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June, 2016

Farm Bureau and the Water District to Host Community Meeting on Water Retention Project in South Cook County

Cook County Farm Bureau® along with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) are hosting a community meeting to discuss the water project being constructed at Joe Orr Road and Highway 394. Meeting Information Date:    July 26, 2016 Time:   6:00 p.m. The community meeting will be held in the greenhouse at Zeldenrust Farm Market, 1001 Glenwood-Dyer Road, Chicago Heights Project Information This is a Phase I project of the Little Calumet River watershed plan.  The project was originally a levee with increased detention at the existing reservoir located south of Route 30.  During preliminary engineering, MWRD evaluated several alternatives and determined the original project was too costly compared to other options that would achieve the same benefit.  The current project consists of a levee (height varies, 4.5 feet at the highest point (located between Kennedy Lane and Deer Creek) and provides 100-year protection to approximately 270 homes west of Kenne ...

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Program Offered for Legislative Staff

Explore Cook County’s premier agri-businesses during this year’s Staff Exchange Program.

On July 19, Staff Exchange participants will have the opportunity to visit the Westside Bee Boyz, LLC and Koval Distillery.  Koval produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s.  The Westside Bee Boyz has grown from managing local hives to owning their own apiary in Chicago’s southwest surburbs.

The bus will depart from the Cook County Building (Clark Street side) at 8:30 a.m.  Participants will return prior to 1:00 p.m.

The Staff Exchange Program is designed to connect legislators and staff to Cook County farmers and agri-businesses while expanding each group’s knowledge and understanding of one another.

County, State and Federal staff members are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276 or via email at bona@cookcfb.org for additional information.

Cook County Leaders Tour OSI Chicago

Cook County Farm Bureau Staff Exchange participants toured OSI Group, Chicago during day one of the program.  OSI is McDonald first and longest tenured beef supplier.

 

Eric Napientek, Assistant Vice President, Chicago Operations of OSI discusses the different products processed at the Chicago-based OSI plant during this year’s Staff Exchange Program.  Participants toured both the raw and cooked product floors as part of the program.

 

Farm Bureau Participates in this Year's Dairy Breakfast

Joe Youngman with COUNTRY Financial and Farm Bureau volunteer Karen Biernacki assist families with Farm Bureau’s cow craft at Wagner Farm’s Dairy Breakfast in June.  Families from throughout Cook and the surrounding counties experienced agriculture and Wagner Farm’s first annual 4-H livestock show.

 

State Representative Laura Fine (pictured left) and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak (pictured right) distributed ribbons at this year’s Wagner Farm’s first annual 4-H livestock show.  Representative Fine congratulated dairy show winners and Commissioner Patlak congratulated sheep show winners.  All livestock show participants were 4-H members.

Program Offered for Legislative Staff

Explore Cook County’s premier agri-businesses during this year’s Staff Exchange Program.

On July 19, Staff Exchange participants will have the opportunity to visit the Westside Bee Boyz, LLC and Koval Distillery.  Koval produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s.  The Westside Bee Boyz has grown from managing local hives to owning their own apiary in Chicago’s southwest surburbs.

The bus will depart from the Cook County Building (Clark Street side) at 8:30 a.m.  Participants will return prior to 1:00 p.m.

The Staff Exchange Program is designed to connect legislators and staff to Cook County farmers and agri-businesses while expanding each group’s knowledge and understanding of one another.

County, State and Federal staff members are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276 or via email at bona@cookcfb.org for additional information.

Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  B.E.E.P. My entire family is made up of girls.  I have four cousins, all girls.  I have a mother and an aunt, again both females.  I have a beautiful blue-eyed girl who quietly entered the world one hot Father’s Day many years ago.  Again a girl.  She’s all princesses.  Crafts.  And kitties.  But I have a big, little boy who still has no official eye color.  A boy.  All energy and all second child drama.  He climbs.  Howls randomly.  Runs like he’s being chased.  And constantly tries to ride the big dog.  To say we were unprepared is an understatement.  I mean.  He’s a second child, we had been through this all before.  Our blue-eyed girl sailed through her second year with minor bumps and a couple of ear infections.  She swims like a fish.  Always has.  He screams the moment water touches his head.  I won’t even say what happens ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

and now the “rest” of the story... As the regular readers of this column know, I frequently share in this space personal stories which may embarrasses me, but will help me make a farm or food related point. Many times, sharing these stories exposes my family as players in the stories as well…thankfully; I have a wonderful wife, kids, parents, siblings and family that allow me to still live and interact with them. I have a few updates regarding some of the stories I have told previously in this column. Please go to the CCFB website www.cookcfb.org to read the original from the archives in case you missed them. *** From the July 2015 Downwind “Making of a Super Hero”…When my wife and I decided that we did not have the energy nor time to use a beehive that we had purchased at the CCFB Foundation’s silent auction, we thought it would be a splendid idea to re-gift the beehive to someone with great skills and ability…my mother.  So, Easter 2015, we gifted ...

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