From the monthly archives:

August, 2014

Pumpkin Field Day - September 4th - Free Program

Register on-line HERE.  Come join us on September 4, 2014 at 10:00 am for the 2014 Pumpkin Field Day at Ewing Demonstration Center!  We have over 50 pumpkin varieties planted in the field in addition to field demonstration plots on disease, insect, and weed management.  Hear from Extension Specialists, Educators, and local growers on a variety of topics relating to pumpkin production.  Make your plans to attend this FREE program today!

Farm Lease Seminar - Registration Open!

Lease program brought to you by The Chicago Farmers.  Help us start our new year strong at our first meeting on September 8, 2014.  We welcome Dr. Gary Schnitkey, a Professor at the U of I, whose research emphasis includes farm profitability, to give us his thoughts on the grain farm outlook and cash rents for 2015.  Join us for a great opportunity to reconnect and to get a perspective on the future of your farm investment.
11:30 AM Registration
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM  Presentation
For on-line registration visit Chicago Farmers ( or call at 312-388-3276 (FARM). Register by September 5th.  
Member Early Bird before 9/1-$25.....Member after 9/1-$35.....Guest Early bird before 9/1-$50.....Guest after 9/1-$60

Farm Bureau Sponsors Lady Bug Release at Zoo

Cook CFB along with neighboring Farm Bureaus sponsored the Lady Bug Release at the Brookfield Zoo over the summer.  Each weekend, Zoo staff release 4,000 lady bugs.  Lady bugs are valuable inspects for farmers because they eat aphids, which are common soybean pests.  

Rep. Willis Receives Friend of Agriculture Award from Cook Co. Farm Bureau

Cook CFB members visited with Rep. Willis earlier this week. In addition to visiting O'Hare Airport, members presented her with a 2014 ACTIVATOR Friend of Agriculture award.  Pictured left to right is: State Representative Kathleen Willis and Cook CFB Public Policy Team members Kim Morton and Don Bettenhausen.  The 2014 ACTIVATOR Friend of Agriculture award recognizes Rep. Willis' voting record on agricultural and economic issues.

Farm Bureau Considers Ethics Policy

Ninety-four percent of Cook County Farm Bureau® voting members responding to the 2014 Viewpoint Survey believe that elected officials should be held to ethical standards. In 2012, Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine imposed by the Ethics Board after the Board determined that he violated the County’s anti-nepotism laws by hiring his sister and son shortly after assuming the Assessor’s office in 2010.  It’s important to note that Berrios did not hire his sister, but he did promote her and offer her a $10,000 per year raise.  Since being ordered to pay the fine and to terminate his family members, Berrios has stated that the County’s Ethics Ordinance does not apply to him.  The applicability of the Ethics Ordinance and purview of the Ethics Board is now being determined by the Cook County Courts at the taxpayer’s expense. Farm Bureau members are considering a policy supporting elected officials being held to ethical standards, incl ...

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Skill & Work Ethic Aren't Taboo, Mike Rowe's S.W.E.A.T. Pledge

Mike Rowe…” The dirtiest man on TV”… Famous for the TV show Dirty Jobs, Ford Commercials, training for classical opera, his new CNN TV show (Somebody’s Gotta do it), his rugged good looks and his direct, honest manner has started a not-for-profit Foundation that provides financial scholarships to individuals. The unique aspect is that the scholarships are awarded to men and women who have demonstrated an interest in and aptitude for mastering a specific trade/work skill. Here is the kicker…Applicants must sign a pledge to be eligible for a scholarship.  Mr. Rowe developed the pledge called the S.W.E.A.T (Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) Pledge and it is grabbing a bunch of social media attention. It seems that some scholarship applicants don’t think it’s fair that they have to sign the pledge to access to his Foundation’s scholarship money and they are willing to “post” these complaints online for the world to see&hellip ...

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Farm Bureau Raises Awareness at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium

Farm Bureau leaders and volunteers collected non-perishable food items and cash donations for Food Checkout Day and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana while raising awareness of farmers and the nutritious food they grow during the Schaumburg Boomers games.  Food Checkout Day celebrates the connection between farmers and the nutritious food they grow. 

RMH Rooftop Garden Flourishes


Produce continues to pour in from the RMH near Lurie's rooftop garden. A huge thank you goes out to Karen and Dan Biernacki and Ted's Greenhouse in Tinley Park for planting the garden and providing the plants! Volunteers continue to use the produce when preparing meals for House families.

Farm Bureau Participates in National Night Out Against Crime

Cook CFB joined the Cook County Sheriff's Department, North Maine Fire Protection District, and Maine Township for National Night Out. Farm Bureau volunteers were on hand to answer families questions about farmers and the food we eat.

Help Available From Trees Forever

Landowners and farmers interested in planting native grasses and shrubs along streams or trees around livestock operations may apply for assistance from Trees Forever. 

Applications for Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership Program are available at and will be accepted through Dec. 31.

Landowners, farmers and communities are eligible for cost-share assistance, on-site assistance from field staff, project signs and an opportunity to host a field day.

Eligible projects include riparian buffers, livestock buffers, streambank stabilization projects, wetland development, pollinator habitat, rain gardens and agroforestry projects.

The Illinois Buffer Partnership program is made possible by Singenta, GROWMARK, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices and Trees Forever members.

For more information or an application, contact Debbie Fluegel at or 309-613-0095.

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