Thank You, Foundation Donors!

January 19, 2022

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture had a good year, thanks to the generosity of Farm Bureau members.

In 2021, our 35 Year Campaign was successful in celebrating this milestone for the Foundation and utilizing funds for agricultural outreach and education.

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Farm Bureau members for donating to the Foundation in 2021. The board includes: (seated, from left) Ed Cowan, Mark Tuttle, president, Jerry Bemis, (standing) Jack Goodrich, Mike Schelkopf, Mary Pritchard, Landon Faivre, secretary/treasurer, Kathy Bock, Paul Schweitzer, Lauri Paulsen, and Jim Stoddard, vice president.

Teachers and students benefitted from the Ag in the Classroom program with resources, farm field trips, the Food and Agriculture Resources Monthly (FARM) Bags, the Farm Matching Game, and ag-related books.

New funds were created and other funds continued to grow based on contributions. The Leonard and Vivian Nelson Ag Scholarship was established by family members to assist college students studying agriculture. The Jeff Hartmann Summer Ag Institute (SAI) Scholarships were awarded for the first year to help teachers offset the cost of participating in Farm Bureau’s SAI.

Scholarships were distributed to 29 students amounting to $37,000. The Foundation has 10 different scholarships funds which benefit Farm Bureau families.

The Foundation also supported livestock education efforts at the Sandwich Fair. Additionally, the DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District fund continued to grow which will assist in continuing SWCD programs and protecting our natural resources.

Listed are the many donors and funds for the 2021 year. To donate in 2022, go to: