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Agriculture Illustrated

For nearly 30 years, DeKalb County children have been invited to illustrate their agricultural knowledge. First introduced as a poster contest in 1990, then as a t-shirt design challenge from 1993 to 2002, the Food for Thought Placemat Design Contest encourages elementary teachers across the county to incorporate lessons about agriculture. Teachers ...read more

Senior Scholarships Awarded to Students

Ten high school seniors were selected for Farm Bureau scholarships. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation congratulates local high school seniors who received this year’s Senior Scholarships. A committee of Farm Bureau members made the selection of scholarship recipients based on academics, leadership and community service. Each of the students will be ...read more

Orville’s Legacy

Ag Scholarship established as a tribute to lifelong farmer. Orville Olson spent his entire life doing what he knew best, farming. He lived and loved the farm life for a century. Orville was born on the family farm, which dates back to 1889, located on the north edge of Cortland. His grandparents ...read more

Baskets filled with books, barns for babies

Newborns welcomed with gift baskets from local farmers. During National Agriculture Week, March 10-16, 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 ...read more

Decades of Corn Talk

Eric Lawler is simply "amaizing." For more than two decades he's been talking about corn in the classroom. Armed with a bushel basket full of corn-related materials and a lesson, Eric Lawler visits elementary schools to help grow young minds and share kernels of knowledge. “It’s important to get in front of ...read more

A Continued AITC Family Tradition

“My sister and I went to school here. When we were here, it was surrounded by cornfields,” Susan Deihs informed a class of eager fourth grade students. Susan and her sister, Kathy Stice, gave Ag in the Classroom (AITC)  presentations at Southeast Elementary School in Sycamore, the same school they attended ...read more

30 Years of Ag Discipline Scholarships

In three decades, 101 students have received Farm Bureau ag scholarships totaling over $189,000. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has been awarding Ag Discipline Scholarships to college students majoring in an agricultural curriculum for 30 years. The scholarship program provides financial assistance to juniors and seniors in college. The number of scholarships given ...read more

Meet Brent & Kyla – PM Members

Brent and Kyla Hueber are connected to agriculture in so many ways that’s why they became PM members of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. The Professional M (PM) membership is for those in agribusiness professions who are supportive of agriculture, but are not farmers or landowners (M members). Previously, the Huebers were ...read more

Over 60 Years of Senior Scholarships

The Farm Bureau Senior Scholarship has been awarded to 1,094 students since 1956, amounting to a total of $1.6 million. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has been financially helping students of Farm Bureau members for more than six decades through the Senior Scholarship program. The Senior Scholarship was started in 1956. Four students ...read more

Farm Driven

The Duvick family attributes their farm upbringing for their drive to succeed in life. Micah Duvick doesn’t mind hard work. Neither do his siblings. “Growing up on the farm instilled in us a good work ethic,” said Micah. He and his three siblings helped their grandfather and father with typical farm chores ...read more