Local Farmers

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

Dealers Have History with DeKalb Seed

John Emerson: DSR to Seed Dealer John Emerson remembers it like it was yesterday. Being hired by Harold Noren and Carroll Christenson, DEKALB Ag marketing executives, for the sales department.  John had recently graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in agriculture and was anxious to work in an agribusiness field. more

The Story Behind DEKALB Seed Dealers

Farmer seed dealers have been an important piece of the DEKALB story. Tom Roberts believed the dealer should be a farmer who called on his neighbor. Who better could enthusiastically sell seed on the basis of personal experience? Roberts also believed sales calls should be made well in advance of planting, more

County Farm Bureau Leaders Elected

Meet the 2020 leadership team. Farm Bureau’s Executive Committee - (From left) Roy Plote, secretary; Mark Tuttle, president; Steve Bemis, vice president; and Steve Drendel, treasurer. Typically, the election of county Farm Bureau officers occurs in late March each year. But this March was atypical with the COVID-19 pandemic. After the reopening more