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Farm Bureau Considers Policy Changes

Seventy-eight percent of farmer members responding to the 2013 Viewpoint Survey believe that the focus of the Forest Preserve should be both public use and preservation.  To that end, Farm Bureau leaders are considering amending the local policy book with the following statement, “The focus of the Forest Preserve of Cook County remaining both public use and preservation.” In 1929, a land use commission recommended that the Forest Preserve District maintain a 80/20 balance in its land use, with 80 percent of the District’s land to be kept in as natural of a condition as possible, and 20 percent to be available for development of recreational activities that are compatible with the District’s mission. Eighty-two percent of Farm Bureau members oppose individuals serving concurrently as an elected mayor and an elected county board member.  This issue came to light after a suburban State’s Attorney crafted a legal opinion that found such dual roles “incompatible& ...

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Eli’s: A Chicago Tradition Since 1940

Eli’s Cheesecake came to fruition after the first Taste of Chicago in 1980.  Prior to 1980, Eli Schulman of Chicago opened Eli’s The Place for Steak in 1966 after testing entrepreneurial waters with Eli’s Ogden Huddle and Eli’s Stage Delicatessen.   Shortly after Eli’s The Place for Steak opened the celebrities followed, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gayle Sayers, and Henry Youngman.  During the late 1970s, Schulman developed and refined the recipe for his soon-to-be famous original cheesecake.  The original plain cheesecake includes a combination of cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.    Eli’s Cheesecake became a standalone company after the first Taste of Chicago in 1980 with a small North Side plant.  In the mid-1990s, Elis Cheesecake Company moved to its current location in Chicago’s Dunning neighborhood.  Eli’s Cheesecake World is a 62,000-square-foot state-of-the-art bakery, bakery c ...

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CHSAS Students Receive Grant

Jessica Fischer, Chicago High School for Ag Science student, displayed some of her products (various types of muffins) that she sells through her small business, Merry Muffin Maids.  Jessica is one of the grant recipients for the Urban Youth Agriculture Grant (Supervised Ag Experience) provided by the Cook County Farm Bureau through funding by 1st Farm Credit.



Samuel Johnson (L) and Liam Kondelik (R) are partners (with 2 other students from Chicago Highschool for Ag Science) in a roasted pumpkin seeds small business.  They formed the company, the Punks, from a CCFB Foundation grant, through donor directed funds supplied by 1st Farm Credit.




2013 Cook County Farm Bureau Bookmark Contest

Pick up an Ag book this summer and…Travel into the world of agriculture!   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!   Enter our bookmark contest and have people from all over Cook County use it during their summer reading.    First and Second Place prizes will be awarded in two age groups: 6-8 year olds & 9-12 year olds.  First Place winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, Second Place winners will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.  All four will 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.   Entries must be received by 5/15/13 via email or mail.  Judging will be completed by 6/1 ...

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Master Gardener Program on site at the Cook County Farm Bureau

University of Illinois Master Gardener Program partnering with the Cook County Farm Bureau, brings master gardeners on site at the Farm Bureau.  These master gardener volunteers will provide expertise and assistance to CCFB members and its surrounding communities to meet their horticulture needs and questions. 

Contact Master Gardener: (708)354-3276

Date: April 15th, 2013 thru November 15th, 2013

Day/Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Cook County Farm Bureau Offices, 6438 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525


Board of Review Commissioner Attends Ag Day


Cook County Board of (Tax) Review Commissioner Dan Patlak joined Cook CFB and students from throughout Cook County for Ag Day at the Children's Farm in Palos Park.  In addition to visiting the sheep station, Commissioner Patlak joined students at the corn, soybeans, machinery, equine, chickens, and dairy stations.

Chicago South Country Financial Agency Claims the Tipping the Scales Trophy

Chicago South Country Financial Agents once again claimed the "Tipping the Scales" trophy as part of Cook CFB's 13th Annual Food Checkout Day celebration to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.  The event raised over 10,000 pounds of food, of which the Chicago South Country Financial Agency brought in over 10 percent of that amount!  Food and cash donations combined will feed over 3,000 people.  Pictured left to right are: Jim Gutzmer, Cook CFB President and Marc Rogala, Chicago South Agency Manager.

Free Online Class Offered for Well Owners

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) has developed a free online class to educate well owners. Entitled the private well class, the course is a 10-module series that covers all parts of well management. By understanding the basic science of water wells and following best practices to maintain and protect home water supplies, this class will provide the tools needed to ensure a safe water supply and help extend the life of a private well. Course topics include understanding how groundwater gets into a well, the basics of well construction , how groundwater and wells get contaminated, testing well water to ensure the water is safe to drink, understanding test results and fixing water-quality problems, and where to find help and get questions answered locally.  To take the class, enroll online at (  The 10 lessons will arrive by email.  Webinars are available for additional information. The course is part of a nationwide initiative funded by the Rural Community Assis ...

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Purple, the New In (Out) Color

As of the first of the year, this alternate means of giving notice of "No Trespassing" is fully effective. Based on IDNR Information The "Purple Paint Law" that passed in 2011 went into full effect on the first day of this year.  It allows Illinois Landowners and tenants the option of using pruple paint to mark trees or posts on their property's perimeter as a "no trespassing" notice.  The use of a "No Trespassing" sign is still an option. For the past two years, the purple paint law could be used by landowners as a supplemental means of protecting their property from trespassing.  But it was not a full replacement for the "No Trespassing" sign during the phase-in period.  Now that it is fully implemented in 2013, the law allows properly-placed purple marking to substitute for that sign. The law is intended to allow land owners an alternative to posting "No Trespassing" signs that would retain the same legal bite, but without the cost of installing or replacing them. Provisions o ...

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2013 Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program

Applications are now available - due by May 01 by Brenda Matherly Applications are now available for the 2013 rural nurse practitioner scholarships.  This year Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB®) will again offer five $4000 scholarships to qualified applicants. The scholarship program, now in its 21st year, helps encourage and develop a pool of rural health practitioners to help meet primary health care needs in rural Illinois.  Students who receive scholarships agree to practice for two years in an approved rural county in Illinois. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Illinois residents and be a Registered Nurse accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program.  Funding is provided by the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program (RIMSAP).  Applications and information have been sent to each county Farm Bureau® and placed on the RIMSAP website at We will again this year be encouraging County Farm Bureaus to promote t ...

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