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Honoring Farmer Veterans

We pay tribute to our local farmers who served in the military during this month which commemorates Veterans day. Some of our farmer veterans from DeKalb County are featured as they shared their military experiences during turbulent times when our country was embattled in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, ...read more

Teacher Feature – Connie Wood

Teaching: School: Hiawatha Elementary SchoolGrade: K-8Subjects: Reading SpecialistNumber of years teaching: 29 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I grew up on a grain and hog farm in Waterman. My parents and relatives were very active with Farm Bureau. I have participated in the Summer Ag Institute twice. I learned so much about ...read more

Legislators Deemed Friends of Agriculture

Legislators representing DeKalb County had exceptional voting records. Four state legislators serving DeKalb County residents earned top rankings with Illinois Farm Bureau as part of the Friend of Agriculture designation. For the first time, Rep. Jeff Keicher received the Friend of Agriculture Award from Illinois Farm Bureau since he was elected in ...read more

Local Teachers Adapt to Times

We asked local ag teachers/FFA advisors how they are adapting to remote, hybrid and limited in-school teaching at their schools. Here’s what they told us. DeKalb Dayna Anderson & Sarah Peterson Method of Teaching: Remote Q: How do you run your greenhouse and ag shop without students being at school? A: For our ag mechanics ...read more

Teaching Ag in the Burbs

Local girl closes the gap between urban & rural. Lauren Frances wasn’t raised on a farm yet agriculture was all around her growing up outside of Waterman. She naturally learned about corn and cows from her rural community and in ag classes. But the urban students she teaches at Naperville North High ...read more

Bright Future Ahead for Agriculture

Chase Clausen earns first Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship. Bob and Norma Wildenradt endowed a gift to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to support young people with a promising future in agriculture. “We especially want to help college students who are looking at a career in agriculture,” said ...read more

Honoring the Legacy of DeKalb Ag

Avery Plote is first recipient of the DeKalb Ag Scholarship. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently awarded 24 scholarships to deserving college students. The Foundation congratulates these students receiving Ag Discipline Scholarships, Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship, Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship, Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarships, ...read more

College Students Receive Scholarships

Farm Bureau Foundation Awards 24 Scholarships The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently awarded 24 scholarships to deserving college students. The Foundation congratulates these students receiving Ag Discipline Scholarships, Orville A. Olson Ag Scholarship, Bob & Norma Wildenradt Ag Scholarship, Arden & Dorothy Baie Scholarships, Medical Scholarships, Robert Morley ...read more

Teacher Feature – Sue Pelikan

Teaching: School: St. Mary, DeKalb Grade: 5th Number of years teaching: 22 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Farm Bureau’s Summer Ag Institute several times, and I am the Ag Ambassador for my school. I was the first Dairy Princess in DeKalb County, when I was Sue Harms. What is your favorite ...read more

Teacher Feature – Sarah Alexander

Teaching: Teacher: Sarah Alexander     School: North Elementary School, Sycamore        Grade: 1st Number of years teaching: 13 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have always enjoyed when volunteers from Ag in the Classroom come into our classroom to work with my first graders and teach them about agriculture and seeds. I was also fortunate enough to ...read more