A Gift from DeKalb County Agriculture

April 22, 2022

National Agriculture Week was celebrated at local hospitals

During Agriculture Week, March 20-26, 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 is to their everyday lives. In a few years their baby will understand the connection between farming, food and fiber.

Gift baskets were filled with products which originate on the farm or are representative of production agriculture. The ag basket contents included: baby wipes and bath wash (glycerin), a bib (soybeans), corn snacks (corn), board books and ag magazines (corn starch, wood pulp), “onesie” (cotton), meat gift certificates (beef & pork), oatmeal cereal (oats), ice cream gift card (dairy), corn-shaped teether (field corn), Farm Matching Game (farm images/words) tractor-shaped and corn-shaped stress relievers (tractors & corn) and a pig/cow stuffed animal (livestock).

Vincent, Riley and baby Frank Laudicina received one of the Ag Week Baby Baskets at Kishwaukee Hospital. Frank was born during National Agriculture Week on March 22.

National Agriculture Week is a time to call attention to how agriculture impacts our lives and also recognize its role in our local communities. Production agriculture contributes significantly to the local economy and additionally provides jobs and generates tax dollars.

Sponsors of the Ag Week Baby Baskets included: DeKalb Area Pork Producers, DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers, DeKalb County Lamb & Wool Producers, DeKalb-Kane Cattlemen’s Association, Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Proud daddy Jon Jursich holds his twin boys Vincent and Nicholas who received Ag Week Baby Baskets at Kishwaukee Hospital. The twins were born March 21 to Jon and Joann of rural Lee.