Local Farmers

Local Fall Farm Produce

You’ll find fresh, delicious apples, and all sizes and varieties of pumpkins, along with other produce and fall ornamentals at local farm stands and orchards this fall. Here’s a list of Farm Bureau members who are included in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Farm Products Directory. The Enchanted Valley Farm Jason & more

Ready to Serve

Farm Bureau's New President Berkeley Boehne Sometimes it's all about the timing It was the right time for Berkeley Boehne to serve as DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s top leader. Berkeley’s leadership and experience are the driving forces that led to being DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s 17th President. “It’s my time. My term,” said Berkeley. more

Boehne Elected New DeKalb Farm Bureau President

Berkeley Boehne, a Shabbona farmer, was recently elected as the 17th president of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Berkeley Boehne “I’m looking forward to leading the Farm Bureau organization with the guidance of our board of directors and professional staff,” said Berkeley, who is passionate about his new leadership role as a more

Family Farm Heritage

Honoring Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farms in DeKalb County Pritchard Farms Location: Pritchard Road, Maple ParkTownship: Pierce, Sections 23 and 24Original Date of Purchase: 1849Current Owners: Pritchard familiesAcres: 160 Farm History: David and Wilhelmina (Oover) Gerlach emigrated to Erie, Pennsylvania from Stuttgart, Germany in 1830. These pioneers and their eight children worked their way west across more

Family Farm Heritage

Honoring Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farms in DeKalb County Hipple Farms City: WatermanTownship: ClintonOriginal Date of Purchase: 1870Current Owners: Florence Hipple, Jerald & Susan HippleAcres: 523 Farm History: In 1870, Civil War veteran, John Henry and Lucy . They traveled with the William Henderson Family and they all spent their first year together in a sod more

Lasting Tribute

Lifelong Farmer Honored by Family - James E. Montgomery Ag Scholarship established Family members describe James Montgomery as “humble, honest, and hard-working.” He was a devote family man and a dedicated farmer. In his 93-year-life, he raised his family of nine children and farmed in the Kirkland, Esmond and Malta areas. He more

Family Farm Heritage

Honoring Centennial Farms in DeKalb County Grandgeorge/Smith Farm City: SandwichTownship: SomonaukOriginal Date of Purchase: 1900Current Owner: Jack & Evelyn SmithAcres: 240 Farm History Eugene Grandgeorge came to Leland, Illinois from Alsace, France in 1882 at the age of 19 and worked as a hired man. Eugene Grandgeorge immigrated from Franceto America 140 years ago. In 1894, more


Big rigs and horses define this farm woman There’s nothing quite like driving an 18-wheeler full of grain, says Malta farm woman Dawn Stohecker. She drives big rigs for Reid Farms. “I’ve always liked big trucks,” said Dawn. “Peterbilt is my favorite.” She lights up describing the farm’s newly purchased Peterbilt 389 with more

Farmers: Gift of Grain at Harvest

Hauling grain to the elevator? Give a gift of grain for charity. 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 more

Byington & Bend New to Farm Bureau Board

Farmers Lynn Byington and Grant Bend recently were appointed to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Lynn Byington Lynn was raised on a grain farm in southern DeKalb County just a few miles from where she and her family lives today in rural Waterman. “Growing up, my dad reinforced that more