Local Farmers

Leeson Gord Elected to Farm Bureau Board

Leeson Gord, a 7th generation farmer from Sandwich, was newly elected to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was seated at the annual meeting of the organization held Feb. 24. “It’s important to be involved and be willing to serve,” said Leeson. “I hope to be an more

Grain Lacks Quality, Farmers Haul Grain

Last year’s crop continues to plaque farmers with grain storage problems at area farms. Farmers put grain in their storage bins last fall dealing with higher than normal moisture levels, partly because of the late maturing crop and lack of in-field drying. Vickie Hernan-Faivre monitors the grain being stored at JP Faivre more

Gone in Seconds

Grain entrapment is on the rise across the Midwest and it hit close to home when a DeKalb County farmer tragically lost his life in his grain bin. Flowing grain is like quicksand. In four seconds you can be knee-deep in grain. Total grain engulfment takes a mere 20 seconds. Genoa farmer engulfed in more

Pride in our Presidents

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”   Ronald Reagan DeKalb County Farm Bureau has had some great leaders – from the early beginnings of the Soil Improvement Association to the present day more

2020 Vision – Viewpoints on the Future of Agriculture

These 20-somethings are optimistic that agriculture has a bright future in 2020 and beyond. See what these grown up farm kids have to say about the changing business of agriculture and how they intend to be involved. Justin Bolander, 24, Sycamore Organic Farmer at Bolander Farms & Welder at Vermeer Midwest Q: What is more

Reindeer Prancing at Whispering Pines Ranch

There’s Kringle and Holly, Eve and Ruby, Jack Frost and Buddy. The six reindeer are the friendly caribou creatures at the ranch owned by Randy and Beth Espe. The Espes acquired the reindeer to complement their Christmas tree sales. “I’ve always thought about raising white-tail deer,” said Randy, who enjoys the 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

A New Crop of Hemp

Move over corn and soybeans, make room for the new crop of hemp in DeKalb County fields. Farmers that grew hemp in DeKalb County this year were betting on a better profit than their traditional crops that have taken a hit from trade wars and low prices. “I was looking for a more

Scholarship Established to Honor Joe Barshinger

Joe Barshinger was a quiet leader. He spoke when necessary and let his actions speak louder than his words. “He was just that type of guy,” said his wife, Phyllis. “He was usually behind the scenes doing the brunt work and helping others – at church, on the farm, and in more

For Butterflies, Birds & Bees: New Pollinator Plot

What’s all the buzz about the new plants and corn sculptures in front of the Farm Bureau Building? Check out Farm Bureau’s new pollinator garden plot. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has established a new pollinator plot for the benefit of attracting pollinators who help make food for the food web. “It made more