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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.

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 Windmill Man

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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...
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;...
Pull into the enchanted driveway at Camelot Christmas Tree Farm and you’ll be greeted with a friendly smile and “hello” by Bob Faivre. It’s his special post during the Christmas tree sales season. After a brief chat, Bob will direct you around the family farm to choose and cut...
DeKalb County farmer, Paul Taylor, is in National Geographic! "Taylor speaks with the earned wisdom that comes from decades of working the soil, as well as from a lifetime of study and thought." Click here to read the National Geographic article now!
Beef cattle spend at least the first six months of their lives grazing on pasture or rangeland. At around six months of age or older, many cattle are moved to feedlots, or feedyards. A feedlot is an enclosed pen and/or building where beef cattle are fed until they are ready...
Click on an image below for a larger view! From The DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Connection publication
The DeKalb County Health Department protects public health by assuring sewage effluent is properly treated and disposed. The Health Department follows the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code; private sewage disposal is one of the state mandated environmental health programs. Approximately 50 years ago, septic systems for homes were installed that consisted...
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...
The Northern Illinois Farm Show returns to the Convocation Center in DeKalb on January 9 and 10, 2019. The two-day show, presented by IDEAgroup, features 200 companies showcasing their latest innovations available to farmers in the Midwest including five equipment demonstrations. This year's show has a line up of exhibitors and...
Combine Rides October 13 @ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Want to ride in a combine and watch corn being harvested? Now’s your chance! The DeKalb County Farm Bureau is coordinating combines rides with local farmers in mid-October. Rides will be given in cornfields located in the Sycamore area. Farmers will share information...
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...