Local Farmers

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

The ABC’s of Farm Bureau Young Leaders

Are you interested in agriculture and between the ages of 18-35? Join the DeKalb County Young Leaders. As a Young Leader you will have opportunities to tour agribusinesses, meet new friends, develop professional skills, and make a difference within your community. It’s as easy as ABC. Always make time to meet people. Nearly more

A Tractor Ride for Joe

Joe Barshinger loved a good tractor ride. For years, Joe Barshinger joined his farm buddies on organized tractor rides with caravans of the vintage machines trekking through country roads and small towns. Travelling at the slow tractor speeds, he enjoyed the countryside and comradery with other tractor drivers at the rest more

College to Corn Fields

Olivia Harvell and Samantha “Sam” Fleming giggle, just like they did when they were little. They have been friends “forever” say the 20-year-olds in unison. “We have baby pictures together – I think we came into this world as friends,” chuckled Sam. Olivia claims that the two have done just about everything more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – NOT Knee High

DeKalb County corn typically well exceeds the old saying that corn is “Knee-High by the 4th of July.” However, due to unprecedented rains and this year’s planting crisis, many corn fields are barren or behind in growth. On average, DeKalb County corn is about 5 feet tall by the 4th of more

Crop Update: Shortfall of Corn in County

Many farmers are calling this year’s corn crop a disaster. For two good reasons – thousands of corn acres didn’t get planted due to relentless rainfall and the corn which was planted is less than ideal. “Farming is never easy, but this one was the worst in my 31 years of more