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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 ...read more

FFA Members Earn State Degree Awards

Thirteen Receive State FFA Degrees at Convention DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates this year’s State FFA Degree recipients from DeKalb County. Thirteen young people were recognized with the State Degree at the Illinois FFA Convention held recently.The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level ...read more

Best in State

Two local FFA members earn top state proficiency awards for their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Logan Bend, Indian Creek FFA, and Max Griffey, Sycamore FFA, attained first in state with their FFA record books and a series of personal interviews. Logan Bend Garners Top Crop Award Logan Bend from rural Shabbona was this ...read more

65th Year of Senior Scholarships

High School Seniors Earn Farm Bureau Scholarships This year marks the 65th year of awarding DeKalb County Farm Bureau Senior Scholarships. The scholarship program was started in 1956 with the first scholarships given to five NIU students totaling $110 each. This year, ten students attending a variety of colleges will receive a ...read more

DeKalb County 4-H Fair Returns

The county 4-H fair returns to normal after a year of virtual shows. Last year the DeKalb County 4-H Fair was held virtually with members submitting photos or videos of their projects. Naturally, the lack of in-person shows prompted a reduction in participation by members. “We hope that getting back to normal ...read more

Farm Bureau Scholarships Available

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation announces the availability of applications for its Senior Scholarships. The Foundation will grant 10 scholarships to deserving high school seniors pursuing a college education. High school seniors who will be attending a two or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in the fall of 2021 ...read more

Pandemic Poinsettias

Spreading Holiday Cheer HBR greenhouse grows and sells poinsettias during pandemic. In a typical year the Hinckley-Big Rock (HBR) High School greenhouse would be bursting with poinsettias. But this year is not typical by any means. HBR sold 150 poinsettias wholesale this year. (From left) Students Maddie Noble and Ashleigh Wackerlin helped grow ...read more

Harvest A Legacy with the Foundation for Agriculture

Like a farmer harvests his crops, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture harvests knowledge, understanding and awareness of agriculture. Harvest Awareness We represent farmers and agriculture by sharing accurate, up-to-date information about food and farm production. Our outreach extends to students, teachers and all ages of people in our community. Harvest ...read more

Six Earn American FFA Degree Honors

DeKalb County Farm Bureau congratulates six young adults who recently earned their American FFA Degree. This degree is the highest achievement attainable by an FFA member. These young adults were honored with the American FFA Degree during the virtual National FFA Convention. Earning the American FFA Degree from DeKalb County FFA ...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