For Farmers

Pesticide Testing at Farm Bureau

Farmers who need to renew their pesticide applicator license, have an opportunity at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture on Thursday, Feb. 13. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will offer pesticide applicator testing from 9 a.m. until noon in the Farm Bureau Auditorium. This is a test-only session. Tests more

Hemp Workshop Held Locally

Learn more about growing hemp. Hemp, a versatile cash crop, has provided opportunities for the cultivation, distribution, and processing of legal hemp for fiber, grain, and CBD. But it’s not without its own set of challenges. Learn more about growing hemp at an “Introduction to Industrial Hemp” program on Monday, Feb.10 at more

Ag Outlook Uncertain for 2020 Year

Low grain prices main driver of lower farm income. The combination of stagnant commodity prices and lower yields, compared to recent seasons, pressured farm returns again this year. And that pattern could continue in 2020 without a major change in the trade environment or rebound in crop production. “Incomes are back to more

Certified Livestock Manager Workshop in February

Livestock producers who need to be recertified can attend a workshop at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. The Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act requires producers to receive training through the University of Illinois Extension Certified Livestock Manager Training Program. This program provides producers more

Dicamba Training/Certification at Farm Bureau

Dicamba training/certification held at Farm Bureau, Feb. 17 Certification needed annually to apply dicamba products. Farmers who plan on applying any of the dicamba products labeled for use on soybeans in 2020, which includes Engenia, Xtendimax, FeXapan or Tavium, MUST attend dicamba label training annually. Farmers who have attended dicamba training in the more

New Year, New Views

Center for Agriculture professionals provide perspectives of this year in agriculture. Will 2020 be a better year for agriculture? What can farmers expect? What advice do you have pertaining to your area of expertise? How can you help farmers with their challenges? Dean Johnson, Soil and Water Conservation District; Randy Panzer, Compeer; Greg Millburg, Farm more

Farm Legacy Seminars Planned for February

Legacy planning requires open communication within the family. Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial are partnering to host three farm legacy seminars across the state in February. The seminars will provide farm families with information and questions that are essential to legacy planning, in order to allow them to keep their farm more

2019 Crop Year: One for the Record Books

It was one of the toughest, most challenging crop years for farmers. Local farmers couldn’t get a break this year. The 2019 year was problematic for getting corn and soybeans planted and harvested in DeKalb County. The wet spring delayed most planting until June. Then in the fall when the later maturing more

Mark Tuttle Elected New IFB Director

Represents District 1 in Illinois Farm Bureau leadership DeKalb County Farm Bureau President Mark Tuttle was elected as the new Illinois Farm Bureau Director representing District 1 during the state organization’s annual meeting held earlier this month in Chicago. District 1 includes the counties of DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry. Tuttle replaces more

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 more