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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.

 

Throughout these difficult times, your Cook County Farm Bureau has sought to provide necessary and essential support to our members, farmers, frontline workers, small businesses, parents and youth, and affiliated companies.

 

We continue to encourage member businesses to participate in our Member to Member Buy Local program and members to support these local small businesses (check out our website: cookcfb.org). We thank you for being a part of the engine of the local economy.

 

We have seen firsthand the important role farming and agriculture plays every day in everyone’s life during the year 2020. We continue to work with area food, fiber, and fuel farm producers to help them be able to provide high-quality, farm fresh products to local consumers.

 

Best wishes,

 

Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

 

P.S. Can you believe we have not increased membership dues rates since 1978? Cook County Farm Bureau membership remains the best value in town! We thank you for your membership and we do look forward to serving you!

 

P.P.S. The following information provides a brief glimpse at the broad range of programming and support that your membership provides through your Cook County Farm Bureau. Enjoy!

 

Agricultural Literacy/Ag in the Classroom - Multiple programs, in-person and videoconference presentations, and a host of farm-related experiences are provided to students, teachers, administrators, and parents on an annual basis about the importance of agriculture and farming every day.

 

Commodity/Marketing - A variety of programs and activities connect consumers with area farmers in vegetable production, greenhouses, livestock, corn/soybeans, honeybees, industrial hemp, community gardens, and much more.

 

Member Relations - Members are the lifeblood of the organization and we seek to deliver a full and comprehensive membership services, benefits, discounts, programs, and activities package.

 

Public Relations - Through in-person programs and social media, Chicagoland residents and area consumers who have a natural curiosity about farming, farming practices, and agricultural topics gain answers and insight.

 

Governmental Affairs - CCFB seeks to inform, engage, and influence elected officials and leaders locally, regionally, in the state, and federally when it comes to programs and legislation that can improve area agriculture.

 

Young Leaders Group - Younger members age 18-35 participate to enhance leadership skills and serve agriculture’s needs in an enjoyable format.

 

Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation - This 501c(3) non-for-profit was created to give members the opportunity to support, through their tax-deductible gifts, scholarships, Agriculture in the Classroom programming, Adult leadership training, internships, and more.

 

Cook County Farm Bureau® Political Action Committee - This Political Action Committee was created to provide members with the opportunity to help positively influence the political landscape of Cook County and support the election of individuals supportive of agriculture and fiscally and ethically responsible.

 

Master Gardner Resource Center – CCFB has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension to provide members access to local Master Gardeners during the growing season to interpret soil test results, answer questions, and provide expertise and assistance in the area of horticulture.

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