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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 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...
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...
Q: Should I be concerned about antibiotics in the milk I drink? A: You should not be concerned because no milk should contain antibiotics. You and your family should always expect safe, wholesome milk from my dairy cows and other dairy cows throughout the United States. Rest assured, anyone who consumes...
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...
DeKalb County Farmer, Joe Bybee, and his family's Christmas Tree Farm was recently featured in the December 2018 edition of Connections Magazine, which is published monthly by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Bybee started growing Christmas trees on three acres of their farm near Lee, Illinois in 2007 and began...
Seven barns open to visitors in southern DeKalb County The annual DeKalb County Barn Tour is shaping up to be an actionpacked, fun-filled day in southern DeKalb County scheduled for Saturday, Aug.10. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year marks the sixth year of this unique...
According to an article posted yesterday on FarmWeekNow.com, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) final 2018 county corn and soybean yield estimates indicated that Illinois had state record yields of 210 bushels per acre for corn and 65 bushels for soybeans in 2018. Illinois finished the year as the...

Farm Bill Meetings

Farmers will learn more about the new Farm Bill at informational meetings planned for next month. Two meetings are scheduled for December at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture. The dates are Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the...
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 do pigs eat? Do farmers still slop their hogs? A: Pigs eat a combination of grains, plus vitamins and minerals, as part of a nutritionally balanced diet. Farmers don’t slop their hogs anymore because it does not provide the best feed or nutrition for their pigs. Pigs are fed a diet that is...
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...
It’s another Snow Day – schools and some businesses are closed and snow plows are working round the clock. For livestock farmers there are no snow days, it’s just another day of braving the elements to ensure the safety of their farm animals. Farm animals have the ability to...