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Careers in agriculture are more than farming.
09/28/2023 @ 11:15 am

According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, a total of 19.7 million jobs, or 10.3% of U.S. employment, was related to agriculture in 2020. Farming only made up 13.5% of agricultural employment, food service made up 53.4% and food and beverage stores made up 16.5%.

There are more than one million agriculture-related jobs in Illinois. Ag-related careers include plant science, animal science, natural resources, agricultural business, environmental science, agricultural mechanics, food science, diesel mechanics, and more!

Resolutions Committee advances new food waste policy

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Resolutions Committee advanced a new policy Aug. 1 aimed at reducing food waste that emits greenhouse gases, clogs landfills, and hurts both urban and rural communities.

Cook County Farm Bureau introduced the proposal after surveying its members about what issues are most important to them.

“The amount of food that’s in a landfill is increasing, so we thought we needed to have something to address the fact,” Janet McCabe, Cook CFB president, told FarmWeek. “We’re trying to get people thinking about how we need to do something about this problem.”

How Farm Bureau Served YOU in August

09/07/2023 @ 11:30 am

In partnership with Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton and Wagner Farm, we hosted over 50 individuals from Cook County government and their families for a Farm Exploration Event at historic Wagner Farm in Glenview.

Planting Seeds

09/07/2023 @ 8:30 am | By Katrina Milton, Director of Ag Literacy

I love butterflies: I love taking photos of butterflies, I love seeing them flit and flutter as they fly from flower to flower, I love the science and magic of their transformation from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. In college, my sorority’s sister name was Butterflie (-ie ending to match my family tree), due to my social butterfly personality.

Cook County Farm Bureau Photo Contest - Fall

09/06/2023 @ 1:30 pm

Get your camera and capture moments by showcasing your best photos depicting theme of Agriculture in the Fall. Send in your photos – selfies, pictures of others, landscape, etc.

Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

Fair season has come to an end for our house. The animals are back home. The show box is supposed to be cleaned and tucked away. And the truck has been cleaned out.

Master Gardener Resource Center Continues to Assist Members During the Fall Season

09/05/2023 @ 2:00 pm

The Cook County Farm Bureau® and the University of Illinois Extension continue to partner on a project that benefits local Farm Bureau members and the general public.

Watch for SMV signs on roads this Fall

09/05/2023 @ 11:15 am

The Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign is a reflective orange triangle bordered with red that warns other road users that the vehicle displaying the sign is traveling slower than the normal speed of traffic.

At the Farm Gate

Transport by Trailer - College move-in successful minus the pigs
09/05/2023 @ 8:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

The gal in the neighboring dorm room rented a U-Haul to transport her belongings to college. Other families had minivans with the back seats removed for their students. We had a pickup truck pulling a livestock trailer that stated the name and location of our farm.

Lake County Fair 4H Animal Auction

09/01/2023 @ 3:50 pm

Cook County Farm Bureau® purchased a lamb during the Lake County Fair 4H Animal Auction.

Recipe of the Month

Corn Chicken Casserole
09/01/2023 @ 1:30 pm

Recipe printed with permission from the Kitchen of: IL Corn

Monarch Club

09/01/2023 @ 11:30 am

Next Monarch Club Meeting
Thursday, September 7
10 a.m. at Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens


“Thump It?”
09/01/2023 @ 8:30 am | By Bob Rohrer, CCFB Manager

Watermelon. A true summer treat!

I love it and I am so pleased that my five-year-old grandson loves it as much as I do. If fact, we now make sure watermelon is a part of almost every meal when he visits. Like most people, we both prefer a watermelon that is very fresh, sweet, and ripe. We both want melon flesh to be so juicy that it leaks with every bite, rolling down one’s lip and over the chin. Perfect photo ops of grandchildren and grandparents alike!

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