Local People

A Gift from DeKalb County Agriculture

National Agriculture Week was celebrated at local hospitals During Agriculture Week, March 20-26, the newest bundles of joy were presented with gift baskets at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals of Northwestern Medicine. The baskets were compliments of local farmers and agricultural organizations. The gift baskets explained to families how important agriculture is more

Teacher Feature – Amy Gomes

Teaching School: Lynn G. Haskin Elementary School, Sandwich Grades: 2nd grade Number of years teaching: 22 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taught Ag in the Classroom at Haskin, attended the Summer Ag Institute at the Farm Bureau, and I was a past Ag Literacy Ambassador for Haskin. What is your favorite unit to teach? more

Player Profiles

Farm kids who play basketball in local high schools Ashleigh Wackerlin Nickname: AshSchool/Team Name: Hinckley Big-Rock RoyalsYear in School: SeniorAge: 17Basketball Position: GuardJersey Number: 15Height: 5' 1O"Years Playing Basketball: 4Personal Best: 33 points in a gameBest Moments in Basketball: My sophomore year I hit the game winning shot against Indian Creek, but more

Royal Record Setter

Ashleigh Wackerlin ended her high school basketball career breaking school records for the Lady Royals. She broke the 39-year Hinckley-Big Rock girl’s record for the most points in a season, racking up 707 points her senior year. She ended her basketball career with 1,186 points joining an elite group and being more

March Madness: Farmers & Fadeaways

It’s that time of year! March Madness energizes sports enthusiasts with the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament. Farmers are among those who follow their favorite teams and were former basketball players. Some support their college alma mater or a team that has been their forever favorite in hopes of making more

DeKalb County SWCD Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In 1928 Hugh Bennett, head of the Soil Conservation Service, (federal agency that is now know as the Natural Resources Conservation Service) wrote a book entitled “Soil Erosion A National Menace.” In the book he brought attention to the issues of the artificial disturbance of the vegetative cover and ground more

Teacher Feature – Julie Vlosak

Teaching School: Indian Creek High SchoolGrades: 9th - 12th Vocational AgricultureNumber of years teaching: 9Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a family farm and work with the Farm Bureau regularly today through membership & education.What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy watching the lightbulb moments in students more

Grateful for Scholarships

Three local women who work at Maplehurst Farms, Inc. received DeKalb County Farm Bureau Scholarships. They share their stories and gratitude for having been awarded these scholarships in the past. Kristin Hoffman I grew up in Kingston on a grain and livestock farm. I attended Hiawatha in Kirkland from elementary through high more

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Annual Meetings

Celebrating 110 Years In the early years of Farm Bureau, Annual Meetings were held at various locations. In 1930 and 1931, the Annual Meeting took place at the new Fargo Theatre on Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Clippings from the March 1948 issue of the DeKalb County Farmer newsletter: (Left) The Egyptian Theatre was more

Farm Couples’ Hearts Connect

Their love story began 70 years ago. Three farm couples found their true love during their younger years. And the common thread among these couples is the Egyptian Theatre, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and a glove box! Ray & Carol Larson: "Love One Another" When Ray and Carol Larson take a more