Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and COUNTRY Financial are partnering to host four “Emergency Planning on Your Farm” seminars in February 2024 to help farm families and businesses prepare for crisis situations and farm emergencies.

Join IFB, COUNTRY Financial and guest host Mike Pearson, long-time farm broadcaster and host of RFD-TV’s “This Week in Agribusiness” to hear best practices to navigate crises.

“Every year, farms across the U.S. encounter disasters, including severe weather, life-threatening farm accidents and even social media challenges threatening businesses’ reputations,” said Kim Knapp, IFB membership operations manager. “While such crises are heartbreaking, they don’t spell the end of an operation.

“These seminars are intended to prepare farm families and businesses for potential crisis situations through hearing about real-life situations and learning common best practices to bring back to their operation.”

Each seminar will last approximately 2.5 hours with doors opening 30 minutes before the event. Meetings are planned at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. in Rock Island
  • Friday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in Edwardsville
  • Monday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. in Bloomington
  • Monday Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. in Effingham

Each seminar will provide attendees with information and questions that are essential to being prepared if a farm emergency occurs. Peason will also share lessons learned from farm operations that had emergency situations and best practices for farm families and businesses to implement. An IFB leader will also provide information on crisis situations.

Lindsey Rinkenberger, COUNTRY director of commercial agribusiness underwriting operations, will also provide a brief overview of how COUNTRY farm-certified reps can help farmers protect their farm and crops with proper insurance coverages and plan for their farm’s financial future.

A meal is provided during each seminar, so those interested in attending are encouraged to save-the-date at https://on.ilfb.org/farmplan21. Those saving the date will receive a notification once registration opens on Dec. 1.

For more information, contact Henr County Farm Bureau or Kim Knapp at 309-557-2601, or by email at kknapp@ilfb.org.

About Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson was born and raised in South Central Iowa, where he grew to love agriculture on his family’s hog and cattle farm. After graduating college, he worked as an agricultural lender. Over the next 10 years, Pearson left the world of finance and entered the world of media. He’s previously hosted “Market to Market” on public television, and Ag News Daily podcast, and currently anchors “This Week in Agribusiness” on RFD-TV. Listeners can hear him every day as the host of Agriculture of America, a daily ag-focused radio show.

About Illinois Farm Bureau

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 364,452 and a farmer membership of 75,959. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.