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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

50 Years of Kishwaukee College

Ag classes return with renewed community interest They’re back! Ag classes at Kishwaukee College. This fall Kishwaukee College began offering classes for those interested in agribusiness. The new program includes a two-year Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.), a Certificate in Foundations of Agriculture, and a Certificate in Precision Agriculture. Agriculture programs played a ...read more

Family & Farming at Sycamore Ag Night

Traffic slows at the sight of a 16-foot-tall combine parked downtown Sycamore. It is part of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce’s Tuesdays on the Town – Family Ag Night. This local event occurs annually in September and features ag-themed activities, machinery, and livestock provided by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and ...read more

Farmers & Educators Gather for Harvest Dinner

Bright lights, the sound of conversation, and the aroma of delicious foods filled the autumn air. Local farmers and educators gathered under a picturesque barn to share conversation and dinner during the DeKalb County Harvest Dinner. The event focused on developing relationships among farmers and educators and opening lines of communication ...read more

Preserving Corn Pickers

Most know Bob Johnson as Corn Picker Bob. He comes by that nickname naturally having an extensive collection of vintage corn pickers and a book. Bob has been collecting corn pickers for nearly three decades. His interest in the antiquated farm machines started at an auction where he spotted a John ...read more

Pumpkin Patch Pickings

It’s prime time for pumpkins at the Krueger Farm. Each pumpkin has been hand-picked with love and enthusiasm by the Krueger kids from their patch located on Grandpa’s farm northeast of Genoa. Cole and Caleb, the youngest siblings, enjoy picking and washing pumpkins. John likes figuring out what people want. Sydney prefers ...read more

A Voice of the People

Rep. Bob Pritchard was a “natural” at communicating with his constituents. “It was a privilege to be a voice for this area and listen to the people I was representing,” said Rep. Bob Pritchard of the 70th House District. “Then, I would communicate what was going on in Springfield.” For the last ...read more

Giving Grows Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, businesses and organizations, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has expanded its scholarship program. Donations to the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund over the past four years generated enough income to award another college scholarship. Some donations were provided by members whose families had previously ...read more