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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.

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...

Careers in Agriculture

Agriculture is the nation’s largest industry. 1 out of 6 jobs in the U.S. is related to agriculture. But you don’t have to have a farm background to pursue a career in agriculture. There are ag-related jobs for everyone. As a matter of fact, there are over 300 careers...
Snow PROVIDES SOIL MOISTURE crops need to grow. Winter snowfall helps during the growing season because of the stored moisture that works its way down into the soil as the snow melts. No-till farming helps to trap snow and REDUCES DRIFTING. This allows for more even distribution of water...
The DeKalb County Lamb & Wool Producers will hold their annual Lamb Buffet on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. The buffet is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a catered lamb meal by 5 B’s Catering. Tickets are $15 for adults and...
Click on an image below for a larger view! From The DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Connection publication
DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Literacy program worked with sponsors to donate ag-related children’s books to elementary, middle, and high school libraries in the county. The following six titles were provided this year: “Combines” by Holly Dufek, “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby, “Food Engineering” and “Genetic Engineering”...
The current Farm Bill might not officially expire for a couple of years, but the discussion for the next one has already started. Illinois commodity and farm organizations plan to work together and provide opportunities in November for you to start providing input on the next federal Farm Bill. One of...
Illinois Farm Bureau recently released the voting records of state legislators for the 2016 session. The ratings are based on how legislators voted on certain bills in accordance with Farm Bureau’s position on those bills. Legislators serving DeKalb County earned the following ratings: State Senators: Tim Bivins, R-Dixon 45th District...