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Conference BUILDS Leadership

“Being United in Leadership Development” (BUILD) was the theme for the new statewide FFA Conference which took place in November. Illinois Association FFA teamed up with Illinois Farm Bureau to develop the event, which was a merger of the former Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates Youth Conference and the FFA ...read more

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

FFA members explore several agricultural careers During the Career Day in November, keynote speaker Katie Pratt asked participants to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Then she took it further by challenging the students to ponder how they would answer the question without naming ...read more

Farm Field Trip is a Fall Favorite

For many Sycamore students, the annual 8th grade Farm Field Trip is the first time they step foot on a farm. With a growing disconnect between farming and food, the field trip is as important now as it was when it started 18 years ago. Nearly 300 Sycamore students and a ...read more

American FFA Degrees Earned By Students

There was a heightened level of excitement at this year’s National FFA Convention with the Garth Brooks concert and visit by President Trump. Then add top awards to the mix and you have one great convention! Six local students garnered the top award, the American FFA Degree, at this year’s National ...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

Show Days

DeKalb County 4-H Fair 2018 Madelynn Swanson, Genoa Prairie Gems, showed the top chicken, winning Poultry of Show at the 4-H Fair. Lewis Anderson of Somonauk Haymakers created this blue ribbon flower arrangement displayed in a toy farm wagon for the General Projects Show. The breeding heifer class was judged by Bodee Schlipf ...read more

Safety First on the Farm

Be careful. Be safe. Be cognizant of hazards on farms. Safety messages resonated throughout Farm Safety Camp as young children were made aware of the many hazards which exist on farms. DeKalb County Farm Bureau organized the camp for the benefit and safety of local children. Farm Bureau’s day camp reached nearly ...read more

FFA Achievements

Local students receive State FFA Awards Fourteen DeKalb County students earned their prestigious State FFA Degrees at this year’s 90th Illinois FFA State Convention. Chapters received many additional accolades at the convention held in Springfield, June 12-14. Farm Bureau congratulates local members, chapters, and advisors on their accomplishments. DeKalb Grace Gehrke of DeKalb ...read more