From the monthly archives:

August, 2016

Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Downwind I spent a lot of time watching the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games last month. There were plenty of memorable moments… some shocking, some uplifting, some appalling, and some amazing. Other moments were plenty forgettable. The games provide the World a chance to see many traditional event favorites. It also provides a great, once every four years, opportunity to see more obscure sports as well as a few events that do not seem like sports. Many people have daydreamed about being an Olympic athlete…I know I did growing up. Nearly all of us “dreamers” didn’t have a prayer. However, as I reflect back, I realize I did a lot of Olympic training when I was growing up on the farm for a number of Olympic events and did not even know it at the time. Here is a quick list of Olympic events that I trained for on the farm… ·         Fencing… the key was the equipment, especially a good pair of pliers &mi ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Our summer Interns say farewell and reflect... Summer Farewell By Karina Barrios Since growing up in the suburbs all my life, my typical agriculture experience is unconventional. As a child, when people asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, “farm girl” was never a thought in my mind. However, as much as I now wish that I could have been a farm girl, my love of agriculture developed from an educational background. Although living on a farm is still one of my dreams, I realized that it was simply not realistic. Luckily, I live in Illinois, one of agriculture’s most promising and beloved lands, which allowed me to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Through the University of Illinois I was able to cultivate a passion for exploring the various aspects of the agriculture industry and was able to find a job opportunity in the suburbs dealing with agriculture! I could not have been luckier! This summer as an AITC intern at the Cook County ...

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Farm Bureau Donates to Local Charities

Farm Bureau donated over 200 pounds of meat to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and the Oak Park Food Pantry after purchasing the animals at the Lake County 4H Animal Auction.  Both animals were 4H projects and we're raised and cared for by Cook County 4H members. 

Join a City Moms tour - without leaving home

Join a City Moms tour - without leaving home

A virtual tour will of Pearl Valley Eggs at Pearl City and Yordy Turkey Farm at Morton will be held Sept. 10.

If you’ve ever wanted to join the City Moms on a tour, now’s your chance. You can take a virtual tour at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 of Pearl Valley Eggs at Pearl City and Yordy Turkey Farm at Morton from the comfort of your own home.

Hosted by Illinois Farm Families, the virtual tour will also provide participants a chance to ask questions of the farmers. Visit {} to participate.

Learn more about Leasing Trends, Farming Outlook 2017-Registration information here.

Learn more about Leasing Trends, Farming Outlook 2017 Farmland leases change each year due to the farm economy and farm outlook trends.  To assist our many members that own farmland in the State of Illinois, the Cook County Farm Bureau Commodities/Marketing Team has put together a program designed to assist farmland owners and operators gain the latest information regarding the farm economy and these trends. On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Cook County Farm Bureau is hosting Dr. Gary Schnitkey, Professor and Farm Management Specialist from the University of Illinois. He will be speaking and answering questions at three different locations/times as we attempt to help members reduce the stresses and inconvenience of travel…                                              &nb ...

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Free 4th Grade School Classroom Visits Begin

Call today to schedule your Agriculture in the Classroom one hour program.  Our professional presenter visits each 4th grade classroom at your school to teach students the farm to table concept including how food and fuel is produced, processed and distributed.  The program connects to all classroom concepts, especially science and social studies and fits into Common Core and NGSS standards.  Students will have thoughtful discussion, hands-on activities and follow-up materials to bring home.  The free program is available to Cook County schools and consists of two offerings for 4th grade and one middle school science-based presentation.  Email or call 708-354-3276 to schedule a visit between September and May. The mission of the Ag Literacy program is to expand students' awareness and appreciation for the importance of agriculture everywhere.  The Cook County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Program visited over 300 schools in 2016 and taught to over 25,000 stude ...

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Nominations accepted for Farmer of the Year.

Winners will be announced in the 2018 Farmers' Almanac and will be offered reimbursement for a one-year membership to their county Farm Bureau and a lifetime subscription to the Farmers' Almanac. If you know a farmer deserving of recognition for dedication and hard work, consider nominating him or her for the Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year. Farmers’ Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, will honor three farmers. Nominations must be 300 words or less and meet the following criteria: * Supporting the tradition: How long has the nominee been in their field? How did he or she get involved in agriculture and why? * Innovation in agriculture: How has the nominee embraced technology or new ways of farming and ranching? * Community involvement: How has the nominee engaged his/her community to support agriculture and/or teach us more about farming overall? * Inspiration: How is the nominee a true leader in agriculture and why does he or she deserve to be recogniz ...

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Farm Bureau to Host Candidate Meet and Greet with Candidates for MWRD

Farm Bureau members and guests are encouraged to meet candidates for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

Candidates will meet with guests before providing brief remarks regarding their backgrounds and qualifications for office.  There will be time allotted for questions.


The meet and greet will be held at Zeldenrust Farm Market, located at 1001 Glenwood-Dyer Road in Chicago Heights.

August 24- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Democrat confirmed candidates Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos and Josina Mortia.

The conversation will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Reserve your seat or for more information

Reserve your spot by calling (708) 354-3276 before August 22.

Members Invited to Attend a Policy Discussion with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability on September 13

Join Cook County Farm Bureau and the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability for a candid discussion on Illinois’ financials and the future.  On September 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ralph Martire will offer an overview of the state’s financial situation before engaging attendees in a conversation about avenues to improve the fiscal picture.

The discussion is scheduled for September 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook County Farm Bureau office, 6438 Joliet Road, Countryside.

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability was formed in 2000 to be a bipartisan, nonprofit research, and advocacy think tank that works across ideological lines to promote social and economic justice for everyone, from traditionally disadvantaged populations to the middle-class.

To reserve your seat please contact the Farm Bureau office at (708) 354-3276 by September 9.

Farm Bureau to Host Candidate Coffee with Susana Mendoza, Democratic Candidate for Comptroller

Cook County Farm Bureau® Political Action Committee along with Zeldenrust Farm Market is hosting a candidate coffee with Susana Mendoza.  Farm Bureau members and friends are invited to attend one or both conversations.

Mendoza is engaged in a highly contested race for Illinois State Comptroller against appointed-Comptroller Leslie Munger.  Munger was appointed after Judy Baar Topinka passed away unexpectedly.

Mendoza will discuss her background and qualifications for office before answering members’ questions. 

Comptroller Candidate Coffee Information

Date:   September 8, 2016

Time:  6:00 p.m.


The candidate coffees will be held in the greenhouse at Zeldenrust Farm Market, 1001 Glenwood-Dyer Road, Chicago Heights.

Additional Information or to RSVP

Please contact Cook County Farm Bureau® at (708) 354-3276 with any questions or to RSVP.

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