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Family Farm and Food Bytes

10/04/2020 @ 1:15 pm

Crude Oil or Cooking Oil? For Some U.S. Refiners, It's Now A Choice (Reuters) – Refiners have always produced fuel using crude oil. Now some are using grease. A slump in demand for gasoline since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has several refining companies accelerating their plans to retrofit facilities to produce so-called renewable diesel made from, among other things, used cooking oil from fast-food restaurants.

Fall Planter Event at M&D Farms

10/04/2020 @ 11:05 am

Recipe of the Month

Traditional Pumpkin Pie
10/04/2020 @ 7:25 am

The 2020 Cookfresh Recipe Collection is a special “throwback” edition for our 100th year. Recipes selected from decades of submissions to commemorate our Centennial. Recipe booklets are available now.

CFAP 2 Details Announced

10/03/2020 @ 3:45 pm

In September, the Trump administration announced details of the new $14-billion-dollar Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2, that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19-related losses for producers.

Transportation Compliance Issues

10/03/2020 @ 1:15 pm

5 Things members should know about the Political Action Committee of the Cook County Farm Bureau®...

10/03/2020 @ 11:05 am

Five things you should know about Cook County Farm Bureau Political Action Committee.

The Importance of the Port Cook County Remains Critical Shipping Port for Agricultural Transport

10/03/2020 @ 9:00 am | By Carrie Steinweg, Special Feature Writer

Getting agricultural products from a farm to a consumer is a process that involves more steps than you may realize. In some cases, the transport is done by truck and by rail, but there's also a large amount that has an added step of being moved by water and Cook County happens to be huge shipping hub.

Illinois Pork Facts

10/03/2020 @ 7:30 am

Courtesy of the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

At the Farm Gate

Porktober: Time to Salute Pork
10/02/2020 @ 3:05 pm | By Joanie Stiers

My husband had never acted so delighted about supper.
He sat on the porch in anticipation of my first attempt at barbecued baby back ribs on our new smoker. He inhaled the smoky aroma from his porch seat, sipped a choice beverage, and voiced approval during the final un-foiling of the fare.
The pile of rib bones after the meal told the finger-licking tale: I had found his new favorite meal.

Meet a "Face" of Cook County Farm Bureau

10/02/2020 @ 1:30 pm

Each month we are highlighting a Cook County Farm Bureau Member: This month's "Face of CCFB" is... Rich Schroeder, owner of Schroeder's Materials, Inc.

Ag Lit Bit

"What can you get for $20?"
10/02/2020 @ 12:15 pm | By Diane Merrion

There’s not much you can get for $20 a year nowadays. As our Ag in the Classroom has been creating new programs for virtual learning, we are finding that it is a challenge to create content without a subscription or membership to enhance things beyond the basics.

Dear Valued Member

10/02/2020 @ 11:35 am

I would like to personally thank you for renewing your Cook County Farm Bureau® membership. We know that the year 2020 has been difficult for so many of our members during and following the health and safety concerns of the pandemic and challenging times facing members, businesses, and society.

Centennial Legacy Patio Created to Benefit Foundation

A Commemorative Legacy Patio in Honor the first 100 Years of CCFB Service to Members
10/02/2020 @ 9:35 am

To mark the Centennial celebration of the Cook County Farm Bureau, the Farm Bureau and Foundation partnered to create a Commemorative Patio on the grounds of the Cook County Farm Bureau. The Commemorative Patio is close to the east entrance of the Farm Bureau building and features personalized memory pavers, three park benches, a wrought iron fence, and flower boxes.

Members Encouraged to Vote NO on the Progressive Income Tax Amendment

10/01/2020 @ 3:10 pm

The upcoming ballot will ask whether you support changing Illinois’ income tax structure. Vote NO on this question. The amendment would end the state’s flat rate income tax, but it will not solve our state’s fiscal problems.

Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

10/01/2020 @ 12:15 pm | 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.

Recipe of the Month

Acorn Squash and Apples
10/01/2020 @ 9:30 am

The 2020 Cookfresh Recipe Collection is a special “throwback” edition for our 100th year. Recipes selected from decades of submissions to commemorate our Centennial. Recipe booklets are available now.


"Impact Books"
10/01/2020 @ 7:45 am | By Bob Rohrer CAE, FBCM, Manager

September 6 was “National Read a Book Day”. Leading up to that day, the American Society of Association Executives posed the following question to its members: What book(s) has had a surprising impact on your life?

100 Year Drive Through Celebration

10/01/2020 @ 7:15 am

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in various ways. Back in March, we were forced to cancel our “Breakfast at the Farm Bureau” event to celebrate with our member friends the 100-year anniversary of your organization. Unfortunately, current circumstances prevent us from having a large in person celebration gathering so we have decided to set up more of an “individualized” activity with our members.

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