Local People

Looking Back: Livestock Show Memories

Farm kids remember the days when they showed livestock at the DeKalb County 4-H Fair. Even if it’s been 60+ years. Their prized animals were selected from their farm herd or purchased in hopes of showing their finest livestock. After the fair, their show animals returned to the farm. We asked these more

Show Biz – Roach Brothers

Nick Roach vividly remembers his first year of showing sheep. Days before the 4-H fair he sheared the thick fleece of wool from his young ewe in preparation for the show. It’s then when he realized his sheep was “really skinny.” “I placed second to last at the show,” explained Nick. more

FFA Members Earn State Awards

Eleven Receive State FFA Degrees at Virtual Convention DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates this year’s State FFA Degree recipients from DeKalb County. Eleven young people were recognized with the State Degree at the Illinois FFA Virtual Convention a few weeks ago. The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have more

Teacher Feature – Toni Gabriel

Teaching: School: Genoa-Kingston High School Grade: 9-12 Subjects: Agriculture Number of years teaching: 15 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: My students help present Ag in the Classroom lessons every year, and I have been the ag literacy ambassador for our school.  What is your favorite unit to teach? I truly enjoy teaching agriculture in all aspects more

First Joe Barshinger Ag Scholarship Granted

Tate Johnson is grateful for being  the recipient of this scholarship. “It means a lot being the first person to receive the Joe Barshinger Ag Scholarship,” said Tate Johnson. “My family has known the Barshingers for a long time now and my Grandpa used to be good friends with Joe.” Tate was more

Teacher Feature – Pam Bybee

Teaching: School: Founders Elementary, DeKalb Grade: Fourth Subjects: All Subjects Number of years teaching: 32 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have utilized the Ag in the Classroom presentations, attended the Summer Ag Institute at the Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Founders Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I more

Ag Week Baby Baskets, A Welcome Gift

Newborns receive gift baskets from local farmers at hospitals. The joys of giving birth were not overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. During National Agriculture Week, March 22-28, the newest bundles of joy were presented with gift baskets at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals of Northwestern Medicine. The baskets were compliments of more

Cultivating Classrooms

Ag in the Classroom Presenations In February, over 2,793 first through fourth grade students experienced agriculture within their own classrooms as part of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. Thanks to nearly 100 volunteers from throughout DeKalb County, these students learned about seeds, cows, Illinois agriculture, and more! AITC offers different agriculture lessons specifically created for more

Giving Back

Bob and Norma Wildenradt are doing it again – giving back to their rural community. “It’s important to do – to make the community better,” say the Wildenradts. Recently Bob and Norma Wildenradt endowed a gift to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation earmarked for an agricultural scholarship.  “We count our blessings daily and more

Gone in Seconds

Grain entrapment is on the rise across the Midwest and it hit close to home when a DeKalb County farmer tragically lost his life in his grain bin. Flowing grain is like quicksand. In four seconds you can be knee-deep in grain. Total grain engulfment takes a mere 20 seconds. Genoa farmer engulfed in more