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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.

Kurt Sanderson is 22 years old.  He loves fishing, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling.  He works two jobs: one with the Sycamore street department and another as a farmer who raises corn, soybeans, and beef cattle. Kurt got “Jenny”, his first calf, as a 4-H project when he was 8 years old.  He...
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...

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...
A Defensive Driving Course is being offered to persons 55 years and over on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. The two-day course is being sponsored by DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb County COUNTRY Financial agency and Representative Bob Pritchard. The course runs...
Teachers, stop stressing! The DeKalb County Farm Bureau has dozens of educational kits like this available for your use. Check them out today! #backtoschool http://dekalbfarmbureau.org
The internet needs more photos of animals. Send the Farm Bureau yours! Share Your Snaps is a themed, seasonal photo competition that allows you to snap, share and send your favorite photos to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. These photos will be posted on our Facebook page weekly. The photo that...
The DeKalb County Farm Bureau thanks the nearly 100 volunteers who delivered agricultural presentations and reached nearly 3,200 students as part of the Ag in the Classroom program in February. Here, Eric Lawler explains the parts of the corn kernel to third graders at Brooks Elementary in the “It’s...

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...
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...
        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...
This year’s DeKalb Corn Fest features some farm fun, including corn and tractors! On Aug. 26-28, head over to North Third Street (look for the large combine and tractor), for some family fun. There will be an assortment of activities especially for young children. The DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers...
Weather-related decision permits trucks hauling ag commodities to exceed gross vehicle weight limits, speed crop transportation Gov. Bruce Rauner today declared a statewide harvest emergency to assist farmers and grain handlers who are grappling with the fallout of rain-related delays. "Illinois is home to 72,000 farms on 26.7 million acres. We...