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Decades of Corn Talk

Eric Lawler is simply "amaizing." For more than two decades he's been talking about corn in the classroom. Armed with a bushel basket full of corn-related materials and a lesson, Eric Lawler visits elementary schools to help grow young minds and share kernels of knowledge. “It’s important to get in front of ...read more

Smart Farm Tech: Putting Field Data to Work

Step inside a tractor cab and you will see several different monitors. These GPS enabled monitors generate field data which help farmers with their management decisions. Rick Boesche remembers when he first got a yield monitor in the 1990s – an Ag Leader monitor – which generated field maps and yields. ...read more

Farm Driven

The Duvick family attributes their farm upbringing for their drive to succeed in life. Micah Duvick doesn’t mind hard work. Neither do his siblings. “Growing up on the farm instilled in us a good work ethic,” said Micah. He and his three siblings helped their grandfather and father with typical farm chores ...read more

The Business of Ultrasounding Beef

Robert “Bert” Hueber knows a good ribeye when he sees one. As a certified ultrasound technician Bert evaluates ribeyes regularly for Beef Performance Technology. He uses the ultrasound technology as a tool to aid cattle feeders in producing a high quality product for consumers. Bert ultrasounds thousands of beef cattle raised in ...read more

Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

IFB Members Set Policy at Annual Meeting Delegates and members attending the 103rd Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Annual Meeting capped a frustrating year with some good news: U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a ceasefire in their escalating trade war. But the armistice wasn’t the only highlight ...read more

Combine Conversations

It’s not every day that you get to ride in a combine and talk to a farmer. But these people did. Some were local and others came from the Chicago suburbs for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Riding in a combine to watch field corn being harvested was the highlight of their day. Nearly ...read more

Farmers & Educators Gather for Harvest Dinner

Bright lights, the sound of conversation, and the aroma of delicious foods filled the autumn air. Local farmers and educators gathered under a picturesque barn to share conversation and dinner during the DeKalb County Harvest Dinner. The event focused on developing relationships among farmers and educators and opening lines of communication ...read more

Preserving Corn Pickers

Most know Bob Johnson as Corn Picker Bob. He comes by that nickname naturally having an extensive collection of vintage corn pickers and a book. Bob has been collecting corn pickers for nearly three decades. His interest in the antiquated farm machines started at an auction where he spotted a John ...read more

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 is a list of Farm Bureau members who are included in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Farm Products Directory. Honey Hill Orchard Kathy Bock ...read more

Pumpkin Patch Pickings

It’s prime time for pumpkins at the Krueger Farm. Each pumpkin has been hand-picked with love and enthusiasm by the Krueger kids from their patch located on Grandpa’s farm northeast of Genoa. Cole and Caleb, the youngest siblings, enjoy picking and washing pumpkins. John likes figuring out what people want. Sydney prefers ...read more