Local People

Teacher Feature – Jill Schmitt

Teaching School: Lynn G. Haskin School, SandwichGrades: KindergartenSubjects: All of them!Number of years teaching: 29Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use many Ag Literacy resources in my classroom.What is your favorite unit to teach? I love teaching the students in the Fall. There are so many things to focus on while encouraging more

Cherished Farm Memories Leave Lasting Legacy

Family honors memories by establishing a new George W. “Bill” and Ann Marie Stanley Scholarship To honor these cherished farm memories of Ann Marie and her husband Bill Stanley, their family has established an endowed scholarship in their names with the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. George W. “Bill” and more

Students Earn American FFA Degree

At this year’s National FFA Convention, 11 FFA students from DeKalb County chapters earned their American FFA Degree. They are: Jessica Carlson, Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA; Hayley Foss, Genoa-Kingston FFA; Kendal Hawbaker and Madeline Noble, Hinckley-Big Rock FFA; Jared Clausen, Allie Drake, Tyler Ekstrom, Morgan Fidler, Max Griffey, Jesse Mantzke, and Jaedyn Slutz, more


Big rigs and horses define this farm woman There’s nothing quite like driving an 18-wheeler full of grain, says Malta farm woman Dawn Stohecker. She drives big rigs for Reid Farms. “I’ve always liked big trucks,” said Dawn. “Peterbilt is my favorite.” She lights up describing the farm’s newly purchased Peterbilt 389 with more

Teacher Feature – Jenny Wold

Teaching Schools: Somonauk High School and Leland Middle School/High SchoolGrades: 6th-12thSubjects: Agriculture and Food ScienceNumber of years teaching: 6Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I served as the Kendall County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator for 11 years. While I loved it, I missed working with high school students and being an FFA more

Prairie State of Mind

It’s been nearly 25 years since Prairie State Winery began making wine. They were the first commercial winery in DeKalb County. Prairie State Winery was established in 1998, a time when there were very few wineries in Illinois. They were number 16. Now there are about 165 wineries in the prairie more

Teacher Feature – Kyla Hueber

Teaching Schools: Southeast Elementary, SycamoreGrades: 3rdSubjects: AllNumber of years teaching: 15Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I love participating in the Ag in the Classroom presentations each year and have enjoyed completing the Summer Ag Institute for teachers several times.What is your favorite unit to teach? My favorite unit is our Mystery Science more

After Internship, It’s Back to College

My name is Ava Splear and I am currently studying Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and minoring in Public Relations. I’ve held the position of the Agricultural Literacy/Communications Intern at DeKalb County Farm Bureau this summer and last summer! I’m pleased that the skills more

Students Experience History of One-Room Schools

Have you ever heard someone say, “Education sure has changed since I was a kid?” or “That’s not the way we did math when I was in school?” It’s true education has changed a great deal in the 144 years that Old North Grove School has been standing, on its original more

Local Farmers Donate to Foundation Through Bayer

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation is reaping the benefits of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program of Bayer thanks to two local farmers. Colleen Hogan Marshall, DeKalb farmer, and Ken Stark, Malta farmer, directed $5,000 each from the Bayer Fund to the Foundation for Ag in the Classroom and other more