Local Farmers

Lambing Season Underway

With the spring season comes lambing season. Local farms are welcoming new lambs to their flocks. But spring lambing is sort of a misnomer because lambs are born year-round, according to Julie Barr. “Some lambs are born in the spring (March-May), but many are born in January and February or in more

Golden Girls: Farm Women Reflect on a Century of Change

DeKalb County Farm Bureau features three of its longtime members, farm women, who reflect on a century of changes on their family farms and in our country. Jeanne Pritchard, Florence Hipple, and Gladys Schnorr share their farm stories. These farm women reflect on farming, family and faith in their golden years. Imagine more

Scholarship Honors DeKalb County Farmer

New Jeff Hartmann SAI Scholarships for Teachers The Hartmann farm family understands the value of educating others about agriculture. The Maple Park-based family especially wants local teachers to help students connect to their source of food and fiber. The family has endowed a gift to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for more

Frieders Leads County Board

DeKalb County has a new leader who knows agriculture.  John Frieders brings a different perspective to the County Board as its recently elected chairman. The lifelong farmer understands county government and knows its actions can have a direct impact on agriculture. “So much of what the county does affects agriculture,” said John. more

Perspectives of 2021 Farm Year

Coming off an unprecedented year of agriculture, what will 2021 bring? What will make for a smooth year of farming and improved profitability? We asked local farmers to give us their views and perspectives for the 2021 farm year.    Stacey DolderSomonauk Farmer “I’m not sad to see 2020 go. I’m cautiously optimistic, more

Toys for Farm Boys

Three local famers share their passion for collecting toy tractors, as we approach the holiday season when young farm children get excited about receiving similar toys. Pedal Tractor Passion When Gene Reid was a young farm boy he had a pedal tractor. A yellow Minneapolis Moline model from the mid-1960s. He loved more

Policy Positions IFB for Challenges Ahead

For the first time in Illinois Farm Bureau history, the organization’s annual meeting was conducted virtually with 336 county Farm Bureau delegates participating via internet across the state. Mark TuttleMike Schweitzer Delegates serving DeKalb County included: Steve Bemis, Berkeley Boehne, Ed Cowan, Roy Plote and Mike Schweitzer. New IFB policy addresses the challenge more

Honoring Farmer Veterans

We pay tribute to our local farmers who served in the military during this month which commemorates Veterans day. Some of our farmer veterans from DeKalb County are featured as they shared their military experiences during turbulent times when our country was embattled in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, more

2020 Voters Guide

The Voters Guide features contested races of candidates serving DeKalb County and seeking the offices of U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate, State House of Representatives, County Circuit Clerk, County State's Attorney, County Coroner and County Board. Candidates are listed in order they appear on the ballot. Also provided is more

Grain Elevators Prepare for 2020 Harvest

Local grain companies have COVID restrictions in place to keep employees safe so facilities run smoothly for fall grain deliveries. Commercial grain elevators are ready for this year’s harvest with modified health and safety practices in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Our biggest changes were made in the spring and will more