2014 Hancock County Farm Bureau Photo Contest 

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                                     2014 Hancock County Farm Bureau Photo Contest  

     The Hancock County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is planning its annual photo contest.  Winning photos will be

 featured  in the Hancock County Farm Bureau’s 2015 calendar and also on our website.

                                                               Photos can be submitted in one of the six categories:

                                                                                              Life on the Farm

                                                                                         From the Front Porch

                                                                              Generations: From One to Another

                                                                                             Rural Landscape

                                                                                       At Home in the Country

                                                                                           If Barns Could Talk

***Photos must be taken in Hancock County.

Entries can be submitted to the Hancock County Farm Bureau office by emailing: hcfboffice@gmail.com or by dropping them  off 

at: 544 Wabash Ave in Carthage. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: 217.357.3141.

***Photos must be submitted by July 18th, 2014.

 2013 Hancock County Farm Bureau Photo Contest 

We would like to say "Thank You" to all who entered photos for the 2013 Hancock County Farm Bureau Women's Committee photo contest.   There is a tremendous amount of very talented photographers living here in Hancock County!!   

Cover - photo submitted by: Jillian Vass 

January - photo submitted by: Dan Hanson Family 

February - photo submitted by: Dan Hanson Family 

March - photo submitted by: Leia Morrison 

April - photo submitted by: Marilee Jacquot 

May - photo submitted by: Amanda Crumrine 

June - photo submitted by: Kari Jefferson 

July - photo submitted by: Dianne Balmer 

September - photo submitted by: Gretchen Blythe 

August - photo submitted by: Dan Hanson Family 

October - photo submitted by: Lindsey Leach 

November - photo submitted by: Susan Starr 

December - photo submitted by: Kari Jefferson 

Hancock County Farm Bureau – Celebrating our Past

100 Years of History

On March 27, 1913 farmers met at the court-house in Carthage to form what is today Hancock County Farm Bureau.  This first organization was called the Soil Improvement Association.  April 1, 1918 the name was changed to Hancock County Farm Bureau.

In 1919 Hancock County Farm Bureau along with other Farm Bureau’s, organized the Illinois Agricultural Association.

In 1923, the organization was instrumental in forming a cooperative for the purchase and distribution of petroleum products. They were also able, thru the I.A.A., to promote legislation of the Capper-Volstead Act, which allows cooperatives to function.

In 1926, farmers had a need for affordable insurance for farm vehicles.  HCFB along with other FB’s in Illinois and IAA found solutions by forming their own insurance company, today’s County Companies.

n the 30’s there was a need for electric power in rural areas, and HCFB was instrumental in seeing that every farm would have electricity available by helping to organize with Western Illinois Electric Co-Op.

In the late 30’s & 40’s, Prairie Farms Dairy, Interstate Producers Livestock Assoc. and Hancock Grain Co. came into being for the express purpose of providing a better means of selling commodities.

The Hancock Supply Company was another crucial component in HCFB’s history, as it was the largest livestock health supply company in the county and kept the organization flourishing for years.

And so it had gone up until the present…Farmers seeing needs and then finding solutions. 

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