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4-H Members Prepare Meal for Ronald McDonald House Families

4-H Club members from Cook County recently prepared dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola Hospital.  Although 4-H members do many community service projects throughout the year, numerous members expressed that they “really enjoyed this one because we got to cook”. 

Local Members "Countdown" to Food Checkout Day

The Cook County Farm Bureau Commodities and Marketing Team is helping us "countdown" the few remaining days to Farm Bureau's 13th Annual Food Checkout Day celebration!  In partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy foods on a tight budget.

Pictured left to right are: Gerry Kopping, Board Member; Dan Biernacki, Board Member; Sheri Latash, Ag in the Classroom presenter; Kathy Bloomstrand, Ag in the Classroom presenter; Nancy Pollard; Rick Johnson; Roger Freeman; Alex Wojciechowski; and Don Zeldenrust.

Job Shadow Day

Job Shadow Day

(Written by CHSAS students)

On February 11, 2013, the CCFB- Ag in the Classroom invited three Chicago High School for Ag Sciences students to job shadow Diane Merrion, AITC Literacy Coordinator. The focus of the job shadow was to give students firsthand experience in the field of ag literacy for elementary students. Lakia Martin, Mia Perkins and Dara Robertson started their day at Mt. Greenwood Elementary School observing a 4th Grade “in school” field trip. Ms. Linda Dunn presented and had each “guest student” participate in the program by sharing some of their ag knowledge with the class. After presenting to two classrooms, we headed to Countryside to tour the farm bureau and learn about each function of the different jobs that keep a farm bureau running.

    

Exploring, seeking ag career? Now there's an app for that!

Seeking an ag career? Now there’s an app for that!...The ever-present smartphone is the latest tool used to interest students in agricultural careers. A new free application, Ag Career Finder, offers information about 58 careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources along with real-time job posting in those fields. The app was developed by FCAE in partnership with AgCareers.com. “We’re trying communicate to the students of today,” Jess Smithers, FCAE coordinator, told FarmWeek. “Viewing information on phones and iPads is the way to go.” The new ag career app "provides them (students) information in a way they are accustomed to getting information," Smithers added. Information profiles are provided for each of the 58 careers along with recommended high school courses, degrees required, salary ranges, potential employers, and other information. The app allows students to search for additional information and take an interest assessment that would direct them t ...

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Trim the Tree Contest - We have a WINNER!

The 1st Place winner of the 2012 Trim the Tree Contest for $250 is Memories, decorated by Larry and Dorothy Biernacki. Tree purchased from BIG JOHNS FARM STAND & GREENHOUSE in Chicago Heights will also receive $250.  A donation of $250 will go to St Matthias Church Food pantry.   Photo:  Winners Larry & Dorothy Biernacki, and Kevin of Big John's Farm Stand were presented checks by  Commodities/Marketing Team Vice Chair, Dan Biernacki (no relation to the winner, just coincidence) on Saturday December 22nd. The runner up of the 2012 Trim the Tree Contest for $100 is Light Bright decorated by Natalie Mitchell.  Tree purchased from PUCKERVILLE FARMS in Lemont will also receive $100.  A donation of $100 will go to the Lockport Fish Food Pantry, the designated food assistance charity by the Mitchell family.  Photo:  Kayla (daughter) Mitchell, runner up "Master Tree Trimmer" Natalie Mitchell, Rick Homerding, owner of Puckerville Farms, ...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Cook County Farm Bureau Board and Staff would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

As you give thanks, please remember to thank the farmers that worked hard to bring great foods that we enjoy everyday to you and your family.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here is some fun Turkey Trivia from the Winter 2011-12 Partners Magazine which featured the Kauffman Turkey Farm from Waterman, Illinois.  Enjoy!

Cook County Farm Bureau Members: “FORD BLACK FRIDAY SALES EVENT” through the 30th!

The following “FORD BLACK FRIDAY SALES EVENT” is stackable with our current $500 Bonus Cash Program!!  Please read the information below for details and eligible vehicles and visit your dealership.  If you have any questions, give us a call or you can also contact Ford Customer Service at 1-888-322-5862. Whoever said "good things come to those who wait" has never experienced Black Friday. Which is why the Ford Black Friday Sales Event is not 1, but 12 days long-giving you plenty of time to save, without the hefty holiday shopping bills.   Get up to $1,000 when you buy or lease an eligible Ford vehicle from November 19 - 30, 2012. Choose between Bonus Cash (applied to your vehicle purchase), or a Ford Black Friday Award Prepaid MasterCard®, to fund your holiday shopping. The sale may be 12 days long, but it will be over before you know it!  (1) $1,000 Black Friday Ford Credit Bonus Cash or $1,000 Ford Black Friday Award Prepaid MasterCard® on '12/'13 F-150 and ...

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Interview with CCFB Vice President Mike Rauch

Listen to an interview with Cook County Farm Bureau Vice President, Mike Rauch, as he discusses crops, the Summit Award and the Ag in the Classroom Program.

Buy Your Tickets Now For the 6th Annual Member Appreciation Banquet

The Member Relations Team is excited to invite Members to the 6th Annual Member Appreciation Banquet on Thursday November 8th at Georgio's Banquets in Orland Park (8800 W. 159th St).

Banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. with Hors D'oeuvres & Silent Auction (all proceeds benefit our scholarships, internsips and Ag in the Classroom Programs).  Dinner follows at 7:00 p.m.  The dinner will be family style and includes Roast Sirloin of Beef, Broiled Chicken Breast and Rigatoni with Italian Sausage.

Please bring non-perishable foods for Ronald McDonald House Charities and any new or gently used toys for Toy Box Connection to the banquet.

NEW THIS YEAR...Member guests will have the option to participate in FREE games of Bingo.  Prizes are donated by The American Agricultural Insurance Company and COUNTRY Financial. 

*Tickets are $10 and can be purchased over the phone by using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card.  Deadline to purchase tickets is November 1st!

Representatives from Japanese Trade Organization Visit Cook County Farm

Masahide Horota from the Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Research Division of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Ko Hikasa, Consul with the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago examine a soybean field with Cook County Farm Bureau Vice-President and grain farmer Mike Rauch.  Horota and Hikasa traveled to Rauch’s Tinely Park farm to discuss the impacts of the drought and his anticipated yield.