Manifolds, Manolos & Bona Heinsohn

You may not be aware of this, but February is one of my least favorite months.  Close in rank only to November and December.  I even like August more with the hustle and bustle of school starting and summer vacations drawing to a close. Every year, February ushers in fuzzy little cupids with their misguided bow-and-arrows and my birthday.  And in my family, it marks the closing of winter and the opening of spring preparations.  With it comes fewer boot days and warmer weather. But February also brings with it a partnership that is near and dear to my heart, Food Checkout Day.  In 2011, when I started coordinating the event for Farm Bureau I knew almost nothing about Ronald McDonald House Charities®.  And come to find out what I did know was for the most part incorrect. My first Food Checkout Day featured just a touch of snow and a massive Fire v. Police shopping spree throw down.  It may have also been the last year that the Police won.  Hmmm.  As represen ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Where are they now? It’s the start of a new year which brings new opportunities to make those resolutions/goals you set forth on January 1st come to fruition.  We are excited to start 2017 with many scheduled visits to schools with one of our three program offerings from Ag in the Classroom and we’re lining up a summer filled with new programs and one lucky new intern.  Ag in the Classroom spends a good deal of time in classrooms (no surprise there) teaching students about agriculture as it relates to the farm to table concept.  We also spend a lot of time talking with students about career choices and the vast opportunities in our field. While they may not know what they want to be when they are in 4th grade, 7th grade or high school, we are there to educate them on the possibilities that exist in agriculture. There is no better way to determine a career choice than to get some actual experience, which is what we provide to our summer interns.  To put it into perspective I th ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Farming is a very dangerous profession.  There are times that the Emergency room should be known as the farmer’s best friend. The farming Rohrers have called the ER “friend” a number of times. Take my father, the Farmer, for an example. Here’s a guy in his upper 70’s that still climbs grain bin ladders and works on, in and around farm equipment.  He has had a few emergency room visits in his life. Most recently, over the Thanksgiving weekend!  Afterwards, I told my father, the Farmer, “You need a much better story”!  Here is the “true” version… My father, the Farmer, was an excellent ping-pong player in his day. I can still remember, as a kid, a great trophy on his dresser that he won while in the Army. My dad put a ping-pong table in a room in the basement.  My siblings and I spent hours playing in that basement, honing our pong skills and still getting “thumped” game after game by the Farmer.   I do ...

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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

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Members Celebrate Food Checkout Day

Farm Bureau volunteers celebrate Food Checkout Day by raising much needed food and cash donations.  There's still time to partner with us for this year's Food Checkout Day.

Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights but members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues.

To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

I-55 Managed Lane Project

Last night, the Illinois Department of Transportation held a public hearing on the I-55 Managed Lane Project and the Cook County Farm Bureau had a staff member attend.  The plan included creating a public-private partnership (P-3) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain toll lanes (within the existing median), drainage improvements and installation of noise walls.  The tolls will vary based on congestion using transponders for payment. The plan is based on the US-36 express lanes in Colorado with construction commencing in 2-3 years following legislative approval of the P-3. Go to for more information or to submit public comment (Deadline for comments is December 16, 2016).                                                                                   ...

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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.

Manifolds, Manolos & Bona Heinsohn

Dear Santa, I know it’s been some time since we last talked, but I really need you to come through for me this year.  After some pondering.  Soul searching.  And thoughtful introspection.  I’ve decided what I’d like this year is leadership from the nation’s top officeholder-elect.  And ear muffs.  Definitely ear muffs.  It is the Midwest after all. This November brought with it the Presidential Election.  An election that a whole 58 percent of the country’s 232 million voters actually voted in.  Fifty-eight percent.  The lowest turnout in two decades.  In comparison, 64 percent of the nation’s voters ventured to the polls in 2008. November also ushered in “emergency protests” after Donald Trump captured the Oval Office despite pollsters’ predictions that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win the nation’s top seat.  With the protests came both anger and fear.  Trump and his supporters w ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Season of Giving As we turn the calendar to December, our thoughts turn to the season of giving and we begin searching for that perfect gift for our loved ones.  It was so much easier when my kids were little as their wish lists were endless and fairly easy to satisfy.  First there was the Thomas the Tank Engine trains or Pokemon cards which progressed into the latest Game Boy games or PS1 games like NBA Live (Bulls vs. Lakers) to more mature gifts of the newest aftershave or clothes.  We’re at the point now where it’s not so much a gift that is desired, but an experience.  Perhaps a family trip or a new camera lens to help record memories and experiences.  We provided experiences when they were young including the annual family trip to a play in December, a visit to Christmas around the World, Marshall Field’s, Brookfield Zoo at night and the list went on.  The reality is that there was far more value in the experiences versus the gifts.  I am fortunate ...

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