From the monthly archives:

June, 2015

$250 Gift Card presented to Grocery Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Mandy Bentson Moloney from Oak Forest, the winner of a $250 grocery store gift card.  Moloney, a Farm Bureau member, won the gift card through Farm Bureau's grocery giveaway program.  Each time a person follows Farm Bureau's facebook page and comments or shares a family farmer post they are entered to win a gift card.  Two additional gift cards will be awarded in July and August.  Moloney is pictured with Public Relations Chairwoman Janet McCabe.

Staff Exchange Participants Visit Chicago Winery and Food Processor

Cook County leaders visited Windy City Wines and Tyson Foods as part of the 2015 Staff Exchange Program.  Ken Colbert along with Jeff Doornbos, owners of Windy City Wines hosted the group and discussed the wine making processing at their location in Chicago.  The Staff Exchange Program strives to connect Cook County leaders with farm businesses in the county.

Prairie Bounty Identifies Locally-Grown Products

Prairie Bounty of Illinois, a directory of direct-from-the-farm sellers, farmers markets and agritourism businesses, is available online.

Provided by Illinois Farm Bureau® and the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, the directory contains contact information and locations for more than 900 individual growers of fruits, vegetables and herbs throughout Illinois. The directory also provides consumers with farms’ contact information, products available, method of sale, and a complete list of all community farmers markets and agritourism businesses in Illinois, searchable by city, county, or zip code.

The directory is constantly updated as growers add their names and markets to the system. Growers interested in adding their names and businesses to Prairie Bounty of Illinois may contact Diane Handley at 309-557-3662 or at, or may visit the Illinois Specialty Growers website.

Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Dean Kleckner, (82) former President of the American Farm Bureau Federation and former Chairman of the Truth About Trade and Technology organization (amongst many local, state, national and international leadership roles in agriculture).  Mr. Kleckner was from Iowa.  I can remember back in the early 1990’s spending a great day with Mr. Kleckner.  I picked him up at the Quincy Airport and showed him the agricultural sights of Adams County prior to his keynote speech for the Adams County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.  I remember him as a kind, gracious, and engaging man who cared deeply about farmers and the agricultural connections of rural people.  Rest in peace, Mr. Kleckner…agriculture will miss you.

Bob Rohrer, Manager

Let the Farm Bureau Pay for Your Groceries


Like Cook County Farm Bureau's Facebook page and comment on this post for a chance to win a $250 grocery store gift card in July.

Cottage Cheese Fluff

1- 24oz carton small curd cottage cheese
1 - 12oz. Cool Whip
1 can (20oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
1 small pkg. lime Jello-O (dry)


2 - 8oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 small pkg. orange Jell-O (dry)

Combine all ingredients (either combination) and chill. Great quick salad.  (Recipe re-printed with permission of Janet McCabe.)

Chicago South Country Financial Agency Recognized

On June 10th, the Board of Directors recognized the Chicago South Country Financial Agency for winning the "Tipping the Scale" award for donating the largest quantity of food & funds by an agency (there are 7 agencies in Cook County) for the Annual Food Checkout Day benefit for Ronald McDonald House. Agency Manager Marc Rogala (center) accepted the award presented by President Jim Gutzmer and P.R. Chair Janet McCabe. This is the 5th consecutive year that Chicago South has won the award. Food Checkout Day is an annual benefit program (15 years) that CCFB has sponsored to provide food & funds for the area Ronald McDonald Houses to feed families in the kitchen & dining tables during these difficult times for them.

Hot Topic: Ethanol Again Stirring Controversy

  The Chicago City Council is set to consider the Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance, which would make E15, a fuel containing 15 percent ethanol blended with gasoline, available at gas stations in Chicago.  Currently, gas stations are unable to offer E15 because of contracts they’ve entered into with petroleum companies.   The ordinance has created a firestorm of controversy.  Gasoline available today is blended with 10 percent ethanol.  E15 is blended with 15 percent ethanol.  Most opponents argue that the higher concentration of ethanol could cause problems with fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, valve seals, and carburetors in older cars.  However, in 2007 automakers changed the formulation of the potentially affected components so all cars 2007 and newer should be compatible with E15.  Proponents of E15 argue that all cars 2001 and newer are compatible and a study conducted at Kettering University agrees.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency h ...

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Horticulture Field Day - Thursday June 11th

Horticulture Field Day Thursday June 11, 2015 Boggio’s Orchard and Produce 12087 IL Highway 71, Granville, IL 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.  Keith and Denise Boggio, owners of Boggio’s Orchard and Produce welcome you to their farm for the 2015 Horticulture Field Day on Thursday, June 11.  The field day provides the opportunity to learn about Boggio’s farm operations, growing fruit trees, pumpkins, and vegetables.  In addition, the field day will give you a chance to connect with other fruit and vegetable growers in Illinois and neighboring states.  Keith Boggio will share his knowledge about the farm operation and the University of Illinois Extension Specialists and Educators will discuss a range of topics related to orchard production.  The field day will conclude with a presentation by local beekeeper Zane Leopold.  Zane will discuss his experiences in beekeeping and how to get started keeping your own honeybees. Registration is $30 at the door.  Onsite r ...

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Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

Illinois is home to just under 7,000 units of government.  That’s too many.  Our extended neighbors to the west, California doesn’t even come close with its 4,425 units of government.  Speaking of not even coming close, Virginia has 519 units of government. Farm Bureau policy supports the consolidation or combination of special taxing districts and units of government when the consolidation is planned and approved by local initiative and referenda (policy #116 Local Government, page 89, line 12). Local government critics argue that too many units of government contribute to higher property taxes.  Illinois is second only to New Jersey in the race for the highest property taxes. Consolidation has become quite the buzz word.  Our immediate neighbors, DuPage County created the ACT Initiative which called for the County to explore the consolidation of sanitary district facilities, shared services and the transfer of duties to other jurisdictions.  To their credit, the ...

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Harold Bergman Honored at Hoffman Estate Village Board Meeting

Harold Bergman, age 99, was honored and recognized at the Hoffman Estate Village Board meeting last night for his many years of farm and community leadership and his recent retirement from farming.  Max Davis, Public Affairs Manager from the State of Illinois Comptroller’s Office read a commemorative resolution and Jim Gutzmer, President of the Cook CFB presented a gift basket featuring a photo collage.  Following the presentation, Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village historian, showed Bergman a special historical display featuring the History of the Bergman farming operation that spans over 160 years. 


Canvas that CCFB presented to Harold Bergman.

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