McHenry County Farm Bureau Women's Committee will offer the AARP Safe Driver Course on Monday, Nov 3, and Tuesday, Nov 4. The course will be held at the Farm Bureau building located at 1102 McConnell Rd, Woodstock, IL. Course hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a half hour lunch break. Class size is limited to twenty-five participants and early registration is encouraged.
As busy as this summer has been, I am sad to see it ending. Being selected to serve as the McHenry County Farm Bureau intern is one of the best things to ever happen for me. I have seen, tried and learned more things than I could ever have imagined.
It is a wonderful time of year again, the 73rd annual Milk Days Weekend! Some exciting festival events June 6th-June 8th include: the antique tractor display, a milk run/walk, brunch (with Orion Samuelson emceeing!), the carnival, a petting zoo, and fireworks. The big parade (2+ hours long) on Saturday, June 7th at 1:00 p.m. is one of the biggest traditions you won't want to miss. There is guaranteed fun for the entire family, so be sure to stop out! For more information on their schedule of events, visit www.milkdays.com. We would like to share some history on the development of the Milk Days you know today.
It all started in the spring of 1942 when people gathered to honor the area farmers for their "War Effort" of increasing milk and food production for the servicemen. Seven dairy companies were located within a 15-mile radius of Harvard and more milk was being produced there than anywhere in the United States. Harvard became the self-proclaimed "Milk Center of the World!"
McHenry County Farm Bureau recently completed its 14th Ag Expo for third and fourth grade students. The expo was started back in 1988 and has reached a total of 42,500 students. This past year's event drew more than 2,500 students and 104 teachers.
The Maddock Family from rural Marengo is counting down the days until the McHenry County Fair this summer. Julia, John, Joseph, and Justin are all members of the Legendary Pioneers 4-H Club. Cynthia Maddock homeschools the kids and the 4-H projects tie in with their curriculum but, most of the production animals arrive once they wrap up the school year. The Maddocks are very busy during fair week but, they love it. Each day they get up by six in the morning to feed the animals at home and then head to the fair to take care of the animals there. Fair days they are busy showing their projects and every once in a while they get a break at their camper that they bring to the fairgrounds. On average they get to head home at ten but, on occasion, they can be working until midnight.
Prices being paid for farmland across Illinois have seen a 'softening' of from 2.0 percent to 4.1 percent according to the midyear Land Values Snapshot Survey done by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers