For Farmers

Pesticide Testing Offered at Farm Bureau

Farmers can test in-person for license renewal. The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau are partnering to offer in-person pesticide testing in the upcoming months.  Testing will be made available at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building on Thursdays, Feb. 11 and Feb 25 pending gathering restrictions, with more

Tune Into Local Stations for Ag Programs

Want to hear local cash bids for corn and beans? Listen to RFD on the radio? WLBK and WSPY radio stations continue to offer ag programs for local listeners. Tune into these stations to hear ag markets and news. WLBK, 1360 AM and 98.9 FM, and WSPY, 107.1 FM, are locally owned more

Farmland values continue strong in Illinois

Farmland values remain resilient and actually edged higher across the heart of the Corn Belt in the third quarter. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported farmland values in its district increased 2% during the most recent quarter compared to the same time last year. Chicago’s Seventh Federal Reserve District stretches across more

Policy Positions IFB for Challenges Ahead

For the first time in Illinois Farm Bureau history, the organization’s annual meeting was conducted virtually with 336 county Farm Bureau delegates participating via internet across the state. Mark TuttleMike Schweitzer Delegates serving DeKalb County included: Steve Bemis, Berkeley Boehne, Ed Cowan, Roy Plote and Mike Schweitzer. New IFB policy addresses the challenge more

County’s Land Use Plan Modified in 2020

Selling a farm residence off farmland just got easier. Recent changes were made to DeKalb County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan that allows landowners to parcel off their farm residence from their 40 acres and sell it as part of a few acres. Previously, the county’s 40-acre rule required landowners to sell their more

Renewed Optimism in Farming

Farm economy sees strong turnaround for grain farms. A couple months ago economists were predicting near-zero profits for Illinois farmers. Now the grain farm outlook appears to be much better while livestock farms continue to be financially stressed. The University of Illinois and Purdue University findings and projections were reported in an more

Give a Gift of Grain During 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 more

Grain Elevators Prepare for 2020 Harvest

Local grain companies have COVID restrictions in place to keep employees safe so facilities run smoothly for fall grain deliveries. Commercial grain elevators are ready for this year’s harvest with modified health and safety practices in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Our biggest changes were made in the spring and will more

CLEAR30 USDA Program Offers 30-Year Signup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened signup this summer for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. This pilot is available to farmers and landowners with expiring water-quality practice CRP contracts in more

County Farm Bureau Leaders Elected

Meet the 2020 leadership team. Farm Bureau’s Executive Committee - (From left) Roy Plote, secretary; Mark Tuttle, president; Steve Bemis, vice president; and Steve Drendel, treasurer. Typically, the election of county Farm Bureau officers occurs in late March each year. But this March was atypical with the COVID-19 pandemic. After the reopening more