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    Meet the 2019 Cookfresh Community Urban Garden Grant Recipients

    04/06/2019 @ 10:30 am

    Cookfresh® is an assistance program designed for Community Gardens in Cook County to beautify their “places and palates.” The Cookfresh Community Urban Garden Grant program offer six $300 grants to support urban agriculturists seeking assistance with a community garden. The community gardens will receive the money in the form of Cook County Farm Bureau “Cookfresh Funds”.

    Cubs vs.White Sox

    June 19, 2019
    04/06/2019 @ 8:00 am

    The Cook County Farm Bureau will be selling tickets to the game on Monday, April 22,2019 at 10 am. Be one of the first to call the office at 708-354-3276. Tickets are limited and will sell out!

    Farm Bureau partners with local charity to celebrate Food Checkout Day

    Since 2001 the Cook County farmers and the Cook County Farm Bureau® have been celebrating Food Checkout Day.
    04/05/2019 @ 1:45 pm

    Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food grown by local farmers while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy food on a tight budget. Through Farm Bureau’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Farm Bureau members are able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when their child is ill.

    CCFB 1930-Publication

    04/05/2019 @ 7:25 am

    From the December 17, 1930 issue of the Countryside Publication (2nd issue).

    2019 State Legislative Priorities

    04/04/2019 @ 4:05 pm

    Farm Bureau established the following legislative priorities:

    This Month in Cook County Agriculture

    04/04/2019 @ 2:30 pm

     The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District is currently taking orders for the spring Tree and Fish Sale. Order forms are available on the District Website ( and can be picked up at the Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District office during business hours. U.S. Mail, email and fax copies can also be requested by calling 815-462-3106 x 3.

    Food Price Outlook 2019

    Food price inflation to remain low in 2019
    04/04/2019 @ 12:00 pm | By by Daniel Grant, FarmWeekNow

    Grocery bill increases have stayed lower than inflation in other sectors for the past 10 years, and rising ag productivity is a big part of the reason.

    Family Food Bytes

    04/04/2019 @ 8:15 am

    Your Avocados and Olives are pricier because fat is in fashion -The Wall Street Journal .Farmers around the globe are struggling to keep up with an increasing global appetite for fats that are perceived as healthy, leading to long-term disruptions in food prices.

    Bookmark Contest

    'Agriculture in Your Day'
    04/03/2019 @ 4:00 pm

    Design a bookmark illustrating how agriculture affects our lives each day. Whether it’s enjoying a glass of milk from a cow, eating apples from a local grower, wearing clothes made from cotton, eating cereal made with wheat or reading a newspaper printed using soy ink. Show us how farmers impact our lives. 

    Farming for our Future Fun'Raiser event

    Farming for our Future Fun’Raiser plants seed farm and food literacy
    04/03/2019 @ 2:00 pm

    Farming for our Future Fun’Raiser plants seed farm and food literacy
    Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation® set to put funds to use in Ag Literacy/scholarships

    Horse Carriages

    04/03/2019 @ 9:00 am

    Cook County Farm Bureau® sent the following letter to Cook County legislators on the House Transportation: Vehicle and Safety Committee.

    Meet a "Face" of Cook County Farm Bureau & reg;

    04/03/2019 @ 7:00 am | By Sarah Koukol, Ag Presenter

    Each month we are highlighting a Cook County Farm Bureau Board Member: This month's "Face of CCFB" is... Sarah Koukol

    Members Comment on Proposed Clean Water Act

    04/02/2019 @ 4:00 pm | By Mike Rauch

    Cook County Farm Bureau® Vice-President Mike Rauch sent the following letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding revisions to the “Waters of the United States” rule.

    Food Pantry Challenge

    04/02/2019 @ 3:45 pm

    Local Food Pantries are Encouraged to Join Farm Bureau’s “Food Pantry Challenge”

    Cook County Farm Bureau® will be donating $1,750 to Cook County food pantries.  We’d like to help food pantries provide healthy food for the families in their community.

    Master Gardener Resource Center to Re-Open April

    04/02/2019 @ 12:00 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.

    Recipe of the Month

    Bean Cakes
    04/02/2019 @ 9:25 am

    Recipe reprinted with permission from member, Mike O’Brien of Summit, IL found in our 2018 Cookfresh Recipe Collection Brochure, available online at

    From the Country

    Be Prepared For Tornado Season

    Tornado season begins in April and lasts through June, but actually tornadoes can and do occur in every month of the year.  That’s why it is important to always be prepared.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    04/01/2019 @ 2:45 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    The history of Washington, D.C. is tied to its role as the capital of the United States.  Like many issues, it was created and designated through compromise and consensus.

    Ag Lit Bit

    What a Waste
    04/01/2019 @ 11:45 am | By Diane Merrion

    I don’t order a lot online because when I do, there’s usually some crazy problem or it takes forever to get to me.  Case in point was a sticker I ordered as a stocking stuffer that took 8 weeks to arrive (which was well after Christmas).  I’ll take the blame as I didn’t notice it was being sent from halfway around the world.

    At the Farm Gate

    Bud not such a Buddy
    04/01/2019 @ 9:00 am | By Joanie Stiers

    The Super Bowl beer advertisement brewed belly-aches in my living room full of corn farmers. For a pain-staking 60 seconds, we watched Bud Light knights transport an oversized and unwanted barrel marked “corn syrup” in its medieval-themed advertisement.


    "The Building of an Organization; Decade 2=Growing Pains"
    04/01/2019 @ 7:05 am | By Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

    Cook County Farm Bureau will achieve the 100-year milestone in March of 2020. 100 years is a magical number and we have been researching the organization’s history in anticipation of the celebration. 

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