Food on Your Mind? Let’s Talk.

Join the Chicago Ridge Library and Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about how your food is grown and the decisions today’s farmers make.  Speakers will provide an overview of modern farming practices, organic farming, and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO).  Speakers will also address audience members’ questions.

March 12, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Chicago Ridge Public Library

10400 S. Oxford Ave, Chicago Ridge


Kim Morton, a former farm manager for the Northern Trust Company and farm owner, is one of Chicagoland’s premier speakers on GMO testing and use.  In her role with the Northern Trust Company, she became the second woman in the nation to receive the “Accredited Farm Manager” designation and was a member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Class of 1998.

Morton is an active member of the Cook County Farm Bureau®. 

Tim Stuenkel is the Global Marketing Communications Manager at TeeJet Technologies, a leading global manufacturer of crop protection application and precision farming equipment based in Wheaton, Illinois. Stuenkel has served in various roles including technical support, sales, and international market development since joining the company in 2000.  Stuenkel was a member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Class of 2012.

Stuenkel was raised on the same corn and soybean farm in Cook County that he and his sisters now farm.  Stuenkel is an active member of the Cook County Farm Bureau® Board of Directors.

Jeff Heinsohn serves as Agronomy and Machinery Manager for Walnut Grove Farms in Kirkland, Illinois.  Walnut Grove Farms is a 400-cow dairy farm.  Heinsohn is directly responsible for the management of over 2,500-acres of both certified organic and non-GMO crops.  Over 1,000-acres of the farm are certified organic by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.  Heinsohn was a member of the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow Class of 2006.

Heinsohn is a third generation family farmer and is a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau®.

About Cook County Farm Bureau®

As the county’s largest general farm organization, Cook County Farm Bureau® is dedicated to bridging the gap between farmers and urban consumers.  Through education programs targeting youth and their parents and programs designed to connect farmers with potential consumers, Farm Bureau members are actively engaging in conversations about food and the shared values between farmers and consumers.