seed Scholl Insurance Agency 18 Insurance University of Illinois Extension 19 Ag Consulting; Government Agency; Landscaping/Horticulture; Education Hotsy Equipment Company 20 Pressure Washers, Cleaning Detergents ADM Grain Co. 21 Grain Marketing/Storage & Hauling AASC 22 Ag Consulting; Precision Ag; Insurance; Fertilizer; Seed Central Petroleum Co. 23 Fuels, Lubricants, Propane, etc. 24 Blunier Builders 25 Building Equipment & Supplies Alton Irrigation 26 Irrigation Equipment QT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 27 Communications; Computer Software; Financial Services The Cornerstone Agency, Inc. 28 Insurance AgriGold Hybrids 29 Seed Moore Tires, Inc. 30 Tires, Batteries, Accessories

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Too much government Illinois’ thousands of local governments considered duplicative by study’s author, who builds case for consolidation Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau We have too much government in Illinois. That’s the fundamental conclusion of a new study ( wp-content/files_mf/1384372675Too_much_gov.pdf) released in early November by the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI). It was authored by Brian Costin, the IPI’s Director of Government Reform. For decades, it’s been the case that Illinois has the most units of local government of any state in the nation. And that number is growing despite continuing consolidation among schools. The growth is largely due to the creation of new special purpose districts. Costin attempts to build a case showing the need for local government “to be consolidated and simplified.” He uses the overwhelming number of units in Illinois and compares them with other, similar states to show that—by comparison—Illinois is out of step with the rest of the nation. His arguments lose credibility in a few cases where he sometimes shows an apparent lack of understanding of some downstate government systems and fails to detail his generalized claims of overall cost savings through consolidation. He clearly is more comfortable talking about the Chicago metropolitan area counties than he is the rural downstate counties. Also, in a couple of cases, he unrealistically uses Cook

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Off-Highway Vehicle Stamps Still gearing up for an April 1, 2014 start date, stamps should be available in January Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau

New Law There’s been lots of chatter in recent weeks about new restrictions and fees for ATVs. That’s because of a new law requiring that most off-highway vehicles (OHVs) purchase and display a special $15 stamp issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR.) Public Act 097-1136 was passed in 2012 by the Illinois General Assembly with a proposed effective date of July 1, 2013. Generally it makes it illegal to operate an OHV in Illinois without an “Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp.” Applicability The OHV is an umbrella grouping of a number of different vehicle types. Illinois’ definition of an OHV includes motor-driven recreational vehicles capable of cross-country travel without a road or trail, such as ATVs and cross-country motorcycles. It does not include snowmobiles, motorcycles, watercraft, or farm equipment being used for farming. The law generally applies to OHVs whenever they are operated anywhere except on property where the vehicle owner permanently resides. According to IDNR officials, that exemption can be extended to

anyone the resident authorizes to ride on that property. Even that exemption is lost if the owner is a club or association, leases the land for hunting or recreation, or the OHV is used as part of an outfitting business. Farm operation of OHVs is granted an exception from the fee and stamp, but only so long as the OHV is being “used for activities associated with farming or livestock production operations.” Included among the vehicle types subject to the fee are: ATVs, UTVs (Utility Vehicles), Off-Highway Motorcycles, and Golf Carts. Yes, golf carts— whether used on the road as a “neighborhood vehicle” (where allowed by local ordinance), or used on a golf course. However, it is not anticipated that there will be significant enforcement on golf carts at golf courses. Other OHVs will also be impacted, including the John Deere Gator-type vehicles used on many farms and officially known in Illinois as Recreational OffHighway Vehicles (ROHVs.) The law generally exempts a limited set of vehicles that are not typically used for recreation, including: vehicles owned and operated by a government entity, and vehicles used in national or international officially sanctioned competitions.

Delay There are two reasons farmers likely haven’t yet been directly impacted. First, OHVs used for farming are exempt. Secondly, the IDNR is delayed in launching the program. It’s still gearing up to shift from a paper-based to an electronic-based system. IDNR reports that the new system for issuing stamps will not be available until January, 2014. Even then, the stamps will not be required to be displayed until the new program year begins on April 1, 2014. In the meantime, the registration system for OHVs that has been in place for years remains active. Generally, it requires anyone riding an OHV in an IDNR grant-assisted public riding area to have first purchased a decal. That older program will be replaced when the newer program is finally underway. The Stamp The $15 annual fee for that stamp is, for all intents and purposes, simply a means of generating revenue for the IDNR, the agency that will administer the program. Of the fee, $5 will go to the Conservation Police Operations Assistance Fund and the other $10 to the Park and Conservation Fund.

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber Of Commerce Scholarship Applications Now Available

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Every stamp will expire on March 31 of the year following the year in which it was purchased. Stamps issued early in a calendar year (i.e. January through March) will be good for more than a year, expiring March 31 of the following calendar year. Stamps purchased late in a calendar year (April through December) will be good for less than a year, expiring the following March 31. The $15 fee will not be prorated for less-than-full-year purchases. Once up and running, the system will allow the purchase of OHV stamps from virtually any outlet that sells Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce hunting and fishing licenses. The stamp is to be displayed on the front half of the OHV. If lost or obliterated, a replacement stamp will have to be purchased. President Tim Determan has announced agriEnforcement business scholarship applications are now Instead of a July 1, 2013 start date as outlined in the law, this new program is set to begin in 2014. Stamps will available for the 2014-2015 school year. “The go on sale in January and must be displayed by April 1. Chamber is proud of its commitment to continuing Non-compliance is a petty offense and carries a fine of $120. There is no requirement for a court appearance. education and we are happy we can once again IDNR officers are likely to be the primary enforcers of the stamp requirement, but any law enforcement officer in Illinois has authority to do so. offer the scholarships to area students,” said Determan. “These scholarships help area students Illinois Farm Bureau® Action In 2011, the IDNR began a process to enhance its revenue sources. It started with a review of over 250 fee pursue their dreams and we hope they include increases including hunting, conservation, mining, and almost every other program. Illinois Farm Bureau was some day returning to the Sauk Valley to pursue invited to participate in a working group led by IDNR and several members of the Illinois General Assembly. their professional goals here.” We opposed many portions of the proposed fee increases and negotiated for over a year. After the conclusion of negotiations, the fee proposals were introduced in May 2012, as an amendment to SB 1566. The Agricultural Scholarship is awarded by Regarding SB 1566, Illinois Farm Bureau objected to its original form because it would have applied a fee the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce to all ATVs. During the numerous negotiations on the ATV fee and most of the other fees originally proposed, Agri-Business Committee. Scholarship money the language was amended to provide an exemption for ATVs “while being used for activities associated with is available to individuals pursuing a degree in farming or livestock production operations.” The motorized trail ride groups supported the ATV fee because the field of agriculture and applicants must be funds for off-road trails had been swept from the park and trail funds. Their support of the ATV fees was seen as a way to fund more off-road access in state parks. a current student or resident of the Sauk Valley Illinois Farm Bureau removed its opposition to SB 1566 and changed its position to “neutral” once the ATV Area. The application deadline for the Agricultural farm exemption was added and several other objectionable fee proposals had been addressed for production Scholarship is March 1, 2014. agriculture.  The scholarship applications are available at the Stay Tuned Watch Illinois Farm Bureau media for additional information as the start date draws near. Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Office

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