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August, 2015

Teaming Up to Fight Hunger

Take a bite out of hunger at the United Center and Wrigley Field this fall. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs have partnered with the Illinois Pork Producers Association to offer “DaBurger” – a delicious ground pork burger – at concession stands in both stadiums. The new Cuban-style pork burger has already become a big hit at Wrigley Field, while hockey fans at the United Center can enjoy the DaBurger Ey with Canadian bacon. Illinois pig farmers, who previously worked with the Chicago Bears, joined forces with the Blackhawks last spring to “Drop the Puck on Hunger,” and the Cubs stepped up to the plate for the new Strike Out Hunger campaign. For every DaBurger sold at Soldier Field in 2014 and at the United Center in March 2015, Illinois pig farmers donated 1 pound of ground pork to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. In addition, Ultra Foods in Chicago collected more than 15,000 pounds of nonperishable food items to go to the ...

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Ag Lit Bit by Diane Merrion

Rooster comb injections was the topic at the table.  I had never heard of such a thing and was instantly drawn into the conversation.  What was she talking about and how had I never run across this information in my agriculture circles?  I was told that following many other treatment options for her pain, a doctor suggested these injections to reduce the pain and inflammation of the knee.  According to my friend, her pain was significantly reduced after her first few injections.  It got me to thinking about the reaction our speakers get when we discuss heart valve transplants and pigs.  Many people aren’t aware of the match between the humans and pigs and had no idea how often pig valve tissue (and in some cases bovine valve tissue) is used in replacement surgeries.  The process is explained by the USC Keck School of Medicine as follows, “If a valve can't be repaired, it may be replaced with a prosthetic valve. Two kinds of prosthetic heart valves are available ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“Don’t throw sand” When I was a youngster, around age 6, I was fortunate enough to have a father who constructed a great sandbox for me and my siblings to play in. That sandbox was perfectly square… perfectly solid… perfectly filled with soft sand. What a wonderful place for kids (and cats) to enjoy. Thank you, Dad! I remember taking my farm toys -tractors, wagons, and other replica farm implements - out to the sandbox. Mom provided popcorn seeds as the farm commodity to plant, cultivate, harvest, and handle in the sand box.  I spent many hours “farming” that make believe sand farm… Plowing, planting, growing, and harvesting. I did not always view my younger siblings as “assets” on my make-believe farm in that sandbox. My sister and brothers had this habit of digging potholes in my best sand cornfields. They didn’t seem to know how to plow straight sand rows. They seem to enjoy playing “Jolly Green Giant” by walking throu ...

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County Leaders Tour Sheriff's Farming Initiative

Cook County leaders toured the Sheriff's Urban Farming Initiative this year as part of the Staff Exchange Program.  Participants also toured Mullins Food Products, a family-owned food processor in Broadview.  The Staff Exchange Program is designed to connect county staff with agriculture and food processors in Cook County in an effort to build a stronger understanding of agriculture and its economic contributions.

'Thank a Farmer' on Sept. 28 with Culver's

Join Cook County Farm Bureau and Culver's of Tinley Park for food, fun and farm equipment.  On Monday, September 28 from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m. Farm Bureau volunteers will be at the Tinley Park Culver's along with tractors and activities for kids.  A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation and will used to support agricultural education in the county.

Commissioner Timothy Schneider to Host Fishing Derby

Farm Bureau Donates to Local Charity

Farm Bureau volunteers donated almost 300 pounds of meat to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.  in order to make this donation a possibility, two 4H animals were purchased during the Lake County Fair Livestock Auction.  Both animals were raised by Cook County 4H members.

Third Gift Card Winner Announced

Congratulations to Crystal Strelow of Oak Lawn who won our third and final grocery store gift card!   Strelow received the gift card after liking Cook CFB's facebook page and commenting on or sharing a post.

Farm Bureau Supports 4H Members at the Lake Co. Fair

Cook County Farm Bureau purchased Cameron Blunk’s 4H hog at this year’s Lake County Fair.  The hog will be donated to the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository.

More Couples Share Grocery Shopping Decisions

About 203 million American adults consider themselves to be the primary grocery shoppers in their households, according to FMI's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2015 report. But considering the U.S. holds only 123 million households, those numbers point to a trend away from the "primary shopper model" and toward a "shared shopper model,” according to Leslie Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. As part of consumer research, five couples allowed representatives of FMI and a research firm into their homes for a two-and-a-half-hour interview that ended with an accompanied shopping trip. “What became quickly apparent is that each of the households was in varying degrees of struggle to find better ways to negotiate the differing tastes, food preferences, schedules, nutritional requirements and dietary restrictions of the shoppers themselves —- and this was further complicated if there were others in the household for whom the two were shopping,” Sarasin noted. "It appears to me that the trusted fo ...

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