Safety First! Farm Safety Camp for Kids Returns

Teaching rural children how to work and play safely in the country is what Farm Safety Camp is all about. Farm Safety Camp is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at Jonamac Orchard in rural Malta from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The camp is open to rural children ages 8 to 12 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

Ag-Related Scholarships for Local Students

Check out these college scholarships for students in agricultural fields DeKalb County SWCD Scholarships The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District provides scholarship opportunities for 2022. Scholarship information and applications are posted on their website under the News/Events tab. The Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to more

New Acquaintance Approach

FFA Chapter Leaders Gather for Officer Summit “FFA Acquaintance Day programs ensure a stronger tomorrow for Illinois agriculture by fostering relationships between local FFA chapters and county Farm Bureaus. Acquaintance Day events are encouraged to include an introduction of the family of companies, overview of IFB operations, and explanation of how 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

Two Decades of Donated Books

“Upon the subject of education…I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” – Abraham Lincoln, as quoted by author Peggy Thomas in “Lincoln Clears a Path: Abraham Lincoln’s Agricultural Legacy.” Oxford Languages defines literacy as “the ability 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

Back to the Farm

Dummer Students Thrilled to Resume Field Trips Although most students from Herman E. Dummer School in Sandwich do not live on a farm, many are fortunate to have taken field trips or toured farms previously.For the fourth year, Alan and JoAnn Adams invited and hosted a field trip where fourth graders more