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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.

Looking for a FUN-FILLED Day on the Farm?!

Well, then plan on attending our 6th Annual CCFB Family Celebration Picnic at Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in Barrington on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 from 1pm-4pm (lunch served 1:00-3:00).  Tickets are $15 for Adults (ages 12 & up), $10 for Children (ages 3-11), and ages 2 & under are FREE.  Each person will receive:  Admission to AnimalLand—including the corn & straw town maze, 1 voucher for a wagon ride, 1 voucher to be used for a pony ride, camel ride, haunted house or jumping pillow and all children will receive a voucher for 1 small pie pumpkin.  The event will feature a picnic buffet lunch which includes:  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, roasted corn, chips, apple cider donuts, kettle corn and assorted sodas/water.  Call 708.354.3276 to order your tickets.

Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

Ten years ago armed with a fancy Bachelors of Science degree and a couple of hours of graduate school under my belt I ascended the steps of my first job. As I ogled the marble work and eyed peoples’ shoes I thought I knew it all. Like many before me I rightly assumed that the wheels of State government were slow and that legislation never truly disappeared. I’d wrongly assumed that what happened in a legislator’s district didn’t impact what happened under the marble dome of the Capitol. In fact, according to a recent edition of Associations Now 46 percent of congressional staff indicate that when a constituent visits a member’s Washington office, their visit has a “a lot” of influence on an undecided member compared to just eight percent who say a visit from a lobbyist has the same influence. Taking it one step further, at breakfast the other day I learned that many legislators place more weight on a phone call as opposed to an email because it is so easy to send ...

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Summer S’mores

The coming of August has always been my signal for the beginning of my favorite season: fall. I know many of you may say, but there’s still a month of summer left!! While this is true, I still cannot help but to think fall is on its way. Sure, I always hated the thought of school starting midway through the month, but there were so many other things to look forward to when those crunchy leaves start to cascade down! I LOVE football season, crunchy leaves to pounce on (yes, I’m still a small child at heart!), the smell of fresh cool air, fall festivals, the Scenic Drive, fall harvest and of course bonfires!  Out of all of these great things, bonfires have to be my absolute favorite. Nothing beats sitting around warm, dancing flames with friends and family just enjoying the view and the company. In close second to flames and friends is the classic S’more! Trust me when I tell you this girl loves her chocolate and marshmallows, so what could be better than the two combined on graham crack ...

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Ag in the Classroom - Summertime

Summer, swimming and staying out late..... OR, is it Kids, Camps, Call of Duty?  As summer is in full swing, I can’t help but notice the lack of activity during the days and nights on my suburban block.  During the day it is hard to tell that school is no longer in session as I’ m not hearing the voices of children up and down the street,  the sound of balls crushing bats, or kids counting to 10 and yelling “ready or not, here I come”.  These sounds used to signal summer break and the freedom of children to spend their days and nights outdoors versus being stuck inside at school.  I asked some co- workers what recollections they had of summer and here’s what they said. “As a kid I would spend my summer with my friends going to Lawn Aqua pool (local pool), swim at a friends pool, playing at the park, going to McDonald’s or just hanging out at a friend’s house.  I would typically leave the house in the morning and not go home until ...

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Weather, or Not

Everyone has at least one common interest with a farmer and it is weather.  Farmers are far more concerned about weather than the average person is.  For instance, most people contemplate whether they will need to apply more sunscreen than usual.  Farmers, on the other hand, tend to worry about how weather impacts their crops.  Some can only imagine what a farmer views when he glances out into the horizon.  A farmer’s future is practically balancing on fate because weather is highly unpredictable. This summer’s strange weather pattern has brought on more than just heat, sunscreen and sweat.  It brought devastation throughout theUnited States.  According to Accuweather.com it was predicted to be a hot summer for theRockiesand Plains.  Wildfires have stricken theRockiesand plant loss has hit other parts of theU.S.  While observing these various weather patterns it only adds to year’s of training that a farmer in weather, markets, futures, heading a ...

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"Downwind" - December 2011

I remember the gold-plated offering plate being handed down the rows of pews…a check, a dollar bill, a handful of coins made the little pile grow as it approached. No one was "keeping score" and yet I had this "guilty" feeling because I was empty handed. Sure, I was only 8 years old. Sure, I did not have a job. The rub was…I knew that I had a piggy bank chock full of money and I had a bank account and years of generous birthday gifts from family members. I felt a hand slip a quarter into my hand…how do Moms know so much…somehow, she knew what I was thinking and came in to rescue me. I know that my Mom and Dad and all of our neighbors gathered at church were not necessarily "well-off" financially but that offering plate was full every Sunday. You’ve gotta love a farming community! I remember my early years of 4-H. As a part of our community service, the club would select a worthwhile charity and members of the club would then seek donations. Our selected charity that first ...

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