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Forecast for Change

By Mindy Smits Change can be scary, difficult, nerve-wracking…the list goes on and on. Yet change is happening all around. For some of us it is starting college or transitioning out of college. For some it is wondering what your summers will be like after your last county fair. For some the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Mrs. Susan Foster

Personal Hometown: Shabbona Family: My husband Curt and I farm south of Shabbona. We have two grown daughters, Hilary and Rachel. College/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Child Development from NIU, Master of Arts in Education from Aurora University What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, of course! Favorites Quote: “Be the reason someone smiles ...read more

Tops in State – 18 Locals Earn State FFA Degree

DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates this year's State FFA Degree recipients from DeKalb County. Eighteen young people were recognized with the State Degree at the Illinois FFA Convention last month. The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the organization ...read more

Teacher Feature – Brenda Woker

Teaching Teacher: Miss Brenda Woker School: Jefferson Elementary School, DeKalb Grade: 4th Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 21 years at Jefferson Elementary Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use Ag Literacy materials in my classroom and take my students on farm field trips. I have also participated in the following: Ag Literacy Committee, 18 years; ...read more

20 Years of SAI

Summer Ag Institute over the years: 1999-2019 By the numbers… 20    Summer Ag Institutes conducted (1 cancelled) 391  Teachers participated (240 unduplicated) 39    Percentage of teachers who have repeated the course 91    Farms and ag-related businesses toured 118  Speakers and panelists 56   Total schools represented (35 in-county, 21 out-of-county) 19   Average class size   Every year ...read more

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

A Whiff of Farm Life

“I smell something!” It’s a common reaction when non-farm kids disembark their school bus on a farm field trip. Unaccustomed to the aromas of livestock, many students initially cover their noses when they first arrive at the farm. Soon the newness of the odors is forgotten as students eagerly accompany their ...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

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