Year in Review – By the Numbers

Posted: December 20, 2021

6,100 Members benefitted from Farm Bureau programs and services.

29 Students received college scholarships to further their studies in agriculture, science or medicine.

2,230 Students and 108 teachers explored agriculture by utilizing supplies and resources created for the 1st-5th grade Ag in the Classroom program.

10 Issues of the CONNECTIONS magazine helped members understand food and farming.

17 Farm Bureau Directors executed Farm Bureau policy and represented agriculture.

145 Students and 6 teachers experienced crop and livestock production first-hand during a field trip to a beef cattle and crop farm.

90 Farmers completed in-person pesticide testing hosted by Farm Bureau and provided by the IL Department of Agriculture.

Sycamore Middle School Science Olympiad

46 Teachers gathered agricultural knowledge and resources during the Summer Ag Institute (SAI) and other professional development workshops.

6 Teachers, for the first year, were given the new Jeff Hartmann SAI Scholarship.

305 Students from 25 classrooms illustrated agricultural concepts during the CONNECTIONS magazine cover design contest.

100 Prime Timers enjoyed entertaining programs and tours.

199 Ag-related books were donated to elementary, middle and high school libraries.

2,050 Students were impacted by educational materials such as thematic kits and Ag Mags via educator requests for resources from the ag literacy resource library.

11 Foundation Directors guided the organization and supported the 35 Year campaign of the Foundation.

3,950 Children explored agricultural concepts via hands-on FARM (Food and Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags featuring lessons on apples, pumpkins, field corn and wheat.

Summer Ag Institute for Teachers

Thousands learned about livestock at the Sandwich Fair, through signs on buildings, a scavenger hunt booklet, and at the FFA petting zoo.

4 Youth entered the 4-H Public Speaking Contest sponsored by Farm Bureau and Extension.

900 Farmers were represented by Farm Bureau on county regulatory and planning and zoning issues.

5 Farm Bureau Directors deliberated policy at the state Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

50 FFA Members participated in an officer leadership summit hosted by Farm Bureau.

100 Students and teachers explored corn and soil topics during Sycamore Middle School’s Science Olympiad.

50 People attended the showing of the SILO film pertaining to grain bin entrapment.

1,130 Families learned about farming via photos and descriptions in the Farm Matching Game included with Kindergarten Readiness Kits distributed throughout the county.