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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.

Hay is grown specifically for use as livestock feed. It can vary from a dark green when freshly baled to a lighter green after time in storage. Hay can either be a single species or a mixture of plants. Alfalfa, clover, ryegrass, and timothy are commonly grown for hay. Hay contains more...
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...
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...
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...
Baling Hay Hay, one of the most versatile forages, is grown on about 3,000 acres in DeKalb County. The local hay crop consists of primarily alfalfa along with some timothy, red clover or orchard grass mixture. Yield, quality average this year The wet spring and wet summer compromised the hay crop resulting...
Never been on a farm before? Then here’s your chance. Dale and Linda Drendel are opening their Hampshire farmstead to the general public for a Dairy Breakfast and Farm Tour on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 11 a.m. The Drendels offer this unique experience to visit a farm and provide others...
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...
Farmers' Markets In DeKalb County It's that time of year again! The smell of fresh veggies and fruits, the scent of cut flowers, Artisan's gifts and wares, and meeting people we haven't seen in a year. DeKalb: Thursdays, June thru September 10:00am -- 2:00pm   Location: Van Buer Square, Downtown Dekalb. Genoa: Market...
Randy Willrett likes "watching the sky... seeing the sun rise, seeing the sun set. It's a beautiful place to live."  He loves the land, and being able to enjoy it every day is his favorite part of farming.  Randy grows organic corn, soybeans, oats and wheat on his farm...
If you visit Wes Anderson's farmhouse, chances are he'll say, "Want a cookie?"  Take one - they're delicious! He bakes oatmeal chocolate chip cookies every Thursday night. His brother Kip Anderson makes the same cookies at his house on Sundays. they think the recipe came from their great-grandmother. Baking cookies...
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...
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...