From the monthly archives:

December, 2016

New Exclusive Member Benefit - MayflowerTours - added member savings to travel locally or see the world!

Additional Information Contact:

To begin your Life Enriching Experience and learn more about MayflowerTours all Imelda and state you’re a Cook County Farm Bureau member to receive the    added savings (code: ccfb16) at:         

· Call: Imelda at 630-435-8264

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Members Celebrate Food Checkout Day

Farm Bureau volunteers celebrate Food Checkout Day by raising much needed food and cash donations.  There's still time to partner with us for this year's Food Checkout Day.

Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights but members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues.

To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

I-55 Managed Lane Project

Last night, the Illinois Department of Transportation held a public hearing on the I-55 Managed Lane Project and the Cook County Farm Bureau had a staff member attend.  The plan included creating a public-private partnership (P-3) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain toll lanes (within the existing median), drainage improvements and installation of noise walls.  The tolls will vary based on congestion using transponders for payment. The plan is based on the US-36 express lanes in Colorado with construction commencing in 2-3 years following legislative approval of the P-3. Go to for more information or to submit public comment (Deadline for comments is December 16, 2016).                                                                                   ...

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Partner with us to Support Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

With Food Checkout Day this month, Farm Bureau families and partners have joined together 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. Help us to collect 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 $20,000 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 Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow.  Through our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and ...

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Ford Sweepstakes - Haul in a Winner!

“Haul in a Winner!” One Farm Bureau member will win a 2 year lease on a brand new 2017 F-150!  Registration is now open and will end on September 30, 2017.  Members can enter for their chance to win by visiting:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF AZ, IA, IL, MI, MO, MS, TN, KS, and GA; a current Farm Bureau member, 21 YEARS OR OLDER WITH VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE TO ENTER. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 9/30/17. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, One American Road, Dearborn, MI 48126.

Manifolds, Manolos & Bona Heinsohn

Dear Santa, I know it’s been some time since we last talked, but I really need you to come through for me this year.  After some pondering.  Soul searching.  And thoughtful introspection.  I’ve decided what I’d like this year is leadership from the nation’s top officeholder-elect.  And ear muffs.  Definitely ear muffs.  It is the Midwest after all. This November brought with it the Presidential Election.  An election that a whole 58 percent of the country’s 232 million voters actually voted in.  Fifty-eight percent.  The lowest turnout in two decades.  In comparison, 64 percent of the nation’s voters ventured to the polls in 2008. November also ushered in “emergency protests” after Donald Trump captured the Oval Office despite pollsters’ predictions that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the nation’s top seat.  With the protests came both anger and fear.  Trump and his supporters w ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Season of Giving As we turn the calendar to December, our thoughts turn to the season of giving and we begin searching for that perfect gift for our loved ones.  It was so much easier when my kids were little as their wish lists were endless and fairly easy to satisfy.  First there was the Thomas the Tank Engine trains or Pokemon cards which progressed into the latest Game Boy games or PS1 games like NBA Live (Bulls vs. Lakers) to more mature gifts of the newest aftershave or clothes.  We’re at the point now where it’s not so much a gift that is desired, but an experience.  Perhaps a family trip or a new camera lens to help record memories and experiences.  We provided experiences when they were young including the annual family trip to a play in December, a visit to Christmas around the World, Marshall Field’s, Brookfield Zoo at night and the list went on.  The reality is that there was far more value in the experiences versus the gifts.  I am fortunate ...

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2017 Foundation Scholarship Deadline is February 17th

The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation is proud to announce the 19th 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 - $3,000 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. The Foundation Board has set the following criteria for the scholarship program… •        Applications are available at the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation office located at 6438 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois.  We will also send applications u ...

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Annual Foundation Gala to be Held Saturday March 4th

Farming for our Future Gala… Sowing the Seeds of Greatness The Cook County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Foundation Board have revamped the annual Membership Appreciation Banquet held each Fall into a full-blown Fundraiser with the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation programming as the beneficiary. The funds raised will go to support the farm and food literacy efforts of the organization through ag in the classroom, college scholarships for member dependents, and our conversations with our urban friends about farm and food production. The exclusive event will feature an open bar with appetizers, filet mignon dinner, great music and dancing featuring the Belvedere’s, a drawdown with the potential of walking away with big-bucks, a silent and live auction, and games throughout the evening.  The event will be held at the spectacular facilities at Ruffled Feathers located in the easily accessible Lemont area. Earlybird discount pricing  of $100 per person saves 20% off of regularly pri ...

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