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History of Grits

Get Your Mitts on Some Grits! You could call this story, “guilty as grits.” A memorable scene in the 1992 film “My Cousin Vinny” involves the defense lawyer humorously trapping a prosecution witness in a contradiction by using the cooking time of grits. The witness testifies that his breakfast took him five minutes to prepare, but the lawyer Gambini  sets the record straight that the recipe for regular grits requires 20 minutes of preparation time, not five minutes. Well, now that cook time depends on the grits to be consumed. Most commonly found are “quick” grits (yellow or white) in which the germ and hull have been removed. Grits are usually prepared by adding one part grits to four parts boiling water, sometimes seasoned with salt or sugar. They are usually cooked for 5–10 minutes for “quick” grits, so the lawyer Gambini needs to do his homework.   Now, whole kernel grits do require 20 or more minutes to be ready to eat, or until t ...

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Life Lessons by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

I have been reminiscing in recent columns about my childhood on the farm and the various life lessons learned along the way.  Last month, my memories got me all wet as I wrote about my childhood lessons learned from Water and Mud. While I was writing, paragraph after paragraph “flowed” until it reached novel stage. Knowing most members only read novels from popular authors, I decided to break the column into part 1 and part 2.  This is part two of...”Water and Mud”. Lesson 11: Essentials of a kid’s farm life… Water and Mud (part two) On the farm, the garden hose (we called it the “watering hose”) was our rural version of the urbanite’s water fountain. We had water hydrants of various locations for watering livestock and washing equipment and irrigating plants. Nearly each water hydrant had a watering hose attached to deliver the water where was needed...water troughs, water tanks, equipment washing areas, and such. Equally important for me, ...

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Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

As a child my husband would follow his dad and grandpa around their DeKalb County home asking when he’d be big enough to milk cows, drive a tractor, pick corn.  Farm.  As he grew taller and older so did his desire to become a third generation family farmer. As the years past, our farm changed.  It grew.  We added cows.  Family members.  Farmland. For the generations who don’t remember the droughts of the ‘80s this year has been (to say the least) a learning experience.  For many of us we’ve never weathered a year where our fields were planted by April and seemingly on track for record breaking high yields just to be burnt up or abandoned by mid-August.  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Services, 74 percent of corn fields, 57 percent of soybeans fields, 94 percent of sorghum fields, and 95 percent of pastures were rated poor or very poor.  This year’s drought has impacted nearly 90 percent of the nation’s corn cro ...

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It's That Time of Year...

As you already know, membership dues billings were sent to all members beginning the week of September 17th.  We respectfully request your assistance by renewing your membership prior to the November 6th due date.  Your Farm Bureau membership gives you access to outstanding benefits, programs and services such as:  eligibility for Preferred Companies in Country Financial, IAA Credit Union, Bail Bond Cards, events, trips, entertainment, discount programs, agricultural news and information, landowners group, policy development, the Cooperator, and much more. Please plan on sending your renewal or stop by the Farm Bureau office today to maintain your active membership in your organization. Member Renewals can be paid online.  Deadline date is November 6th.  Reinstatement's and new memberships MUST BE PAID BY CALLING  (708)354-3276 or mailing a check to our office. Thank you to the members who have already renewed their membership. Should you have any questions or problems, please ...

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Representatives from Japanese Trade Organization Visit Cook County Farm

Masahide Horota from the Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Research Division of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Ko Hikasa, Consul with the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago examine a soybean field with Cook County Farm Bureau Vice-President and grain farmer Mike Rauch.  Horota and Hikasa traveled to Rauch’s Tinely Park farm to discuss the impacts of the drought and his anticipated yield.

Federal law links a CDL driver’s license with medical cards

Illinois holders of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) may be required to have a valid medical card. CDL drivers are encouraged to appear in-person at a CDL testing facility to affirm whether they are required to have a medical card and whether they operate on an interstate or intrastate basis. Generally, those interstate drivers who are required by law to have a medical card will have to have their medical card in-hand at the time of that visit. This requirement was effective January 30, 2012, and must be completed by January 30, 2014. Those drivers whose CDL expires within that two-year period can fulfill the requirement when they go in to have their CDL renewed. Those whose CDL expires after January 30, 2014, will have to make a special trip to one of 47 CDL testing facilities prior to that deadline to complete the task. The purpose of the law is to finally link the medical card to the CDL. It will also make that medical record a part of the federal electronic database on CDL drivers known as & ...

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Foodie News Update - August 2012

Foodie News - Highlighting the foods consumers want, beyond what they need

2012 Recipe Collection Posted

The Commodities/Marketing Team's 2012 Recipe Collection is now available! Check it out on the Recipe Page.

This year's recipes focus on cooking fresh locally and were submitted by Cook County Farm Bureau members.

Life Lessons

September 2012 For the past eight months, I have been reminiscing about my childhood on the farm and the various life lessons I learned along the way. When I started this series, I indicated that some life lessons result from a positive occurrence, but (unscientifically) my life has demonstrated many times the power of the “negative” in teaching a person. As I sit here and ponder the word “negative”, I find that I no longer view those experiences as negative. Fortunately, time has a way of adjusting one's perspective (and dulling the pain). I must confess, part of my hope has been to draft something that I could use to influence the choices my kids make in the future. Now, if I could only figure out how to get the kids to read the Cooperator! Perhaps I should just put these life lessons in a lockbox /time vault for opening in 25 years when these kids of ours are attempting to influence, direct, teach their own children. I can picture the group of kids and grandkids huddled around the ...

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Looking for a FUN-FILLED Day on the Farm?!

Well, then plan on attending our 6th Annual CCFB Family Celebration Picnic at Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in Barrington on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 from 1pm-4pm (lunch served 1:00-3:00).  Tickets are $15 for Adults (ages 12 & up), $10 for Children (ages 3-11), and ages 2 & under are FREE.  Each person will receive:  Admission to AnimalLand—including the corn & straw town maze, 1 voucher for a wagon ride, 1 voucher to be used for a pony ride, camel ride, haunted house or jumping pillow and all children will receive a voucher for 1 small pie pumpkin.  The event will feature a picnic buffet lunch which includes:  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, roasted corn, chips, apple cider donuts, kettle corn and assorted sodas/water.  Call 708.354.3276 to order your tickets.