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Lasting Tribute

Lifelong Farmer Honored by Family - James E. Montgomery Ag Scholarship established Family members describe James Montgomery as “humble, honest, and hard-working.” He was a devote family man and a dedicated farmer. In his 93-year-life, he raised his family of nine children and farmed in the Kirkland, Esmond and Malta areas. He ...read more

Family Farm Heritage

Honoring Centennial Farms in DeKalb County Grandgeorge/Smith Farm City: SandwichTownship: SomonaukOriginal Date of Purchase: 1900Current Owner: Jack & Evelyn SmithAcres: 240 Farm History Eugene Grandgeorge came to Leland, Illinois from Alsace, France in 1882 at the age of 19 and worked as a hired man. Eugene Grandgeorge immigrated from Franceto America 140 years ago. In 1894, ...read more

Horsepower

Big rigs and horses define this farm woman There’s nothing quite like driving an 18-wheeler full of grain, says Malta farm woman Dawn Stohecker. She drives big rigs for Reid Farms. “I’ve always liked big trucks,” said Dawn. “Peterbilt is my favorite.” She lights up describing the farm’s newly purchased Peterbilt 389 with ...read more

Farmers: Gift of Grain at Harvest

Hauling grain to the elevator? Give a gift of grain for charity. A gift of grain is another option of charitable giving. The value of the grain can be used to support much needed charitable causes in our local community. Farmers may donate corn or soybeans by delivering grain to a commercial ...read more

Byington & Bend New to Farm Bureau Board

Farmers Lynn Byington and Grant Bend recently were appointed to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Lynn Byington Lynn was raised on a grain farm in southern DeKalb County just a few miles from where she and her family lives today in rural Waterman. “Growing up, my dad reinforced that ...read more

Stories of the Stockyards

Local farmers sold livestock at the Chicago Union Stockyards and share their stories The Union Stock Yard & Transit Company was the meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century, starting in 1865. The district was operated by a group of railroad companies that acquired marshland and turned it into ...read more

Recap of Plant #22

Most corn and soybeans were planted in mid-May Farmers like to start planting the county’s top crops in mid-April. But that didn’t happen this year. Cold, wet weather put a dent on planting intentions and pushed the start to a month later and behind the average pace. When local farmers got a ...read more

Family Farm Heritage

Honoring Sesquicentennial Farms in DeKalb County Blue Arrow FarmCity: SycamoreTownship: SycamoreOriginal Date of Purchase: 1904 by Henry LenschowCurrent Owner: Bill & Kathy LenschowAcres: 182 acres originally, now 65 acres FARM HISTORY Henry Lenschow purchased 182 acres from Richard Blanchfield on Sept. 3, 1904. It was a typical northern Illinois farm where they raised dairy cows, pigs and chickens. ...read more

Farm Bureau Leaders Re-Elected

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors re-elected the leadership team of officers for 2022. Continuing their service are: (from left) Roy Plote, secretary; Steve Bemis, president; Berkeley Boehne, vice president; and Steve Drendel, treasurer. Bemis is in his second year as the county Farm Bureau president.

Advocates for Beef

Farmers Jamie Martz and Larisa Willrett represent agriculture You might say these women have some big shoes to fill coming from families with a strong history of beef industry leaders. But seriously, these two female farmers stand on their own recognizance. Today women are leaders and advocates for agriculture. In fact, one-third ...read more