2017 Foundation Scholarship Deadline is February 17th

The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation is proud to announce the 19th Annual Agricultural Scholarship Program.  The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering college students the opportunity to start or continue his/her higher education with a scholarship.  Last year, the Foundation provided ten scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 - $3,000 a piece. The Board will name the top applicant as the Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship recipient.  The Foundation will award a scholarship (s) to college students pursuing agriculturally related fields of study.  The Conserv FS FFA Scholarship for $1,000 will also be offered to a High School Senior in an approved FFA Program. The Foundation Board has set the following criteria for the scholarship program… •        Applications are available at the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation office located at 6438 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois.  We will also send applications u ...

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Annual Foundation Gala to be Held Saturday March 4th

Farming for our Future Gala… Sowing the Seeds of Greatness The Cook County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Foundation Board have revamped the annual Membership Appreciation Banquet held each Fall into a full-blown Fundraiser with the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation programming as the beneficiary. The funds raised will go to support the farm and food literacy efforts of the organization through ag in the classroom, college scholarships for member dependents, and our conversations with our urban friends about farm and food production. The exclusive event will feature an open bar with appetizers, filet mignon dinner, great music and dancing featuring the Belvedere’s, a drawdown with the potential of walking away with big-bucks, a silent and live auction, and games throughout the evening.  The event will be held at the spectacular facilities at Ruffled Feathers located in the easily accessible Lemont area. Earlybird discount pricing  of $100 per person saves 20% off of regularly pri ...

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Thank you!

Yesterday, Giving Tuesday provided the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation the opportunity to provide a glimpse of the financial and volunteer needs necessary for the Foundation to deliver on its Mission and Goal to teach urban kids, teachers, and families about farming and food through our Ag in the Classroom program, college scholarship program, internship program and many Foundation sponsored programs/activities.

We were humbled by the response and generosity of so many people. We want to publicly express our appreciation for the out pouring of support for our Farming for our Future Gala, donations to programming, and the gift of your time and talents.  We say “Thank you and Thank you again”.

For more information about the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation, go to

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and select Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation as your charity beneficiary.

Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“a tribute to calluses and the people that earn them” My typical workday, following my drive into the Farm Bureau office, consists of some “heavy” lifting…I Push a pencil, move paper around, dictate stuff, peck on my laptop with my index finger, meet with members and staff, chat on the telephone, do some deep thinking…planning…writing, point at things to do, and file a lot of paper (those files are heavy when you save as much paper as I do). As I examine my hand and fingers, I am ashamed to admit that I see NO calluses. There are NO scratches and cuts, rough skin, broken nails.  I don’t feel like I am looking at “a working man’s hand”. Years ago, on the farm, I had working man’s hand. I was proud of those calluses. Today, as a weekend warrior, I usually attempt to correct this perceived weakness. I pack my weekend with projects and activities that require physical labor, rough hands, brawn, a strong back. A different ski ...

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Ag in the Classroom Summer Internship

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Agriculture in the Classroom summer internship.  This position works extensively with children and adults throughout our summer programming.  If you are majoring in agriculture and have a passion for sharing your ag knowledge with others, consider this opportunity by visiting our website at:  Position is located in Countryside, IL from late May through early August.  

All Kids Should Learn about Farming & Farmers

Hello Friends –

Every morning, farmers from the Chicagoland area wake-up to care for their crops, livestock and horses, vegetables, and greenhouse facilities to feed and clothe your family and theirs.  The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation helps bring knowledge and information about farming and food production that we take for granted to urban youth and families.

Please consider supporting the programming, scholarships, internships and farm experiences provided by the Foundation through your tax deductible donation. Go to for more information or donate today by clicking here.

Thank you for your support.

Give the Gift of Dining & Entertainment for a Cause!

Need a gift for someone that loves elegant dining, great musical entertainment and an opportunity to support a great cause?
Check out the Farming for our Future Gala to benefit the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation. The “fun”draiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 6 to 11:30 PM. Early bird tickets are only $100 per person and include an elegant filet mignon dinner, complimentary beverages throughout the evening, the Belvedere’s band, and many other fun activities. Click here for details.

Thank you for your support!

Fact or Fiction...

Fact or Fiction: Brown cows give chocolate milk

Fact or Fiction: Apples are a member of the Rose family

Fact or Fiction: The average cow gives 6 to 8 gallons of milk per day.

Please help us provide these farm facts and so many more about today’s farming and food system we call Agriculture by supporting the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored programs. Click here for more information.

We also invite you to support the Foundations Fundraiser Farming for our Future Gala scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at Ruffled Feathers Country Club in Lemont, IL. Visit: for details. We thank you for your support!

Also, be sure to sign up for Amazon Smile and select Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation as your charity beneficiary.

Giving Tuesday 2016

Did you “do” Black Friday? Did you “do” Cyber Monday? How about “doing” Giving Tuesday? 

We have a Great Cause (teaching urban kids about farming and food and providing scholarships for students seeking an agricultural career) that contains a Huge Fun Factor!
Plan on attending The Farming for our Future Gala… 

A benefit for the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation!
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Ruffled Feathers Country Club
6 to 11:30 PM
Appetizers, extravagant filet mignon dinner, open bar
The Belvedere’s Band

Fun’draising activities and more

Click here for details! A great gift idea for the person who loves fun for a cause!

Also, please sign up for Amazon Smile and be sure to select Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation as your charity beneficiary.

Support Ag Literacy During Giving Tuesday 2016

Giving Tuesday is not just for individuals! Businesses, corporations and civic groups can make a positive social impact through support of great causes. 

The Farming for our Future Gala, a benefit for funding Farm and Food literacy efforts through the Foundation of the Cook County Farm Bureau, provides an opportunity to make a social statement.

Consider signing up to Sponsor the event or Donate to the event Silent Auction/Live Auction.

Also, purchase a table of 10 and bring important clients or your centers of influence for a great evening of food, fun and entertainment.

Visit for Sponsorship information, to donate an item for the auctions, or to purchase tickets.