Local Farmers

Dealers Have History with DeKalb Seed

John Emerson: DSR to Seed Dealer John Emerson remembers it like it was yesterday. Being hired by Harold Noren and Carroll Christenson, DEKALB Ag marketing executives, for the sales department.  John had recently graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in agriculture and was anxious to work in an agribusiness field. more

The Story Behind DEKALB Seed Dealers

Farmer seed dealers have been an important piece of the DEKALB story. Tom Roberts believed the dealer should be a farmer who called on his neighbor. Who better could enthusiastically sell seed on the basis of personal experience? Roberts also believed sales calls should be made well in advance of planting, 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

Looking Back: Livestock Show Memories

Farm kids remember the days when they showed livestock at the DeKalb County 4-H Fair. Even if it’s been 60+ years. Their prized animals were selected from their farm herd or purchased in hopes of showing their finest livestock. After the fair, their show animals returned to the farm. We asked these more

Show Biz – Roach Brothers

Nick Roach vividly remembers his first year of showing sheep. Days before the 4-H fair he sheared the thick fleece of wool from his young ewe in preparation for the show. It’s then when he realized his sheep was “really skinny.” “I placed second to last at the show,” explained Nick. more

History of DeKalb County 4-H Fair Livestock Show

The DeKalb County 4-H Fair Livestock Show has been held at various locations over the years. For many years the 4-H Fair was held in conjunction with the Sycamore Farmer’s Club Jr. Fair and local Granges. The Sycamore Farmer’s Club Jr. Fair ran from 1940-2006. From the early 1930s to the more

In Memory of Allan Aves

Farm Bureau lost a dear family member and respected leader with the passing of Allan Aves. Allan was a lifelong member of Farm Bureau and served for 18 years on the Board of Directors, of which nine years he led the organization as president, from 1977 to 1986. Allan was DeKalb more

Farms Hurt by COVID-19

Pork Farms Challenged with Shipping Pigs Ron Ness planned to ship a load of pigs to the JBS meat plant in Beardstown in April. But couldn’t. His load of pigs wasn’t accepted because they were lighter in weight than other loads under contract with the meat packer. And the plant was starting more

DeKalb County Veterinarian: Young Swine Vet of the Year

Dr. Wesley Lyons of DeKalb was honored with the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in March. The award was presented to Dr. Lyons during the 51st Annual Meeting of the AASV in Atlanta, GA. It is given annually to an AASV more

Farmers “Essential” to Growing Our Food

We salute local farmers who continue to stay strong duringthese unsettling times. Wes & Andy Barshinger, WatermanRonnie Ziegler & Art Bingham, ClareMike & Duane Boesche, WatermanBen, Tyler & David Drake, SycamoreKeith & Kevin Herrmann, HinckleyWarren Nesler, Kevin Hughes & Jeff Nesler, GenoaRoger & Jim Nelson, MaltaMike & Jenna Spychal, MaltaHarold & more