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Tops in State – 18 Locals Earn State FFA Degree

DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates this year's State FFA Degree recipients from DeKalb County. Eighteen young people were recognized with the State Degree at the Illinois FFA Convention last month. The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the organization ...read more

Teacher Feature – Brenda Woker

Teaching Teacher: Miss Brenda Woker School: Jefferson Elementary School, DeKalb Grade: 4th Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 21 years at Jefferson Elementary Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use Ag Literacy materials in my classroom and take my students on farm field trips. I have also participated in the following: Ag Literacy Committee, 18 years; ...read more

20 Years of SAI

Summer Ag Institute over the years: 1999-2019 By the numbers… 20    Summer Ag Institutes conducted (1 cancelled) 391  Teachers participated (240 unduplicated) 39    Percentage of teachers who have repeated the course 91    Farms and ag-related businesses toured 118  Speakers and panelists 56   Total schools represented (35 in-county, 21 out-of-county) 19   Average class size   Every year ...read more

Six Days of STEM

Ten inquisitive educators gathered in June for a unique opportunity that has taken place in DeKalb County for two decades. The teachers were participants in the 20th Summer Ag Institute (SAI), a graduate course and professional development opportunity designed for educators. “Exploring STEM Tools in Food & Farming” was the theme ...read more

A Whiff of Farm Life

“I smell something!” It’s a common reaction when non-farm kids disembark their school bus on a farm field trip. Unaccustomed to the aromas of livestock, many students initially cover their noses when they first arrive at the farm. Soon the newness of the odors is forgotten as students eagerly accompany their ...read more

Teacher Feature – Allyson Holder

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Personal Hometown: I was born in Baltimore, MD and have lived in DeKalb, IL for 41 years. Family: My husband Kevin & I have been married 39 years. We have 3 married children and 10 grandchildren: Stephen (Abby) with Cecilia, Eero and Joe; Jessica Lehan (Jim) ...read more

History Fills the Hallways

DeKalb students experience Ag History Expo “In the hallways I hear kids talking about getting in the combine, as well as getting their hands in the soil!” DeKalb School District instructional coach Emily Weller still hears students converse about the memorable History Expo that took place at Farm Bureau this spring. About ...read more

Agriculture Illustrated

For nearly 30 years, DeKalb County children have been invited to illustrate their agricultural knowledge. First introduced as a poster contest in 1990, then as a t-shirt design challenge from 1993 to 2002, the Food for Thought Placemat Design Contest encourages elementary teachers across the county to incorporate lessons about agriculture. Teachers ...read more

Decades of Corn Talk

Eric Lawler is simply "amaizing." For more than two decades he's been talking about corn in the classroom. Armed with a bushel basket full of corn-related materials and a lesson, Eric Lawler visits elementary schools to help grow young minds and share kernels of knowledge. “It’s important to get in front of ...read more

A Continued AITC Family Tradition

“My sister and I went to school here. When we were here, it was surrounded by cornfields,” Susan Deihs informed a class of eager fourth grade students. Susan and her sister, Kathy Stice, gave Ag in the Classroom (AITC)  presentations at Southeast Elementary School in Sycamore, the same school they attended ...read more