Farm Bureau Celebrates Successful Year

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Members of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau celebrated another successful year–one in which the county surpasses its membership quota–at the organization's 102nd annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Witt Lion's Club.

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, members reelected directors Tom Elmore from Bois D'Arc Township, Brad Young from East Fork, Dennis Hand from Fillmore, Joe Pope from Raymond, and Kevin DeVries from Walshville. They join on the board Justin German from Audubon, Adam Anderson from Butler Grove, Robert Coleman from Grisham, Don Murphy from Harvel, Lynn Black from Hillsboro, Randy Singler from Irving, Tyler Helgen from North Litchfield, Jay Niemann from South Litchfield, Heath Houck from Nokomis, Chad Millburg from Pitman, Kris Reynolds from Rountree, Mark Knodle from Witt, and Paul Beeler from Zanesville.

President Jay Niemann presided over the meeting, introducing Manager Katie Wilson who reported on activities over the past year including classroom visits with Phyllis Schraut, trips, and a frozen meal fundraiser to benefit the foundation.

Niemann also nominated himself, Elmore, DeVries and Reynolds as delegates to the IAA annual meeting in December, and Houck, Hand and Singler as alternates.

He recognized Country Financial representatives in Montgomery County Allen Poggenpohl, Nathan Clementz, Greg Holcomb and Cory Evans, and introduced Country Financial agency manager for West Central Illinois J.R. Early, who thanked the county reps for their excellent service.

According to the printed report compiled by Treasurer Houck, the local farm bureau operated at $41,152 in the black in 2019 after state and federal income taxes, up from $28,046 the previous year. Reports from the foundation, Women's Committee and Young Leaders were also printed in the annual meeting report.

The meeting was called to order by Vice President DeVries, who thanked Milanos Catering for the meal, Witt Lions for the venue, the Women's Club for decorations, and the Nokomis FFA for helping serve. FFA members also lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Mark Knodle asked a blessing before the meal.

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