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June, 2013

June 30th is Harold Bergman Day!

The Hoffman Estates Village Board recently declared June 30th, 2013 to be Harold Bergman Day!

Bergman, 97 years young, farms in the Southwest corner of Palatine Township, raising hay for area horse owners.

 

County Staff Exchange Participants Tour Ted's Greenhouse

Dan Biernacki, pictured right discusses seeding techniques during the County Staff Exchange's visit to Ted's Greenhouse in Tinley Park.  Pictured right to left are: Biernacki, Owner of Ted's Greenhouse; Penny Mateck, Cook County Sheriff's Office; Kari Steele, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner; and Teeana McGee, MWRD Staff. 

Karen Biernacki, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Ted's Greenhouse, discusses the greenhouse and activities held at Ted's Greenhouse with representatives from the Cook County Sheriff's Department during day one of the County Staff Exchange Program, held in June.

Cook County Leaders to Tour Farms and Farm-Businesses this Week

Cook County, Water District, and Senate Staff along with farm professionals will tour farm and farm business sites in the State’s most populous county later this week.  The program, sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau®, is designed to illustrate the interdependent links of the farm-to-table process and farming in the State’s most populous county. Seventeen participants will tour Ed Miniat, Inc. an international exporter of shortenings and food oils based in South Holland and Ted’s Greenhouse, a family-owned and operated purveyor of perennials, biennials, herbs, vegetables, and specialty stock during the half-day program.  The second tour will be held during the first week of July. The County Staff Exchange Program, winner of the 2012 County Activities of Excellence is sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau®.  The Program was designed to develop County, Water District, and Senate staff’s awareness of farmers and farm businesses in Cook County while al ...

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Farm Bureau Response to ‘Meatless Mondays’ on Capitol Hill

In response to the Compass Group/Restaurant Associates promotion of ‘Meatless Mondays’ as a menu selection for the House of Representatives’ cafeterias, Farm Bureau sent the following letter to Cook County Congressmen: Earlier this month, the Compass Group/Restaurant Associates, the British-owned food service provider for the House of Representatives’ cafeterias began promoting ‘Meatless Mondays’ as part of its global menu selection.  This action is undoubtedly politically motivated and is based on misinformation about animal agriculture. Each year, according to the Illinois Livestock Development Group the Illinois livestock industry generates $3.4 billion in economic activity; $334 million in state tax revenue; and 45,000 good paying jobs.  And despite a slightly improved economic outlook, Illinois is still in desperate need of business and job growth. A strong livestock industry is the strongest domestic market for corn.  Each year, Illinois livest ...

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Farmers Respond to Crop Insurance Story

The following letter was submitted to the "Chicago Tribune" in response to a crop insurance article that appeared in the June 12 edition of the paper. Editor: This letter is in response to the June 12, 2013 editorial (“Senate passes a bad farm bill”), which takes aim at crop insurance. The writers omitted important facts. The modern-day crop insurance system was created to help farmers manage the risks of natural disasters and market fluctuations. Lawmakers intended for the system to replace ad hoc disaster legislation, sheltering taxpayers from the full costs of agricultural disasters and avoiding the enactment of new disaster assistance following every major disaster. There have been no widespread calls for ad hoc disaster assistance for a number of years, despite the fact that 2011 and 2012 were two of the worst weather years on record. By comparison, 42 emergency agriculture disaster bills have cost taxpayers $70 billion since 1989, according to the Congressional Research Service. ...

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Farm Bureau Leaders Join in Conversations about Food

Cook County Farm Bureau leaders joined consumers, farmers, and researchers in a conversation about how food is grown and how processed foods are labeled during the Food Dialogues in Chicago.  The conversation featured diverse speakers from around the US, including a chef, researcher, former Secretary of the USDA, and farmers.

County Staff to Attend Farm and Business Tour Sponsored by Local Farm Bureau

Cook County, Water District, and Senate Staff along with farm professionals will tour farm and farm business sites in the State’s most populous county next week.  The program, sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau®, is designed to illustrate the interdependent links of the farm-to-table process and farming in the State’s most populous county. Seventeen participants will tour Ed Miniat, Inc. an international exporter of shortenings and food oils based in South Holland and Ted’s Greenhouse, a family-owned and operated purveyor of perennials, biennials, herbs, vegetables, and specialty stock during the half-day program.  The second tour will be held during the first week of July. The County Staff Exchange Program, winner of the 2012 County Activities of Excellence is sponsored by the Cook County Farm Bureau®.  The Program was designed to develop County, Water District, and Senate staff’s awareness of farmers and farm businesses in Cook County while also dem ...

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Calling all White Sox Fans...

Farm Bureau Night at US Cellular Field is on Tuesday July 23rd!  Discounted tickets are available for purchase for Cook County Farm Bureau members and their families.   Click on the photo to view the full size flyer and for information on how to order your tickets today!

 

Harold Bergman Day!

Monday night, the Hoffman Estates Village Board proclaimed that June 30th, 2013 would be "Harold Bergman Day".  Bergman, 97 years young, farms in the southwest corner of Palatine Township raising hay for area horse owners. In 2007, the Cook County Farm Bureau wrote a special feature on Mr. Bergman, a longtime member of Cook County Farm Bureau.  Click here for the article. Following the presentation, Mayor McLeod asked if he wanted to make any remarks to which Bergman replied “Thank you for your caring attention to the citizens of Hoffman Estates” and sat down! Pat Barch (L), Historical Curator for the Village of Hoffman Estates, talks to Harold Bergman (C) and son Steve Bergman (R) prior to Village Presentation.   Steve Bergman, Harold Bergman and friends/neighbors wait in anticipation of Mr. Bergman's recognition. Harold Bergman, center, was recognized by the Village of Hoffman Estates for his long dedication to arming in the area.  Bergman is 97 years o ...

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Farm Bureau Volunteers Attend Dairy Breakfast

North side families visit the Cook County Farm Bureau educational table during the Dairy Breakfast at Wagner Farms in Glenview.  Beth Christian, a Farm Bureau volunteer, helps Dairy Breakfast attendees make good food selections as part of the Farm Bureau's My Plate activity. 

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