DuPage County Farm Bureau

All Posts By Kristina Baumbach

Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Featured at DeKalb County History Center, Only Stop in Northern Illinois

“[Farming] is like any other part of life, if you don’t change, you don’t survive” explained Bill Lenschow, a Centennial farmer in DeKalb County. This idea is explored in the new traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” The DeKalb County History Center is partnering with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, in…

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Illinois Agriculture Coalition Celebrates Monarchs at Earth Day Event

Unveiling of Momentous Monarch Conservation Action Plan & Groundbreaking for New Pollinator Habitat on Fairgrounds WHAT: A diverse coalition of sixteen organizations and agencies with ties to agriculture have been working for more than two and a half years to develop a practical plan for monarch conservation. A press event will provide highlights to this…

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Plant Your Vegetable Garden Early

URBANA, Ill. – If you’re itching for homegrown tomatoes this year, now is the perfect time to plan your vegetable garden. “Growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money at the grocery store, get some exercise, and teach kids where their produce comes from,” says Gemini Bhalsod, a University of Illinois Extension…

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Roby-Vorgias Named New County Director for Illinois Extension serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

ST. CHARLES, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension appointed Deanna Roby-Vorgias of Itasca as the new County Director serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties. Roby-Vorgias succeeds Sandra I. Davis, who retired in January with 48 years of service in Extension. As County Director, she will lead the tri-county unit and its 20-plus staff members in three…

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Rich and Fertile Land Presentation

Join Bruce Kraig, Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois, and Michelle Podkowa, DuPage County Historical Museum, as they discuss A Rich and Fertile Land. Kraig and Podkowa examine how American food habits transformed the Midwest from virgin prairies to the nation’s farming heartland. Podkowa will talk about how her family’s history is a living example of…

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NEW ORLEANS — Voting delegates at the 100TH annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), including 21 delegates from Illinois addressed Illinois Farm Bureau’s (IFB) priority issues, including submittals on trade, transportation, legal advocacy and Health Savings Account (HSA) reform. “Our delegates were instrumental in promoting and debating several key policy resolutions to…

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Soil Fertility Webinar Offered

Commercial Agriculture Educators Jesse Soule, Phillip Alberti, and Talon Becker will be hosting the annual Soil Fertility Webinar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 28, 2019. This webinar will be hosted in the U of I Extension Offices in Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web…

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DuPage County Master Gardener Volunteers Log 8,750 Hours of Service in 2018

University of Illinois Extension of DuPage County recognized its Master Gardeners with the 27th Annual Master Gardener Celebration in November. The volunteer group has already completed 8,750 hours of service for 2018. In addition, the group of 113 volunteers directly reached more than 9,000 people, and the Master Gardeners also helped grow and harvest more…

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Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 72 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, will be awarded in total of $110,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. “We are pleased to help students through…

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