Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Food Checkout Day 2013

Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy foods on a tight budget. Through our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana we are able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when their child is ill. Join Cook County Farm Bureau® in celebrating Food Checkout Day 2013!  Proceeds raised will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. SPONSOR LEVELS Sponsors will receive mention in communication prior to, during and after Food Checkout Day.  Bag of Book Includes a nameplate in each book purchased for school libraries. For the past three years, Cook County Farm Bureau has asked area grade schools to donate food, cleaning supplies and pop tabs to help fill Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana pan ...

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Life Lessons by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

I have been reminiscing in this column in recent months about my childhood (with guest appearances from my brothers, sisters, and parents) growing up on the farm and the various life lessons learned along the way.  So far, I have touched on water and mud, work and play, recklessness and responsibility, crap stinks, wild cats, work does not “lie”, responsibility, know-it-alls (starring me), anger(also starring me), and machinery has no feelings. One important aspect of farm life is how close to nature we lived. This month, I must address a few of God’s smaller creatures found in nature…bugs.Every day, we were in touch with the wonder and complexity of spiders and their webs, the music of crickets, the athletic ability of grasshoppers, and the sound intensity of cicadas. We dug worms for fishing, tried to understand caterpillars, and an attempted to protect the garden from beetles. The topic of insects…yes, a lot of dirty laundryair on this subject. Lesson 12: Insects&helli ...

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Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

Three years ago I first wrote about the little person who quietly entered the world on Father’s Day. Two years ago I offered tidbits we had learned to friends who were just moments away from the most difficult.  Time consuming.  Messy.  And rewarding experience of their lives. A year ago I wrote about how much my little person had changed me.  Being a mom is now part of my legacy.  As is being a wife.  And being a farmer.   This year we started something new.  No longer does she need my husband or me by her side in the swimming pool.  And no longer does she need us to make her bed.  Get her dressed.  Or usher her out the door. She’s learned her alphabet.  Numerous songs.  And even how to dance.  Somewhat. Like her mom, she’s learned to talk back.  Misbehave.  Get into trouble.  And how to say and mean “I’m sorry”.   This past August she ushered us out the door and str ...

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History of Casseroles & Gravy

Casseroles & Gravy: Two Thanksgiving Staples It goes without saying that Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the many gifts that we have been bestowed with. How about giving thanks to Dorcas Reilly. Who? And why? Let us explain: It is on Thanksgiving that we include foods like giblet gravy and green bean casserole in the lineup. And it's been documented that Reilly was responsible for leading the team that created the green bean casserole recipe while she was working as a staff member in the home economics department at Drexel University. The way the story went is like this: Reilly was seeking to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. The recipe, originally created for an Associated Press feature, was developed in Camden, N.J., at the Campbell Soup home economics kitchen and Reilly, who worked on and off for the company over a 40-year period, was viewed as the originator of it.& ...

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Help us Celebrate Food Checkout Day 2013

For the past 13 years, Cook County Farm Bureau has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities®.   Through this partnership, Farm Bureau members and volunteers have been able to donate much needed food, pop tabs and funds to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is sick.  The 2013 Food Checkout Day program will be held on Thursday, February 21 at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House located near Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and at the Ronald McDonald House located near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. Please consider joining us in this great effort!  Food and pop tab donation can be dropped off at your local Country Financial Agency or the Cook County Farm Bureau office.  Cash donations can be sent to: Cook CFB, 6438 Joliet Road in Countryside, IL 60525.  Checks should be made out to Ronald McDonald House Charities®. In addition to food, pop tab and cash donations we are also see ...

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County Staff Exchange Program Receives National Award

In October Cook County Farm Bureau staff learned that the County Staff Exchange Program was named a 2013 County Activity of Excellence (CAE) by the American Farm Bureau Federation®. CAE Awards are designed to celebrate and recognize unique volunteer-driven programming at the local level.  The County Staff Exchange Program was submitted in the Policy Implementation category. Cook CFB volunteers and leadership will be recognized in the CAE Showcase and during the American Farm Bureau Federation® (AFBF) Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in January.  The County Staff Exchange Program enabled 20 participants from County government to tour farm and farm businesses throughout the County.  Tour stops included a national recognized horse racetrack, an inmate/urban farm education program, food safety institute, and a vegetable farm/farmstand, apiary.  This program illustrated the breadth of farming and farm businesses in the County as well as the impact of farming and farming busin ...

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Discounted Tickets to Ringling Bros. Circus for CCFB Members

Cook County Farm Bureau members can save $5 per ticket for most shows

to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the United Center

which runs from November 15th to the 25th.

Click here for showtimes, prices and to order tickets!

Farm Bureau Concerned About Aspects of the County's Budget Proposal

Since 2010 Cook County Government has changed drastically led in full by the forward thinking of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board of Commissioners.   In three short years the County will finalize the rollback of the Stroger sales tax saving consumers $440 million and despite a weakened economy and declining revenues the County has grown their fund balance from $61 million to $197 million.  Cook County Farm Bureau® policy states that “We support the elimination of the one percent sales tax increase implemented in 2008.”  (Cook CFB policy #202, page 5).     The FY 13 budget proposal overwhelmingly addresses the County’s structural deficit.  Cook County Farm Bureau®, the County’s largest general farm organization applauds you for your consistent commitment to reducing expenditures, managing debt, and increasing transparency. However, we remain concerned about the Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax propos ...

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942 Pound Pumpkin - Largest in Giant Pumpkin Contest History!

You read that number correct, Don Carlson was the adult division winner at the 12th Annual Giant Pumpkin Contest held at Puckerville Farms last Saturday.  It took 10 strong men to lift it to a cart for the weigh in!  Don wasn't the only winner in the family, his wife Kelly won the Pumpkin Pie Contest and Donny decorated a pumpkin in the decorating contest.  Click on the link for all the event's happenings and contest results.






Farm Bureau's Food Checkout Day Program Featured on Farmweek Now

Cook County Farm Bureau was recently named a Summit Award Winner by the American Society of Association Executives. The 12th Annual Food Checkout Day Benefit highlighted the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy foods on a tight budget.  The video is available by clicking on