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Cultivating Classrooms

Ag in the Classroom Presenations In February, over 2,793 first through fourth grade students experienced agriculture within their own classrooms as part of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. Thanks to nearly 100 volunteers from throughout DeKalb County, these students learned about seeds, cows, Illinois agriculture, and more! AITC offers different agriculture lessons specifically created for ...read more

Giving Back

Bob and Norma Wildenradt are doing it again – giving back to their rural community. “It’s important to do – to make the community better,” say the Wildenradts. Recently Bob and Norma Wildenradt endowed a gift to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation earmarked for an agricultural scholarship.  “We count our blessings daily and ...read more

Gone in Seconds

Grain entrapment is on the rise across the Midwest and it hit close to home when a DeKalb County farmer tragically lost his life in his grain bin. Flowing grain is like quicksand. In four seconds you can be knee-deep in grain. Total grain engulfment takes a mere 20 seconds. Genoa farmer engulfed in ...read more

Teacher Feature – Joann Pardridge

Teaching: School: Indian Creek Elementary Grade: 4 Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 33 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy Connection: I have participated in Ag in the Classroom presentations, attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Indian Creek Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love to ...read more

Teacher Feature – Shelley Lawson

Teaching: School: Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb Students: 2 and 3 year-olds Subjects: Incorporating academics while teaching life skills Number of years teaching: 11 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy Connection: I incorporated the Pre-K Barn Kit into my classroom and took my class on a field trip to Carol and Jim Boesche’s dairy farm in the early 1990’s. ...read more

A Legacy for Agriculture

Foundation’s Mission: Ag Outreach & Education Looking back on the 2019 year, it was another significant year for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture! Thanks to the generosity of so many donors the Foundation was successful in funding worthwhile agricultural initiatives like Ag in the Classroom, scholarships, farm field ...read more

Teacher Feature – Dana Timmermann

Teaching: School: Kingston Elementary School Grade: 1st Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 4 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taught Ag in the Classroom at Kingston Elementary School (KES), attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for KES. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more

Reindeer Prancing at Whispering Pines Ranch

There’s Kringle and Holly, Eve and Ruby, Jack Frost and Buddy. The six reindeer are the friendly caribou creatures at the ranch owned by Randy and Beth Espe. The Espes acquired the reindeer to complement their Christmas tree sales. “I’ve always thought about raising white-tail deer,” said Randy, who enjoys the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Elizabeth Peterson

Teaching School: Sycamore Middle School Grade: 8th Grade Subjects: Math & Science Number of years teaching: 20 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Summer Ag Institute for Teachers (SAI) through the Farm Bureau and every year we take our students on the 8th Grade Farm Field Trip to surrounding farms. What is your ...read more

Books Build Ag Literacy

Did you know… If popped, the twenty million kernels of popcorn produced on one acre of land would cover the ground like four inches of snow? A single Merino sheep hair is three times finer than the average human hair? A boy named Junius who was born into slavery later ...read more