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FFA at State

Local students excel Sheep Star Discovery Star FFA Award in Sheep Breeding Drake Slutz, a third generation sheep farmer from Sycamore, recently was named Discovery Star Farmer for Illinois. This top FFA award is unique in that it was given to this eighth grader and is the first in the history of the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Josh Dodge

Teaching Schools: Hiawatha Jr. & Sr. High SchoolsGrades: 7-12Subjects: AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 10Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: My students help present the Ag in the Classroom lessons every year and I have served as my school’s Ag Literacy Ambassador.What is your favorite unit to teach? I love to teach plant propagation ...read more

Stories of the Stockyards

Local farmers sold livestock at the Chicago Union Stockyards and share their stories The Union Stock Yard & Transit Company was the meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century, starting in 1865. The district was operated by a group of railroad companies that acquired marshland and turned it into ...read more

Family Farm Heritage

Honoring Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farms in DeKalb County Oakdale Farm City: SandwichTownship: SandwichOriginal Date of Purchase: 1855 by George BarkCurrent Owners: Great-Great Granddaugthers – Lori Carey, Jeanne Skelton & Karen ErhartAcres: 348 acres Farm History In 1847 young George Bark left his birthplace of New York and headed west in hopes of becoming a landowner and ...read more

Teacher Feature – Emily Weller

Teaching Position: Elementary Instructional CoachSchools: Jefferson Elementary & Littlejohn Elementary, DeKalbGrades: K-5Subjects: AllNumber of years teaching: 16Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I previously worked with Ag in the Classroom as a classroom teacher. Currently I work closely with the Farm Bureau, DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation, DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, ...read more

Art is Her Thing

Twenty years ago Katie Hunt won DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s design contest. Then, she was a fifth grader at Waterman Elementary. Now, she is an art teacher at DeKalb High School. In 2002, Katie Hunt won Farm Bureau’s T-Shirt Design Contest with her Ag Careers design. Katie still has her winning ...read more

Senior Scholarships Awarded to Students

Five high school seniors were recently selected to receive Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships. This year marks the 66th year of awarding DeKalb County Farm Bureau Senior Scholarships. The scholarship program was started in 1956 with the first scholarships given to five NIU students. In 2022, five students attending a variety of colleges ...read more

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