From the monthly archives:

January, 2017

Commodities Volunteers Celebrate Food Checkout Day

Farm Bureau volunteers took a moment during the December Team member to help us "count down" the days remaining until Food Checkout Day on February 14, 2017.  

Members are Encouraged to Discuss Policy Issues Without Leaving Home

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This discussion will take place via conference call and all farmer members are invited to join in.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights, including the acquisition of land by the government or public utilities.  This remains a timely and pertinent issue given the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and the Rock Island Clean Line energy project.  Both projects will involve the acquisition, likely through eminent domain of private property. Farmer members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them, not related to the topic. To participate in the discussion: Farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate in the discussion.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them. Additi ...

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Ag Adventures Year Long Word Search Contest Winner Chosen

We were pleased to present a Cook County Agriculture Basket, packed with local farm and food agricultural products and goodness, to member Christine Grzebielucha and her husband Mark last night. Chris was one of 28 Cook County Farm Bureau members who completed all 12 word search activities as a part of the Ag Adventures for Families page of the Cooperator in 2016.

Her name was randomly drawn as a winner for her persistency. The Grzebieluchas have been members for over 30 years! They also had very nice things to say about their Country Financial Rep, Bob Smith as well! Kudos!

Farm Bureau Staff Celebrate Food Checkout Day

Summer 2017 Professional Development (SAI 1 and 2)

Volunteers Count Down the days until Food Checkout Day

Public Relations Team volunteers took a moment to help us count down the days until this year's Food Checkout Day.

Let’s Talk About the Ag on Your Plate

How do animals stay warm in the winter? If you have pets, you know that animals add extra (temporary) fur for the winter and then shed it (all over your house) when the weather warms up.  Farm animals are no different, they’ll add fur to help insulate themselves against the winter chill.  It’s because of this long coat that you’ll often see horses feeding or bedded down despite the chilly weather and even falling snow.  Like snow on top of a well-insulated house, unmelted snow on the back of a horse or cow indicates that the animal is warm on the inside. Farmers provide animals with shelter.  In the simplest form, shelter may consist of a three-sided building.  Animals like horses and beef cows will primarily use this shelter during rainfall.  The building will allow fresh, clean air to circulate, which helps keep the animals healthy. In the Midwest, most dairy animals are kept indoors to protect them from the cold winters and from hot, unrelenting summers.& ...

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Manifolds, Manolos & Bona Heinsohn

You may not be aware of this, but February is one of my least favorite months.  Close in rank only to November and December.  I even like August more with the hustle and bustle of school starting and summer vacations drawing to a close. Every year, February ushers in fuzzy little cupids with their misguided bow-and-arrows and my birthday.  And in my family, it marks the closing of winter and the opening of spring preparations.  With it comes fewer boot days and warmer weather. But February also brings with it a partnership that is near and dear to my heart, Food Checkout Day.  In 2011, when I started coordinating the event for Farm Bureau I knew almost nothing about Ronald McDonald House Charities®.  And come to find out what I did know was for the most part incorrect. My first Food Checkout Day featured just a touch of snow and a massive Fire v. Police shopping spree throw down.  It may have also been the last year that the Police won.  Hmmm.  As represen ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Where are they now? It’s the start of a new year which brings new opportunities to make those resolutions/goals you set forth on January 1st come to fruition.  We are excited to start 2017 with many scheduled visits to schools with one of our three program offerings from Ag in the Classroom and we’re lining up a summer filled with new programs and one lucky new intern.  Ag in the Classroom spends a good deal of time in classrooms (no surprise there) teaching students about agriculture as it relates to the farm to table concept.  We also spend a lot of time talking with students about career choices and the vast opportunities in our field. While they may not know what they want to be when they are in 4th grade, 7th grade or high school, we are there to educate them on the possibilities that exist in agriculture. There is no better way to determine a career choice than to get some actual experience, which is what we provide to our summer interns.  To put it into perspective I th ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Farming is a very dangerous profession.  There are times that the Emergency room should be known as the farmer’s best friend. The farming Rohrers have called the ER “friend” a number of times. Take my father, the Farmer, for an example. Here’s a guy in his upper 70’s that still climbs grain bin ladders and works on, in and around farm equipment.  He has had a few emergency room visits in his life. Most recently, over the Thanksgiving weekend!  Afterwards, I told my father, the Farmer, “You need a much better story”!  Here is the “true” version… My father, the Farmer, was an excellent ping-pong player in his day. I can still remember, as a kid, a great trophy on his dresser that he won while in the Army. My dad put a ping-pong table in a room in the basement.  My siblings and I spent hours playing in that basement, honing our pong skills and still getting “thumped” game after game by the Farmer.   I do ...

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