Local Farmers

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 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 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) 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 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 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 & more

New & Retiring Farm Bureau Directors

Clausen & Paulsen New FB Directors Farmers Jeff Clausen and Chris Paulsen were recently elected to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Jeff Clausen of Genoa and Chris Paulsen of Clare were recently seated on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors. As a young farmer, Chris Paulsen says, “I look forward more

A Drive for Animal Science Degrees

Jacquelyn Prestegaard has a special affinity for farm animals. Her affection for bovines, in particular, began with visits to her grandparent’s beef farm and showing cattle. “I showed beef cattle in 4-H for almost 10 years, which definitely played a part in my college major,” said Jacquelyn. Jacquelyn showed beef cattle more

Lambing Season Underway

With the spring season comes lambing season. Local farms are welcoming new lambs to their flocks. But spring lambing is sort of a misnomer because lambs are born year-round, according to Julie Barr. “Some lambs are born in the spring (March-May), but many are born in January and February or in more

Golden Girls: Farm Women Reflect on a Century of Change

DeKalb County Farm Bureau features three of its longtime members, farm women, who reflect on a century of changes on their family farms and in our country. Jeanne Pritchard, Florence Hipple, and Gladys Schnorr share their farm stories. These farm women reflect on farming, family and faith in their golden years. Imagine more