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Seeking an Agriculture, Farm or Food related career? Scholarship Opportunities Available

10/05/2023 @ 1:30 pm

Seeking an Agriculture, Farm or Food related career? CCFB Foundation has scholarship opportunities available!

How Farm Bureau Served YOU in September

10/05/2023 @ 11:30 am

Kicked off fall by hosting a Make a Fall Planter member event at member business Big John’s Farm Market and hosting the 23rd Giant Pumpkin Contests and Activities, celebrating Illinois pumpkins at member business, Puckerville Farms in Lemont.

Planting Seeds

10/05/2023 @ 8:30 am | By Katrina Milton, Director of Ag Literacy

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery. In the book, Anne makes the comment while carrying maple tree branches and leaves into the house as she plans to decorate her room with them.

Cook County Farm Bureau Photo Contest - Fall

10/04/2023 @ 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

Mississippi River Basin states, including Illinois, have received guidance from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop state-led plans to reduce nutrient loads discharged into rivers and ultimately the Mississippi River. Based on federal guidance, Illinois released their statewide Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS), which was developed by numerous partners including state agencies, extension services, and a multi-stakeholder group, which included Illinois Farm Bureau®.

Household Hazard Waste Collection

10/03/2023 @ 2:00 pm

This event is co-sponsored by local governments and provide residents the free opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover hazardous products commonly found in homes.

Maui/Big Island Agricultural Relief Fund

10/03/2023 @ 11:15 am

The Cook County Farm Bureau Board of Directors received the correspondence below from the Hawaii Farm Bureau and approved a $1000 donation from the organization in September. The Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors also contributed to the fund. We wanted to share the information with members who may also be concerned.

At the Farm Gate

Fine Swine Dining - Pork delicious, economical mealtime tradition
10/03/2023 @ 8:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

Sometime around age 40, my guilty pleasure food changed to pulled pork nachos: tortilla chips softened with melted nacho cheese, topped with pulled pork and drizzled with barbecue sauce.

TOUCHDOWN! Thank a farmer for those fall football feasts

10/02/2023 @ 1:30 pm | By Carrie Steinweg, Special Feature Writer

In the fall, the weather cools and we tend to crave warm, hearty foods that will fill your belly. It’s also time for a lot of fun fall celebrations- and most involve food.

Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Crumble Tart with Apple Cider Syrup
10/02/2023 @ 11:30 am

Recipe printed with permission from Donnie C, Plainfield - 2nd Place Winner, 2022 Pumpkin Dessert Contest


"Download me some of that artificial intelligence"
10/02/2023 @ 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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