From the monthly archives:

January, 2013

Join us in Celebrating Food Checkout Day

For the past 13 years, Cook County Farm Bureau has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities®.   Through this partnership, Farm Bureau members and volunteers have been able to donate much needed food, pop tabs and funds to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is sick.  The 2013 Food Checkout Day program will be held on Thursday, February 21 at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House located near Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and at the Ronald McDonald House located near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. Please consider joining us in this great effort!  Food and pop tab donation can be dropped off at your local Country Financial Agency or the Cook County Farm Bureau office.  Cash donations can be sent to: Cook CFB, 6438 Joliet Road in Countryside, IL 60525.  Checks should be made out to Ronald McDonald House Charities®. In addition to food, pop tab and cash donations we are also see ...

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Podcast - Food Checkout Day

Listen to a podcast regarding Food Checkout Day and the roles that Cook County Farm Bureau and Ronald McDonald House Charities play.





Deadline Approaching for 2013 Foundation Scholarship Applications

The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation’s Scholarship Program continues to grow each year as the number of applicants increases. “Our members are realizing that an agricultural career provides broad and exciting possibilities”, explains Jim Gutzmer, Foundation President. And what is an agricultural career? It is a chosen pursuit or profession related to the broad area of producing, marketing, manufacturing, transporting, studying, teaching, and developing food, fiber, fuel and pharmacy products originating from the farm. Examples of agricultural careers include horticulturist, food scientist, animal nutritionist, genetic engineering, farmer, veterinarian, commodity broker, dietitian, turf producer, agricultural engineer and the list goes on and on. Perhaps you may wish to check out the broad and rewarding possibilities with one out of every four jobs in the United States related to agriculture. The Foundation is proud to announce the 15th Annual Agricultural Scholarship Program. The Cook Co ...

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Farm Bureau Leaders visit with Representative Renee Kosel

Cook CFB Board members Janet McCabe and James Brandau along with Public Policy team member Don Bettenhausen meet with State Representative Renee Kosel to discuss Food Checkout Day during the first-ever Lunches to Legislators program.  Pictured left to right is: McCabe, Rep. Kosel, Brandau, and Bettenhausen.  Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy food on a tight budget.

Disney on Ice..Special Offer for Cook County Farm Bureau Members

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After!  Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney*Pixarfilm, Brave, competes to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn.  And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle's enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a rockin' remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this super-star lineup to your hometown!                   &n ...

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Students Learn about Food, Fiber and Fuel

Forth grade students in Cook County learn more about the extraordinary uses of corn during an Ag in the Classroom "In School Field Trip".  This free program teaches students about agriculture's connections to food, fiber and fuel.  Teachers or school administrators interested in scheduling an "In School Field Trip" for their school should contact (708) 354-3276 and ask for the Ag in the Classroom department or email

Cook County Legislator visits Ag Literacy Presentation

State Representative Will Davis along with a small group of elementary school students matches grains, such as corn and soybeans with their more unknown end products such as fireworks and clothing during an Ag in the Classroom presentation in Cook County.

2nd Congressional District Candidate Forum

Second Congressional District candidates will be discussing issues important to citizens residing in the Second Congressional District on Saturday, February at Peotone High School (Auditorium), located at 605 W. North Street in Peotone. Candidates will discuss their positions related to the creation of a Peotone Airport, the Illiana Expressway, job growth/economic development, and fiscal policies. Cook County Farm Bureau®, Will County Farm Bureau®, STAND, Will County Commissioner Judy Ogalla (District 1) and Kankakee County Commissioner John Howard (District 4) along with other concerned citizens strongly encourage the public to attend this nationally watched race to meet the candidates wishing to represent the constituents of the 2nd Congressional District. All candidates who filed for this office have been invited to attend. Doors open to the public at 2pm with the opening statements beginning at 2:30pm.  Democratic candidates will begin the discussion.   Each candidate will ...

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Deadline Approaching for 2013 Foundation Scholarship Applications

The Foundation is proud to announce the 15th Annual Agricultural Scholarship Program. The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering college students the opportunity to start or continue his/her higher education with a scholarship.  Last year, the Foundation provided ten scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 - $2,500 a piece. The Board will name the top applicant as the Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship recipient.  The Foundation will award a scholarship (s) to college students pursuing agriculturally related fields of study. The Conserv FS FFA Scholarship for $1,000 will also be offered to a High School Senior in an approved FFA Program.

For more information or an application, please contact the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation at (708)354-3276 or click here to download the application. 

Applications must be completed and submitted to the CCFB Foundation by February 20th, 2013. Late applications will not be considered.

Members Continue to Save on Ford Vehicles

Illinois Farm Bureau members will continue to save big bucks on the purchase of qualifying Ford vehicles. According to Melissa Rhode, IFB Membership and Program Director, the Ford discount has been renewed for another year. “We are excited that we can continue to offer this fantastic discount to our members,” she said. “Thanks to our partnership with Ford Motor Company, IFB members receive $500 Bonus Cash to be put toward the purchase or lease of select new eligible Ford or Lincoln vehicles,” she added. The Ford Bonus Cash offer is good on the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2012, 2013 or 2014 model year Ford or Lincoln vehicle. (The Mustang Shelby GT/GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Focus EV, Focus S, Fiesta S, Focus ST, Edge SE AWD (12MY), F-150 Raptor, Taurus SE and 13MY MKZ including Hybrid are excluded.) To take advantage of the savings, you must be an IFB member at least 60 consecutive days before the vehicle purchase or lease. Then, simply show your Illinois Farm Bureau Memb ...

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