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Teacher Feature – Julie Lovett

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Indian Creek Elementary School, Shabbona Grade: 3rd Grade Subjects: All subjects Number of years teaching: 28 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have attended many Summer Ag Institutes over the years, participate in the Ag in the Classroom presentations, and my class participates in the Placemat Contest every ...read more

A Time to Shine

DeKalb County 4-H Fair 2021 Lessons Learned from Showing Livestock Catherine Bott, 17 - Hinckley Harvestors Showed: Boer GoatFavorite part: "The satisfaction of seeing everything come together."Lessons learned: "It's important to learn from my mistakes, don't be too hard on yourself, and there's always something to improve." Jared Clausen, 18 - Genoa Prairie Gems Showed: ...read more

Honoring Students with Scholarships

Farm Bureau Foundation awards 18 scholarships The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently awarded 18 scholarships to deserving college students. The Foundation congratulates these students receiving the Ag Discipline Scholarship, DeKalb Ag Scholarship, Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship, Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship, Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarship, ...read more

Show Days

The Suddeth Family has been showing pigs since 1923 Joe Suddeth remembers his show days like it was yesterday.The thrill of following his black and white belted pigs into the show ring was the highlight of his youth. His daily work of raising pigs at his Shabbona farm and picking the ...read more

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