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2014 Cook County Farm Bureau Bookmark Contest

Pick up an Ag Book this summer and ... Travel into the world of agriculture! Enter our bookmark contest and have people from all over Cook County use it during their summer reading.  We’re already starting to receive entries for the bookmark contest.  We love to see all your creativity, so keep them coming! Design a bookmark showing how agriculture is a part of your life, every day.  Whether it’s milk from a cow, ethanol to fill your gas tank, cereal made with wheat, corn fresh from the field, or soy ink on your newspaper, we want to see how Ag is a part of your life! First and Second Place prizes will be awarded. First Place winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and the Second Place winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.  Winners will also receive an Ag themed book.  The winning bookmarks will be duplicated for distribution this summer at local libraries and at the Cook County Farm Bureau. Please visit to obta ...

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Zeldenrust Farm Market Helps "Countdown" to Food Checkout Day

Thank you Zeldenrust Farm Market for taking time out of spring planting to help countdown the three remaining days to Food Checkout Day! This program highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers, like Zeldenrust Farm Market, grow while providing needed food to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.


Leaders Count Down the Days till Food Checkout Day

Leaders from the Commodities and Marketing took a few minutes to "count down" the remaining days till Food Checkout Day.  As a reminder, food donations can be dropped off at the Farm Bureau office or your local Country Financial Agency.

Member Relations Team members joined in on the fun and "counted down" the days till Food Checkout Day.

Thank you Ag in the Classroom and Public Policy Team members for taking time out of your schedules to "count down" the final days to Food Checkout Day!

A huge thank you to Public Relations Team members for their work on this year's Food Checkout Day!

Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Living in suburbia can be a strange experience for a farm guy.  An example?  There are all these cars on the roads. Where do they all come from and where are they all going?  People are coming and going in a rush.  These people must be very important.  Shockingly, very few of these people on the highways pay attention to one another unless someone is mad at someone else. This is nothing like farm country where everyone wants to know what everyone else is doing!  We call it being neighborly.  Suburbia calls it being nosey.  It really does my heart good when someone in a car next to me, beside me, in front of me or behind me gives me a “wave”.  Such friendly folk! It reminds me of when I was growing up on the farm. Obviously, waving is a form of non-verbal communication and “the wave” was perfected in rural areas and especially on the unofficial form of sign language. There’s a rule in the farm areas.  I’m not s ...

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Nestle: A Worldwide and Local Chocolatier

Switzerland-based Nestle operates plants throughout the world, including in the Chicagoland region.   Founded in 1905, after the merger of Anglo-Swiss Milk Company and Farine Lactee Henri Nestle, Nestle now offers baby food, bottle water, breakfast cereals, coffee, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, pet foods, and snacks.  With a market capitalization of more than $200 billion, Nestle is the largest food company in the world.  Over 27% of the company’s sales come from drinks followed closely by dairy and food products and ready-prepared/ready-cooked dinners at 26% and 18%, respectively.  The company’s largest competitors include: PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Unilever and Mars. Nestle’s brands include Gerber, Gerber Graduates, Nestle Pure Life, Butterfinger, Crunch, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, Juicy Juice, Nesquik, Boost, Haagen-Dazs, Alpo, Beneful, and Purina.   Nestle’s core business principles include a commitment to nutrition, health and wellness; qu ...

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Farm Bureau Donates to Food Depository

Cook County Farm Bureau recently donated 182 pounds of meat to the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository.  Jim Gutzmer, pictured right delivered four boxes of meat from a hog purchased during the Lake County Fair 4-H animal auction to the depository. 

Farm Bureau Meets with Residents from the Breakers at Edgewater

Cook CFB leader, Karen Biernacki meets with residents from the Breakers at Edgewater, a senior living high rise in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago after a Speakers Bureau presentation about Ted’s Greenhouse.

Spudtastic History

While the origin of the modern-day French fry is unknown, it is widely accepted that either the Belgians or French introduced the crispy, fried potatoes.  Potatoes were originally introduced to Europe through the Spanish and Jimenez de Quesada.  About 20 years after Quesada and his forces encountered a village in Columbia, potatoes were introduced in Spain and Italy.   The potatoes of 1557 were quite a bit smaller and bitter than modern potatoes and were met with a quite a bit of resistance.  Many Europeans believed that potatoes caused a variety of diseases and poisonous.  Despite the resistance, historical accounts indicate that Belgians were likely frying potatoes as early as the late 17th century in the Meuse Valley between Dinant and Liege, in Belgium. Many Belgium families were accustomed to consuming small fish as part of their meal.  However, when rivers froze families would slice potatoes into long thin slices, and fry them like the fish. For the French, the popula ...

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Farm Bureau Submits Comments on Watershed Management Ordinance

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance. Article 2 (Applicability and General Provisions) provides that a watershed management permit from either the District or an authorized municipality is required for developments disturbing more than 0.5 acres, unless the development solely involves one or more of the following: agriculture or gardening that maintains existing grades and drainage patterns.  The Article does not define agriculture.  According to, agriculture is the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock or the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.  An additional definition is set forth by the Illinois Compiled Statutes. However, the act of farming, more specifically, the cultivating of land may involve the disruption of existing grades or drainage patterns, including the installation or replacement of tiles and terraces or the instal ...

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Harold Bergman Day!

Monday night, the Hoffman Estates Village Board proclaimed that June 30th, 2013 would be "Harold Bergman Day".  Bergman, 97 years young, farms in the southwest corner of Palatine Township raising hay for area horse owners. In 2007, the Cook County Farm Bureau wrote a special feature on Mr. Bergman, a longtime member of Cook County Farm Bureau.  Click here for the article. Following the presentation, Mayor McLeod asked if he wanted to make any remarks to which Bergman replied “Thank you for your caring attention to the citizens of Hoffman Estates” and sat down! Pat Barch (L), Historical Curator for the Village of Hoffman Estates, talks to Harold Bergman (C) and son Steve Bergman (R) prior to Village Presentation.   Steve Bergman, Harold Bergman and friends/neighbors wait in anticipation of Mr. Bergman's recognition. Harold Bergman, center, was recognized by the Village of Hoffman Estates for his long dedication to arming in the area.  Bergman is 97 years o ...

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