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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 Midwest Museum of Natural History announces their newest rotating exhibition, agriCULTURE, opening June 23. The exhibit will feature farm fun for the kids in an interactive area. Children can dress up like a farmer, harvest crops, get a whiff of farm smells and enjoy matching livestock, plus other fun...
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...
Precision agriculture technologies are used by more than 50 percent of farmers. GPS and auto-steer guidance systems are two types of precision agriculture used on today’s farms. This technology helps farmers identify precisely where and how many seeds to plant, and apply variable rates of pesticides and fertilizer as needed. This modern technology...
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...
DeKalb County is the second largest hog producing county in Illinois. Did you know that there are more hogs than people in DeKalb County? That's right. There are about 235,000 hogs on farms throughout the local area. You don't necessarily see the pigs as you drive by farms because they...
An Apple A Day... By the NUMBERS One of fall’s favorite fruits is the apple. Apples are grown in orchards and on farms. Of all the apples grown, half are sold fresh and half are made into apple sauce, apple juice or dehydrated apple products. Did you know: • Americans eat...
Teaching kids how to work and play safely in the country is what DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Camp is all about. The camp will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at Jonamac Orchard, Malta, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The camp is designed for 8 to 12-year-old children who reside...
        Q: Are dairy farms sustainable? A: Sustainability is achieved on farms by being more efficient along with being good stewards of the land and caregivers of animals that will benefit future generations. As I think about sustainability, from my perspective it is doing the right thing for the environment, for...
Farm water testing – Testing your tile, ditch or stream water for nitrates is an important part of your conservation efforts on your farm. A water testing program for nitrates is being conducted throughout the state. Water kits are currently available at Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices. The DeKalb...
For the second year in a row, the Governor declared a harvest emergency in the State of Illinois. Farmers will be able to seek free permits from the Department of Transportation to exceed weight limits on Illinois highways during harvest season thanks to a harvest emergency declaration issued Friday,...
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...

Fair Season

About 250 youth will be exhibiting projects and showing livestock at this year’s DeKalb County 4-H Fair. The General Projects Show is set for July 16 and 17 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture, Sycamore. The Livestock Show will be held Aug. 1-3 at the Sandwich Fairgrounds...