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Pollinator Habitats gain popularity in county There’s a growing trend for pollinator habitats in rural DeKalb County. Landowners are turning some of their corn acres into pollinator habitat as part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).Nearly 9% or about 454 acres of the CRP acres are enrolled in the Pollinator Habitat more

Teacher Feature – Amanda Hofmann

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching: School: Hiawatha Elementary SchoolGrade: 1st and 2ndSubjects: All subjectsNumber of years teaching: 5Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have used AgriLearning Kits for the past 4 years, I teach and participate in Ag in the Classroom, and I was the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my more

Best in State

Two local FFA members earn top state proficiency awards for their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Logan Bend, Indian Creek FFA, and Max Griffey, Sycamore FFA, attained first in state with their FFA record books and a series of personal interviews. Logan Bend Garners Top Crop Award Logan Bend from rural Shabbona was this more

65th Year of Senior Scholarships

High School Seniors Earn Farm Bureau Scholarships This year marks the 65th year of awarding DeKalb County Farm Bureau Senior Scholarships. The scholarship program was started in 1956 with the first scholarships given to five NIU students totaling $110 each. This year, ten students attending a variety of colleges will receive a more

Teacher Feature – Kara Poynter

Teaching School:  Sycamore High School Grades:  8 - 12 Subjects:  Agriculture Sciences Number of years teaching:  18 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have been a Farm Bureau member for years and when I became a teacher I connected my students to the Farm Bureau through Ag in the Classroom presentations, co-hosting the 8th Grade Farm more

Conserv FS Facility Expanded in Waterman

FS is in the midst of a large expansion project for their Waterman facility.   The new state-of-the art dry and liquid fertilizer buildings will handle ag products more efficiently and increase the volume of fertilizer available to farmers. “At Conserv FS we are committed to serving the farmers of today while more

Farm Bureau Leadership Team Elected

Farmers impart years of experience in county organization. The newly elected DeKalb County Farm Bureau leadership team provides a prominent level of experience and commitment to the organization. The four farmers average nearly two decades of Farm Bureau leadership. Newly elected leaders of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau are officers: (from left) more

Teaching Agriculture

Jenna Baker is a first year ag teacher at Tri-Point High School in Cullom, Illinois. Jenna attributes her Leland farm background and ag classes taken at Somonauk High School for her ag teaching career path. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership & Science Education from the University of Illinois more

Teacher Feature – Joanie Novak

Teaching School:  Littlejohn Elementary School, DeKalb Grade:  2nd Subjects:  All Number of years teaching:  18 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  This is my 9th year as the Agricultural Literacy Ambassador for my school. I have participated in Ag in the Classroom events while teaching 4th, 5th, and now 2nd grade, and I participate in as many more

Farm Animal Companions

A farmer’s best friend is oftentimes their dog – by their side in the shop, riding with them in the pickup truck/tractor, or herding livestock. But other farm animals also provide companionship for farmers and their families. Featured are farm family members with their favorite farm animal companions. Justis Willrett & more