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September, 2014

Farm Bureau Leaders Engage Consumers during Farmers' Market

Farm Bureau leader Sheri Latash (pictured left) discussed food prices and the farmer's share for common fresh and processed foods during a recent farmers' market in Glenview.

Candidates for County Board Respond to Farm Bureau Questionnaire

Cook County Commissioner candidates running in contested races in the November General Election submitted the following responses to the Cook County Farm Bureau® questionnaire.  The responses enumerated below do not represent the policies, thoughts, or positions of the organization.  No endorsements have been made by the Cook County Farm Bureau® Political Action Committee. Peter Silvestri, Commissioner (Republican) Cook County Board, District 9 Website address: petersilvestri.com Facebook: Peter Silvestri What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Continuing financial challenges caused by pension funding problems and less than anticipated revenues from the hospital system. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  To develop business friendly policies and ordinances to encourage a broader tax base. To protect the taxpayers' interests in spending and tax policies. Do you believe that the Forest Preserve District should be acquiring ...

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Candidates for MWRD Respond to Candidate Questionnaire

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District candidates running in the November General Election submitted the following responses to the Cook County Farm Bureau® questionnaire.  The responses enumerated below do not represent the policies or positions of the organization.  No endorsements have been made by the Cook County Farm Bureau® Political Action Committee. Frank Avila, Commissioner (Democrat) Email address: friendsforavila@sbcglobal.net Website: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cwZt1SqSsZw Facebook: Commissioner Frank Avila What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking facing Cook County?  (1) Treat waste water in a cost effective way to minimize the expense to the Residents of Cook County.  (2)  Educate the public on toxic chemicals in our personal care products, cosmetics, food, and the effect of pesticides, herbicides at the front end before it comes into our system.  (3) Improve environmental responsibility inclu ...

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Rep. Rita Receives Farm Bureau Award

State Representative Robert "Bob" Rita of Blue Island received the 2014 Friend of Agriculture award.  Cook County Farm Bureau Director Janet McCabe presented him with the die cast Case IH Steiger 450 Rowtrac tractor in recognition of his outstanding voting record.   Pictured left to right are: Janet McCabe and Rep. Rita.

Tinley Park & Matteson Culvers to Donate to Farm Bureau Foundation on Oct. 5

Rep. David Harris Receives 2014 Friend of Agriculture Award

Cook County Farm Bureau President Jim Gutzmer presented State Representative David Harris with a 2014 Friend of Agriculture.  The Friend of Agriculture award recognizes incumbent State legislators for outstanding voting records on agricultural and business issues.

Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District Conservation Education Scholarships

WILL-SOUTH COOK SWCD CONSERVATION EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

In the spring of 2015, the Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District will award the Allan May and Dick McHugh Memorial Scholarships.  The $1000.00 scholarships, which aim to further the cause of soil and water conservation, will be awarded to two (2) Will / South Cook County students who expect to major in Agriculture or a Natural Resource field at any accredited college or accredited school of higher learning.   

Applications are available on the SWCD website, www.will-scookswcd.org or by calling the SWCD District office at (815) 462-3106 ext. 3.  Applications have also been distributed to High School Guidance offices in Will and South Cook Counties.

DEADLINE:  To be considered, the completed application form must be submitted by February 1st, 2015.   

 

Staff Exchange Participants Tour Eataly

Cook County Staff Exchange participants toured Eataly Chicago as part of the 2014 Program.  Pictured left to right is: Cassandra Matz with Sen. Michael Hastings' office; Sharon Cannon with MWRD Comm. Kari Steele's office; Penny Mateck with the Cook County Sheriff; MWRD Commissioner Kari Steele; Liz Polmanski with Comm. Gregg Goslin's office; Mary Beth Hoerner with Comm. Peter Silvestri's office; MWRD Comm. Debra Shore; and Emily Ripp from Eataly.  In addition to sampling various produce, meats, and cheeses the group discussed the connection between food and the Chicago region.

Sen. Biss Receives 2014 Friend of Agriculture Award

Senator Daniel Biss (pictured right) receives the 2014 Friend of Agriculture award during a campus visit and discussion at Northwestern University.  Sen. Biss' award was presented by Cook CFB board member Janet McCabe (pictured left) and Lee CFB President Don Meyer (pictured center).  Sen. Biss is "adopted" by Lee CFB through the Adopt-a-Legislator program.

Farm to School: Free 4th Grade Program

Do your students know where their food comes from? From GPS to drones, agriculture professionals are using the latest technology available to produce our food, fuel and fiber. Bring these and more STEM connections to your students through our 4th grade Ag in the Classroom Program. The Cook County Farm Bureau® invites you to bring agriculture into your current curriculum! Our inquiry-based program is designed to teach your students where their food, fuel and fiber come from. It’s time to schedule your In-School Field Trip” for the 2014-2015 School Year. Our calendar fills up fast, so be sure to call soon for your FREE presentation(s). What is the “4th Grade In-School Field Trip”? The In-School Field Trip provides fourth grade students the opportunity to experience Illinois agriculture without leaving the classroom! We bring the farm to you. Students will learn about: The science behind the farm to table process T ...

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