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Teacher Feature – Ms. Allyn Ricci

Teaching: School: Herman E. Dummer Elementary School Grade: 4th Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 12 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: A few years ago our district was left without a science curriculum, so I contacted the Farm Bureau to see what was available for us. We now use several literacy kits every year. Best ...read more

The Perfect Match

Community players come together to boost ag literacy among young children. Sometimes the cards just fall into place. In this case, four key “cards” came together: an idea, a need, funding, and a way to implement the idea. The Farm Matching Game includes 30 farm images (for a total of 60 cards) ...read more

Community AG-tivities

Agriculture activities are fun for the whole family. Local summer events drew hundreds of children and adults together to learn about food and farming. Corn Fest DeKalb, Aug. 23-25 The DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers coordinated interactive ag displays for Corn Fest including an educational biofuel exhibit, a combine, the Farm ...read more

Valuing Rural Veterinarians

Meet three local veterinarians who diagnose animal health problems, vaccinate against diseases, treat illnesses, perform surgeries and advise farmers on feeding and breeding. Dr. Steve Feuerbach Veterinarian & Relationship Manager for Pipestone Bethany Following in his father’s footsteps, a young Steve Feuerbach tagged along with his dad on farm calls. With each call ...read more

Forecast for Change

By Mindy Smits Change can be scary, difficult, nerve-wracking…the list goes on and on. Yet change is happening all around. For some of us it is starting college or transitioning out of college. For some it is wondering what your summers will be like after your last county fair. For some the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Mrs. Susan Foster

Personal Hometown: Shabbona Family: My husband Curt and I farm south of Shabbona. We have two grown daughters, Hilary and Rachel. College/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Child Development from NIU, Master of Arts in Education from Aurora University What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, of course! Favorites Quote: “Be the reason someone smiles ...read more

Show Days

Take a look at the 2019 DeKalb County 4-H Fair.                       2019 DeKalb County 4-H Grand Champions Market Steer - Brody Engel, Genoa Prairie Gems; Beef Female - Sara Johnson, Esmond Echoes; Dairy - Destiny Fogle, Somonauk Haymakers; Meat Goat - Tomi Harrod, Hinckley Harvestors; Market Goat - Trevor Rhoads, Genoa Prairie Gems; ...read more

A Tractor Ride for Joe

Joe Barshinger loved a good tractor ride. For years, Joe Barshinger joined his farm buddies on organized tractor rides with caravans of the vintage machines trekking through country roads and small towns. Travelling at the slow tractor speeds, he enjoyed the countryside and comradery with other tractor drivers at the rest ...read more

College to Corn Fields

Olivia Harvell and Samantha “Sam” Fleming giggle, just like they did when they were little. They have been friends “forever” say the 20-year-olds in unison. “We have baby pictures together – I think we came into this world as friends,” chuckled Sam. Olivia claims that the two have done just about everything ...read more