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Cook County Looks to Advance Solar Projects

11/29/2018 @ 2:25 pm

In Illinois, the sun is doing more than just warming the ground. Popping up across the countryside, including in Cook County, are solar farms. Illinois’ boom in solar energy projects is likely the result of the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act. This Act sets a target of 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Help us Celebrate Food Checkout Day by Partnering with us to Support Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Sponsorships Now Available
11/27/2018 @ 3:25 pm

With Food Checkout Day scheduled for February 21, 2019 Farm Bureau families and partners have joined together to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is ill. Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow.

Action Request: Urge Congress to pass a farm bill during the lame duck session

11/08/2018 @ 2:35 pm

Cook County Farm Bureau® members have patiently waited for Congress to pass the next farm bill. The election is now over. No more excuses for inaction. And time is short. There’s only a month- roughly 16 session days- to get a farm bill passed and enacted before the end of the year.

Family Food Bytes

11/05/2018 @ 2:00 pm

TRUMP DIRECTS E-15 RULEMAKING PROCESS (Deana Stroisch, FarmWeek)- President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin a rulemaking process to allow the year-round sale of E15 ethanol fuel.

From the Farm Desk

11/04/2018 @ 9:20 am

TRAIN YOURSELF TO BE CAREFUL AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS (Jim Taylor, FarmWeek). Illinois has the second-most railroad crossings in the U.S., and more than 100 collisions occurred in the state last year. Don't become complacent at crossings you see every day, says state safety coordinator.

Family Food Bytes

11/04/2018 @ 7:00 am

MY AMERICAN FARM UPDATES (FarmWeek)  The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released three new books into new videos to complement an updated My American Farm game – called - My Little Ag Me. Focused on information about egg careers, the three books are geared towards a fifth-grade audience. A special code at the end of the books unlocks a secret level of the My Little Ag Me game.

Meet a "Face" of Cook County Farm Bureau

11/03/2018 @ 11:45 am | By Tim Stuenkel, CCFB Board Member

Each month we are highlighting a Cook County Farm Bureau Board Member: This month's "Face of CCFB" is...Tim Stuenkel

Let's Talk About the Ag On Your Plate

Do most farmers have off-farm-jobs?
11/03/2018 @ 7:15 am | By Janet McCabe, Cook County Farmer

Every member of our family has an off-farm-job in addition to farming our family farm.  Along with our two adult children and daughter-in-law, we grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa hay.

From the Farm Desk

11/02/2018 @ 4:45 pm

FUEL STANDARDS ROLLBACK PLAN GETS SECOND HEARING (Associated Press) – In August, the Trump administration shared their proposal to roll back Obama-era national fuel economy standards. The administration says that waiving tough fuel efficiency requirements would make vehicles more affordable.

Recipe of the Month

Spiced Winter Root Vegetable Soup
11/02/2018 @ 2:00 pm

Recipe reprinted with permission from member Marcia Kuchta, found in our 2018 Cookfresh Recipe Collection Brochure, available online at

You can submit your recipes for the 2019 Cookfresh Recipe Brochure by mailing to the Farm Bureau or to [email protected].

From the Country

When Winter Covers Your Roof, Make Sure to Cover Your Home

A roof covered high in snow might provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday card photo or a soft landing pad for Santa and his sleigh. But a serious risk to your home and family may be lurking beneath that beautiful bed of white.

Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure...

11/02/2018 @ 7:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Since 2010, Cook County Farm Bureau® has operated a Political Action Committee (PAC) designed to support candidates who are supportive of the policies, priorities and mission of the Farm Bureau while promoting the economic and social well-being of farmers and farm-related interests in Cook County.

Industrial Hemp Tricky Crop to Grow, Store, Sell

11/01/2018 @ 12:45 pm | By Kay Shipman, Farmweek

Illinois farmers await state rules to grow industrial hemp. However, those rules won’t tackle marketing challenges and agronomic unknowns.

Ag Lit Bit

"Choices Abound"
11/01/2018 @ 10:30 am | By Diane Merrion

As we anticipate the celebration of Thanksgiving this month, we join many cultures in being thankful for the food provided by our farmers.  No matter what your tradition is for Thanksgiving, whether it be football or turkey, it all originates from the farm.

At The Farm Gate

Consecutive crossing closures disregard farms, rural residents
11/01/2018 @ 8:30 am | By Joanie Steirs

Our son cheered, the neighbor texted, a local farmer called twice, and the mailman sighed in relief. Our country road and the next road to the east had re-opened after nearly two weeks of closed railroad crossings that detoured our lives and livelihoods.


“Older than Dirt”
11/01/2018 @ 7:30 am | By Bob Rohrer, CAE,FBCM,Manager

Soil, as the plant’s growing medium, is one of the main factors in growing crops. Start with quality soil and throw in a bit of sun and timely moisture you have the makings of a pretty darn good farm.

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