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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.

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...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) will host an educational forum for farmers that covers the latest findings in NREC-funded research and how agriculture can help Illinois meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The interactive forum will also engage attendees...
This time of year I’m often asked, what do farmers do all winter? Many, if not all farmers, have diversified income streams that are necessary to raise a family and put food on the table year-round. Time spent on record books, taxes and farm chores - Winter days are...
Dust off your blue jacket and celebrate FFA all week long! #FFAWeek DeKalb County Farm Bureau serves farm, family, and community. From farmers to consumers, we have something for everyone! DeKalb County Farm Bureau Members find value in their Farm Bureau membership by utilizing the array of benefits and services afforded them...
Those fluffy white snowflakes accumulate but when they melt they provide moisture to our soils. When surface temperatures are around 30 degrees, 10 inches of snow is equivalent to 1 inch of rainfall!  DeKalb County has had 28.3" of snow this winter. The more you know!! From the DeKalb County Farm...