Local People

American Farmland Trust at Center for Ag

Having an American Farmland Trust (AFT) office in DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Center for Agriculture made good sense with their move here a couple of months ago. There are several parallels between the two farm organizations. Soil health was the basis for forming the county’s Soil Improvement Association, forerunner to Farm more

Foundation for Agriculture – 2018 Highlight Gallery

Give a Gift to the Foundation Consider donating to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture as part of your charitable year-end giving. Tax-deductible donations will fund programs important to agriculture. The Foundation is geared up to receive cash donations, stocks, bonds, real estate, farmland, ag commodities, and legacy gifts such more

Growing Christmas Trees

A farmer plants evergreen seedlings on his farm and seven years later is selling them as Christmas trees. Joe Bybee started growing Christmas trees on his family farm simply because he likes “planting the evergreen trees and watching them grow.” His three acres of Christmas trees also complement another 33 acres 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 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 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 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 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 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 more