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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.

For the second year in a row, the Governor declared a harvest emergency in the State of Illinois. Farmers will be able to seek free permits from the Department of Transportation to exceed weight limits on Illinois highways during harvest season thanks to a harvest emergency declaration issued Friday,...
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Give the Gift of Grain

Donating a gift of grain can make a lasting difference. The value of the grain can be used to support charitable causes in your community. Give a Gift of Grain is a new initiative of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The Foundations are...
It's that time of year when farmers are harvesting wheat and baling wheat straw. Farmers harvest about 4,000 acres of winter wheat in DeKalb County. Locally, wheat is harvested in early to mid-July, depending on the weather and how quickly the crop matures. This year’s wheat crop endured the second-coldest April...
Farmers' Markets In DeKalb County It's that time of year again! The smell of fresh veggies and fruits, the scent of cut flowers, Artisan's gifts and wares, and meeting people we haven't seen in a year. DeKalb: Thursdays, June thru September 10:00am -- 2:00pm   Location: Van Buer Square, Downtown Dekalb. Genoa: Market...
Registration deadline: June 1 Join us for a day of safety and fun, for rural children ages 8-12. Children will learn about: ATVs, Fire Safety, Farm Machinery, Grain Bin and Wagons, First Aid and Rescue Training, Farm Animals, Lawnmowers, Electricity, Chemicals, Hearing, Semi-Tractor and Trailer, and Bicycle Safety Camp Hosts: Jerry & Mary Lynn...
Teachers... earn 30 professional development hours or 2 graduate credits! Five separate dates available from Jun 8 - Jun 14! Teaching Social Studies through Agriculture The institute will give teachers the tools to broaden students’ understanding of this essential industry. Via farm and agribusiness tours, expert speakers, and ag literacy resource exploration,...
One child dies every three days from ag-related injuries in the U.S. Thirty-three kids are seriously injured on the farm daily. Teaching rural children how to work and play safely is what Farm Safety Camp is all about. DeKalb County’s Farm Safety Camp is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 from 9:00 am...
Some of DeKalb County finest teenagers attended the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference in East Peoria. There are 13 high school juniors throughout the DeKalb County representing our area. Visit DeKalb Farm Bureau online.

The Windmill Man

Farmer Frank Engel has restored and installed 90 windmills. He’s hoping to get to 100. His nostalgic interest in windmills reminds him of his younger years. It was a time when steel windmills were “working” windmills and pumped water on their family farm in rural Hampshire. “It was an important...
Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture program was bolstered this week when the Illinois Community College Board approved its application for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agronomy. “This further expands the agriculture opportunities already available at IVCC,” said program coordinator and instructor Willard Mott. “Addition of the AAS in...
Q: What are the different types of dairy milk? A: My cows produce whole milk. In the dairy case you will find whole milk, 2%, 1% and skim milk. The difference in types of dairy milk is in the fat content. All milk starts as whole milk but once the cream is separated...
Your lungs are never worth the risk. Carolyn Sheridan from AgriSafe discusses with a farm family the importance of using masks in agricultural settings and the health consequences of dust exposure in these settings. Learn more about respiratory protection on the farm today by watching this video: Brought to you by...