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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 ...read 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 ...read 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: ...read 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, ...read 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 ...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