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April, 2016

Great Lakes Basin Transportation Railway Project

The Great Lakes Basin Transportation, LLC, (GLBT) a group of investors led by managing partner Frank Patton, is interested in building an $8 billion, privately – financed freight rail line that would bypass Chicago. The group has planned to file to seek authority from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to construct and operate this line. The line would run 278 miles from La Porte, Indiana to Milton, Wisconsin connecting with existing Class I railroads. GLBT has never operated as a rail carrier. The Great Lakes Basin Railway project proposes a bypass around the Chicagoland area. The project circumventing the Chicagoland area would impact thousands of acres of farmland in northeastern Illinois. The construction and operation of the proposed GLBT rail line has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts; therefore, the Boards Office of Environmental Analysis has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is appropriate. The Surface Transportation Board sched ...

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Historic Wagner Farm to Host Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show

Join Cook County Farm Bureau® at this year’s Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show at Wagner Farm in Glenview.  The delicious, farm-style breakfast begins at 8 a.m. on June 11.  After enjoying homemade pancakes and freshly grilled sausage, enjoy live music, dairy demonstrations, and hands-on activities at the Farm Bureau booth.

After the breakfast, view the first annual Stock Show.  This drop-in show will feature lambs, pigs, dairy heifers and cows, and beef steers and heifers. Professional judges will evaluate the stock and select a top showman in each species. Exhibitors will be Lake, McHenry, Cook County 4-H and FFA members. This is a great opportunity to see and watch the youth of our counties showcase their hard work and dedication.  Be sure to visit the Farm Bureau’s “Ask a Farmer” booth to learn more about the different animals and animal care.  The show will begin at 9 a.m.

Test Your Farm Knowledge with Farm Bureau and Culver's...Win Prizes!

Join Cook County Farm Bureau® and Culver’s restaurants and explore your food and farm knowledge.  Each week from May through September, a new question will be posted on the Farm Bureau’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, and in participating stores.

Four monthly prizes will be awarded each month from May through September.  The grand prize, a John Deere pedal tractor, will be awarded in October.  Families are encouraged to enter on-line using the hashtag #FarmingwithCulvers and at participating Culver’s restaurants.  Multiple entries per family are allowed.

Participating Culver’s restaurants include: Tinley Park, Orland Park, Matteson, and Homewood.  Click here for official contest rules.

Legislators Visit with Farm Bureau Members at Reception

Chicago City Clerk Susanna Mendoza visits with Cook County Farm Bureau members at this year’s Statewide Legislative Reception.  Mendoza was elected s State Representative in 2000 at 29-years old, making her the youngest member of the 92nd Illinois General Assembly.  Mendoza is pictured with (left to right): Kim Morton, Mendoza, Ruth Zeldenrust, and Jim Gutzmer.

 

Senator Julie Morrison visited with Cindy Gustafson and Ruth Zeldenrust at this year’s Statewide Legislative Reception in Springfield.

Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.” The FFA creed, written by E.M. Tiffany As I prepared to enter my sophomore year of high school, I opted to sign up for horticulture.  Not because of some innate desire to learn about plants but to spend more time with friends.  Ironically, we ended up in different classes but all joined the Harvard FFA Chapter.  As soon as my short-lived cross country career was over, I quickly sprinted into FFA activities.  Soon I was judging dairy products, horticulture, dairy animals, and horses.  But my true passion was agricultural communications and speaking contests.  In fact, I met my husband at one of those speaking contests.  He won the contest, but I went to state.  ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

ALOT I sure have learned a lot these past two months surrounded by 16 people who have inspired me beyond words.  ALOT is an acronym for Ag Leaders of Tomorrow, the leadership class I began back in January that is sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and focuses on five key areas of leadership: • Communication skills • Political Process • Agricultural Economics • Global Issues • IFB and Family of Companies.  The experience brought me back to my college days which is the last time I spent that much time in a classroom, doing homework and bonding with classmates.  The latter was the highlight of the experience for me.  I have not been surrounded by a group of young leaders that has impressed me as much as these 16 people.  Looking for someone to explain the commodities and futures market in laymen’s terms, look no further.  Need an understanding of the challenges facing dairy farmers and the lack of understanding on the part of consumers, talk to thi ...

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Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.” The FFA creed, written by E.M. Tiffany As I prepared to enter my sophomore year of high school, I opted to sign up for horticulture.  Not because of some innate desire to learn about plants but to spend more time with friends.  Ironically, we ended up in different classes but all joined the Harvard FFA Chapter.  As soon as my short-lived cross country career was over, I quickly sprinted into FFA activities.  Soon I was judging dairy products, horticulture, dairy animals, and horses.  But my true passion was agricultural communications and speaking contests.  In fact, I met my husband at one of those speaking contests.  He won the contest, but I went to state.  ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“Leave the driving to me” Most of us that spend time on the highway have seen drivers engaged in activities that don’t seem to actually relate to driving… Driver’s eating, applying makeup, shaving, playing with their phones, reading, and other more nefarious acts.  I’ve seen dogs, some quite large, sitting on the lap of the driver with tongue lolling out, ears flapping like a wind sock from the open window jet stream (referring to the dog usually, not the driver).  I’m writing as if I am innocent. The approach to solving the problem of distracted driving has been to pass laws, making distracted driving illegal. So far, I’m not seeing a great deal of distracted driving “rehabilitation”. Habits die hard. The distracted driving solution of the not too distant future may be to just let distracted drivers be distracted… Instead, let the cars drive themselves and take the driver out of the equation. I’m not quite ready for this ...

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