Coles County Farm Bureau will have three voting delegates at the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting this year in Chicago. The meeting will be held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel during Dec. 1-4.
Vallori Degler, Larry Coutant and Alan Metzger will serve as delegates. The delegates will be reviewing recommended policy resolution changes and new resolutions submitted from county Farm Bureaus across Illinois. County Farm Bureaus may submit new resolutions and changes to existing ones throughout the year. A state committee consisting of one voting member from each of the 18 Illinois Farm Bureau districts, Action Team committee member, four IAA Board of Directors, two alternates, one Young Leader Committee member, and five advisory County Farm Bureau Managers then review the submittals for presentation to the voting delegates at the annual meeting.
Resolutions submitted cover a wide range of topics and subjects directly involving agriculture and other related public issues. Any resolutions involving national matters are forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration. Areas that have a new or rewritten issue are Natural Resources, Education, State and Local Government, and Agricultural Production/National.
New this year, the Taste of Illinois will feature a menu of food produced by Illinois farmers. The food (dishes prepared by the Palmer House chef) and the farm families will be featured during the event to showcase the variety produce that Illinois offers. Also, during the annual meeting there will be breakout sessions with topics ranging from Ag In the Classroom to agriculture promotion. There will be a live auction with an ice cream social, plus the Foundation silent auction.