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Family Farm and Food Bytes

04/12/2021 @ 11:15 am

Grocery Stores' Pandemic Boon Is Over (CNN) – Last year, people were stockpiling food and essentials at stores and ordering a lot more groceries online. That was great news for America's biggest grocery chains, who now say the pandemic-time boom is over.

Farm Bureau Working on Urban Agriculture Statewide Policy

04/11/2021 @ 10:15 am

Cook County Farm Bureau® is in the process of drafting and reviewing a statewide policy supporting, defining, and recognizing urban agriculture. Urban agriculture generally refers to the cultivation, processing, and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban settings.

Farmers asked to Complete Survey on Potential to Food Bank Program

04/11/2021 @ 9:05 am

Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Specialty Growers, the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute, and Feeding Illinois are asking farmers to complete a brief online survey by April 30, 2021. The information will be used to assess the potential for a farm to food bank program.

Spring Lawn Prep & Garden Clean up Tips

04/10/2021 @ 9:05 am

Spring is upon us and with it comes outdoor cleanup of yards, lawns, and gardens, for the coming growing season. We asked award winning South Suburban Cook Master Gardener Help Desk for tips on getting started…here is what we learned.

Remap Effort Underway for Chicago's Wards

04/09/2021 @ 2:45 pm

In March, CHANGE Illinois, community and civic organizations, and good government advocates announced their support for a Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission. They contend that the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission will help create a “people’s map.”

2021 CookFresh Community Urban Garden Grant Recipients

04/09/2021 @ 9:35 am

This Community Urban Garden is funded in part by a grant from; Cook County Farm Bureau® Commodities & Product Marketing Team.

Nursing Scholarship Application Available

04/08/2021 @ 2:05 pm

Applications are now available for nurse practitioner scholarships through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. There will be 15 scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this year.

Farm Bureau Monitoring the "Closure of Business Loopholes"

04/08/2021 @ 2:05 pm

After the election in November, Governor Pritzker made several statements that he wants to “close business tax loopholes,” but until his mid-February budget address, there were no details.

Farm Bureau Recognizes Country Financial Achievers

04/08/2021 @ 9:30 am

On an annual basis, the Cook County Farm Bureau® pays special tribute to the COUNTRY Financial Managers and Financial Representatives that earn All American honors as well as those that are named in the top 10 recruiters of membership.

Additional Requirements for Taxing Districts Approved By County Board

04/07/2021 @ 4:15 pm

Members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance 21-1048 at the end of February. The ordinance was supported by the Cook County Farm Bureau®. Farm Bureau sent the following communications in support of the ordinance in advance of the vote: Cook County Farm Bureau® (Cook CFB) respectfully requests support for Ordinance 21-1048, an amendment to the Taxing District Debt Disclosure Ordinance.

Farm Bureau Working on Legislation to Benefit Farmers and Families

04/07/2021 @ 10:05 am

Farm Bureau is engaging with legislators on the following issues:
Agricultural tourism limited liability: Senate Bill 458 (Senator Wilcox) limits the liability of agritourism operations. Under the bill, an agritourism operator would not be liable for injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of agritourism activities if the agritourism operator posts the required warning notice.

Manifolds, Monolos & Manure

04/07/2021 @ 8:30 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

Earlier this year my younger cousin audaciously suggested that I forgo my beloved audiobooks. For years audiobooks and my corgi were my companions as I trekked the 225 miles journey from northern Illinois to Springfield.

5 Things you Should Know about the Governmental Affairs Team

04/06/2021 @ 3:25 pm

The mission of the Governmental Affairs Committee is to surface and develop policy and to provide reliable, accurate, and common-sense information to elected officials and their staffs in order to build a dialogue between the organization and policymakers. The Governmental Affairs Committee serves as a voice for all Cook County Farm Bureau® members.

Don't Know Beans about Soybeans?

Learn More About One of Illinois' Most Common Crops and What it's Used For
04/05/2021 @ 8:00 am | By Carrie Steinweg, Freelance Writer

Illinois is the second highest producer of corn among the U.S. states. And it’s the leader in the country in pumpkin growing. And that’s not all. We’re also at the top when it comes to soybeans. Illinois is the largest producer of soybeans and when combined with what the runner-up, Iowa, grows, it accounts for more than a quarter of the total U.S. soybean crop.

Food Checkout Day Helps Replenish Area Food Pantries

04/04/2021 @ 1:05 pm

Cook County Farm Bureau® and Partners Raise Cash and Food Donations for Local Food Pantries Cook County Farm Bureau® Celebrates its 20th Annual Food Checkout Day.

At the Farm Gate

Phones Planted like Pliers in Farmer Pockets
04/04/2021 @ 10:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

I still remember the spring when an unnamed farmer attempted to grow a crop of cell phones. While outside the tractor cab in the field, he had dropped then driven over his two-week-old cell phone twice. Once with a planter and soon after with a tillage implement that placed it subsurface like a seed.

School Mini Grant Recipients 2021

04/03/2021 @ 10:35 am

We are pleased to announce three outstanding recipients of our School Mini Grant...

Ag Lit Bit

A Fresh Start
04/03/2021 @ 8:00 am | By Diane Merrion, Director of Ag Literacy

The backhoes arrived and out it all came. After years of digging through rocks to plant flowers and bushes, I decided enough was enough. Like all home improvement projects, I always think everything looks easy and can be done by me or my husband (just ask him).

Member Appreciation Week 2021

04/02/2021 @ 2:40 pm

Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23, 2021

Recipe of the Month

Greener Green Goddess Dip
04/02/2021 @ 2:30 pm

2021…sneak peek recipe from 2021-2022 Recipe Collection available late April.


"The value of free?"
04/02/2021 @ 11:45 am | By Bob Rohrer CAE, FBCM, Manager

Through the years, I have been heard saying the following phrase: “‘Free’ is one of my favorite words.” Free lunch. Free beverage. Free tools. Free wood. Free equipment. Freedom. I frequently offer “free” advice, especially to my kids. There is something about the word “Free”.

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