From the monthly archives:

November, 2014

‘Farmland Movie’ Available via On-Demand Digital Platforms

Academy Award winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, “Farmland,” is now available for rent and purchase via on-demand platforms. The film’s move to digital platforms takes place this month, following a successful four-week run on and Hulu Plus.  “Farmland” is available for digital download via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Sony PlayStation,, Xbox and YouTube. The cost to download and own the film ranges from $14.99 to $19.99 for high definition and $12.99 to $14.99 for standard definition format. Online rental will cost approximately $4.99 to $7.99 for high definition and $3.99 to $6.99 for standard definition format. “Farmland” will also be available to traditional satellite and cable television subscribers via Video-on-Demand or Pay-per-View platforms in December. DirecTV and DISH subscribers will have access to “Farmland” through Video-on-Demand or Pay-per-View channels beginnin ...

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Janet McCabe isn’t exactly working in a low-stress field...

As a critical care nurse in Orland Park, Ill., Janet McCabe isn’t exactly working in a low-stress field. It’s no surprise that, come weekend, she’s ready for a break. But Janet’s version of working for the weekend isn’t working all week so she can take a break — it’s working all week so she can farm.

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For Ruth Zeldenrust, Her Love of Farming Took Root at An Early Age...

For Ruth Zeldenrust, her love of farming took root at an early age. She grew up on her family’s vegetable farm in Chicago Heights, and after college, decided go back to the farm, taking over her father’s farming operation and upgrading it to include greenhouses for flowers and a burgeoning honeybee population.

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Commissioners Gorman and Moore Receive "Friend of the Farm Bureau" Awards

Congratulations to Commissioners Gorman and Moore received the 2014 "Friend of the Farm Bureau" award from the Cook County Farm Bureau PAC.  This is the first time that Comm. Moore has received the award since being appointed in 2013 and this is Comm. Gorman's third time receiving the award.

MOMS...Last Chance to Apply to be a Field Mom for Illinois Farm Families

Illinois farmers are inviting YOU to see firsthand how food gets to your table and answer questions about GMOs, hormones, antibiotics and more.  Meet your new resources - local farmers.  

Click here for more information and to apply before the November 15th deadline!

Veteran's Day...

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."  --Daniel Webster

So many of our Country's Veteran's come from rural areas and farms.

Today, Veteran's Day, we publicly thank the many members of the Cook County Farm Bureau that have defended this Country and protected its Liberty for all of us.

Apples, a Fruit Rich in History and Taste

Apples are one of the United States’ most popular and widely cultivated fruit.  In 2010, the US was second behind China in apple production and well ahead of Turkey, Italy, India, and Poland in the race to grow the most apples. Apples are native to the Asian and European continent and are believed to have arrived with early European explorers.  Since their induction, there are now more than 69 million apples grown worldwide with over 7,500 different cultivators to meet the different tastes and demands of consumers.  Apples can grow wild from seeds but most are grown by grafting.  Grafted apples tend to be used for cooking, eating, and cider. Apples are a popular ingredient in many dishes, including apple crumb bars. Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars (recipe courtesy of the Food Network) Ingredients Cooking spray 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 box yellow cake mix for two 9-inch rounds 1 large egg 1 cup apple butter 1/2 cup unsweetened instant or quick-cooking oats 1/4 t ...

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Answers to Your Questions about Your Food

Question: Don’t farmers inject animals with hormones that make our food unsafe? Fact:  While some farmers choose to use hormones, remember that hormones are present naturally in all plants and animals, both organic and nonorganic.  Poultry and pork farmers don’t use hormones at all, and not all beef farmers use hormones.  If a beef farmer uses additional hormones, it’s to improve the animal’s natural ability to convert feed to lean muscle. This conversion helps keep beef affordable and sustainable, qualities many consumers demand and appreciate.  Similarly, dairy farmers may use hormones to extend milk production so fewer cows give more milk, reducing the environmental impact.  The Food and Drug Administration and numerous scientific panels have studied the impact of using supplemental growth hormones in farm animals and have found there is no effect on human health. Question: Aren’t hormones in food making children develop early? Fact: Hormones are na ...

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Chef Izard - Career Corner

Career Corner  This month we will focus on the career of Chef.  With many Cook County high schools offering classes in Culinary Arts and Food Science, there is great interest in the occupations in the food industry.  Chicago is the home of many great chefs, including Stephanie Izard.  Our thanks to Ms. Izard for sharing her story.    What is your job title? Executive Chef and Owner of Girl & the Goat and Little Goat in Chicago, IL What path led you to this position? It wasn't the typical path (or maybe the benefit of being a chef is that there isn't a standard path). But from a young age I've loved spending time in the kitchen, either cooking with my mom or now in my own restaurants. It just took me a while to realize that this was what I wanted to do. What is your educational and/or agriculture background and how did that prepare you for this job? I studied at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and then had the privilege of working under som ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

I am about “food’ed” out… Oh no…don’t panic farmers. I still love and crave your products. I thoroughly enjoy my double cheeseburgers, all meat pizzas, ice cream, a full loaf of hot bread, steamy broccoli, Chile, tacos, heaping piles of pasta, biscuits and gravy, pie, mashed potatoes… Nope, nothing wrong with my food cravings. I’m just tired of everyone weighing in on their opinion of what I eat. I’m tired of the word “healthy”… I’m tired of the word “sustainable”... I’m tired of the word “natural”. I’m tired of the word “organic”. I’m tired of the word “local”. I’m tired of the word “processed”.  I am tired of the word “gmo”. I am tired of this movement and that movement. Just leave me be and let me eat what I want. Really, I’m tired of hypocrisy of it all. (Hypocrisy like Chipotle buying its grass fed beef from Au ...

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