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Master Farmer Advocates for Agriculture

Paul Taylor naturally enjoys telling others about agriculture. His deep roots in farming coupled with his communication skills and farm organization leadership have provided the platform for his advocacy efforts. As a matter of fact, he’s frequently called upon to tell agriculture’s story. Paul has testified before Congress and interfaced with legislators, ...read more

Pumpkins a Plenty

The Enchanted Valley Farm offers a wide selection of unique pumpkin varieties & more In northern DeKalb County there’s a small pumpkin farm that provides fall’s finest crops – a unique assortment of pumpkins, gourds, squash, mums, Indian corn – and some good old fashioned family fun. The Enchanted Valley Farm is ...read more

Labor of Love

Diehl Brothers Farm Together Over half of the farmers today have a primary occupation other than farming.The U.S. Census of Agriculture shows 52% of American farmers have full-time jobs and farm part-time. Part-time farming means putting in long hours of farm labor around 9-to-5 jobs.The Diehl Brothers, whose farm is based ...read more

Show Days

The Suddeth Family has been showing pigs since 1923 Joe Suddeth remembers his show days like it was yesterday.The thrill of following his black and white belted pigs into the show ring was the highlight of his youth. His daily work of raising pigs at his Shabbona farm and picking the ...read more

Back to Nature

Pollinator Habitats gain popularity in county There’s a growing trend for pollinator habitats in rural DeKalb County. Landowners are turning some of their corn acres into pollinator habitat as part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).Nearly 9% or about 454 acres of the CRP acres are enrolled in the Pollinator Habitat ...read more

Dairy Trends

An inside look at trends which impact the dairy industry during June Dairy Month Dairy producers have a deep commitment to taking care of their animals and play a vital role in providing sustainably produced foods. Understanding consumer and market trends not only helps dairy farmers understand what is driving today’s ...read more

Farm Bureau Leadership Team Elected

Farmers impart years of experience in county organization. The newly elected DeKalb County Farm Bureau leadership team provides a prominent level of experience and commitment to the organization. The four farmers average nearly two decades of Farm Bureau leadership. Newly elected leaders of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau are officers: (from left) ...read more

Change in Leadership

Mark Tuttle turned the Farm Bureau gavel over to Steve Bemis on March 29 after having served for nine years as DeKalb County Farm Bureau president. “I have been honored to be president,” said the outgoing leader. “DeKalb County Farm Bureau is one of the strongest, greatest boards I’ve been a ...read more

Farm Bureau’s New Leader

Farm Bureau, farming, and sports are Steve Bemis’ big three. When Steve Bemis was elected as the new DeKalb County Farm Bureau President he knew that it would require the same passion as his lifestyle of farming and interest in sports. “I saw the need to step up and serve in ...read more

Farm Animal Companions

A farmer’s best friend is oftentimes their dog – by their side in the shop, riding with them in the pickup truck/tractor, or herding livestock. But other farm animals also provide companionship for farmers and their families. Featured are farm family members with their favorite farm animal companions. Justis Willrett & ...read more