Local People

A Drive for Animal Science Degrees

Jacquelyn Prestegaard has a special affinity for farm animals. Her affection for bovines, in particular, began with visits to her grandparent’s beef farm and showing cattle. “I showed beef cattle in 4-H for almost 10 years, which definitely played a part in my college major,” said Jacquelyn. Jacquelyn showed beef cattle more

Teacher Feature – Sandy Arndt

Teaching School:  Genoa-Kingston Middle SchoolGrade:  7th GradeSubject:  Life ScienceNumber of years teaching:  15 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my school. My family has been a part of Farm Bureau forever, and I was a recipient of a Farm Bureau scholarship way back in the day.What more

Golden Girls: Farm Women Reflect on a Century of Change

DeKalb County Farm Bureau features three of its longtime members, farm women, who reflect on a century of changes on their family farms and in our country. Jeanne Pritchard, Florence Hipple, and Gladys Schnorr share their farm stories. These farm women reflect on farming, family and faith in their golden years. Imagine more

Teacher Feature – Laurie Jacobson

Teaching: Teacher:  Laurie Jacobson School:  West Elementary, Sycamore Grade: 2nd Number of years teaching: 19 years - All in 2nd grade Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have attended several Summer Ag Institutes with the Farm Bureau and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for West Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love teaching more

Frieders Leads County Board

DeKalb County has a new leader who knows agriculture.  John Frieders brings a different perspective to the County Board as its recently elected chairman. The lifelong farmer understands county government and knows its actions can have a direct impact on agriculture. “So much of what the county does affects agriculture,” said John. more

Kernels of Connections

November FARM Bags feature field corn Prairie View Elementary 2nd grader Caden Hoyt had just three words to describe his reaction to the field corn activities his class had just completed: “Best. Day. Ever!” Prairie View 2nd graders from Sandwich learned about corn harvest from farmer Ed Cowan. Kim Gudmunson’s 2nd grade students more

Farm Bureau Scholarships Available

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation announces the availability of applications for its Senior Scholarships. The Foundation will grant 10 scholarships to deserving high school seniors pursuing a college education. High school seniors who will be attending a two or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in the fall of 2021 more

Toys for Farm Boys

Three local famers share their passion for collecting toy tractors, as we approach the holiday season when young farm children get excited about receiving similar toys. Pedal Tractor Passion When Gene Reid was a young farm boy he had a pedal tractor. A yellow Minneapolis Moline model from the mid-1960s. He loved more

Teacher Feature – Kim Gudmunson

Teaching School:  Prairie View Elementary, Sandwich Grade:  2nd Grade Number of years teaching:  11 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I grew up on a farm in Leland and my family was part of the Farm Bureau. My husband and I continue to be members today. I taught Ag in the Classroom in both Somonauk more

Pandemic Poinsettias

Spreading Holiday Cheer HBR greenhouse grows and sells poinsettias during pandemic. In a typical year the Hinckley-Big Rock (HBR) High School greenhouse would be bursting with poinsettias. But this year is not typical by any means. HBR sold 150 poinsettias wholesale this year. (From left) Students Maddie Noble and Ashleigh Wackerlin helped grow more