Effective Sept. 1, the Winnebago and Boone County Farm Bureaus merged to form the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau. Membership of both county Farm Bureaus overwhelmingly approved the merger.
An organizational meeting was held Monday, Sept. 10. During the meeting, Earl Williams Jr. was elected president, Dale Muck was elected vice president, Bernie Walsh was elected treasurer and Brent Pollard was elected secretary.
"The Farm Bureau prides itself on being a grassroots organization, where directives and policy are set by the members and for the members," says Earl Williams Jr., president, Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau. "This was something members of each county voted on and approved, and that's why we're very excited about this new chapter for our counties and our members."
Both Roger Christin, manager of the Winnebago County Farm Bureau, and Ann Marie Cain, manager of the Boone County Farm Bureau, will remain in their respective positions through the end of the year to help the counties and members transition to the merged organization. The board of directors from both counties will form the new Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau board and will meet and make decisions, just as they have in the past.
Any questions about the merger may be directed to Ann Marie Cain or Roger Christin, Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau.
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