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ACG Announces Partnership with Indigo

The Ag Consulting Group has scheduled a meeting for local farmers to learn more about their new partnership with Indigo. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture. Lunch will be provided. “Indigo aligns with our focus, specifically on ...read more

Prevented Planting Cover Crop Incentive Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the release of the FY2020 Prevented Planting/Cover Crop Incentive Program. This program provides a $5 per acre incentive payment for the planting of a cover crop on acres that have been enrolled into the prevented planting option of the USDA RMA crop insurance program. These ...read more

FB Reps Serve on Underwood’s Ag Committee

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood met recently with her newly formed Ag Advisory Committee. Committee members serving have varied farm and food backgrounds and most have connections to Farm Bureau. Pictured are (from left) Mark Tuttle, Somonauk; Carolyn Gehrke, Elgin; Congresswoman Underwood and Dan Ziller, Huntley. Others on the committee are: Chris Gould, ...read more

Rep. Demmer Offers Legislative Update

State Rep. Tom Demmer (left) met with the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and President Mark Tuttle (right) recently to provide a legislative update. In the spring session, he voted in favor of the state budget and was supportive of improvements to infrastructure. “It’s not a perfect budget, but ...read more

Crop Update: Shortfall of Corn in County

Many farmers are calling this year’s corn crop a disaster. For two good reasons – thousands of corn acres didn’t get planted due to relentless rainfall and the corn which was planted is less than ideal. “Farming is never easy, but this one was the worst in my 31 years of ...read more

Reduced Corn Crop Impacts Ag Retailers

Fewer corn acres will have a significant effect on the ag supply chain. Lindon Gord knows what to expect with a reduction in corn acreage in DeKalb County. “Less crop means less equipment use, less repairs, and less parts,” said the general manager and partner of DeKalb Implement. In DeKalb County about ...read more

Farmland Assessments Going Up Again

Understand assessment calculations and long-term impact on farm values. Like it or not, farmland owners will see increases in their property assessments for years to come. To more fully understand the upsurges, an informational meeting has been planned for landowners at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau is hosting a farmland ...read more

Landowners Meet for Underground Power Line

Know your options before signing a contract with a utility company. Local landowners are being encouraged to understand their property rights before entering into a new agreement with a company proposing an underground power line. DeKalb County Farm Bureau will host a landowners meeting for those who may be on the potential ...read more

Ag Economy Shows Continued Signs of Stress

Weather issues and trade tariffs are putting the ag economy at risk. “I can think of few times when things are as truly uncertain as they are today for Illinois farmers,” said Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist. “They’re being buffeted on the demand side by news of big crops in ...read more

Planting Dilemma

By now farmers are usually scouting their growing crops. In early June, farmers were still struggling to get crops planted due to unrelenting rainfall. The number of acres of corn and soybeans not yet planted is unprecedented. Only about 15% of corn had been planted by June 1st in DeKalb County. ...read more