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Online Training Required for New CDLs

Illinois Farm Bureau will provide information about new entry-level driver training (ELDT) related to the new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) requirement at an Aug. 31 online informational meeting, starting at noon. Rodney Knittel, IFB assistant director of transportation and infrastructure, said Dan Meyer with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will ...read more

SILO – A Film About Grain Entrapment

Thursday, Sept. 16, 20214 p.m. & 7 p.m. Shows (Movie length 70 minutes)DeKalb County Farm Bureau Theater1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore There will be two seatings for dinner, 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium. Call DeKalb County Farm Bureau for reservations and indicate show times, 815-756-6361, or register ...read more

Conserv FS Facility Expanded in Waterman

FS is in the midst of a large expansion project for their Waterman facility.   The new state-of-the art dry and liquid fertilizer buildings will handle ag products more efficiently and increase the volume of fertilizer available to farmers. “At Conserv FS we are committed to serving the farmers of today while ...read more

2020 – A Different Year

Scott Newport, Farm Business Farm Management Specialist The 2020 growing season got off to a slow start with frequent rainfall during the planting season. However, most of the corn and soybeans were planted timely but experienced excess rainfall in May and June followed by a lack of rain in late July ...read more

Members: Take Action on Tax Issues

Farm Bureau members should email President Joe Biden and Congress urging them to reconsider the “transfer tax” contained in the STEP Act and allow continued use of stepped-up basis. Proposed legislation would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis as a way to raise revenue for government spending. Stepped-up basis ...read more

Crop Yields Average for DeKalb County

DeKalb County didn’t break any records with corn and soybean yields last year. The 2020 yields reported by the USDA showed corn averaged 191.2 bushels per acre and soybeans averaged 58 bushels per acre in DeKalb County. Illinois averaged 192 bushels of corn and 59 bushels of soybeans. This was the first ...read more

Anhydrous Ammonia Training Now Offered

Farmers and their employees who transport and apply anhydrous ammonia will now need to be certified. Free online training is being offered at www.bit.ly/IllinoisNH3. In-person training opportunities will be announced as they develop. The training will include: properties of ammonia, competent in safe operating practices, how to take appropriate actions in the ...read more

Native Prairies Being Established Locally

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres provide long-term benefits to the environment. When the last glacier left our area approximately 14,000 years ago it left behind moraines and glacial ridges. Eventually as the temperatures began to rise the tundra-like environment was replaced by cool moist deciduous forests and eventually by oak-hickory woodlands, ...read more

Little Rock Creek Watershed in the Works

New Watershed Plan Being Developed for the Sandwich Area The City of Sandwich is currently leading a watershed-based planning effort on approximately 10,500 acres in the Little Rock Creek Watershed (see below). The watershed includes portions of DeKalb, Kendall and LaSalle counties. The City of Sandwich applied for and was awarded a ...read more

Legislative Initiatives Set for 2021 Year

The Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors has approved state legislative initiatives for the new year that will benefit Illinois farmers. 2021 State Legislative Priorities: • Seek to maintain the tax policy provisions that currently exist in Illinois that provide economic stability for the agricultural industry including the agricultural sales tax exemptions ...read more