From the monthly archives:

October, 2013

Farm Bureau Leaders Discussed Farming and the Environment

Cook County Farm Bureau leaders, (left to right) Janet McCabe, Kim Morton and Tim Stuenkel met with sixth grade science students from Oak Lawn Middle School.  As a follow-up to the students' unit on farming and the environment, Farm Bureau members discussed farming in Cook County, biotechnology/GMOs, and advancements in farm technologies.  To schedule a Speakers Bureau presentation for your school or organization, contact Bona Heinsohn or Kelli McSherry at (708) 354-3276.

Approaching Deadlines for Truckers (by Kevin Rund)

Farmers are once again reporting the receipt of official-looking letters and emails harping on the need to comply with USDOT filing deadlines and emphasizing the fines and penalties for non-compliance. Most often those are from private firms that offer to do that filing for you—for a fee, of course.  That’s all well and good, but there’s no need to pay someone else for these relatively simple updates you can do yourself. These notices, however, serve as a good reminder to get these filings in on time.  I’ll use this occasion to mention these three.   USDOT number It has always been a requirement that carriers holding an active USDOT number contact the USDOT every two years to update that information.  Now, a change in enforcement policy puts some teeth in that requirement. Carriers are each assigned a month in which to make their update.  It’s based on the USDOT number assigned.  The last digit in that number corresponds to the month in which y ...

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Cook County Farm Bureau wins National County Award of Excellence

Twenty-four county Farm Bureaus nationwide were recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence Awards program. The Cook County Farm Bureau’s “Passport to the Farm Camp” received one of these awards. The summer camp was held in July at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences where Farm Bureau staff and volunteers created a program that connected urban youth with agriculture.   Our objectives for this program were to provide hands-on agricultural experiences that kids will remember for the rest of their lives; to provide a broad spectrum of agricultural information and learning opportunities; to reach parents through their youth to deliver farm facts and information; to create a camp that kids and parents alike wanted more; and to create an atmosphere for “seeking agricultural knowledge” that would carry into the future.    Three groups of students (40 in all) rotated ...

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Culver’s Restaurants’ ‘Thank You Farmer’ Program To Boost HS Ag Programs and CCFB Foundation

Known for their freshly-made ButterBurger, delicious Wisconsin cheese curds and fresh frozen custard, the 64 Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Culver’s restaurants recently unveiled a campaign to show its support and appreciation for American farmers. Earlier this summer, a group of Culver’s managers, owners and employees formally launched the campaign by locating and restoring an iconic, weathered barn in Wisconsin Rapids. When complete, the group proudly painted “Thank You, Farmers” across its door. Beyond painting a thank you sign, however, the chain sought a more practical way to recognize the efforts of farmers. In Chicagoland, for instance, Culver’s owners are partnering with their local county farm bureaus to fund programs and provide teaching tools for elementary and high school agriculture education.  This past summer, these owners met with the Illinois Association of Vocational Agricultural Teachers at Chicago Agricultural High School to learn more about how ...

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Job Opening for Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Horticulture), Unit 6

Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Horticulture), Unit 6

The University of Illinois Extension is seeking an individual to provide educational leadership for program delivery in Unit 6 (Cook County). Master’s degree related to subject matter emphasis required.  To view complete job description and apply, visit  Closing date is November 15, 2013. The University is an AA-EOE

Public Policy Team Members Distribute Produce as part of Lobby Day

Public Policy Team members, Janet McCabe (pictured left) and Kim Morton (pictured right) met with Commissioner John Fritchey prior to a Wednesday morning meeting.  McCabe and Morton presented Commissioner Fritchey with a bag of locally grown, Cook County produce as part of Lobby Day.  Lobby Day is an annual program designed to heighten Farm Bureau's relationship with Cook County Commissioners.

Culinary Arts: Dairy, Meat and Vegetable Grant

We are pleased to once again be offering grants of up to $300 for use by middle and high school teachers for units of study relating to the importance of a well balanced diet using locally grown foods.  This grant is for food science, culinary arts, life skills or closely related curriculum topics.  The deadline has been extended until November 1st.  Refer to Ag Literacy/Grants section of our website to obtain complete application or call 708-354-3276 for more information. 

Master Gardener Resource Center Will Soon Be Recessing for Winter (Nov. 15) now

Since May, Master gardeners have been housed in the Farm Bureau office for regular business hours to answer questions from members and the general public related to gardening and horticulture.   Hot topics for November:     prepping your yard/property for winter and spring     lawns…weed/feed and winterizing     leaves… what to do about them     weeds and “diseased” things     young trees… surviving the winter     creating bird appeal on your property     prepping for your garden in the spring…starting seeds in the winter and much more. This is your last chance to contact a master gardener to discuss soil tests, results, and to answer any questions you may have about winterizing your plants.  Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This service will continue through November 15. & ...

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Leaders Plant RMH House Rooftop Garden

Cook CFB leaders Dan and Karen Biernacki generously donated their time and talent to plant the fall rooftop garden at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie.  Plant materials were donated by Ted's Greenhouse in Tinley Park, which is owned by the Biernacki's.

Meet Your Local Farmers & Support the Foundation at the Culver's in Tinley Park

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