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July, 2013

Farm Bureau Purchase Hog at Fair to Donate to Food Depository

Cook County Farm Bureau purchased Cari Schuette's hog from this year's Lake County Fair.  Schuette is a member of the Glenview Clovers 4-H Club and is from Wilmette, Illinois.  The hog is being donated by the Farm Bureau to the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository.

Cook County Farm Bureau President Jim Gutzmer (pictured left) beat out other bidders at the Lake County Fair to purchase Cari Schuette (pictured centered) 4-H pig.  Gutzmer was assisted by Cook CFB Board Member Mike Horcher (pictured right).  Sixteen year old Schuette is a long-time member of the Glenview Clovers 4-H Club and is a resident of Wilmette.  Meat from the hog will be donated to the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository.

 

Farm Bureau Submits Comments on Watershed Management Ordinance

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance. Article 2 (Applicability and General Provisions) provides that a watershed management permit from either the District or an authorized municipality is required for developments disturbing more than 0.5 acres, unless the development solely involves one or more of the following: agriculture or gardening that maintains existing grades and drainage patterns.  The Article does not define agriculture.  According to dictionary.com, agriculture is the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock or the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.  An additional definition is set forth by the Illinois Compiled Statutes. However, the act of farming, more specifically, the cultivating of land may involve the disruption of existing grades or drainage patterns, including the installation or replacement of tiles and terraces or the instal ...

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Representative Morrison Attends Summer Reading Program

State Representative Tom Morrison along with his son, Tyler and daughter, Susanna joined Cook CFB at the Palatine Library for the summer reading program.  During the program, children learned about the connection between agriculture and their candy favorites.  Rep. Morisson represents the Palatine area.

Farm Bureau Speaker Meets with Lions Club

Kim Morton discussed biotechnology with the Beverly Lions Club yesterday afternoon through the Cook CFB Speakers Bureau. Lions Club leaders asked numerous questions about the technology behind biotech crops and the safety of the most tested food product to enter US markets.  To schedule a speaker contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276 or via email at bona@cookcfb.org.

Illinois Leadership contacted regarding Animal Care Issues

Below is a copy of a letter sent by Cook CFB regarding HSUS presentation at a recent National Association of Attorney General Conference.Dear Honorable Attorney General Lisa Madigan, I’m writing to discuss with you the presentation by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) CEO Wayne Pacelle at the National Association of Attorneys General conference in Boston, MA.  We are very disturbed that HSUS had a dedicated session at the conference, with no one providing balance to Mr. Pacelle’s observations and opinions. The Humane Society of the United States is an animal rights activist group that uses its considerable budget to threaten America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers.  It is not affiliated with any local animal shelter. HSUS and other animal rights groups are not concerned with improving animal welfare. These extremists are systematically working to prohibit the ownership and use of animals in any way.  HSUS is not the organization that it appears to be. When Pac ...

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Cook County Teachers Tour Farms

Fourteen Cook County educators toured Central Illinois farms and agribusinesses during our Summer Ag Institute of Fuel, Fiber and Food.  Teachers headed out from the Cook County Farm Bureau on July 9th and began their tour at the Apple Tree Alpaca Farm in Utica, IL.  Learning about the fiber business directly from the owners, teachers were made aware of the unique characteristics of these gentle animals and how this couple succeeded in starting their operation from the ground up. Other stops during the program included LaSalle County Historical Museum, Patriot Fuels (Annawan), Prairie Farms Dairy (Peoria), Monterey Mushrooms (Princeton) and Twin Groves Wind Farm in Bloomington (see photo), to name a few of the 14 stops during the week.    Educators learned new ways to connect agriculture to their K-12 curriculums incorporating Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.  During a 2 hour workshop at  Illinois Ag in the Classroom, teachers made DNA bracelets, studied fa ...

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

  Staff Exchange participants, Kelli McSherry, Cook CFB; Janet McCabe, Cook CFB; and Penny Mateck, Cook County Sheriff' view confiscated items during a U.S. Customs and Border Protection tour. County, Water District, and Senate Staff along with farm professionals toured farm and farm business sites in the State’s most populous county.  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.  "The Staff Exchange Program highlights the County's connection to farmers and food processors," said Janet McCabe, Cook CFB Board member and Public Policy Team volunteer.  "For the second year in a row, we were excited to welcome Cook County officials and their staffs to the first of two days designed to promote Cook County agriculture and food processors." Twenty participants toured Ed Miniat, Inc. and Ted’s Greenhouse during a half-day tour.&nb ...

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Attend a County Fair This Summer!

County Fairs are a great way to experience agriculture, see 4-h’ers in action and enjoy a variety of entertainment flavors.  Illinois Farm Bureau Partners has published the 2013 Illinois County Fair schedule.  We encourage our members to take a day trip to check out a County Fair this summer (you will note that Cook County does not have a county fair).

Visit http://ilfbpartners.com/2013-county-fair-schedule/ to view the schedule.

 

 

Farmers and Chicago Moms Talk with Moms at the Taste of Lombard

Chicago-area mom, Farrah, discusses her experiences on Illinois farms through the Illinois Farm Families program during a Radio Disney Roadshow event in Lombard.  During the Roadshow, Farrah and an Illinois farmer discussed Illinois farms and nutritious eating.  

Cook County Leaders Invited to Attend Panel on Biotechnology

On Tuesday, August 6 beginning at 11:00 am Cook County Farm Bureau is hosting an agricultural roundtable focused on the use of biotechnology and its effects on land, water, and food production in a highly urban area.   This roundtable will feature speakers on both sides of the biotech debate as well as farmers who do and do not use biotech seeds.  Speakers will provide a brief information and overview of their research or farm then the discussion will be opened up to questions from policy leaders.  Additional information on each speaker will be available shortly. This panel is designed to provide you with pertinent information about an issue that impacts residents, consumers, elected leaders, policy makers, and Cook County farmers. The discussion will begin promptly at 11:30 am with lunch beginning served at 11:00 am at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s Children’s Hospital located at 211 E. Grand Street in Chicago.  The discussion will be held in the Community Roo ...

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