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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.

Many people confuse grain bins with silos, but they are different structures serving different purposes. Grain Bins are the large metal structure you see on many farms. They are used to store corn, soybeans, or other grains. Grain Bins are larger than silos and have pointed roofs. They are silver when...
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...

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...
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...
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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...
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...
What is raw milk? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. During pasteurization, milk is heated to a specific temperature for a minimum period of time, then quickly cooled. What is the purpose of pasteurization? Pasteurization dramatically increases food safety and shelf life. Pasteurizing milk or other products such as fruit juices...
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...
The theme of this year’s National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week (February 16-23) was “Just One.” Keeping with the theme, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau asked each DeKalb County FFA chapter to share “Just One” of their programs which may be new, unique, or traditional for their FFA. Grain...
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...
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...
Note: This article is shared from the Illinois State Treasurer's September Newsletter. One of the most recognized programs in the state treasurer’s office is the Ag Invest program. Since 2007, Ag Invest has provided $1.9 billion in low-interest loans to Illinois farmers. In 2015, however, interest in the program waned and we set...