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More Farmers Experience Stress, Mental Health Issues

Farm life can be demanding and stressful. It’s even tougher now with crop disasters, trade wars, and depressed commodity prices, which weigh heavily on the economy and farmers. Given these challenges, more and more farmers today are experiencing stress and mental health issues, either directly or by having a friend or ...read more

Farmland assessments increase, but why?

It’s been a trying year for farmers and now their property assessments are going up. DeKalb County farmland assessment changes for 2019 have recently been published. Farmers will find that the assessed values on their cropland have increased from the previous year. How and why did this happen? According to Brenda Matherly with ...read more

The ABC’s of Farm Bureau Young Leaders

Are you interested in agriculture and between the ages of 18-35? Join the DeKalb County Young Leaders. As a Young Leader you will have opportunities to tour agribusinesses, meet new friends, develop professional skills, and make a difference within your community. It’s as easy as ABC. Always make time to meet people. Nearly ...read more

Legislators Maintain Top Ranks with IFB

Legislators representing DeKalb County ranked 90% or better. Four state legislators serving DeKalb County residents earned top rankings with Illinois Farm Bureau.   Illinois Farm Bureau recently released the voting records of state legislators for the 2019 spring session. The ratings are based on how legislators voted on certain bills in accordance with ...read more

Give a Gift of Grain at Harvest

Hauling grain to the elevator? Consider giving a gift of grain. A gift of grain is another option of charitable giving. The value of the grain can be used to support much needed charitable causes in our local community. Farmers may donate corn or soybeans by delivering grain to a commercial elevator ...read more

Harvest Season Permits Now Available

Farmers may now apply for Harvest Season Permits from IDOT and road jurisdictions. Farmers may apply for a special permit that allows up to a maximum 10% over their gross vehicle weight, axle weight and registered weight limits. For permits on state routes, farmers must obtain a permit from the Illinois ...read more

Illinois Farmland Values Only Slightly Changed

“Static” is likely the best way to describe what is happening with prices being paid for Illinois farmland. This is according to the annual Mid-Year Snapshot Survey done by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers among its members and those closely allied to the industry. “We have seen ...read more

Crop Update

A big cover crop of oats and late corn harvest are on the horizon. Thousands of acres of cover crops are growing in fields where corn typically grows in DeKalb County. When you are used to seeing field after field of corn in the county this year you may have noticed another ...read more

ACG Announces Partnership with Indigo

The Ag Consulting Group has scheduled a meeting for local farmers to learn more about their new partnership with Indigo. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture. Lunch will be provided. “Indigo aligns with our focus, specifically on ...read more

Prevented Planting Cover Crop Incentive Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the release of the FY2020 Prevented Planting/Cover Crop Incentive Program. This program provides a $5 per acre incentive payment for the planting of a cover crop on acres that have been enrolled into the prevented planting option of the USDA RMA crop insurance program. These ...read more