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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.

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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
For some reason, milk has been under attack. Some critics are saying don’t drink milk – it’s unneeded, unnatural and bad for you. That couldn’t be further from the truth, points out the www.milktruth.com website. Thousands of scientific studies have documented the benefits of drinking milk. Don’t be misled by...
Click on an image below for a larger view! From The DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Connection publication
DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Senior Scholarship program will grant scholarships to deserving high school seniors in pursuit of a college education. Applications for this scholarship are now available. High school seniors who will be attending a two or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in the fall of 2015 are...
Some say DeKalb County is a collar county of Chicago. We beg to differ. Look around and you'll see plenty of farms and farmland. It's a fact: 88% of the land base in DeKalb County is classified as FARMLAND, comprising 370,772 acres. DeKalb County has some of the best soils for...