Local People

Teacher Feature – Melissa Irick

Teaching School: Hiawatha School District, Kirkland Position: Instructional Coach Grades: K-12 Number of years in education: 11 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: When I was a second grade teacher, I taught Ag in the Classroom at Hiawatha Elementary. As an educational consultant, I delivered professional development on engagement strategies and Illinois Social Studies standards for the more

Four Earn American FFA Degree at National Convention

At this year’s National FFA Convention, four FFA students from DeKalb County chapters earned their American FFA Degree. They are: Jacob Meyer, Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich; Mindy Smits, Sycamore; Dayton Ward, Sycamore; and Sawyer Willrett, DeKalb. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree achievable in the FFA organization. The degree is based on an more

The Man Behind the Mural

Master Carver Joe Dillett reflects on his creation It’s been 25 years since The Seasons of Agriculture mural was completed and installed in the new DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture. Master Carver Joe Dillett remembers it like it was yesterday. “I felt honored to do it,” said Joe. “It was, and more

Legacy of Love

They were that farm couple. Who worked together side-by-side on their family farm. Their entire married life. Leonard and Vivian Nelson were their own farm team – planting and harvesting their crops and raising livestock – for more than 65 years. Vivian particularly enjoyed the fall harvest as she drove the more

Teacher Feature – Tracey Sanderson

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Hinckley-Big Rock High School, Hinckley Grade: High School Subjects: Agriculture Number of years teaching: 14 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I teach agriculture and am the FFA Advisor. I often work with Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy program through the Sandwich Fair petting zoo and FARM (Food and Agriculture more

Master Farmer Advocates for Agriculture

Paul Taylor naturally enjoys telling others about agriculture. His deep roots in farming coupled with his communication skills and farm organization leadership have provided the platform for his advocacy efforts. As a matter of fact, he’s frequently called upon to tell agriculture’s story. Paul has testified before Congress and interfaced with legislators, more

Teacher Feature – Julie Lovett

Growing Knowledge of Agriculture in the Classroom Teaching School: Indian Creek Elementary School, Shabbona Grade: 3rd Grade Subjects: All subjects Number of years teaching: 28 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have attended many Summer Ag Institutes over the years, participate in the Ag in the Classroom presentations, and my class participates in the Placemat Contest every more

A Time to Shine

DeKalb County 4-H Fair 2021 Lessons Learned from Showing Livestock Catherine Bott, 17 - Hinckley Harvestors Showed: Boer GoatFavorite part: "The satisfaction of seeing everything come together."Lessons learned: "It's important to learn from my mistakes, don't be too hard on yourself, and there's always something to improve." Jared Clausen, 18 - Genoa Prairie Gems Showed: more

Honoring Students with Scholarships

Farm Bureau Foundation awards 18 scholarships The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently awarded 18 scholarships to deserving college students. The Foundation congratulates these students receiving the Ag Discipline Scholarship, DeKalb Ag Scholarship, Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship, Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship, Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarship, more

Show Days

The Suddeth Family has been showing pigs since 1923 Joe Suddeth remembers his show days like it was yesterday.The thrill of following his black and white belted pigs into the show ring was the highlight of his youth. His daily work of raising pigs at his Shabbona farm and picking the more