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Workshop preparing Wills and Trust and Transferring Non-Titled Property

09/06/2019 @ 10:15 am

Sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau - Call the office to register at 708-354-3276. No charge for CCFB members, $10 for non-members. At the Country Financial Building in Orland Park.

Cook County Farm Bureau "Shred Day"

09/06/2019 @ 2:00 am

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10 am to 12-noon at the
Oak Forest Country Financial Building located at 4845 W. 167th St. in Oak Forest.

Bring any old documents (up to 3 bankers boxes) that you would like to be shredded FREE OF CHARGE! Please call the CCFB at 708.354.3276 to make a reservation.

Teachers Professional Development Workshop

09/05/2019 @ 4:00 am

September 24th, 2019
Cook County Farm Bureau-Ag in the Classroom
6438 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Registration required: [email protected]

Highlighting language arts, science & math lessons using accurate ag books, all aligned to NGSS and Common Core. Plant parts, pollinators, poetry and more covered in this hands-on workshop. Don’t miss this chance to apply for $250-300 book and project funding! Earn 2 PDCH

Pumpkin Fun Facts!

09/04/2019 @ 9:40 am

Some facts on Pumpkins, From the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom 2018-19 Calendar for Teachers.

This Month in Cook County Agriculture

09/04/2019 @ 5:30 am

Visit Cook County Farm Bureau® member Farms, Greenhouse & Garden Centers for all your planting needs this Fall! 

Ag Innovation Challenge application sought for startups

09/03/2019 @ 7:45 am

The American Farm Bureau Federation has launched its sixth Ag Innovation Challenge for food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000. Applicants must be Farm Bureau members to qualify as a top 10 semifinalist. Entrepreneurs and startups with businesses in the following categories may apply - farm, ranch, greenhouse, aquaponics; production support services; retail, agritourism or farm-to-table business; food/beverage/textile product or ingredient; and value-added processing.

Cook County Farm Bureau Photo Contest

09/03/2019 @ 3:30 am

Join us as we kick off the Cook County Farm Bureau® Photo Contest! We are holding this contest to obtain usable and appropriate photos that accurately portray today's agriculture in Cook County.

Family Food Bytes

09/03/2019 @ 2:45 am

First Freeze Could Catch Crops Before They Mature – September weather will be the key for late planted crop development. With late planting comes late maturing crops and an early hard freeze will likely greatly reduce crop yields or end crop hopes for many farm producers in 2019.

13th Annual CCFB Family Celebration Picnic

09/02/2019 @ 10:00 am

Farm Bureau families are encouraged to attend this year’s Family Celebration Picnic at Odyssey Farm in Tinley Park. This year’s picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m until 1 p.m. Early bird rates end 9/16/19.

Farm Crawl 2019

09/02/2019 @ 8:00 am

The Cook County Farm Bureau® is hosting its 3nd annual FARM CRAWL on Saturday, September 14, 2019 10 am-4 pm
The Farm Crawl is self-guided with no set schedules allowing members and the public flexibility to choose the farms and agri-businesses to visit during the Crawl times.

Meet a "Face" of Cook County Farm Bureau & reg;

09/02/2019 @ 7:00 am

Each month we are highlighting a Cook County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Team Member: This month's "Face of CCFB" is.... Kristen Yunker.

Cook County Farm Bureau Continues to Work for Members Behind the Scenes!

09/02/2019 @ 2:45 am

Farm Bureau continues to actively advocate for issues of importance to member. A brief update of pertinent legislative issues is provided.

Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

09/01/2019 @ 9:15 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

In our family, late summer/early fall is simply one of the best times of the year.  Most years, the corn and soybeans have canopied, and we’ve parked the cultivator.  This fall seems to be the exception since the weed zapper is still electrocuting weeds.

Ag Lit Bit

"That's what they Do!"
09/01/2019 @ 7:00 am | By Diane Merrion

The smell of new crayons, the points of newly sharpened pencils and the cleanliness of the new backpack.  Yes, I miss the beginning of the school year and the tradition of sending my kids out the door all excited to experience their first day of school.  As parents, that’s what we do.  Prepare our kids for the first day of school and to prepare them to receive an education that will prepare them for the future. 

Recipe of the Month

Fiesta Fresh Corn Salad
09/01/2019 @ 6:45 am

Recipe reprinted with permission from member Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center, South Barrington subbmitted by Phyllis Henning, Lansing , from our 2019 Cookfresh Recipe Collection Brochure, available online at

At the Farm Gate

Back to School not business as usual
09/01/2019 @ 4:30 am | By Joanie Stiers

A classic yellow school bus against a cornfield backdrop on a rural road says American as much as the homemade ice cream we crank for the Fourth of July. Sometimes, I snap a photo of the approaching bus as it rounds the bend, stirring a dust cloud on the gravel road to our home farm.


The 80's
09/01/2019 @ 2:00 am | By Bob Rohrer, CAE,FBCM,Manager

The 1980’s left a big imprint on me. I graduated from high school, gained a bachelor-of-science college degree and landed my big career opportunity during this decade. The 80’s was when I came to love rock ‘n’ roll, rejected pop music, and learned that my bowl hair cut was not a cool fashion statement.

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