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Farmers and Farm Owners are Reminded to Respond to the Census of Agriculture

Did you know the Census of Agriculture data helps shape policy for American agriculture – from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the agriculture? Respond now at www.agcounts.usda.gov.

 

Food on Your Mind? Let’s Talk.

Join the Chicago Ridge Library and Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about how your food is grown and the decisions today’s farmers make.  Speakers will provide an overview of modern farming practices, organic farming, and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO).  Speakers will also address audience members’ questions. March 12, 2018 7:00 p.m. Chicago Ridge Public Library 10400 S. Oxford Ave, Chicago Ridge Speakers Kim Morton, a former farm manager for the Northern Trust Company and farm owner, is one of Chicagoland’s premier speakers on GMO testing and use.  In her role with the Northern Trust Company, she became the second woman in the nation to receive the “Accredited Farm Manager” designation and was a member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Class of 1998. Morton is an active member of the Cook County Farm Bureau®.  Tim Stuenkel is the Global Marketing Communications Manager at TeeJet Technolo ...

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Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Farm Bureau will host a policy discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.  Members will be able to participate using their phones and will not need to travel.

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.

Help us Celebrate Food Checkout Day by Partnering with us to Support Ronald McDonald House Charities®

With Food Checkout Day scheduled for February 6, 2018 Farm Bureau families and partners have joined together to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is ill.  Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow. Through YOUR support we’ve been able to ensure that a healthy, nutritious meal is not a concern of theirs during these times.  Help us to collect non-perishable food, money, and pop tabs.  Food, cash and pop tab donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Cook County Farm Bureau® 6438 Joliet Road Countryside, Illinois 60525 (708) 354-3276   In 2017, we were able to donate over $10,000 to the five area Ronald McDonald Houses.  Due to your efforts, Ronald McDonald Houses remain open to all families regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Please partner with us to raise much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest ...

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Farm Bureau Members are Encouraged to Participate in a Policy Discussion Without Leaving their Homes

Farm Bureau will host a policy discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  To participate in the discussion, farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to the discussion asking them if they’d like to participate.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them.  Members will be able to participate using their phones and will not need to travel.

 

Additional information regarding the call will be available shortly.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.

Harvest Season Emergency Declared, Overweight Permit Now Available

Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a state harvest season emergency earlier this month, giving road jurisdictions authority to issue Harvest Season Emergency Permits. Cook County farmers will need to seek a permit from the Cook County Transportation and Highway Department for Cook County roads.  A Transportation and Highway Department official indicated the department would use an automated permit, available at https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/transportation-and-highways. Under a harvest season emergency, a farmer with a permit may haul up to a maximum of 10 percent more than the standard weight restriction of the gross, axle and registered weight restrictions. Harvest season permits are not available for interstate highways. With individual permits, local authorities may put restrictions, such as which roads are designated for the permits or times of day the permit is valid, or special conditions, such as not valid during a rainstorm.   In addition, farmers need to talk to township road commissio ...

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“Food Evolution” the Movie Coming to Chicago in October


Have a non-farmer friend, relative, your doctor, lawyer, dietitian, kid’s teachers or other influencers in the Chicagoland area that could be enlightened and entertained about today’s agriculture? Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), Cook County Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Families (IFF), Illinois Science Council and the Chicago chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists will host a public screening of "Food Evolution" on Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Arc Light Theater in Chicago.

Tickets are available at https://foodevolutionfilm.eventbrite.com

An early bird discount is available for tickets purchased prior to Sept. 18.  Tickets are $15 if purchased after Sept. 18 but prior to Oct. 3 or $20 at the door.  Seats are limited.

To learn more about “Food Evolution” and to view the trailer visit: https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/

Join the Conversation & Win Free Groceries

Our 5th giveaway of the summer is: a $150 grocery store/farmstand gift card AND a $100 food pantry donation to the food pantry of the winner's choice. The only thing you have to do is LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and COMMENT ON or SHARE the post below to enter to win. The winner will be chosen on September 28! Official contest rules are available here.


Join the Conversation & Win Free Groceries

Our 4th giveaway of the summer is: a $150 grocery store/farmstand gift card AND a $100 food pantry donation to the food pantry of the winner's choice.  The only thing you have to do is LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and COMMENT ON or SHARE the post below to enter to win.  The winner will be chosen on August 17!  Official contest rules are available here.

Farm Bureau Presents Book Barns to Local Culver's Resturants

Four south suburban Culver’s have partnered with the Cook County Farm Bureau to help guests of all ages make the connection between farm to table dining through reading.

On July 18, the Farm Bureau delivered “book barns” filled with reading materials for children as young as 4 years old to Culver’s restaurants in Tinley Park, Orland Park, Homewood and Matteson.

As part of Culver’s nationwide “Thank You Farmers” initiative, the book barns are filled with books that bring agricultural learning to a child’s perspective, while teaching them where the food they are enjoying comes from.



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