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A Legacy for Agriculture

Foundation’s Mission: Ag Outreach & Education Looking back on the 2019 year, it was another significant year for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture! Thanks to the generosity of so many donors the Foundation was successful in funding worthwhile agricultural initiatives like Ag in the Classroom, scholarships, farm field ...read more

Teacher Feature – Dana Timmermann

Teaching: School: Kingston Elementary School Grade: 1st Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 4 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taught Ag in the Classroom at Kingston Elementary School (KES), attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for KES. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more

Reindeer Prancing at Whispering Pines Ranch

There’s Kringle and Holly, Eve and Ruby, Jack Frost and Buddy. The six reindeer are the friendly caribou creatures at the ranch owned by Randy and Beth Espe. The Espes acquired the reindeer to complement their Christmas tree sales. “I’ve always thought about raising white-tail deer,” said Randy, who enjoys the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Elizabeth Peterson

Teaching School: Sycamore Middle School Grade: 8th Grade Subjects: Math & Science Number of years teaching: 20 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Summer Ag Institute for Teachers (SAI) through the Farm Bureau and every year we take our students on the 8th Grade Farm Field Trip to surrounding farms. What is your ...read more

Books Build Ag Literacy

Did you know… If popped, the twenty million kernels of popcorn produced on one acre of land would cover the ground like four inches of snow? A single Merino sheep hair is three times finer than the average human hair? A boy named Junius who was born into slavery later ...read more

For Butterflies, Birds & Bees: New Pollinator Plot

What’s all the buzz about the new plants and corn sculptures in front of the Farm Bureau Building? Check out Farm Bureau’s new pollinator garden plot. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has established a new pollinator plot for the benefit of attracting pollinators who help make food for the food web. “It made ...read more

Harvest May Stretch Into December

Farmers are ready to wrap up this year’s harvest but some are still weeks away from being done. DeKalb County harvest is running about a month behind schedule. The lateness is attributed to a wet spring – most corn and soybean fields didn’t get planted until June – then a wet ...read more

Teacher Feature – Ms. Allyn Ricci

Teaching: School: Herman E. Dummer Elementary School Grade: 4th Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 12 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: A few years ago our district was left without a science curriculum, so I contacted the Farm Bureau to see what was available for us. We now use several literacy kits every year. Best ...read more

The Perfect Match

Community players come together to boost ag literacy among young children. Sometimes the cards just fall into place. In this case, four key “cards” came together: an idea, a need, funding, and a way to implement the idea. The Farm Matching Game includes 30 farm images (for a total of 60 cards) ...read more

Community AG-tivities

Agriculture activities are fun for the whole family. Local summer events drew hundreds of children and adults together to learn about food and farming. Corn Fest DeKalb, Aug. 23-25 The DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers coordinated interactive ag displays for Corn Fest including an educational biofuel exhibit, a combine, the Farm ...read more