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Property Tax Appeal Seminar in Proviso with the Cook County Farm Bureau

Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak is announcing a property tax appeal seminar that will be offered to taxpayers in Proviso Township seeking to appeal their 2012 property tax assessments. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau, an organization dedicated to providing its members with meaningful and beneficial programs that reflect the agricultural heritage of the county. The hour long session will educate taxpayers on how to file a successful tax appeal in a time when the economy is putting added pressures to home and business owners. The seminar includes a presentation by Commissioner Dan Patlak explaining how property taxes are calculated and the appeal procedure of the Board of Review. Before the end of the evening, taxpayers will have an opportunity to work with staff from the Board of Review to address their specific questions and concerns. This event is free to the public and there is no fee to appeal at the Board of Review. Taxpayers are asked to ...

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12th Annual Giant Pumpkin Contest

2011 contest winner Don Carlson with son Donnie Join us on Saturday October 20th at Puckerville Farms for the Giant Pumpkin Contest.  Along with this contest, you can also be a part of the Jack-O-Lantern Decorating/Painting Contest and the Pumpkin Pie Contest. There is no entry fee for members!  Non-members may enter the contest by joining the Cook County Farm Bureau. Giant Pumpkin Contest:  There are two divisions for this contest (Adult and Youth-16 years or younger)  Pumpkin must be grown by member or dependent.  Member may enter only one pumpkin into the contest.  Three members of the Commodities/Marketing Team will serve as the weigh-in judges.  The decision of the judges is final. Prizes:  Adult  1st Place - $250.00, 2nd Place - $150.00, 3rd Place - $75.00                Youth 1st Place - $100.00, 2nd Place - $75.00, 3rd Place ...

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Two Great Events For Farm Bureau Members! Saturday October 13th

Cook County Farm Bureau is hosting a Members Only Shred Day on Saturday, October 13 2012 from 10am to 12-noon and a Members Only Electronic Recycling Day from 8am to 12-noon at the Oak Forest Country Financial Building located at 4845 W. 167th St.  in Oak Forest. 

Bring items that you would like to be shredded/recycled FREE OF CHARGE! (There is a $10 charge for computer monitors only)  Please call the CCFB at 708.354.3276 to make a reservation.

Teachers "In-Service" Workshop

Thirty teachers joined us for an “In-Service” workshop at Concordia University’s Early Childhood Learning Center on October 8th.  Making an apple chain was part of this ‘nature-based’ two hour program.  Teachers also learned about soil, livestock, pumpkins, apples and crops grown in Illinois such as corn and soybeans.  Teachers walked away with new ways to introduce these topics into their early childhood curriculum.

Hunter Safety Course Was a Success!

Cook County Farm Bureau Members had the opportunity to learn about the rules/regulations of hunting and safety related to hunting this past weekend.  Over 30 members attended the Hunter Safety course held Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th. 

This was the second year we offered the course and it has been a big hit!  Thank you to everyone who attended.  

If you did not get an opportunity to attend this class, please check back in Fall of 2013 for information on when the next class will take place.

It's a Perfect Weekend to Take Farm Photos

Fall is in the air this weekend! As combines take to the fields, pumpkins are plucked from their vines, and leaves begin to turn gold, it's a great time to bring rural life in Illinois into focus through Illinois Farm Bureau's member photo contest. Do you think you can capture the rich diversity of our state's agricultural landscape and its people through a photo? If so, then start snapping this weekend. You have three categories to choose from: Country Roads, Growing Places, and Farm Friends. Photos will be judged on focus, content, color, tone, composition, and appeal. If your photo is chosen as a finalist, you could also earn a cash prize.  Grand prize is $150; first place brings in $75 (3 are chosen); second place captures $25 (3 are chosen); and Members' Choice earns $50 (chosen by member votes at IFB's 2012 Annual Meeting). Winners will be announced in IFB's magazine for non-farmers (Partners) and IFB's newspaper (FarmWeek.) Winning photos will a ...

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Cook County Farm Bureau Receives National Award

The Cook County Farm Bureau President Jim Gutzmer and Vice-President Mike Rauch received, on behalf of the members of the organization, a national recognition award for our efforts related to Food Checkout Day benefit for Ronald McDonald House on October 3, 2012. The “Summit Award” is the American Society of Association Executives most prestigious Association Award and Cook County Farm Bureau is one of six associations across the country to be recognized in 2012. The Summit Awards dinner held October 3 at the National Building Museum in Washington DC served as the backdrop for the presentation. Hundreds of Association leaders, the executives, government officials, and business and community leaders from across the country gathered for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on society. Farm Bureau President Jim Gutzmer said, “We are honored to be singled out and recognized for the efforts that the members of our organization make to recognize the quality and a ...

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Volunteers Plant Garden at World's Largest Ronald McDonald House

Farm Bureau leaders, Dan (pictured) and Karen Biernacki along with their oldest daughter Jessica prepared and planted a rooftop flower garden on top of the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.  The Biernacki's and Ted's Greenhouse in Tinley Park donated the plants for the fall planting of kale, califlower, beets, carrots, corn, mums, pansies and hardy grasses.  The garden is tendered by Cook County Farm Bureau in recognition of the organization's long-standing relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Harvest Time - A Bounty of Ideas Teacher Workshop

Join us on October 17th from 4:30-6:30p.m.in our Countryside Office to learn ideas to bring into your K-8 classrooms.  Follow the journey from farm to table and explore the connections between history and the harvest.  Special speaker from the Illinois Soybean Association will share free resources and ideas. Earn 2 CPDU's and walk away materials, examples and giveaways!

Life Lessons by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

I have been reminiscing in recent columns about my childhood on the farm and the various life lessons learned along the way.  Last month, my memories got me all wet as I wrote about my childhood lessons learned from Water and Mud. While I was writing, paragraph after paragraph “flowed” until it reached novel stage. Knowing most members only read novels from popular authors, I decided to break the column into part 1 and part 2.  This is part two of...”Water and Mud”. Lesson 11: Essentials of a kid’s farm life… Water and Mud (part two) On the farm, the garden hose (we called it the “watering hose”) was our rural version of the urbanite’s water fountain. We had water hydrants of various locations for watering livestock and washing equipment and irrigating plants. Nearly each water hydrant had a watering hose attached to deliver the water where was needed...water troughs, water tanks, equipment washing areas, and such. Equally important for me, ...

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