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Teacher Feature – Jake Brens

Teaching School: Sycamore Middle SchoolGrade: 8th gradeSubjects: English Language ArtsNumber of years teaching: 18Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have been the team leader for the 8th Grade Farm Field Trip for the past 8 years.What is your favorite unit to teach? Nonfiction literacy/argument analysis. I love helping students learn to ask ...read more

Legacy of Pride

Proud to be Americans Raymond and Frances Katz dedicated their lives, spirits, and hearts to DeKalb County and to America, continuing the legacy of their parents and grandparents who came to this country as immigrants in the mid-1800’s and early 1900’s. Raymond and Frances established their lives in DeKalb as young newlyweds, ...read more

Farm Bureau’s ALOT Program cultivates future ag leaders

Anna Schelkopf and Katie Arndt represented DeKalb County in this year’s ALOT program. Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) created Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT), an agricultural leadership development program designed to give participants a head-start on tackling tomorrow’s leadership responsibilities. From left: Steve Koeller, IAA District 15 Director; Anna Schelkopf; Katie Arndt; and ...read more

A Gift from DeKalb County Agriculture

National Agriculture Week was celebrated at local hospitals During Agriculture Week, March 20-26, the newest bundles of joy were presented with gift baskets at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals of Northwestern Medicine. The baskets were compliments of local farmers and agricultural organizations. The gift baskets explained to families how important agriculture is ...read more

Teacher Feature – Amy Gomes

Teaching School: Lynn G. Haskin Elementary School, Sandwich Grades: 2nd grade Number of years teaching: 22 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taught Ag in the Classroom at Haskin, attended the Summer Ag Institute at the Farm Bureau, and I was a past Ag Literacy Ambassador for Haskin. What is your favorite unit to teach? ...read more

Player Profiles

Farm kids who play basketball in local high schools Ashleigh Wackerlin Nickname: AshSchool/Team Name: Hinckley Big-Rock RoyalsYear in School: SeniorAge: 17Basketball Position: GuardJersey Number: 15Height: 5' 1O"Years Playing Basketball: 4Personal Best: 33 points in a gameBest Moments in Basketball: My sophomore year I hit the game winning shot against Indian Creek, but ...read more

Royal Record Setter

Ashleigh Wackerlin ended her high school basketball career breaking school records for the Lady Royals. She broke the 39-year Hinckley-Big Rock girl’s record for the most points in a season, racking up 707 points her senior year. She ended her basketball career with 1,186 points joining an elite group and being ...read 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 ...read more

DeKalb County SWCD Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In 1928 Hugh Bennett, head of the Soil Conservation Service, (federal agency that is now know as the Natural Resources Conservation Service) wrote a book entitled “Soil Erosion A National Menace.” In the book he brought attention to the issues of the artificial disturbance of the vegetative cover and ground ...read more

Teacher Feature – Julie Vlosak

Teaching School: Indian Creek High SchoolGrades: 9th - 12th Vocational AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 9Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a family farm and work with the Farm Bureau regularly today through membership & education.What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy watching the lightbulb moments in students ...read more