Cultivating Young Leaders

Gord completes ALOT Leeson Gord of Sandwich recently completed the Illinois Farm Bureau Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program. This year’s ALOT class of 21graduates studied and developed leadership skills in the areas of communication, political process, agricultural economics, and global issues as part of the nine-week training program. Illinois Farm Bureau created more

Senior Scholarships Awarded to Students

Ten high school seniors were selected for Farm Bureau scholarships. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation congratulates local high school seniors who received this year’s Senior Scholarships. A committee of Farm Bureau members made the selection of scholarship recipients based on academics, leadership and community service. Each of the students will be more

National FFA Officer Team Visits DeKalb High School

All six members of the National FFA Officer team visited DeKalb High School in February. They spoke with area students and participated in team building activities alongside the State FFA Officer team. This was the first time any national team had been to DeKalb. Illinois State FFA President Sophia Hortin said, more

Over 60 Years of Senior Scholarships

The Farm Bureau Senior Scholarship has been awarded to 1,094 students since 1956, amounting to a total of $1.6 million. DeKalb County Farm Bureau has been financially helping students of Farm Bureau members for more than six decades through the Senior Scholarship program. The Senior Scholarship was started in 1956. Four students more

FFA in the Spotlight

Agriculture is part of our everyday lives – from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. This week FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing agricultural education as part of National FFA Week. National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23, is a time for FFA more

Farm Bureau Scholarships Now Available

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation announces the availability of application forms 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 more

DeKalb Ag Alumni Earmark Funds for Scholarship

It was a bittersweet moment for the DEKALB Ag Alumni Association. The Alumni voted to disband their association but are using their remaining funds for an agricultural scholarship. At the 40th Annual DEKALB Ag Alumni Reunion, members of the association decided it was time for the group to disperse based on more

Conference BUILDS Leadership

“Being United in Leadership Development” (BUILD) was the theme for the new statewide FFA Conference which took place in November. Illinois Association FFA teamed up with Illinois Farm Bureau to develop the event, which was a merger of the former Illinois Farm Bureau and Affiliates Youth Conference and the FFA more

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

FFA members explore several agricultural careers During the Career Day in November, keynote speaker Katie Pratt asked participants to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Then she took it further by challenging the students to ponder how they would answer the question without naming more

Farm Field Trip is a Fall Favorite

For many Sycamore students, the annual 8th grade Farm Field Trip is the first time they step foot on a farm. With a growing disconnect between farming and food, the field trip is as important now as it was when it started 18 years ago. Nearly 300 Sycamore students and a more