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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

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

Cultivating Young Leaders

Gord completes ALOT Leeson Gord of Sandwich recently completed the Illinois Farm Bureau Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program. This year’s ALOT class of 21graduates studied and developed leadership skills in the areas of communication, political process, agricultural economics, and global issues as part of the nine-week training program. Illinois Farm Bureau created ...read more

Farm Life After Dairying

For most of his farm life, Bill Lenschow got up at 4:30 every morning to milk his cows. It was a daily routine for him and his family, to milk their dairy cows each morning and evening. “I liked it because it was something the whole family could do,” said Bill. ...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

Senior Scholarships Awarded to Students

Ten high school seniors were selected for Farm Bureau scholarships. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation congratulates local high school seniors who received this year’s Senior Scholarships. A committee of Farm Bureau members made the selection of scholarship recipients based on academics, leadership and community service. Each of the students will be ...read more

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

Baskets filled with books, barns for babies

Newborns welcomed with gift baskets from local farmers. During National Agriculture Week, March 10-16, the newest bundles of joy were presented with gift baskets at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals of Northwestern Medicine. The baskets were compliments of local farmers and agricultural organizations. The gift baskets explained to families how important agriculture ...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