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Farm Tours - Summer Teacher PD Conferences

The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation will host two programs this summer, June 26-30, 2017 and July 11-14. 2017 for teachers.  Earning PDCH credit or Graduate Credit, educators will have the opportunity to explore the farm to table process through farm and agri-business tours.  Industry experts will round out this hands-on professional development experience which is meant to provide the educational tools to incorporate the topic of agriculture into existing curriculum.  To learn more or to register ($125), contact the Ag Literacy Coordinator at or by calling 708-354-3276.  Programs limited to 20 teachers.


New Exclusive Member Benefit - MayflowerTours - added member savings to travel locally or see the world!

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:

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Ford Sweepstakes - Haul in a Winner!

“Haul in a Winner!” One Farm Bureau member will win a 2 year lease on a brand new 2017 F-150!  Registration is now open and will end on September 30, 2017.  Members can enter for their chance to win by visiting:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF AZ, IA, IL, MI, MO, MS, TN, KS, and GA; a current Farm Bureau member, 21 YEARS OR OLDER WITH VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE TO ENTER. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 9/30/17. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, One American Road, Dearborn, MI 48126.

Nominations accepted for Farmer of the Year.

Winners will be announced in the 2018 Farmers' Almanac and will be offered reimbursement for a one-year membership to their county Farm Bureau and a lifetime subscription to the Farmers' Almanac. If you know a farmer deserving of recognition for dedication and hard work, consider nominating him or her for the Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year. Farmers’ Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, will honor three farmers. Nominations must be 300 words or less and meet the following criteria: * Supporting the tradition: How long has the nominee been in their field? How did he or she get involved in agriculture and why? * Innovation in agriculture: How has the nominee embraced technology or new ways of farming and ranching? * Community involvement: How has the nominee engaged his/her community to support agriculture and/or teach us more about farming overall? * Inspiration: How is the nominee a true leader in agriculture and why does he or she deserve to be recogniz ...

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Farmers Markets Directory | Chicago & Suburban Market Schedules

Many Chicago and Suburban farmers markets are open.  Check out our link to locate farmers markets and opening dates near you HERE and support our  Cook County Farm Bureau Farmers.

Master Gardener Resource Center is Open through November 17th!

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.  The master gardeners have been back in the Farm Bureau office since April to answer questions from members and the general public related to gardening and horticulture. Master Gardener office hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 1:00 PM. This service is expected to continue through November 17th. The master gardeners are accessible by contacting the Cook County Farm Bureau at (708)354-3276 or by emailing  Master Gardeners are available in the Cook County Farm Bureau suite located at 6438 Joliet Rd. in Countryside. General topic areas that can be addressed include soil test recommendations, plant disease issues and treatments, horticulture related questions, pest identification and treatment, and more. Commercial related questions will be forwarded to the University of Illinois Extension Professiona ...

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Join the Conversation and Win FREE Groceries

Farm Bureau's third giveaway for the summer is a: $250 grocery store gift card.

The only thing individuals have to do is LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGE and COMMENT on or SHARE this post to enter to win.  The winner will be chosen on September 13.

Official contest rules are available by clicking here.

Test Your Farm Knowledge with Farm Bureau and Culver's...Win Prizes!

Join Cook County Farm Bureau® and Culver’s restaurants and explore your food and farm knowledge.  Each week from May through September, a new question will be posted on the Farm Bureau’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, and in participating stores.

Four monthly prizes will be awarded each month from May through September.  The grand prize, a John Deere pedal tractor, will be awarded in October.  Families are encouraged to enter on-line using the hashtag #FarmingwithCulvers and at participating Culver’s restaurants.  Multiple entries per family are allowed.

Participating Culver’s restaurants include: Tinley Park, Orland Park, Matteson, and Homewood.  Click here for official contest rules.

Meet the 2016 Cookfresh Community Garden Grant Recipients

Signup Begins for 2015-17 CCFB Action Teams/Volunteer Opportunities

Signup Begins for 2015-17 CCFB Action Teams/Volunteer Opportunities Cook County Farm Bureau is now accepting application’s for members who wish to participate in the 2015-17 programming Teams that serve the needs of the organization’s members. Five Teams provide outstanding involvement opportunities for individuals who carry a passion for agriculture, education, political involvement, innovation, public relations, local affairs, member service, or enhancement of a great industry.  Ag Literacy – This group of leaders focuses on the overall Ag in the Classroom program, consumer outreach and education, food checkout day, website overview, recycling programs, P.R. review, and ag literacy grant programs. Commodities & Marketing Team – This group of leaders works on promoting local farm stands, assisting farm markets, development of landowner group programming, equine activities, commodity promotions, agricultural tours, giant pumpkin contest and agri-tourism concepts. Me ...

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