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It is easy to overlook horses in the agricultural landscape now that we don't depend on them for power, but their importance remains.
The American Horse Council (AHC) is taking a national survey of the economic impact of U.S. horses in which Illinois will participate as a focus state. Horse owners have until July 17 to participate.
Why is it important to participate? Horses are big creatures – it’s hard to hide a horse. Yet as an agriculturally important economic entity, horses are essentially hidden.
It is easy to overlook horses in the agricultural landscape now that we don’t depend on them for power. Horses are unique among large farm animals in that they routinely reside in the suburbs and even in cities. Horses may be the only large farm animal an average American ever encounters, thus horses act to bridge a widening gap between the nonfarm life and agriculture.
But since they are not used for food or fiber, horses do not funnel through a common marketplace where they can be ...
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16 Cook County Farm Bureau® members submitted recipes using fresh, local ingredients that are available to be purchased from member Farm Stands and Farm Markets. To receive a free Recipe Brochure call the CCFB office at 708.354.3276 or email Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one or download a copy by clicking on the photo below!
Grant Application - Deadline April 28th
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been allocated funds next federal fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These funds will support projects that are intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry. Applications for funds are due April 28, 2017. Program details and application available online at: https://www.agr.state.il.us/speciality-crop-grants/ or by calling (217)524-9129.
The USDA defines specialty crops as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruit, horticulture and nursery crops (including floricuture)."
Additional Information Contact:
To begin your Life Enriching Experience and learn more about MayflowerTours all Imelda and state you’re a Cook County Farm Bureau member to receive the added savings (code: ccfb16) at:
· Call: Imelda at 630-435-8264
· Email: Imelda@mayflowertours.com
· Online: www.mayflowertours.com
Join us Saturday, October 15th at Puckerville Farms for the annual Fall contests and fun!
Registration Form HERE or online at Member Center
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 9:00 A.M. Registration/Check-In
Location: Puckerville Farms, 13332 Bell Road, Lemont, IL
Giant Pumpkin Weigh In Contest:
Divisions: Adult and Youth (16 and younger)
Rules: Contest open to CCFB members and their dependents. One Pumpkin grown per member or dependent may be entered into the contest. Members of the Commodities/Marketing Team will serve as the weigh-in judges. The decision of the judges is final.
Prizes: Adult 1st Place - $250.00 Youth 1st Place - $100.00
2nd Place - $150.00 2nd Place - $75.00
3rd Place - $75.00 3rd Place - $50.00
Entry Fee: Free for Members, Non-members may enter by joining CCFB
Homemade Pumpkin Dessert Contest:
Rules: Contest open to any CCFB Member/Dependents. Open to all ages. Must be present to win. Must arrive by 9:15 ...
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