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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

Teacher Feature – Allyson Holder

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Personal Hometown: I was born in Baltimore, MD and have lived in DeKalb, IL for 41 years. Family: My husband Kevin & I have been married 39 years. We have 3 married children and 10 grandchildren: Stephen (Abby) with Cecilia, Eero and Joe; Jessica Lehan (Jim) ...read more

Cultivating Young Leaders

Gord completes ALOT Leeson Gord of Sandwich recently completed the Illinois Farm Bureau Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program. This year’s ALOT class of 21graduates studied and developed leadership skills in the areas of communication, political process, agricultural economics, and global issues as part of the nine-week training program. Illinois Farm Bureau created ...read more

Farm Life After Dairying

For most of his farm life, Bill Lenschow got up at 4:30 every morning to milk his cows. It was a daily routine for him and his family, to milk their dairy cows each morning and evening. “I liked it because it was something the whole family could do,” said Bill. ...read more

History Fills the Hallways

DeKalb students experience Ag History Expo “In the hallways I hear kids talking about getting in the combine, as well as getting their hands in the soil!” DeKalb School District instructional coach Emily Weller still hears students converse about the memorable History Expo that took place at Farm Bureau this spring. About ...read more