FFA at State

Local students excel Sheep Star Discovery Star FFA Award in Sheep Breeding Drake Slutz, a third generation sheep farmer from Sycamore, recently was named Discovery Star Farmer for Illinois. This top FFA award is unique in that it was given to this eighth grader and is the first in the history of the more

Farm Safety First

Kids learn how important safety is on the farm Farm safety is important! By educating our youth about it we can prevent accidents from occurring. If children are educated and know the appropriate safety precautions, the hope is that they can use this knowledge to prevent accidents and stay safe on more

Creative Minds & Cover Designs

Every picture tells a story When you ask a young person to draw a picture you readily see their creativity and originality in their artwork. So when Farm Bureau asked students to illustrate their connection to agriculture for their Cover Design Contest, you guessed it, so many remarkable drawings were received more

Senior Scholarships Awarded to Students

Five high school seniors were recently selected to receive Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships. This year marks the 66th 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. In 2022, five students attending a variety of colleges more

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