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December, 2015

Cook County Farm Bureau Recognized at Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Cook County Farm Bureau Recognized at IFB Annual Meeting The Cook County Farm Bureau was recognized for its achievements during the 101st annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau held in Chicago December 5-9, 2015. A member of Membership Group V, Cook County received the following program awards:   Gold           Silver     Bronze Ag Literacy Legislative/Political Process Local Affairs Communication & Promotion Policy Development   Commodities & Marketing Member Relations   Health & Safety   The organization was also recognized with a gold star for Foundation programming efforts and a b ...

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Turpin: A Whole Lot of Pollinating Going On

Honeybees and their problems grab the pollinator headlines, but fortunately, American growers and gardeners rely on many pollinators that keep buzzing, according to Purdue University’s Tom Turpin.   “All the native pollinators are still out there – honeybees aren’t native – and they’re under some stress,” explained Turpin, an entomologist and FarmWeek columnist.   Turpin will discuss pollinator issues in a Jan. 7 keynote address at the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference. The conference Jan. 6-8 offers a trade show, sessions on a variety of topics and a social media boot camp at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield. While colony collapse disorder seized the public’s attention, Turpin noted bee declines “have been around since 1890” and attributed various factors, including mites, diseases, pesticides and even unusual weather. The entomologist pointed to habitat loss as the biggest impact on pollinator populations. & ...

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Celebrate Food Checkout Day by Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Through our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Farm Bureau families have been able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is ill.  Through YOUR support we’ve been able to ensure that a healthy, nutritious meal is not a concern of theirs during these times.

As we prepare for our 16th annual Food Checkout Day program, we wanted to ask you again for your support.  We’re collecting non-perishable food, money, and pop tabs. 

Food, cash and pop tab donations can be dropped off or mailed to:

Cook County Farm Bureau®

6438 Joliet Road

Countryside, Illinois 60525

(708) 354-3276

Last year we were able to donate over $15,000 to the five area Ronald McDonald Houses.  Due to your efforts, Ronald McDonald Houses remain open to all families regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow.

Chicago Rep. Guzzardi tours farms

State Representative Will Guzzardi along with his staff joined Cook and Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau members for a tour of One Earth Energy and local farms.  Rep. Guzzardi represents individuals from the 39 district, which is located entirely in the City of Chicago.

Farm Bureau Helps Members "Get-Away"

Farm Bureau Helps Members “Get-Away” Whether it’s keeping up with kids’ activities, getting ready for the holidays, or planning dinners for the family, who couldn’t use a little time to get away and relax? That’s why the Farm Bureau is offering members a chance to win a “Giveaway-To-Get-Away,” to a Magnolia Hotel property of their choice. Four winners will each receive a $500 gift certificate to be used towards their hotel stay. The contest kicks off November 2 and runs through December 31, 2015. The hotel stay must be completed by December 31, 2016. The Magnolia Hotel has properties in St. Louis, MO; Omaha, NE; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; and Dallas, TX. Go to ilfb.org/contest to enter. (You’ll need your membership number.) There is a limit of one entry per person. The winners will be chosen the week of January 4, 2016 and notified by email. What better time than now to start thinking about a nice, relaxing getaway… but you have to enter t ...

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IL Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

The ceremony honoring the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year took place last week during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual meeting in Chicago.  See our very own Carole Scannell, 4th grade teacher at St. Germaine in Oak Lawn, accept her award.  Carole will travel to the National AITC Conference in June where she will be a 2016 Nominee for the 2016 USDA National AITC Excellence in Teaching about Ag Education Award.  

Celebrate Food Checkout Day by Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Through our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Farm Bureau families have been able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is ill.  Through YOUR support we’ve been able to ensure that a healthy, nutritious meal is not a concern of theirs during these times. As we prepare for our 16th annual Food Checkout Day program, we wanted to ask you again for your support.  We’re collecting non-perishable food, money, and pop tabs.  We’re even looking for sponsors for this event. Last year we were able to donate just over $15,000 to the five area Ronald McDonald Houses.  Due to your efforts, Ronald McDonald Houses remain open to all families regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow. Food and pop tab donation can be dropped off at your local Country Financial Agency or the Cook County Far ...

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Policy Successes at Annual Meeting

Farm Bureau delegetes from throughout Illinois approved numerous policies submitted by Cook County Farm Bureau, including limiting what items can be purchased using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds.  The policy states that items such as alcohol, cigarettes, lotto tickets, and similar items should be excluded.  TANF funds are intended to pay for utilities, rent, and essentials. Delegates also approved a policy supporting the consolidation of similar units of government after approval by voters through a local referendum.  According to the US Bureau of the Census, 2012 Census of Governments, Illinois is home to 6,983 units of government.  For comparison, California has 4,425; New York has 3,453; and Virginia has 519. Cook CFB’s resolution opposing legislation enacting a quarter-cent sales tax on purchases throughout the Chicago metropolitan area was also approved by delegates.  The quarter-cent tax is designed to support the goals set forth by the Chicago Met ...

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Farm Bureau Considering Policy on Local Government Consolidation


Eighty-five percent of members responding to the annual member survey support consolidating similar units of government. 

According to the US Bureau of the Census, 2012 Census of Governments, Illinois is home to 6,983 units of government.  For comparison, California has 4,425; New York has 3,453; and Virginia has 519.

Several efforts have been made at local government consolidation, including P.A. 98-1002 allows annexation/consolidation of county district, cemeteries, civic centers, water commissions, solid waste disposal districts, port authorities, public health districts, TB sanitarium districts, museum districts, and street light districts.

Cook County Farm Bureau has submitted a policy amendment supporting the consolidation of similar units of government when such consolidation is approved by voters through a local referendum.

Members with questions or comments regarding this issue or any other are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at bona@cookcfb.org or at (708) 354-3276.

Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium set for January 5th

Commercial vegetable farmers and market gardeners can network and gain tips to improve their businesses.
The event will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time at Teibel's Restaurant, 1775 U.S. 41, Schererville, Ind.

Advance registration costs $25 and must be postmarked by Dec. 16 or completed online by Dec. 23. Participants may register at the door for $30, but will not be guaranteed a meal.

Purdue University and the University of Illinois Extension services collaborate on the program. Speakers include Extension specialists from both universities.

Topics will include new pollinator regulations, the Food Safety Modernization Act, cucurbit insect management and how to eliminate weed competition.

Online registration is available online, by printing the registration form at HERE or by contacting Nikky Witkowski at 219-755-3240 or nikky@purdue.edu. For other information, contact Liz Maynard at 219-548-3674 or emaynard@purdue.edu.

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