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Upcoming McHenry County Events

Farm Fresh Peaches For Sale!

Event Date and Time: 
August 4, 2014 - 9:13am

McHenry County Farm Bureau will be accepting peach orders through August 4th.

Cost: $25.00 per 2/5 bu. Box (roughly 25 pounds).

Peaches are expected to arrive towards the end of August.

McHenry County Farm Bureau to Host Health Screening

Event Date and Time: 
August 5, 2014 - 10:00am

McHenry County Farm Bureau is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 8/5/2014. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Safe Driver Course Offered

Event Date and Time: 
November 3, 2014 - 10:00am
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.

Safe Driver Course Offered

Event Date and Time: 
November 3, 2014 - 10:00am

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.
This eight-hour course will cover many aspects of driving safely. Upon completing the 8-hour AARP Driver Safety Program, you will receive a course completion certificate which may then be presented to your insurance agent. Depending on the state where you live and your insurance company's policies, you may be eligible for an automobile insurance premium reduction or discount.

McHenry County Farm Bureau will pay the registration fee for Farm Bureau members; non-members will need to pay the registration fee the first day of the class. AARP members need to bring their AARP membership card with them the first day of class. A free lunch will be provided to the participants by the Women's Committee. For more information and to register, please call McHenry County Farm Bureau at (815) 338-1520.

McHenry County Farm Bureau News

Summer Ag Institute Photos

Summer Ag Institute photos have been posted to our Facebook page. Check them out and feel free to tag anyone you know. We would also like to give thanks to the farmers and businesses that allowed us to visit them, the presenters that visited us and the teachers who participated as well! Here is a link to our photos: https://www.facebook.com/pages/McHenryCountyFarmBureau/100812416097?sk=photos_stream  

Milk Days: Highlights and History

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!"

Ag Expo Reaches 2,500

 
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.

4-H Family Prepares for the Best Time of the Year

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.

Meet Rebecca Riley, MCFB Summer Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Rebecca Riley and I am grateful and privileged to announce myself as the 2014 intern for the McHenry County Farm Bureau. I look forward to working with some wonderful people, learning more about the Farm Bureau and better developing my skills to promote agriculture. I come from a small farm in Huntley, IL, where we originally milked about 45 cows. We sold the cows in 2003 and have had about 200 acres of land for growing corn and soybeans and raising 60-80 steers & a few chickens, ducks and show pigs ever since. When I am not at college, I help on the farm and am a forklift operator at the Dean Foods plant in Chemung, IL, where I load store orders of milk products onto trucks.