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Orville’s Legacy

Ag Scholarship established as a tribute to lifelong farmer. Orville Olson spent his entire life doing what he knew best, farming. He lived and loved the farm life for a century. Orville was born on the family farm, which dates back to 1889, located on the north edge of Cortland. His grandparents ...read more

Leaders in DeKalb County Farm Bureau

Meet the 2019 Farm Bureau leadership team. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently elected officers of the Farm Bureau Executive Committee. Serving in Farm Bureau leadership are: President Mark Tuttle, Vice President Phil Montgomery, Secretary Roy Plote, and Treasurer Steve Drendel. Here’s a brief profile of the leadership team highlighting ...read more

Bayer in our Backyard

More than a century ago the DeKalb County Agricultural Association made its mark in our county, the legendary company which developed DEKALB hybrid seed corn. The rich history of the DEKALB brand continues today with the Bayer Company. Bayer maintains the local legacy with its research, production and seed technology facilities ...read more

A Sweet Experience

What’s the best way to educate a young adult? With food, of course. DeKalb County Farm Bureau Young Leaders toured Tate & Lyle in February and ended their visit with samples of chocolate milk and sorbet bars. But the tour was even sweeter than the samples. With locations in 30 countries ...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

Smart Farm Tech: Putting Field Data to Work

Step inside a tractor cab and you will see several different monitors. These GPS enabled monitors generate field data which help farmers with their management decisions. Rick Boesche remembers when he first got a yield monitor in the 1990s – an Ag Leader monitor – which generated field maps and yields. ...read more

Farm Driven

The Duvick family attributes their farm upbringing for their drive to succeed in life. Micah Duvick doesn’t mind hard work. Neither do his siblings. “Growing up on the farm instilled in us a good work ethic,” said Micah. He and his three siblings helped their grandfather and father with typical farm chores ...read more

The Business of Ultrasounding Beef

Robert “Bert” Hueber knows a good ribeye when he sees one. As a certified ultrasound technician Bert evaluates ribeyes regularly for Beef Performance Technology. He uses the ultrasound technology as a tool to aid cattle feeders in producing a high quality product for consumers. Bert ultrasounds thousands of beef cattle raised in ...read more

Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

IFB Members Set Policy at Annual Meeting Delegates and members attending the 103rd Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Annual Meeting capped a frustrating year with some good news: U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a ceasefire in their escalating trade war. But the armistice wasn’t the only highlight ...read more

Combine Conversations

It’s not every day that you get to ride in a combine and talk to a farmer. But these people did. Some were local and others came from the Chicago suburbs for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Riding in a combine to watch field corn being harvested was the highlight of their day. Nearly ...read more