For Farmers

Farmers Facing Higher Crop Costs

Fertilizer and crop protection product prices are soaring For the 2022 crop season farmers are seeing rising costs on inputs and capital needs to grow the same crop as last year. To some, these rising costs seem to be an abrupt change, however it has been happening for over the last year more

Rules for the Road Trucking Seminar

Illinois Farm Bureau will host a series of two-hour trucking seminars focusing on transportation laws and regulations as they pertain to the agricultural industry. The closest seminar to the DeKalb County area is being held in Harvard. McHenry County Farm Bureau will host the session on Tuesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. more

Pesticide Testing Dates Set for Farmers in 2022

Farmers who need to renew their private pesticide applicator license have an opportunity at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture this winter. In-person testing is scheduled for Wednesdays, Jan.12, Feb. 9, and March 9, 2022. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will offer pesticide applicator testing from 9 a.m. until noon more

Anhydrous Training Scheduled at Farm Bureau, Feb. 10

All growers or grower farm operations that transport or apply anhydrous ammonia, or otherwise maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment are required to be certified with the Illinois Department of Agriculture by April 1, 2022. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Conserv FS are cosponsoring an in-person Anhydrous Training for certification on Thursday, more

Crop Management Conference held in February at DCFB

Make the most informed decisions you can for your farm by getting the latest research updates to improve productivity and output from crop science experts at the University of Illinois. Crop producers, consultants, and industry professionals are invited to the 2022 Crop Management Conference series in person or online. Locally, an in-person more

Get Updates on Farm & Crop Protections for 2022

There is always uncertainty around what spring, summer and fall may bring. COUNTRY Financial® and Illinois Farm Bureau remain ready to assist farmers through every season. The organizations are again teaming up for ten regional meetings across Illinois to share updates on improved opportunities for farmers to protect their farms and more

Consider a Gift of Grain at Harvest

Farmers recognize benefit of gifting grain for charities 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 and designate it more

Mental Health Service for Farmers Expanded

Illinois farmers and their families will find help to deal with stress and mental health issues, state leaders announced recently. Illinois Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II called farm-related stress and farmer mental health “a national public health emergency” in Illinois and elsewhere. A $500,000 USDA grant will help expand the existing Farm more

Conserv FS Open House Showcases New Services

Conserv FS, a leading supplier of agronomy, energy, and turf services for almost a century, has completed a major expansion project at its Waterman facility. An open house will be held on Friday, Oct. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. to showcase the expansion and how it will serve farmers and more

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 more