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DeKalb County's agricultural base pumps more than $450 million each year into the local economy. This category is devoted to news and information derived from RSS feeds and press releases from our local agribusinesses. To be added make sure you Add Your Site to our local online directory.

The Illinois Beef Association recently selected the Adams Family of Sandwich as this year’s Farm Family of the Year. Alan and JoAnn Adams, along with their son, Ross, his wife, Jessie, and their two children, work together to raise corn, soybeans, and cattle on their farm located south of Sandwich. The...
Rural residents in DeKalb County can have their well water tested through a program offered by the Farm Bureau in August. The water screening will include extensive testing for commonly used agricultural chemicals by Heidelberg Laboratories based in Ohio. Water testing kits may be obtained August 21-25 at the DeKalb...
Hay is grown specifically for use as livestock feed. It can vary from a dark green when freshly baled to a lighter green after time in storage. Hay can either be a single species or a mixture of plants. Alfalfa, clover, ryegrass, and timothy are commonly grown for hay. Hay contains more...
Join the DeKalb County Farm Bureau this summer for a traveling conversation to two family farms. • Interact with local farmers. • Compare organic and conventional food production. • Ask your questions about GMOs and pesticides. • Learn about farm animal welfare. • Discover how technology impacts sustainability. Trip Details • Meet at DeKalb County Farm Bureau;...
The internet needs more photos of animals. Send the Farm Bureau yours! Share Your Snaps is a themed, seasonal photo competition that allows you to snap, share and send your favorite photos to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. These photos will be posted on our Facebook page weekly. The photo that...
Congratulations to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Share Your Snaps Competition winner for Spring, Amber Strohman! For Amber's five-year-old son Wesley, farming is everything. He loves to watch his “Papa” farm, and hopes to be a grain and cattle farmer when he grows up. Wesley likes red tractors, with his favorite...
Q: What breed or brand of beef do you prefer for your own personal use? A: It’s not so much the color of the animal or the pedigree, but what you feed an animal that makes for good tasting beef. Most farmers who raise beef cattle will choose an animal to...
Farmers are busy planting corn and soybeans throughout the county. The planting season typically runs from April through May. Nearly 68% of farmland will be planted with field corn. About 32% will be planted with soybeans. These are the county’s top crops which are currently being planted on thousands of...
Teachers and aspiring teachers can register now for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau's 19th annual Summer Ag Institute. Participants may earn three graduate (TLCI 592) or undergraduate (TLCI 492) credits, or 35+ professional development hours through Northern Illinois University. Submit the form found at http://bit.ly/2f0DH8L ASAP to receive registration...
Allan Aves, Kirkland farmer from DeKalb County, has been selected to direct a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program of the Monsanto Fund to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The Foundation will use the donation for Ag in the Classroom programs in DeKalb County...
        Q: Are dairy farms sustainable? A: Sustainability is achieved on farms by being more efficient along with being good stewards of the land and caregivers of animals that will benefit future generations. As I think about sustainability, from my perspective it is doing the right thing for the environment, for...
DeKalb County farmers produced bin-busting bumper crops last year. All-time highs were reached with the 2016 harvest−corn averaged 215 bushels, soybeans yielded 67 bushels and wheat averaged 94 bushels per acre. County yields were recently released by the USDA showing significantly strong field crop averages throughout the state last year. From...