Farm Family Event planned for March 31

March 13, 2023 

The HSHS St. Francis Foundation and its agriculture committee will host a Farm Family event on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Lincoln Land Community College in Litchfield. The event is free and open to all farmers and their families who reside in Macoupin and Montgomery counties. 

Complimentary health screenings will be available from 7-9 a.m. and will include a comprehensive blood profile that screens for anemia, infection, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, thyroid, liver, prostate, and kidney function; a skin cancer screening; an oral cancer screening; a hemoglobin A1C check; and hearing and blood pressure checks. 

Pre-registration is necessary for the screenings and may be made by contacting Crystal Lilley, HSHS St. Francis Hospital, at 217-324-8564 by March 29. 

The day’s activities start with a hearty breakfast buffet, compliments of Litchfield Family Practice Center, beginning at 7:45 a.m. 

At 8:15 a.m., Eric Snodgrass will discuss “The Wild Side of Weather.” Snodgrass is an atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions. He will highlight weather features to watch for in the 2023 growing season. Spencer Janssen, manager of Litchfield Farmers Grain, will offer his perspective on the grain markets and answer questions regarding grain marketing.

Following their presentations, the event will conclude with the presentation of the St. Isidore Friend of Agriculture award, a special recognition award, and drawings for door prizes.

“We hope this event will be beneficial to our area farmers by providing them with health screenings, timely information on agriculture issues and a nice meal,” said Paula Endress, director of philanthropy for HSHS St. Francis Hospital. “We appreciate all the work of our agriculture committee members: Lou Ellen Anderson, Eric Helgen, Jean Jubelt, Jane Martin, Bill Montgomery, and Kevin Niemann in planning this event.” 

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Litchfield Family Practice Center, Bank & Trust Company, Cory Evans Country Financial, First National Bank of Litchfield, CNB Bank & Trust, First National Bank of Raymond, The Ag Group at KEB, LNB Insurance Services Company, Victory Lane Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram, Farmers Grain-Litchfield and Fillmore, First National Bank of Nokomis, Fleming, Tawfall & Company, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Niemann Grain Farms, Saxby Oil & Propane,  M & M Service Company, Taylor Tire and Auto, MLH Futures Trading LLC, Animal Medical Center of Litchfield, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Joseph F. Boente Sons, Lily Pad Learning Center, Copper Creek Cottages Memory Care, Mennel Milling Company, Short Furniture, Steve Schilling Strategic Farm Marketing, TCCU-Litchfield, Home Oil Company, Young’s Roofing, Timber Creek Assisted Living, Sorrells Farm Supply, Worksaver, Jubelt’s Bakery & Restaurant, Wareham’s Security, and Plummer Funeral Services.

Farm Family Event planned for March 31