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Teacher Feature – Mrs. Susan Foster

Personal Hometown: Shabbona Family: My husband Curt and I farm south of Shabbona. We have two grown daughters, Hilary and Rachel. College/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Child Development from NIU, Master of Arts in Education from Aurora University What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, of course! Favorites Quote: “Be the reason someone smiles ...read more

Show Days

Take a look at the 2019 DeKalb County 4-H Fair.                       2019 DeKalb County 4-H Grand Champions Market Steer - Brody Engel, Genoa Prairie Gems; Beef Female - Sara Johnson, Esmond Echoes; Dairy - Destiny Fogle, Somonauk Haymakers; Meat Goat - Tomi Harrod, Hinckley Harvestors; Market Goat - Trevor Rhoads, Genoa Prairie Gems; ...read more

A Tractor Ride for Joe

Joe Barshinger loved a good tractor ride. For years, Joe Barshinger joined his farm buddies on organized tractor rides with caravans of the vintage machines trekking through country roads and small towns. Travelling at the slow tractor speeds, he enjoyed the countryside and comradery with other tractor drivers at the rest ...read more

College to Corn Fields

Olivia Harvell and Samantha “Sam” Fleming giggle, just like they did when they were little. They have been friends “forever” say the 20-year-olds in unison. “We have baby pictures together – I think we came into this world as friends,” chuckled Sam. Olivia claims that the two have done just about everything ...read more

First Orville Olson Scholarship Granted

Davis Espe has a new-found appreciation for the man behind his scholarship. “I am honored and humbled to be chosen for this first scholarship,” said Davis Espe. “And I’m proud to represent Orville Olson.” Davis was selected to receive the new Orville A. Olson Agriculture Scholarship from the DeKalb County Farm Bureau ...read more

Life Lessons Learned: Showing Livestock

A Good Work Ethic. Dedication. Responsibility. Care. Passion. Confidence. Love for Animals. After years of showing livestock at the DeKalb County 4-H Fair, these experienced young people share what they learned in and out of the show ring. They are nearing the end of their 4-H show days. Farm Bureau salutes ...read more

College Students Earn Scholarships

Students return to college with some financial support from Farm Bureau. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently awarded 19 scholarships to deserving college students. The Foundation congratulates these students receiving the Ag Discipline Scholarship, Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship, Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarship, Medical Scholarship and the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Brenda Woker

Teaching Teacher: Miss Brenda Woker School: Jefferson Elementary School, DeKalb Grade: 4th Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 21 years at Jefferson Elementary Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I use Ag Literacy materials in my classroom and take my students on farm field trips. I have also participated in the following: Ag Literacy Committee, 18 years; ...read more

20 Years of SAI

Summer Ag Institute over the years: 1999-2019 By the numbers… 20    Summer Ag Institutes conducted (1 cancelled) 391  Teachers participated (240 unduplicated) 39    Percentage of teachers who have repeated the course 91    Farms and ag-related businesses toured 118  Speakers and panelists 56   Total schools represented (35 in-county, 21 out-of-county) 19   Average class size   Every year ...read more

Six Days of STEM

Ten inquisitive educators gathered in June for a unique opportunity that has taken place in DeKalb County for two decades. The teachers were participants in the 20th Summer Ag Institute (SAI), a graduate course and professional development opportunity designed for educators. “Exploring STEM Tools in Food & Farming” was the theme ...read more