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COMInG sOOn IFB Almanac: What’s coming up at Farm Bureau

Food Checkout Week February 20-26

Celebrated throughout Indiana For more information: under ‘Events’ Food Check-Out Week is a national activity developed by

AFBF. It is devoted to helping teach Americans how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. Many county Farm Bureaus hold events during the week that feature activi- ties and promotions that get consumers thinking about their food. For more information and resources, visit the AFBF site or contact your county Farm Bureau woman leader.

Farmers Market boot Camps

February 21: Government voucher program March 15: Food safety March 22 (two locations): Market Management 101 March 24: Market Management 101 March 29: Market Management 101

IFb new member ‘blitz’ February 21-March 12

Volunteers who sign up members before the end of the 2011 membership blitz, which

runs Feb. 21 through March 12, can qualify for a number of special prizes. Volunteers who sign up a new primary member or two new select or student members during this period will win a special polo shirt. A number of prizes have been established for those who attend Spring Conference.

Each volunteer who writes a new member between Oct. 1, 2010, and March 12 will be eligible to have his or her name in the drawing. You must show proof of signing the mem- ber to be eligible for the drawing. Each volunteer is only eligible to win one prize, and the list of prizes includes a Longa-

berger John Deere basket combo and a Horizon of Hope Basket with lid. These prizes will be awarded during this year’s Spring Conference. Reaching 100 percent or more of last year’s total voting membership or signing a mini- mum of six new voting members is one of this year’s county action goals, noted goal co- ordinator E.B. Rawles.

A series of farmers market “boot camps” will be held this spring, covering topics such as the federal WIC/ Senior/SNAP voucher program, food safety issues and market management. The series is sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, the Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Pur- due Cooperative Extension Service. The cost for each session is $10, which includes lunch. Mail your payment to 625 Ag Mall Dr., West Lafayette, Ind. 47907. Register by contacting Tammy Goodale, 765-494-1296 or Some of the sessions will be available online. For more information, in- cluding a list of the county ex-

new Leader Trip to Washington, d.C. March 8-10

IFb Commodity Committees Joint advisory Meeting March 11

Indianapolis Marriott East Collegiate Farm bureau

Chapter at Purdue

Meeting dates: February 15 March 8 April 19

tension offices that will be offering the online program, visit Following is a list of the available sessions. WIC/Senior/SNAP voucher program, 9 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the IFB home office, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46202. Registration deadline Feb. 14 (right about the time this issue of The Hoosier Farmer is scheduled to reach IFB members). Food safety, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 15, to be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau office, 225 S East St., India- napolis, Ind. 46202. Registration deadline March 9. Market Management 101 – four locations avail- able: Dubois County Fairgrounds in Hunting- burg, March 22 (register by March 16); Marshall County Building, Plym- outh, March 22 (register by March 18); Scott County Chamber, Scottsburg, March 24 (register by March 18); and IFB home office, March 29 (register

by March 22). All four sessions run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

ag day at the statehouse

March 7 Statehouse, Indianapolis

Indiana’s Family of Farmers will hold Ag Day at the Statehouse to promote Indiana agriculture to state leg- islators. A proclamation naming March as Indiana Agri- culture Month will be read, and winners of an ag essay contest will be recognized. These events are held in conjunction with national

events. National Ag Week runs March 13-19; National Ag Day is March 15. Resources for those events are available at

February 14, 2011

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