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Studying Stewardship

“If I could use one word to describe the tours it would be stewardship.” -Scott Horlock, Sycamore High School teacher This year’s Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) theme was Water, Agriculture, Technology, & Environmental Resources (WATER), June 14-17.The four-day Farm Bureau-sponsored institute for educators was comprised of tours, speakers, and hands-on activities. ...read more

Back to the Farm

Dummer Students Thrilled to Resume Field Trips Although most students from Herman E. Dummer School in Sandwich do not live on a farm, many are fortunate to have taken field trips or toured farms previously.For the fourth year, Alan and JoAnn Adams invited and hosted a field trip where fourth graders ...read more

First Jeff Hartmann SAI Scholarships Presented

Six teachers were awarded scholarships for their participation in Farm Bureau’s Summer Ag Institute (SAI). This was the first year which the scholarships were given in memory of the late Jeff Hartmann. The Hartmanns started a new fund with the Farm Bureau Foundation to assist teachers with the course cost ...read more

Teacher Feature – Monica Winckler

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Herman E. Dummer School, SandwichGrade: 4th GradeSubjects: All subjectsNumber of years teaching: 20Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use Ag Literacy materials in my classroom to supplement a unit on Illinois. I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my school, and I coordinate with ...read more

Work. Teach. Learn.

Summer Ag Literacy Interns Through the Years It was early spring, 2002. The ag literacy program was growing. More educators were requesting programs and resources, and planning for the fourth Summer Ag Institute for teachers was underway. Education coordinator Rhodora Collins realized she could use some help.It was then that DeKalb ...read more

Farm Bureau Honors Sheriff

DeKalb County Farm Bureau recently honored Sheriff Roger Scott on his retirement. “Sheriff Scott has truly been a friend of agriculture and we wish him well in retirement,” said Farm Bureau President Steve Bemis. Farm Bureau leaders acknowledged his long-time service to the county at their June 28 Board of Directors ...read more

Back to Nature

Pollinator Habitats gain popularity in county There’s a growing trend for pollinator habitats in rural DeKalb County. Landowners are turning some of their corn acres into pollinator habitat as part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).Nearly 9% or about 454 acres of the CRP acres are enrolled in the Pollinator Habitat ...read more

Teacher Feature – Amanda Hofmann

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching: School: Hiawatha Elementary SchoolGrade: 1st and 2ndSubjects: All subjectsNumber of years teaching: 5Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have used AgriLearning Kits for the past 4 years, I teach and participate in Ag in the Classroom, and I was the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my ...read more

Best in State

Two local FFA members earn top state proficiency awards for their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Logan Bend, Indian Creek FFA, and Max Griffey, Sycamore FFA, attained first in state with their FFA record books and a series of personal interviews. Logan Bend Garners Top Crop Award Logan Bend from rural Shabbona was this ...read more

65th Year of Senior Scholarships

High School Seniors Earn Farm Bureau Scholarships This year marks the 65th 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 totaling $110 each. This year, ten students attending a variety of colleges will receive a ...read more