Local Farmers

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 more

March Madness: Farmers & Fadeaways

It’s that time of year! March Madness energizes sports enthusiasts with the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament. Farmers are among those who follow their favorite teams and were former basketball players. Some support their college alma mater or a team that has been their forever favorite in hopes of making more

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Annual Meetings

Celebrating 110 Years In the early years of Farm Bureau, Annual Meetings were held at various locations. In 1930 and 1931, the Annual Meeting took place at the new Fargo Theatre on Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Clippings from the March 1948 issue of the DeKalb County Farmer newsletter: (Left) The Egyptian Theatre was more

Farm Couples’ Hearts Connect

Their love story began 70 years ago. Three farm couples found their true love during their younger years. And the common thread among these couples is the Egyptian Theatre, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and a glove box! Ray & Carol Larson: "Love One Another" When Ray and Carol Larson take a more

Popcorn Partners

Local farmers diversify with acres of popcorn Farmers Jeff Anderson and Tyler Tindall were looking for another niche market when they decided to grow popcorn. As they contemplated this new crop they realized that it isn’t your typical DeKalb County crop, like field corn, but has some similarities. They became familiar with more

Farmer Perspectives of the 2021 Crop Year

It was another unique year for agriculture in DeKalb County. Farmers will tell you that they never know what their crops will be like from one year to the next. That’s because of the uncertainty with weather conditions. While farmers can’t control Mother Nature, they can control their inputs – seed, fertilizer, more

DeKalb County Represented at IFB Annual Meeting

Mark Tuttle, Somonauk farmer, was re-elected District 1 Illinois Farm Bureau Director at the annual meeting of the state organization. Tuttle has served for two years and will begin his second term in January. Katie Arndt of DeKalb participated in the Young Leaders Discussion Meet at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual more

Harvest Helpers

Farmers have done it again. Local farmers dropped what they were doing to help a fellow farmer in need during harvest. Mark Hawkins, a Kingston farmer, organized the harvest effort for his farm friend, Mike Hagemann, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The farm crew harvested 450 acres of soybeans in more

Pumpkins a Plenty

The Enchanted Valley Farm offers a wide selection of unique pumpkin varieties & more In northern DeKalb County there’s a small pumpkin farm that provides fall’s finest crops – a unique assortment of pumpkins, gourds, squash, mums, Indian corn – and some good old fashioned family fun. The Enchanted Valley Farm is more

Master Farmer Advocates for Agriculture

Paul Taylor naturally enjoys telling others about agriculture. His deep roots in farming coupled with his communication skills and farm organization leadership have provided the platform for his advocacy efforts. As a matter of fact, he’s frequently called upon to tell agriculture’s story. Paul has testified before Congress and interfaced with legislators, more