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Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by Bona Heinsohn

Soon families and college-aged students will prepare for the annual exodus to warmer climates, vacation rentals, and hotels situated along cascading currents of water.  Chlorinated and otherwise.  Spring also ushers in the every two-year trek of new Illinois General Assembly members.  As well as the exodus of experienced legislators. This year’s trek will be led by Representative Theresa Mah who claimed the second House district.  Mah who was on faculty at the University of Chicago will represent the Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards neighborhoods.  Mah’s service record includes rallying the Chinese American community to push for a single district in 2012.  In Springfield, she’ll continue her work for working families, education, job growth, and immigration reform.  Mah was endorsed by Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia among others. Mah will be joined by Representative Juliana Stratt ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Share your stories The American Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture unveiled their 2017 Book of the Year, Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle. Below is the speech given by Eugenie Doyle on January 8, 2017 as she accepted her award. “Thank you, this award is delicious!   Writing, much like farming, involves long hours of work and little acclaim. And that’s okay. We don’t chose those careers for their promise of celebrity status. Still, it is encouraging to have our work recognized and I thank you.  I want to say thank to my editor at Chronicle, Melissa Manlove, and of the brilliant illustrator of STF, Becca Stadtlander. Clearly a picture book is not a picture book without visual images, and I am capable only of drawing with words.  I mention these two collaborators because they represented for me a challenge familiar to any farmer trying to illuminate the world of agriculture to those who through no fault of their own, are ag illiterates. To her great credit, my edi ...

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Commodities Volunteers Celebrate Food Checkout Day

Farm Bureau volunteers took a moment during the December Team member to help us "count down" the days remaining until Food Checkout Day on February 14, 2017.  

Members are Encouraged to Discuss Policy Issues Without Leaving Home

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This discussion will take place via conference call and all farmer members are invited to join in.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights, including the acquisition of land by the government or public utilities.  This remains a timely and pertinent issue given the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and the Rock Island Clean Line energy project.  Both projects will involve the acquisition, likely through eminent domain of private property. Farmer members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them, not related to the topic. To participate in the discussion: Farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate in the discussion.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them. Additi ...

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Ag Adventures Year Long Word Search Contest Winner Chosen

We were pleased to present a Cook County Agriculture Basket, packed with local farm and food agricultural products and goodness, to member Christine Grzebielucha and her husband Mark last night. Chris was one of 28 Cook County Farm Bureau members who completed all 12 word search activities as a part of the Ag Adventures for Families page of the Cooperator in 2016.

Her name was randomly drawn as a winner for her persistency. The Grzebieluchas have been members for over 30 years! They also had very nice things to say about their Country Financial Rep, Bob Smith as well! Kudos!



Farm Bureau Staff Celebrate Food Checkout Day

Summer 2017 Professional Development (SAI 1 and 2)

Volunteers Count Down the days until Food Checkout Day

Public Relations Team volunteers took a moment to help us count down the days until this year's Food Checkout Day.

Let’s Talk About the Ag on Your Plate

How do animals stay warm in the winter? If you have pets, you know that animals add extra (temporary) fur for the winter and then shed it (all over your house) when the weather warms up.  Farm animals are no different, they’ll add fur to help insulate themselves against the winter chill.  It’s because of this long coat that you’ll often see horses feeding or bedded down despite the chilly weather and even falling snow.  Like snow on top of a well-insulated house, unmelted snow on the back of a horse or cow indicates that the animal is warm on the inside. Farmers provide animals with shelter.  In the simplest form, shelter may consist of a three-sided building.  Animals like horses and beef cows will primarily use this shelter during rainfall.  The building will allow fresh, clean air to circulate, which helps keep the animals healthy. In the Midwest, most dairy animals are kept indoors to protect them from the cold winters and from hot, unrelenting summers.& ...

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Manifolds, Manolos & Manure...by 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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