From the monthly archives:

April, 2017

Board of Directors Approves New Membership Classification

The Cook County Farm Bureau® (CCFB) Board of Directors, during the April meeting, took action to approve a bylaw change that provides for a new classification of member, the Professional Member (PM). The PM classification is for individuals who are employed in farm and agricultural related occupations but do not directly earn their income from farming. The PM will have voting rights as a member, is eligible to serve on the local Board of Directors and as an officer of the CCFB, and can represent CCFB as a delegate at the state annual meeting. The PM should have a passion for agriculture and farming and be seeking a strong industry in the Cook County area. With the adoption of this new membership classification, the CCFB features three main membership classifications: ·        MM (Farmer Member) - for individuals that are farming and earned $2500 or more annually ·        PM (Professional Member) - for individuals that ...

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Senator Cunningham Tours Local Farms

Senate Agriculture Committee member Senator Bill Cunningham visited local farms this spring to discuss spring planting and the issues impacting Illinois farmers.  Pictured left to right is Board member Janet McCabe and Senator Bill Cunningham.

Chicago Northeast Financial Representatives Capture 'Tipping the Scales'

Congratulations to financial representatives from the Chicago Northeast Country Financial Agency!  This agency won their first ‘Tipping the Scales’ victory by contributing food and cash donations to this year’s Food Checkout Day.  Pictured left to right is: Cook County Farm Bureau® President James Gutzmer, Country Financial representative Mike Salerno, Country Financial Agency Manager Assistant Abra Keup, Country Financial representative Yanni Zavakos, Cook County Farm Bureau Public Relations Team Chairwoman Janet McCabe, and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana representative Kelly Evans.

Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

March Madness In the farm circles, the preparation for the planting season can be described as “March Madness”. Think of it as a giant collaborative project with many moving parts… making sure farm equipment is repaired, greased, and ready to roll, suppliers in tune with the supply orders, seed in stock, deliveries of products received, advisory services in place, hired help on the payroll, weather cooperating, time available, and so much more. When I was growing up, I did not fully comprehend that these many moving parts were being managed by my father as he prepared to move into planting season.  I was in the mindset of “Just tell me where and when to drive the tractor, Dad”.  I guess I thought planting season just happened magically, with the turn of the calendar.  Admittedly, I was more concerned about that other March Madness: high school and college basketball. While I enjoy the spring planting season, basketball’s March Madness has always been a m ...

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Manifolds, Manolos & Bona Heinsohn

In March, Farm Bureau leaders from throughout Illinois traveled to the nation’s capital.  Leaders spent the week meeting with U.S. Congressmen, agency staff, and trade groups in an effort to learn more about issues impacting agriculture and to lobby for priority issues. During conversations with the Canadian embassy, leaders learned that under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. agricultural and food exports to Canada and Mexico have more than quadrupled.  The trading partnership has created between five and six million American jobs.  Locally, the food grown on two out of every ten acres on Illinois farms is used to feed livestock in Canada and Mexico.  Farmers remain concerned about the future of NAFTA after President Trump pulled the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).  Leaders also traversed “Embassy row” in route to the Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C.  Like Canada, Ireland is a trading partner of the U.S.  ...

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