Giving Tuesday 2016

Did you “do” Black Friday? Did you “do” Cyber Monday? How about “doing” Giving Tuesday? 

We have a Great Cause (teaching urban kids about farming and food and providing scholarships for students seeking an agricultural career) that contains a Huge Fun Factor!
Plan on attending The Farming for our Future Gala… 

A benefit for the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation!
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Ruffled Feathers Country Club
6 to 11:30 PM
Appetizers, extravagant filet mignon dinner, open bar
The Belvedere’s Band

Fun’draising activities and more

Click here for details! A great gift idea for the person who loves fun for a cause!

Also, please sign up for Amazon Smile and be sure to select Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation as your charity beneficiary.

Support Ag Literacy During Giving Tuesday 2016

Giving Tuesday is not just for individuals! Businesses, corporations and civic groups can make a positive social impact through support of great causes. 

The Farming for our Future Gala, a benefit for funding Farm and Food literacy efforts through the Foundation of the Cook County Farm Bureau, provides an opportunity to make a social statement.

Consider signing up to Sponsor the event or Donate to the event Silent Auction/Live Auction.

Also, purchase a table of 10 and bring important clients or your centers of influence for a great evening of food, fun and entertainment.

Visit for Sponsorship information, to donate an item for the auctions, or to purchase tickets.

We know it’s Cyber Monday but we are getting ready for “Giving Tuesday”.

We know it’s Cyber Monday but we are getting ready for “Giving Tuesday” (a day when people seek to support charities and nonprofits across the Country) and we hope you are too!

The Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation will be seeking member and nonmember financial and volunteer support to further the efforts of the Foundation. This includes supporting the March 4 Farming for our Future Gala that will be held at Ruffled Feathers in Lemont, Illinois (click here for details), requesting financial donations to support our Scholarship program for students seeking agricultural related careers, and giving of time to support the many farm and food educational programs that we sponsor throughout the County.

For more information about the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation, click here. We thank you for your support and have a great Monday!

Please Sign up for Amazon Smile and select Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation as your charity beneficiary

Show Off Your Holiday Cooking Skills!

Show Off Your Holiday Cooking Skills! Contest calls for your best holiday recipes in 5 categories Farm Bureau Affiliated company, Prairie Farms, has set up a contest for individuals willing to share favorite seasonal recipes for the 2016 Party On. Give On. Holiday Recipe Contest. Enter your Recipe and 105 categories: ·        holiday spirits ·        appetizers ·        cookies ·        candy ·        cakes/pies In each of these five categories, a grand prize winner will receive a $250 visa gift card and $100 in Prairie Farms coupons. The winners of the other four categories will receive $50 in coupons. All entries will be eligible to win dairy prize packages through a weekly random drawing. Each entry must include a minimum of two Prairie Farms Products. You must also include the recipe titl ...

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Faces of Cook County Family Farming

Faces of Cook County Farming

Faces of Cook County Family Farming

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

Farm Bureau Actively Opposed Beverage Tax

For nearly 100 years the Cook County Farm Bureau® has strived to bridge the gap between farmers and our urban neighbors. As a partner in the food and beverage industry we are concerned about a beverage tax in Cook County. Cook County residents already face heightened taxes that negatively impact the county’s business climate, like the increase in sales tax.  Commissioners should not be considering another tax that will hurt businesses and job growth in Cook County. A beverage tax will hurt families in Cook County by increasing costs and cutting jobs. The beverage industry’s presence is felt across the state from can manufacturers to delivery drivers to grocers, restaurants, and our member’s movie theaters. Nearly 100,000 Illinois residents are either directly or indirectly employed by the non-alcoholic beverage industry.  These jobs create $6.2 billion in wages. The proposed tax will add 68 cents to the price of a two-liter bottle.  This is a 68 percent tax on a comm ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Male and Female Pine cones, pumpkin blossoms, corn, presidential candidates. All involve males and females.  On November 8th we will have a new President and, as of this writing, we don’t know if it will be a historic first female or another male filling the role.   As I was working with teachers to prepare for fall and winter lessons I began to explore the role of males and females in nature and agriculture.  While gathering pine cones from the farm bureau parking lot (with the intent to discuss conifers), I was intrigued by the varying sizes and shapes of the cones.  Upon further investigation I came to understand the role of the male and female pine cones (who knew?) during pollination and how in spring the female pine cones accept pollen from the male pine cones as it is released through the air. What an interesting connection to our earlier lesson on how corn is pollinated by the male tassel reaching the female silks resulting in those delicious kernels of corn. &nbs ...

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