Women who own or manage farmland in McHenry and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on July 24 in Woodstock.
"With women now owning or co-owning between one-fourth and one-half of the farmland in the Midwest," said Jennifer Filipiak, natural resources conservationist for the American Farmland Trust, "our goal is to connect these women with the conservation resources they need to make sound decisions".
Each year, McHenry County Farm Bureau maintains and operates a food booth at the fair. We are once again seeking volunteers for two main shifts. The first shift starts at 10:00 am and the second begins at 4:00 p.m. We are also seeking a couple people to assist us during the noon time rush. Volunteers are needed from July 30-Aug 3.
Greg Peterson, of Peterson Brothers, will be speaking at the McHenry County Fair on Wednesday, July 30th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hansen Pavilion. This is a perfect chance to see an overview of the Peterson Brothers videos & performances while learning about reaching out to millions via social media. Greg focuses on the need for agriculture advocacy and will challenge the audience to take action on their beliefs.
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.
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.
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.