Congratulations - 2017 Cookfresh Community Garden Grant Recipients!

IDOA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

Grant Application - Deadline April 28th

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been allocated funds next federal fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  These funds will support projects that are intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry. Applications for funds are due April 28, 2017.  Program details and application available online at: or by calling (217)524-9129.

The USDA defines specialty crops as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruit, horticulture and nursery crops (including floricuture)."

Spring Planter/Container Workshop Series continues...3 new member greenhouse locations!

New Exclusive Member Benefit - MayflowerTours - added member savings to travel locally or see the world!

Additional Information Contact:

To begin your Life Enriching Experience and learn more about MayflowerTours all Imelda and state you’re a Cook County Farm Bureau member to receive the    added savings (code: ccfb16) at:         

· Call: Imelda at 630-435-8264

· Email:

· Online:


Winter~Holiday Container Member Workshop offered at Jim Melka's Garden Center! Register now!

Winners named at the Giant Pumpkin, Local Honey, Dessert & Decorating Contests held Saturday!

Thank you to Puckerville Farms in Lemont for hosting the 16th annual Giant Pumpkin Contest & Activities!  Here are this years winners:


Giant Pumpkin - Adult Division        Giant Pumpkin - Youth Division Local Honey Contest Winner
1st place: Roger Freeman 511 pounds 1st place:  John Piecuch, Jr - 101 lbs 1st Place:  Mike Davies

Pumpkin -Dessert 1st Place Winner:  Maricela Rivera
12-16 Years Youth Decorating  7-11 Years Decorating  0-6 Years Decorating

Thank you to all who came out in the weather and enjoyed this long standing Fall event!

Join Us- Giant Pumpkin, Local Honey, Pumpkin Dessert & Youth Decorating Contests! Saturday, October 15th at 9 AM

Join us Saturday, October 15th at Puckerville Farms for the annual Fall contests and fun!  Registration Form HERE or online at Member Center Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 Time: 9:00 A.M. Registration/Check-In Location: Puckerville Farms, 13332 Bell Road, Lemont, IL Giant Pumpkin Weigh In Contest: Divisions: Adult and Youth (16 and younger) Rules:   Contest open to CCFB members and their dependents.  One    Pumpkin grown per member or dependent may be entered into the contest.  Members of the Commodities/Marketing Team will serve as the weigh-in judges. The decision of the judges is final. Prizes:   Adult 1st Place - $250.00 Youth 1st Place - $100.00 2nd Place - $150.00 2nd Place - $75.00 3rd Place - $75.00 3rd Place - $50.00 Entry Fee:   Free for Members, Non-members may enter by joining CCFB Homemade Pumpkin Dessert Contest:   Rules: Contest open to any CCFB Member/Dependents. Open to all ages. Must be present to win. Must arrive by 9:15 ...

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Hot Issues in Agriculture - Chicago Tribune series on pork production in Illinois

Hot Issues in Agriculture | Chicago Tribune series on pork production in Illinois Some of our members may have read or heard about the Chicago Tribune series on pork production in Illinois entitled “The high price of cheap pork”.  The articles focused on facility siting, local resident input, animal welfare, and the environment. The Illinois Pork Producers Association became aware of the development of the series earlier in the year. As a result, the IPPA had multiple contacts with the reporters over the months and helped provide 30+ people to be interviewed. They include farmers, government agency officials, university researchers and veterinarians. Virtually none of the information from those interviews was included in the articles. Both IPPA’s and NPB’s presidents have written letters to the editor of the Tribune regarding the series  and IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr. released a statement to Farm Bureau’s membership regarding the series: PPA Tribune Le ...

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Learn more about Leasing Trends, Farming Outlook 2017-Registration information here.

Learn more about Leasing Trends, Farming Outlook 2017 Farmland leases change each year due to the farm economy and farm outlook trends.  To assist our many members that own farmland in the State of Illinois, the Cook County Farm Bureau Commodities/Marketing Team has put together a program designed to assist farmland owners and operators gain the latest information regarding the farm economy and these trends. On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Cook County Farm Bureau is hosting Dr. Gary Schnitkey, Professor and Farm Management Specialist from the University of Illinois. He will be speaking and answering questions at three different locations/times as we attempt to help members reduce the stresses and inconvenience of travel…                                              &nb ...

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Nominations accepted for Farmer of the Year.

Winners will be announced in the 2018 Farmers' Almanac and will be offered reimbursement for a one-year membership to their county Farm Bureau and a lifetime subscription to the Farmers' Almanac. If you know a farmer deserving of recognition for dedication and hard work, consider nominating him or her for the Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year. Farmers’ Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, will honor three farmers. Nominations must be 300 words or less and meet the following criteria: * Supporting the tradition: How long has the nominee been in their field? How did he or she get involved in agriculture and why? * Innovation in agriculture: How has the nominee embraced technology or new ways of farming and ranching? * Community involvement: How has the nominee engaged his/her community to support agriculture and/or teach us more about farming overall? * Inspiration: How is the nominee a true leader in agriculture and why does he or she deserve to be recogniz ...

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