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February, 2016

Farm Bureau to Host an Agricultural Roundtable on Food Safety and Sanitation

On Monday, March 21 beginning at 11:30 am Cook County Farm Bureau® is hosting a legislative agricultural roundtable focused on food safety and sanitation.  Confirmed roundtable speakers include Tamara Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau®; Jeff Heinsohn, Walnut Grove Farms; and Robert Reinhard, Hillshire Brands.  Additional speakers are being sought. The roundtable will feature speakers on GMO testing, safety, and labeling; on-farm sanitation; and quality control at processing.  Speakers will provide a brief information and overview of their industry or farm then the discussion will be opened up to questions from policy leaders.  This panel is designed to provide Cook County elected leaders and their staff with pertinent information about an issue that impacts their constituents. The discussion will begin promptly at 12:00 pm with lunch beginning served at 11:30 am at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s Children’s Hospital located at 211 E. Grand Street in Chicago.&nbs ...

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Candidates for State's Attorney

BACKGROUND Candidate’s name: Anita Alvarez Candidate for:  State’s Attorney Twitter: https://twitter.com/saanitaalvarez Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anita-Alvarez-58113606187/ Website:  AnitaAlvarez.com What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County? There is no question that gun violence is the single greatest challenge facing Cook County today. We need to strengthen gun laws to give my office the proper tools to address violent gun crime. Studies show that nearly two-thirds of offenders convicted of illegal weapons charges re-offend within a year—and the subsequent offenses are often not just weapons charges, but attempted murders, murders, armed robberies or aggravated assaults. I have changed policies and led efforts to implement new laws that help to crack down on illegal guns, but we need tougher and more effective gun sentencing structures, and I will continue to fight for them in Cook County and in Springfield. But addressing violent crime go ...

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Farm Bureau and Partners Donate over $20,000 to local charity in celebration of Food Checkout Day

  Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food grown by local farmers.  Through Farm Bureau’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Farm Bureau members are able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when their child is ill. Cook County Farm Bureau® members celebrate Food Checkout Day by collecting food items, hosting a scavenger hunt and shopping spree to benefit local Ronald McDonald Houses and by encouraging farmers, sponsors, Country Financial Agencies, 4-H members, and students to participate in a food drive.  “Cook County and Illinois farmers are committed to growing safe and nutritious food for our families and for others,” said James Gutzmer, President of Cook County Farm Bureau®.  “Food Checkout Day allows us to recognize the importance of healthy, nutritious food while supporting a local charity.” As part of Food Checkout Day, Farm Bureau spons ...

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Roundtable Discussion on Food Safety Scheduled for March 21

On Monday, March 21 Cook County legislators are invited to join Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about food safety, sanitation, and labeling. 

The discussion will feature speakers from animal health, food safety, and the farm community.  Speakers will provide a brief information and overview of their industry or farm then the discussion will be opened up to questions from policy leaders. 

The discussion will begin at noon on March 21 in the Community Room at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie in Chicago.  For additional information or to register for the event please contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276.

Board of Directors "Count Down" the days to Food Checkout Day

Our Farm Bureau Board took a minute to "count down" the final week before this year's Food Checkout Day! We're proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana to keep families close.


Hot Topic: 2,4-D

2,4-D is a 60-year old product embroiled in a long-standing debate about its safety.  Originally introduced in 1948, 2,4-D remains a common, household herbicide.  Unlike many other pesticides introduced in that era, 2,4-D remains available because it has continued to pass safety standards and has been intensely reviewed and re-reviewed over decades.      Much of the controversy surrounding 2,4-D is due to its link to Agent Orange.  Agent Orange was a defoliant used during the Vietnam War.  However, Agent Orange was made with two herbicides, 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T.  2,4,5-T was unknowingly contaminated with a dioxin, which was later recognized as posing a significant human safety issue.  2,4-D wasn’t what made Agent Orange a danger.  Even now, 2,4-D is registered for use in 70 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Japan.  In the US its used for weed control on lawns. Despite being over 60-years old, 2,4-D is one of t ...

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Farm Bureau Staff 'Counts Down' the Days to Food Checkout Day

We're busy putting on the final touches for this year's Food Checkout Day!  Donations can still be dropped off at the Cook County Farm Bureau located at 6438 Joliet Road in Countryside.

Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

In the early nineties Walnut Grove Farms boosted a milking herd of about 100 grade, meaning non-registered/non-pedigreed Holstein dairy cows and the sporadic heifer calf.  At that time the farm was in the midst of a transition from the first generation to the second generation.  Although the second generation was home to three brothers, only one choose to farm.  One opted to teach high school vocational classes and the youngest opted for the trucking industry.  For about five years, the farm boosted one full-time family member, three employees, and three sons who were either in college, high school, or junior high.  Under the second generation’s leadership the farm began to expand.  It added cattle, young calves, artificial insemination technology, and perhaps most importantly a parallel-eight milking parlor and free stall. In the early 2000, the third generation began to trickle home with each son’s return made that much more difficult by the brother before him.&n ...

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Farm Bureau Gathering Signatures in Support of Fairer Legislative Maps

In August, Farm Bureau announced its support for the Independent Map Amendment coalition.  The bi-partisan coalition is dedicated to: ·       Attracting more candidates for the General Assembly and more competition for legislative seats, resulting in more choices for voters; ·       Protecting the voting rights of racial and ethnic minorities and prohibiting drawing maps that dilute or diminish the ability of racial or language minority communities to elect the candidate of their choice; ·       Respecting communities with shared interest and avoiding breaking through political and geographic boundaries; and ·       Allowing the public to view and participate in redistricting. The amendment creates an independent redistricting commission to draw Illinois legislative districts by an unbiased third party, will not be based on political affiliation and prio ...

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

With Food Checkout Day just a week away, Farm Bureau families and partners are joining 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 $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.

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