Delving into DeKalb County History

DeKalb third grade students, teachers attend ag History Expo Novelist Pearl S. Buck once said, “If you want to understand today you have to search yesterday.” In April, third graders from the DeKalb school district searched the past and gained knowledge of the present during a multi-day expo at DeKalb County more

Digging into Farm Life

Farm Field Trip for Dummer Students Sandwich area farmers Alan and JoAnn Adams and their family once again hosted fourth graders from Dümmer Elementary on a field trip to their farm this spring. About 130 students from six classrooms visited the farm in May. While there, they learned how beef cattle are more

Reflections – Student Creativity Defines County

DeKalb County boasts a broad history of competition for students across the county to highlight their talent. Competition involving showing livestock, playing or singing music, presenting essays, or giving orations are common. But students also competed in Latin, marbles, designing window treatments, and in typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping. Sometimes, though, changes more

Senior Scholarships awarded to students

Five high school seniors were recently selected to receive Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships This year marks the 67th 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 2023, five students attending a variety of colleges more

Where Agriculture & Art Intersect

What do you get when you combine farm-focused lessons, artistic kids, and an opportunity to illustrate agriculture? Clever and creative cover designs, that’s what! Cover design winner Scarlett Tompkin’s third grade class gathers to celebrate at Indian Creek. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has offered a design contest for elementary students for more more

Ag-Related Scholarships for Local Students

Check out these college scholarships for students studying agriculture DeKalb County SWCD Scholarships The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) provides scholarship opportunities for 2023. Scholarship information and applications are posted on their website under the News/Events tab. Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship - The Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship more

Farm Bureau Senior Scholarships

High School Seniors may apply for college scholarships High school seniors can apply now for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation Senior Scholarships.The Foundation will grant five scholarships to deserving high school seniors pursuing a college education in any field of study. Heidi Wood of Sycamore was one of the 2022 recipients more

Learning About Soils & Ag Careers

Understanding soils and exploring agricultural related careers was accomplished in one day of learning at the Conserv FS facility in Waterman. Over 200 high school students from throughout Northern Illinois and their FFA advisers participated in this newly combined event for FFA members in Section 6 and 7. FS partnered with more

Students Earn American FFA Degree

At this year’s National FFA Convention, 11 FFA students from DeKalb County chapters earned their American FFA Degree. They are: Jessica Carlson, Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA; Hayley Foss, Genoa-Kingston FFA; Kendal Hawbaker and Madeline Noble, Hinckley-Big Rock FFA; Jared Clausen, Allie Drake, Tyler Ekstrom, Morgan Fidler, Max Griffey, Jesse Mantzke, and Jaedyn Slutz, more

Students Experience History of One-Room Schools

Have you ever heard someone say, “Education sure has changed since I was a kid?” or “That’s not the way we did math when I was in school?” It’s true education has changed a great deal in the 144 years that Old North Grove School has been standing, on its original more