2016 Hancock County Farm Bureau's Women's Committee photo contest

CARTHAGE, Ill. – Area youth and adults are invited to submit their photographs for the Hancock County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee annual photo contest from now through July 17.  Photos must have been taken in Hancock County during the past three years, and depict life in rural America.  Winning photos will be featured in the Hancock County Farm Bureau’s 2016 calendar, on their website www.hancockcountyfarmbureau.com, and highlighted throughout the year on the Hancock County Farm Bureau Facebook page and other promotional materials.  Prizes will be awarded to winners in both Adult & Youth (18 & under) divisions. 

Entries may be submitted by emailing photos to hcfboffice@gmail.com or by dropping them off at the Hancock County Farm Bureau Office, 544 Wabash Ave, in Carthage.  Entries should include submitter’s name, address, phone, email and division (Adult or Youth).  All digital entries must be high resolution photographs (at least 300 dpi).  No professional photos will be accepted.  Previous winning photographs are not eligible. 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Hancock County Farm Bureau at 217.357.3141.

Photos must be submitted by July 17th, 2015.

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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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