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					                                                                       Co-Operator                                                        official publication of the Cook County Farm Bureau
                                                                                                                       A “staple” in the Farm Bureau member’s home since 1938

                                                                          Mission: To serve all members of the Cook County Farm Bureau with meaningful
                                                                          and beneficial programs that reflect our Agricultural Heritage.

                                                                        Vol. 85 No. 3 Countryside, IL 60525                                          www.cookcfb.org                                  March 2011



    Farming
 on the Fringes
          A Seminar for Property Owners
     Join Board of (Tax) Review                        In addition to Commissioner
Commissioner Dan Patlak, Cook                     Patlak and his staff, Kevin Rund,
County Assessor’s office and                      Illinois Farm Bureau will also be
Cook County Farm Bureau on                        presenting.
Monday, March 21 at 7 pm for a
landowner seminar.                                Date: Monday, March 21
     The evening’s events will                    Time: 7 pm
include a discussion about property               Location: Cook CFB Building,
tax assessments, the Board of                     6438 Joliet Road, Countryside
Review and tax appeal process,                    Cost: Free                                                                              Farming on Your Balcony
and general homeowner concerns.                       Contact (708) 354-3276 for                         A workshop for members interested in raising vegetables this spring, summer
Participants will have numerous                   more information or to reserve
opportunities throughout the                      your seat.
                                                                                                                                  and fall in small places.
evening to ask questions.

                                                                                                                          Saturday, April 9th, 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
          Upcoming                                                                                                               Cook County Farm Bureau
    Seminars and Programs:                                                                                                            6438 Joliet Road
                                                                                                                                    Countryside, IL 60525
                  CCFB hosts a seminar for
                     Property Owners
                     March 21.....pg 5                                                                           Pre-register by April 6th, by calling the Cook County
                                                                                                                            Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276
                      Boating Safety Class
                                                                                                      Topics:
                     March 26 & 26.....pg 10
                                                                                                           The importance of soil, Cook County soils, and soils for containers and raised beds
                             Wills & Trusts                                                                Seed and Plant selection
                            April 20.....pg 10                                                                                                                       Watch the Cooperator for another Gardening on
                                                                                                           Fertilization and organics                                Your Balcony for Chicago Residents—May 14th!
                    Income Tax Service                                                                     Growing tips and harvesting hints
                  Through April 15.....pg 12                                                               Growing veggies from seed

                                                                                                       Speaker: Ms. Nancy Pollard,                                 for the Cook County Unit of the
                                                                                                       University of Illinois Extension
                                                                                                    In today’s economy, stretching your food dollar makes sense. Producing one’s own food
                                                                                                    is rewarding in so many ways. And, today’s gardening techniques work for people with a
                                                                                                    patio, deck, porch, apartment, townhome, condo, backyard and even for those that
                                                                                                    Farm!




Director Gerry Kopping (pictured in middle) along with staff member Bona Heinsohn joined 22
farm bureau members from across northern Illinois for training on being an effective spokesperson
                                                                                                     Question of                                                        February’s winner for the
                                                                                                                                                                    Question of the Month
for the farm community. The training was part of the Illinois Farm Families’ grassroots farmer
image campaign.                                                                                      the Month                                                            is Ronald Kuhlman.
                                                                                                                                                                         He will be receiving a $25.00 gas card.
                                                                                                     Where is the Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                                       The trivia question
                                                                                                     Flower and Garden                                                                 last month was: What
                                                                                                         show held?                                                                    farm commodity is
                                                                                                    Call the Farm Bureau at 708.354.3276 or email to ccfb@                             shown in this picture?
                                                                                                    cookcfb.org or fax to 708-579-6056 by the 15th of the month
                                                                                                    with the answer for a chance to enter a drawing for a $25.00
                                                                                                    gas card.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Answer: Cotton
Co-Operator March 2011                                                                                           2                                                                                        Cook County Farm Bureau




                           Chicago Flower and Garden Show:
                                                            There’s a New Sport in Town
                                                                                   By Steve Dwyer, Special Feature Writer
     At the Navy Pier horticulture                                                                                                          innovations in horticulture.                      china with other inventive touches.
show, the ‘sport’ of gardening is aimed                                                                                                     In Cooperation with the Chicago                   Experts creating the show’s tablescapes
at tomorrow’s gardeners so they can                                                                                                         Botanic Garden visitors of the Flower             inspire visitors with their handiwork.
become exposed to gardening during their                                                                                                    & Garden Show will again have the                 Whether high-concept, innovative or
formative years…and hopefully adopt it as                                                                                                   unique opportunity to get a little                clever, these expertly arranged settings
an ongoing hobby.                                                                                                                           “dirty”—but have loads fun in the                 take an ordinary dining experience
                                                                                                                                            process—at the popular Potting Parties            to extraordinary new heights.
      Unlike adults, young minds are                                                                                                        held (now) four times each day (at 11:00               Undoubtedly, youth (middle and
pliable—willing to try new things                                                                                                           a.m. and 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and 5:30              old age) will be served at the Chicago
early and often and ask no questions.                                                                                                       p.m.) at the Educational Workshop area            Flower and Garden Show. The result:
Introducing our youth to sports is a                                                                                                        on the show floor.                                there should be some awesome gardens
slam dunk—think about how many                                                                                                                    For a $20 “lab fee” donation that           planted this summer.
kids, once introduced to soccer or                                                                                                          benefits a local charity, participants will
basketball, latch onto these sports for                                                                                                     be provided a pot, soil and assorted
life.                                                                                                                                       foliage to plant your own creation,               Show Schedule
      What if gardening was a sport to                                                                                                      all under the watchful tutorship of a             March 5 to 13
be adopted for life? That’s the mission      What’s new (or soon to be new) in the consumer market will be on display at a Chicago Flower   horticulturalist.                                 Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00
of Special Events Management, the            & Garden Show exhibit showcasing all-new plant, flower and vegetable varieties: From new              The final result of these hands-on          p.m.
firm that operates the Chicago Flower        impatiens that thrive in full sun and the latest in drought-resistant plants.                  parties will be a personal mini-garden            Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
and Garden Show. The show sponsors                                                                                                          masterpiece to take home and enjoy.
have established the theme “Sport of         eating and exercising in the garden            individuals should clear with their local       Each Potting Party is limited to 25               Admission:
Gardening” as the centerpiece around         has become very meaningful to young            municipalities to ensure it does not            participants, so it’s important for those         Adults: $15 weekdays and $17 weekends
this year’s event. That theme will           families.”                                     violate local codes or ordinances.)             interested to sign up early when first            Children (ages 4-12): $5 weekdays and
permeate the venerable flower and                  Elementary school children                     In addition to raising poults,            arriving at the show.                             weekends
garden show during its nine-day run,         attending the show can see the impact          another popular show feature is an                                                                Mon through Thurs: After Work
from March 5 through 13 at Navy Pier         horticulture has had on kids a bit olden       exhibit that instructs people on how            Tablescapes:                                      Special (4-8 p.m.) $13.00 for adults and
(see schedule below).                        than them—ones in high school. To              to grow corn. The exhibit actually has              Designed by the Midwest’s                     $5.00 for children.
      Attended by 60,000 people over         that end, the Flower and Garden show           corn growing out of season—not an               top creative talents, tablescapes mix
nine days, the Chicago Flower and            is well represented by several high            easy task. “We force corn to grow out           elements such as flowers, crystal, silver,        www.chicagoflower.com/visitor.cfm
Garden show enables visitors to see          schools and local colleges. At the prep        of season to show people the process at
the gold standard of landscape design,       level, students from Lincoln Park High         work,” said Abruscato. He said that the
and check out the latest trends in           School offer a Prairie Park exhibit, said
                                             Abruscato. City Colleges of Chicago
                                                                                            professional landscape and horticulture
                                                                                            experts who work exhibits like these
                                                                                                                                             Editor’s Note
sustainable, green products. Among                                                                                                           Dear Reader,
the show’s many highlights are the           offers a vertical gardening exhibit, and       can advise those interested in starting               You receive the “Cooperator” because you or a family member is a Farm
30-plus gardens that will spotlight          the Chicago School for Agriculture             their own corn harvest—to perhaps                Bureau member. Our farm owners and operators, as members, benefit from
top Midwest landscapers, growers and         is also prominently represented at the         convert their front or back yards to corn        a local, state and national organization committed to a strong and productive
garden designers.                            show.                                          growing. He adds that if people plan             agricultural way of life.
      Catering to both novice and                                                           to allocate X-number of square feet to                Members, without direct ties to farming, help to promote a strong local
experienced gardeners, the show              More than gardens and flowers                  corn, they should consult about what             and regional farming lifestyle, encourage wise use of our limited natural
is founded on three principles: “Get               Appealing to a younger audience          they can position around the corn on             resources, and help preserve our farming heritage. In addition, members are
inspired, get educated and get motivated,”   is one mission, but Abruscato said that        their property footprint to fill out and         provided the opportunity to enjoy, our affiliated company, Country Financial
                                             the show has evolved and grown in              complement the space.                            and access to the many other benefits provided by Cook County Farm
said Tony Abruscato, president of
                                                                                                                                             Bureau.
Special Events Management and the            what it offers attendees in the way
                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for your membership and continued support. We welcome
show’s director. “With each aspect of        of diversity. In fact, if attendees are        Several other popular features of the show
                                                                                                                                             member input on content including suggestions of farm, home, food, natural
the show we set out to inspire our guests    under the impression the show is strictly      include:                                         resource, renewable energy, agricultural heritage and farm history for future
through education, and then motivate         focused on just the latest in flowers and                                                       issues.
them to use the ‘takeaways’ from the         gardens, they’ll be pleasantly surprised       Horticulture Competition:                        Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Editor
event and put it to use when they get        to discover some intriguing “niche”                 Individuals,     garden      clubs
back home and start planning their           exhibits offered. For instance, who            and businesses are encouraged to
gardens.”                                    knew that raising chickens in urban            demonstrate their love of all things
      And, as many are walking the           settings—for the propose of hatching           green by entering the Chicago Flower                                         Co-Operator
show aisles, maybe they have their           eggs—has become an emerging trend in           & Garden Show’s “Horticulture                                                         published monthly
young children in tow. That’s the hope       U.S. metro areas, said Abruscato.              Competition,” presented in cooperation                                   Cook County Farm Bureau
of Abruscato and his team, and it’s                Now in its second year at the show,      with the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s                             6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525
no coincidence that they are offering        an exhibit features an “urban chicken          one of Chicago’s oldest competitive                               (ph) 708-354-3276 (fax) 708-579-6056
features like a children’s activity garden   coop” that provides people direction           gardening traditions. Entries have been                    (e-mail) ccfb@cookcfb.org (website) www.cookcfb.org
to appeal to kids.                           on how they can raise poults—even if           accepted for judging in more than                                                   USPS No 132180
      They say, “start ‘em young,” so why    living in a city high rise. “In looking at     90 categories. Juried before the show                   Periodical Postage Paid at LaGrange, IL 60525 & additional mailing office
not young gardeners as well? “Major          the idea of sustainability and fostering a     opens, top winners will be showcased              Editor
league sports are very aggressive in         healthy diet, raising chickens is a great      during the show’s entire nine-day run.            Bob Rohrer
promoting their sports through kid-          idea,” he said. “Groceries continue to
                                                                                                                                              Officers & Directors
related programs,” which all ultimately      get more expensive. If you can produce         New Plant Varieties Exhibit:                      James Gutzmer, President
get kids hooked on sports from the get-      your own eggs, that’s a big step toward             What’s new (or soon to be new) in            Michael Rauch, Vice President
go. “We consider ourselves ‘the sport        reducing your food budget. More people         the consumer market will be on display            Patrick Horcher, Secretary-Treasurer
of gardening.’ We have to make every         are sold on organic and healthy eating.        at a Chicago Flower & Garden Show                 Dan Biernacki                 James Brandau                        Cliff Harms
effort to get youth involved—on the          By raising chickens, you can create            exhibit showcasing all-new plant, flower          Michael Horcher               Gerald Kopping                       Larry Paarlberg
level that the major league sports do for    a food source for your families—and            and vegetable varieties: From new                 Harold Stuenkel               Mark Yunker                          Donald Zeldenrust
their respective industries.”                inexpensively.”                                impatiens that thrive in full sun and
      It’s not that far-fetched and it             Abruscato said last year, the            the latest in drought-resistant plants,           Farm Bureau Manager
seems to be working, he said. “Last          chicken coop exhibit even caught               to new vegetable and fruit hybrids with           Bob Rohrer
year we had more young families at           the attention of Mayor Daley, who              improved taste and texture. Presented in
the show than ever, and the activity         might be retiring from office but could        collaboration with leading growers, this          Office Staff
garden was a large success. We think         perhaps view raising a couple chickens         on-the-cutting-edge Flower & Garden               Peggy Burns           Haley Loy               Melanie Paffumi            Bona Heinsohn
that gardening helps brings families         as a new retirement hobby. (Note:              Show exhibit promises to be a one-                Katie Smith           Linda Tobias            Bob Heine                  Debbie Voltz
together. With child obesity, healthy        Raising chickens must be an activity           stop resource that spotlights the latest          Diane Merrion         Kelly Stanley

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                                                                             Downwind      by Bob Rohrer, Manager
                                       “Stimulus”?                           education to our youth. People are            businesses are choked out by this           that debate in Madison recently as
                                            After my mind wrapped            expensive.                                    tough private sector environment,           Wisconsin addresses its funding
                                       around that fact, my eyes scrolled         However, if the huge tax bills           how will we possibly support all of         issues.)
                                       down to #2 in “the list”. Whoa        and various government budgets                this government.                                 Somehow the governments
                                       there, the second largest Chicago     in crises aren’t a clear enough                    Wage increases, cost of living         in Illinois keep finding ways not
                                       employer is the Chicago Public        indication that we are top heavy              adjustments, unfunded pensions              to address the problem so it keeps
                                       Schools. That number could have       with government, perhaps the                  obligations, nepotism, cronyism,            growing and expanding debt and
                                       been higher than 40,883 but the       Crain’s List of Chicago’s Largest             ethics, redundancies, and promises          deficits like a cancer…are we are
     When I sit down to write this     CPS actually decreased employees      Employers holding firmly the Top              made all lead to a powder keg of            at “stage four”?
column, I prefer to amuse myself       6.5% in the past year.                5 slots is. As the employees and              debate (we seen that potential of
with a hope of amusing the reader.          Sensing a trend, I glanced
However, I’m not finding a lot         down to #3…Ah Ha! A trend is
of “funny” in what has happened        right. The city of Chicago was                                                      Contact Information:
lately with taxes, government          listed with 35,237. As an aside,                                      Cook County Farm Bureau, 6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525
responses to issues, and the path      a guy named Richard M. Daly                              708-354-3276       708-579-6056 Fax       E-Mail: ccfb@cookcfb.org         www.cookcfb.org
we are being hauled down in our        was identified as the Head of the
area.                                  Chicago Office. I’ve heard that
                                       name somewhere.
     About a month ago, I was
reading my copy of Crain’s                  Wondering if the trend could
                                       sustain itself, I went to #4…Holy
                                                                                         What’s your idea of financial security®?
Chicago Business…in fact, it was
the January 17th, 2011 issue. As a     “Governor Q! the great State
part of each issue, the publication    of Illinois is in 4th place with
does research on a business topic,     25,700 local employees. With all
ranks the results, and provides a      those new tax dollars, it will be
Crain’s List on the topic.             fascinating to see if the State
     The Crain’s List for that         can make up some ground and
particular publication was…            pass the City of Chicago or even
     Crain’s List Chicago’s Largest    the Chicago Public School in the
Employers                              next year. I’ve always said that
     I usually find the lists          competition is healthy.
interesting, although I’m not               Number        5     can’t  be
usually able to use the information.   government I thought! Wrongo
However, I found this list to be       bucko Bob. Cook County is a
of great fascination, especially in    “great” employer of area residents.        Jerry Anderson        Matt Broom       Andrew Catton             Mark Coon             Russ Delange         Larry Jachec
today’s economic situation with        Todd Stroger certainly has a big        4190 W. Euclid Ave. 4200 W. Euclid Ave. 4190 W. Euclid Ave       23042 Main Street    4200 W. Euclid Ave 4200 W. Euclid Ave.
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                                       the business names of Wal-Mart           (Agency Manager)                                                                       (847) 991-3129      (847) 934-5112
increase, with the State, City and
National budgets running huge          Inc., Advocate Health Care,
deficits, and the general mood         J.P. Morgan Chase, Walgreens,
of the people I talk with that         Abbott Laboratories, and United
question the direction this country    Continental Holdings, Inc. falling
seems to be headed.                    in line.
     As I went to read who was              Here’s the issue that keeps
#1, I casually thought it would        floating up in my thoughts…
one of the big companies we hear       the private sector employees               Barbara Bator      Vickie Bowman         Tim Hranka          Jeff Reznikov      Sunil Johnston     Thomas Kaider
about…Sears, Boeing, United            and businesses pay a variety of         4190 W. Euclid Ave. 4190 W. Euclid Ave. 4190 W. Euclid Ave. 4190 W. Euclid Ave. 4190 W. Euclid Ave. 4190 W. Euclid Ave.
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     The #1 employer in “full-         the wages and benefits of our
time local employees” was (drum        biggest workforce, government
roll please)…Hello! Yes, you           employees. Obviously, we need
guessed it…the U.S. Government.        a quality government workforce
We have 49,573 full timers as of       to provide quality roads, ensure
September 30, 2010. Can you say        public safety, and bring a quality


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   Doughnuts: The ‘Hole’ Story                                     By Special Feature Writer Steve Dwyer
      As the joke goes, “the first doughnuts were made in                                                                      heritage.
 Greece.” The reality is that the first—and predominantly
 most all—doughnuts were, and are, made in “grease.”                                                                           Different Strokes....
      For the beloved doughnut, grease is the word. Research                                                                         The two most common types of donut are the toroidal
 by the History of Food team shows that the doughnut                                                                           ring donut and the filled doughnut, a flattened sphere
 (or do you say “donut” for short) has existed since the                                                                       injected with jam (or jelly), cream, custard, or other sweet
 beginning of time. So long that archaeologists continue                                                                       fillings. A small spherical piece of dough may be cooked
 to unearth fossilized bits of what look like doughnuts in                                                                     as a doughnut hole. Baked donuts are a variation cooked
 prehistoric Native American settlements.                                                                                      in an oven instead of being deep fried. Donut varieties are
      The doughnut, as we know and love, supposedly came                                                                       also divided into cake and risen type doughnuts.
 to Manhattan (then still New Amsterdam) under the                                                                                   Ring doughnuts are formed by joining the ends of
 Dutch name of olykoeks--”oily cakes.” In early colonial                                                                       a long, skinny piece of dough into a ring or by using a
 times, U.S. Dutch immigrants had discovered fried cake.                                                                       donut cutter, which simultaneously cuts the outside and
 So, the story goes, a cow kicked a pot full of boiling oil                                                                    inside shape, leaving a donut-shaped piece of dough and
 over onto some pastry mix, thus inventing the golden           hit causing doughnuts to spread like wildfire.                 a doughnut hole from dough removed from the center.
 brown delight (Here in Chicago, Mrs. O’Leary and her                By 1934, at the World’s Fair in Chicago, doughnuts        This smaller piece of dough can be cooked or re-added to
 cow could relate to such an incident, but it didn’t have a     were billed as “the hit food of the Century of Progress.”      the batch to make more donuts. A disk-shaped donut can
 happy ending!) Apparently, the Dutch immigrants didn’t         Seeing them made by machines “automatically” somehow           also be stretched and pinched into a torus until the center
 share this great discovery with their homeland, and the        made them seem all the more futuristic.                        breaks to form a hole.
 fried cakes became a staple in the harsh conditions that            Doughnuts became beloved. Legend says that dunking              After frying, ring donuts are often topped with a
 existed in the colony.                                         donuts first became a trend when actress Mae Murray            glaze (icing) or a powder such as cinnamon or sugar. Styles
      Around 1847, Elizabeth Gregory, a New England             accidentally dropped a donut in her coffee one day at          such as fritters and jam doughnuts may be glazed and/or
 ship captain’s mother, made a deep-fried dough that used       Lindy’s Deli on Broadway. In the 1934 film “It Happened        injected with jam or custard.
 her son’s spice cargo of nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon           One Night,” newspaperman Clark Gable teaches young                   As well as being fried, donuts can be completely baked
 rind. She made the deep fried cakes for son Hansen and         runaway heiress Claudette Corbet how to “dunk.” (A             in an oven. These have a slightly different texture from the
 his crew so they could store the pastry on long voyages...     talent perfected years later by NBA stars such as our own      fried variety with a somewhat different taste due to the
 and to help ward off scurvy and colds. Mrs. Gregory put        Micheal Jordan!) In 1937 a popular song proclaimed that        lack of absorbed oil—and so have a lower fat content. The
 hazel nuts or walnuts in the center, where the dough might     you can live on coffee and doughnuts if “you’re in love”.      fried version may sometimes be called “fried cakes.”
 not cook through, and called them doughnuts.                        Boy, how donuts have continued to grow in popularity:           There are many other specialized donut shapes such as
      Hansen always took credit for the hole in the             As of six years ago in the United States alone, more than      old-fashioneds, bars or Long Johns (a rectangular shape),
 doughnut. Some doughnut historians think that Hansen           10 billion doughnuts had been made on an annual basis,         or with the dough twisted around itself before cooking.
 was a bit of a cheapskate and was just trying to save on       with the numbers certainly much higher in 2011.                In the Northeast U.S., bars and twists are usually referred
 food costs. Others say that he gave the doughnut its first                                                                    to as “crullers.” Doughnut holes are small spheres that are
 hole when, in the middle of a terrible storm and in order to   Doughnut Destiny                                               made from the dough taken from the center of ring donuts
 get both hands on the ships wheel, he crammed one of his            In every country that makes bread, there arises the       or made to look as if they are. These holes are also known
 mothers fried sensations onto one of the wooded spokes of      question of what to do with the leftover scraps of dough.      by brand names, such as Dunkin Donuts’ Munchkins and
 the wheel.                                                     In England, they dropped the bits into soup or water, and      Tim Hortons’ Timbits (in Canada). There are also New
      Hansen presented “his” creation to the people who         made dumplings. In Holland and Germany, cooks dropped          Orleans’ legendary beignets, which are square donuts
 apparently sang and danced for days in praise of the best      the extra into boiling oil, and made fry-cakes, or olie-       topped with powdered sugar.
 fried cake they had ever tasted. Is the doughnut heavenly      koecken. The Dutch fancied up their leftovers a bit more             Frosted, glazed, powdered, Boston cream, coconut,
 food? 17th century America thought so, but unfortunately       by shaping them into decorative knots (dough knots), and       sour cream, cinnamon, chocolate, and jelly are some of the
 Hansen was eventually burnt at the stake for being a witch     rolling in sugar afterward.                                    varieties eaten in the United States. There are also potato
 in the mid-19th century. Today, the town of Clam Cove,              The Puritans found these little cakes a pleasure during   doughnuts (sometimes referred to as spudnuts).
 Maine has a plaque in honor of Captain Hanson Gregory,         their stay in Holland, and took the method with them to              In regions of the country where apples are widely
 the man who invented the hole in the donut.                    the New World. They found a similar dish in the Native         grown, especially the Northeast and Midwest states,
                                                                American fried bread, a situation that would cause a bit of    cider doughnuts are a harvest season specialty, especially
 Fast Forward to WWI                                            confusion later on when culinary historians tried to track     at orchards open to tourists, where they can be served
     In the Middle of World War I, millions of homesick         down the origins of the confection.                            fresh. Cider donuts are a cake donut with apple cider in
 American “doughboys” were served up countless doughnuts             Doughnuts have long been associated with holiday          the batter. The use of cider affects both the texture and
 by women volunteers, trying to give the soldiers a taste of    festivities. The Dutch and German made them as a               flavor, resulting in a denser, moister product. They are
 home.                                                          Christmas specialty. Later, Europeans would make them          often coated with either granulated or powdered sugar or
     The first doughnut machine was invented in 1920, in        an important part of the pre-Lent festivities. Mardi Gras      cinnamon sugar.
 New York City, by a man named Adolph Levitt, a refugee         wouldn’t be the same without beignets (the French version
 from czarist Russia. Levitt’s doughnut machine was a huge      of the doughnut) or the fastnachtkuches of the Germanic
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                                   Cook County Farm Bureau
                                           to host                            Food Prices Talking Points
                                    A Seminar for Property
                                           Owners                                 Background: There is ongoing           and labor costs.                      century, which devastated
                                                                             speculation that consumer food        •     Other contributing factors to         grain crops there.
            Join                                                             prices will increase in the coming          rising food prices can include
                                                                             months. IFB has prepared these              rising non-energy costs, such     Talking points – the farmer’s
                                                                             talking points to address the food          as interest rates, legal fees,    share:
                                                                             prices issue.                               employee wages, etc., as well     • Most food items purchased
                                                                                  Talking points – food prices           as increased demand for food          in grocery stores are highly
            The evening’s events will include a discussion about property    in general:                                 without a matching increase           processed, packaged and
            tax assessment, the Board of Review and tax appeal, and
                                                                             • Food prices rose at an average            in the supply of food grown           advertised.       (Exceptions
            general homeowner concerns. Participants will have numer-
            ous opportunities throughout the evening to ask questions             annual rate of less than 0.6%          and raised.                           are milk, meat and fresh
            and to discuss theory as well as practical applications.              in the first 9 months of 2010    •     From a historical perspective,        produce.) For those processed
                                                                                  (Source: Bureau of Labor               prices of raw foodstuffs              items, final pricing is based
            Cook County Farm Bureau is in the process of confirming               Statistics)                            increased 25.2% in 2007,              largely on costs incurred after
            additional speakers from Cook County to present at this
                                                                             • As of December 2010, there                but finished consumer food            the raw products leave the
            seminar.
                                                                                  was a 1.3% increase in food            products increased in price           farm.
                                                                                  prices compared to December            only 7.4%. (Source: Economic      • Farmers typically receive less
                       Monday, March 21st, 2011                                   2009. This is low compared to          Cycle Research Institute); in         than 10% of the price of most
                          7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.                                     the typical annual food price          other words, price increases          food items (Source: USDA –
                       Cook County Farm Bureau                                    increase of 2%-3%. (Source:            are not always passed along to        Economic Research Service)
                      6438 Joliet Road, Countryside                               U.S. Commerce Department)              the consumer.                     • There is only 6 cents worth
                                                                             • When food prices go up              •     Globally, food prices are being       of corn in a box of corn
                                                                                  across the board, it is almost         impacted by growing demand            flakes (Source: National Corn
                                   This program is free                           invariably due to general              for food in China and by              Growers Association)
                   Please call to reserve your seat at 708-354-3276.              business costs including               weather events like the worst
                                                                                  transportation rates, energy,          drought in Russia in a half-



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         A glimpse at today’s agriculture headlines, commodity
        news,and the ever growing uses of farm grown products

CENSUS TRENDS – “There’s 102 counties in Illinois – 101 of them
registered growth in the Latino population,” says Matthew Hall, a
demographer at the University of Illinois –Chicago.

YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE – Requiring fast-food restaurants in New                       Cary Tate           Michael Cerf           Piero Setta         Jim Andresen Thomas Geraghty
York City to post calorie counts on menus did little to cut the number of         708-226-1111          708-425-2965          708-226-0431         708-633-6490            708-425-9700
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that children and adolescents noticed the calories posted on the menu
but the calorie counts made little difference in what they chose to order.
The researchers said taste was the most important factor the children and
teens gave for their menu selections.

STUDY EXPLORES HOW MUCH DINERS WILL PAY FOR
‘LOCAL’ – A recent real-world study of restaurant buying behavior
points to the willingness of diners to pay more for local foods, up to a           Dan Glavin         Candace Jablonski Karli Mayher             George Parthmore Dean Reszel
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project, found that increasing the price of restaurant entrees made with
local foods up to 18 percent resulted in more people buying those items
compared to the same dishes prepared with non-local foods.

EGGS NOW LOWER IN CHOLESTEROL – According to a new
nutrition data from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, eggs are lower
in cholesterol than previously thought. USDA-ARS recently reviewed
the nutrient composition of standard large eggs and results show the              Mike Skrabis         Louis Babalis         Jerry Boroian        Tony Palumbo             Mark Wright
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now contain international units of Vitamin D, an increase of 64 percent.

FB SUPPORTS OF FEEDING AMERICA BREAKS RECORDS
– Farm Bureau families donated more than 18 million pounds of food
to hungry Americans in 2010 as a part of the Harvest For All Program
through Feeding America. An additional $273,000 were donated by
Farmers. In total, these gifts provided an equivalent of more than 16
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NASCAR EMBRACES NEW, GREENER FUEL - The 2011                                       Orland Park, IL      Tinley Park, IL       Tinley Park, IL      Hickory Hills, IL      Palos Heights, IL
NASCAR season launches with a new, greener fuel, Sunoco Green E15,
a new 15 percent ethanol blend fuel made with U.S. grown corn. The
National Corn Growers Association, an official NASCAR partner, is
spreading the message to fans about the role American farmers play in
the development of ethanol.

CELL PHONE USE TARGETED – As part of its campaign to put                         Mike Spadoni            Nick Burke          Mike Thauer         Erica Storrs-Gray          Bob Smith
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from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor
vehicle (CMV).

The proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
rule would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or
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                                                     Agricultural Literacy                                                                                                                                     AITC



                                                                          & Public Relations

   Haley’s Comment                                                                                            TEACHERS…
                           by Haley Loy Siergiej
                      Cook County Farm Bureau goes high tech!            Win a Trip to AITC National Conference
                    Well, maybe I should say…we’re trying.
                    More and more technological advances have
                    been made during the last 10 years, and
                    those changes seem to be at a high speed
                    pace (think giant snowball down a black
                    diamond). It’s hard to even keep up, but
   we try.
         We live in a society where information is at our
   fingertips….literally…especially for those of us that work in
   an office setting behind a computer. I don’t remember the
   last time I’ve pulled out a dictionary. Either Word corrects             The 2011 National Agriculture            are encouraged to submit a video                 aitc@cookcfb.org, faxed to ATTN:
   my misspelling or I have the handy synonyms option by right         in the Classroom Conference                   up to five-minutes long, using the               Haley at 708-579-6056 or mailed to
   clicking. If I’m so off on my spelling, I normally just google      will feature engaging, interactive            theme “What Does Agriculture in                  6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL
   the word. While it’s great, I also think I’ve let my brain get      workshops that show educators how             My Classroom Mean?” Videos can                   60525.
   lazy. If I need to know how to do something, I google or            to incorporate real-life agricultural         be of any style, and we encourage                     Grant applications and video
   better yet I look up a youtube video on how to do it. It’s great    applications into their language              them to be as fun, quirky, creative              submissions will be reviewed by the
   to have step by step instructions with a visual to help.            arts, math, nutrition, science and            and a positive way to promote                    Cook County Farm Bureau AITC/
         Here at the Cook County Farm Bureau, we are constantly        social studies lessons. Tours of a            agriculture’s importance in the                  PR Committee. One winner will
   trying to think of new ways to engage our members and to            tropical fruit packing house, tropical        classroom.                                       be chosen by April 13, 2011. The
   promote agriculture. After all, the internet gives us all the       plant nurseries, and other stops will              Cook County Teachers must                   winner’s conference registration fee,
   opportunity to be a reporter. So how have we been doing             show everyone unique agricultural             submit grant applications and                    airfare, 3-day hotel stay*, and small
   this? In small strides and even some trial and error.               operations in South Florida.                  videos by April 8th at 5:00 p.m.                 meal allotment will be paid by the
                                                                       Professional development points               Grant applications and a complete                Cook County Farm Bureau. The
   E-Co-Operator: We started offering our Co-Operator                  and college credit are available for          list of video contest rules can be               winner must be in contact with
   (that’s the paper you’re reading people) online and in an email     attendees.                                    found at http://www.cookcfb.org/                 the Cook County Farm Bureau by
   version. Yep, that’s right you can get it quicker to your inbox          Here’s How: Cook County                  grants.html. The videos should be                noon on April 15th to go over final
   and save trees. Just be sure to double click and READ it. I         Farm Bureau is sponsoring a teacher           uploaded to YouTube and then an                  registration information.
   hear page six is pretty good.                                       to attend the 2011 National AITC              email with the link, your name,
                                                                                                                                                                      *The Cook County Farm Bureau is not
                                                                       Conference by having its first ever           school, and contact information                  responsible for incidentals.
   Facebook: We now have several facebook pages for our                video contest for Cook County                 should be sent to aitc@cookcfb.org.
   programs at the CCFB. Four pages exist, and I highly                teachers. Teachers across the county          Grant applications can be emailed to
   recommend becoming a fan or “liking” each of these pages
   for the most recent updates, videos and photographs of what’s         For more information on the conference and agenda go to www.agclassroom.org
   happening. For example, on the Cook County Ag in the
   Classroom page you can see the most recent photographs of
   our School Food Drive Challenge for Food Checkout Week,
   new workshop and event postings as well as teacher grant
   opportunities. To find our pages on facebook search:                       Summer Ag Institute 1:                                             Agriculture in Action
   •    Cook County Ag in the Classroom
   •    Cook County Farm Bureau Public Policy Team
   •    Cook County Farm Bureau membership/benefits                                                                                            Cook County Farm Bureau Ag-in-the-
   •    Chicagoland Farmed and Fed                                                                                                             Classroom program offers a week- long
                                                                                                                                               comprehensive training seminar for teachers in
   CookCFB TV: This is our newest venture. Every week                                                                                          Cook County. SAI provides the tools and
                                                                                                                                               knowledge necessary to understand the
   we will be posting a “tv segment” to our Cook County
                                                                                                                                               complex and fascinating industry of agriculture.
   Farm Bureau website homepage. Recent segments include
                                                                                                                                               Teachers earn 35 CPDUs or 3 grad credits.
   agricultural careers, Cook CFB Public Policy update, Food
   Checkout Week Food Drive School competition, and new                                                                                        Seventeen teachers participated in July 2010.
   membership benefits.                                                                                                                        Teachers were provided field trips around
                                                                                                                                               metropolitan Chicago on three days of tours to
   SMARTboard: We now have a SMARTboard lesson that                                                                                            agribusinesses where they learned about the
   correlates with our 4th Grade In-School Field Trip program.                                                                                 production, distribution, transportation and
   This gives our presenters more opportunities to have hands-                                                                                 consumption of agricultural products. They
   on interaction with the students. We are also creating                                                                                      also attended two days of workshops and
   SMART lessons that correlate with our curriculum kits.                                                                                      interactive presentations that specifically
                                                                                                                                               addressed ways to involve students creatively
   Website: For updates and information please check out                                                                                       and educationally in the world of agriculture.
   our farm bureau website at www.cookcfb.org. This page is
   consistently evolving with new information!                                                                                                   C ontact the Cook County Farm Bureau
   Twitter: Bona, our Director of Public Policy, posts updates         “The most fun-filled week of what goes on                                                        to sign up!
   and information on Twitter. As of now, this is our only             behind the scenes in Illinois agriculture!”                                                   708.354.3276
   Twitter page. If you want to follow, search for Cook County
   Farm Bureau PPT.

   Youtube Videos: The Cook County Farm Bureau has several                                                       J uly 18-July 22, 2011
   videos posted on Youtube. We have everything from a few
   “how-to’s” to the birth of a live cow.

        So, as you can see we’re attempting to stay up to date
   and current with technology. Now the question is…how
   “techy” are you? Start by exploring our website, twitter, and
   videos and then give the interactive games on this page a try.
   If you’re a teacher, be sure to check out our video contest and
   have a chance to go to the Ag in the Classroom National
   Conference!



               FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
                Haley Loy, Director Ag Literacy/Public Relations
                    6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, Il 60525
       aitc@cookcfb.org       phone: 708.354.3276       fax:708.579.6056
    Cook County Ag in the Classroom is now on Facebook. By becoming a fan             On Friday, February 11th, three students   met with Sarah Song and her students        a short video on Ag Careers. This video
    of our CCFB AITC Facebook page you will be updated on upcoming events,            from the Chicago High School for Ag        for lunch to discuss Ag programs and        can be found on the Cook County Farm
    workshops, agricultural topics and more. Videos and event photographs will        Sciences job shadowed Haley Siergiej for   careers, and ended the day at the Cook      Bureau website and on the Cook County
    also be posted. Look us up by searching for Cook County Ag in the Classroom!      a day. They visited a Central School in    County Farm Bureau office to work on a       Ag in the Classroom Facebook page.
                                                                                      Lemont to observe a school presentation,   few projects. Two of the students created
Co-Operator March 2011                                                   7                                                                     Cook County Farm Bureau




                                                                    F         or farmers with
                                                                              high energy
                                                                              costs and windy
                                                                    land, generating their
                                                                    own electricity with a
                                                                    small wind turbine is
                                                                    good business. Small
                                                                    wind turbines save on
                   A ROCK-SOLID CAREER PATH                         energy bills and protect
                                                                    the environment by gen-
                                                                    erating clean energy.                AN ILL (INOIS) WIND BLOWETH?
                                                                    Maybe your farm uses a               Illinois ranks 16th among the contiguous
                                                                    lot of electricity in                             states in wind energy develop-
                                                                    the fall for drying                               ment potential. There are several
                                                                    corn: Let’s say                                   areas of the state with optimal
                                                                    50,000 to 60,000                                  wind resources, specifically a to-
                                                                    kilowatt hours                                    tal of 6,790 km2 with 6,980MW
                                                                    every year. You                                   of potential wind energy. This,
                                                                    could install a tur-
                                                                                                                      coupled with a number of strong
                                                                    bine that would
                                                                    generate about this                               incentives and programs available
                                                                    much power and                       in Illinois, makes the state an attractive
                                                                    through a local utility’s            place for wind development. Many factors
                                                                    “net metering” program,              have helped Illinois establish several solid
                                                                    and be paid the equiva-              incentive programs for renewable energy,
                                                                    lent of $0.09 for every              including state policies, utility initiatives
                                                                    kilowatt-hour produced               and consumer demand.
                                                                    on an annual basis.




                    small wind energy system                                 SWOOSH: BLOWIN’ HIGH DOUGH!
                   can provide a
                   practical and                 Near the village of Paw Paw in Lee County, Ill. sits the Mendota Hills Wind Farm, consisting of 63 Gamesa
                                                 G52-800 kW wind turbines, each costing around $1 million. Each stands 214 ft. tall with three 85 ft. (35.91 m)
          economical source of                   long blades. The wind farm was constructed from June 2003 to November 2003, and represents the first utility-
          electricity if your:                   scale wind farm in the state of Illinois. Energy produced at Mendota Hills is sold to the local utility company.
          * Property has a good                   Each tower has a 0.82 megawatt capacity giving a total capacity at Mendota Hills of 51.66 megawatts. The site
          wind resource;                          produces enough power (approximately 110 million kilowatt hours annually) to power about 13,000 homes.
                                                  Landowners and farmers are compensated by the developer on a contractual basis. Most landowners are paid
          * Home or business is
                                                   $1,200 to $1,500 per megawatt of electricity produced on each tower.
          located on at least one
          acre of land in a rural
          area;                                                                                                       t the end of 2009, the installed capacity
          * Local zoning codes or                       Wind Farm Word Search                                         of wind power in the U.S. was just over
          covenants allow wind                                                                                        35,000 megawatts, making it the world
          turbines;                              R V D W C R L               C M I     H L Y P Q              leader ahead of Germany.
          * Average electricity bills are                                                                     Wind power accounts for
          $150 per month or more.                D E U Y        E O L X O O            Y G F Z O
                                                                                                              about 2% of the electricity
                                                 W W N W O I           R W B S         R H U B K              generated in the country.
                                                                                                              New installations place
                                                 E H O E        M Y A N M E            A Y A O W
                                                                                                              the U.S. on a trajectory to
                                                 N P T B        W J    X T N M J           M B P D            generate 20% of the nation’s electricity by 2030
                                                                                                              from wind energy. Texas has the most installed
                                                 I   X I   Z    I   A A E M E          A I    L M Y
                                                                                                              wind power capacity of any U.S. state, followed
                                                 Y N W I        N D B B F          T   F T U G U              by Iowa. The least wind-producing states: Flor-
Congratulations to last month’s winner of four
                                                                                                              ida, Mississippi and Hawaii.
movie tickets, Eileen Kutasi of Chicago. Could   G G T X        H Q C L S E            P F T E N
you be the next winner? Return a completed
                                                 S W V F        J   M B K E R          L A Q V Y                   WIND FARM WORD SEARCH
Word Search puzzle and your name will be
entered into the drawing. Entry deadline is      T T A W A G E M O I                   Y R C C D
Thursday March 17. Mail to: Cook Co. Farm                                                                     BLADES              FIBERGLASS         RENEWABLE
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GREENOVATIONS:
Not Your Grandmother’s
      Hydrangeas
           By Greg Stack, Horticulturist for the Cook
             County Unit of the U of I Extension
      Every gardener seems to have          midsummer and then a very deep
memories of a hydrangea somewhere           red in autumn.                                        Illinois Farm Bureau is         Illinois Farm Bureau with 100          anyone is interested, please call the
in the garden, said a University                  “Bombshell” is a hydrangea                 helping sponsor this year’s          complimentary one-day passes to        Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276.
of Illinois Extension horticulture          with a dwarf habit growing to only               Illinois Horse Fair. As part of      this year’s Horse Fair. The event          Order advance tickets: online
educator.                                   two to three feet tall. There is a               that sponsorship, The Horseman’s     will be held at the Illinois State     at www.horsemenscouncil.org/
      “These old fashioned plants           large abundance of white flowers                 Council of Illinois has provided     Fairgrounds on March 4-6. If           horsefair or call 217-529-6503.
have been a part of gardens dating          produced from early summer
back to the early 1800’s when Pee           through fall. This is a nice compact
Gee hydrangea was a garden staple,”         plant for the small space garden.
said Greg Stack. “With white                      “Quick Fire” blooms early with
flowers and a tall, floppy habit and        dense pyramid shaped flower heads
not always looking their best, they         going from creamy white to vivid
seemed to be the shrub of choice            dark pink as the summer progresses.
to fill up a corner or add to the           ‘Quick Fire’ grows six to eight feet
foundation planting.                        tall with rosy red stems.
      “But what has happened to the               “Limelight” is a plant that
garden hydrangea may surprise you.          offers something a bit different.
Plant breeders have been at work to         While growing six to eight feet tall
improve the quality of the plant with       it produces lime green flowers that                      The Commodities/Marketing Team is now on facebook: Search for Chicagoland Farmed
flowers that are literally huge and in      mature to white and the eventually                            and Fed. This page brings info, facts, and food details to foodies, farmers and fans!
colors no one could have imagined           take on a burgundy hue in the fall.
back in the 1800’s.”                              Hydrangea arborescens types
      These shrubs are a sought after       are also good garden hydrangeas.
addition to the summer garden                     “They do best when grown in                                                                                                      55 W Monroe
providing a large splash of color           a rich soil that is well drained yet
when few other shrubs are in flower.        retains some moisture,” said Stack.                                                                                                    Ste 3150
They also can add much needed               “They prefer part shade but will                                                                                                       Chicago, IL 60603
interest to the winter landscape with       grow in full sun if given ample
their large, papery brown flower            moisture. Here are some to consider
                                                                                                                                                                                   312-368-3004
heads.                                      for your garden.”
      “And when harvested at the                  “Invincibelle Spirit” is the
proper time and dried, they can add         first pink flowering “Annabelle”
quite a bit of interest and excitement      hydrangea. This plant produces
to indoor arrangements,” he added.          loads of hot pink flowers from
      With hydrangeas as other              summer to fall and the color is not
plants, one size does not fit all.          affected by the pH of the soil. It
When shopping for hydrangeas it’s           grows to about four to five feet.
good to look closely at the botanical             ‘Incrediball’ is and improved                                                            Marc Rogala            Don Akhibi           Jimo Kasali
name of the plant on the tag. This          version of an old reliable,                                                                    312-368-1008           773-487-0918         773-239-7800
can offer help in determining the           “Annabelle.” As its name implies                                                              Agency Manager           738 E 87th St    10414 S Western Ave
                                                                                                                                       55 W Monroe, Ste 3150        Chicago, IL         Chicago, IL
plant’s ability to provide flowers          the flowers are very large, up to 12                                                            Chicago, IL
even after severe cold or improper          inches in diameter. In addition
pruning.                                    the stems are much sturdier than
      Hydrangea arborescens types           ‘Annabelle” and are able to hold the
set flower buds on new stems as do          large flower heads up and keep them
Hydrangea paniculata. What this             from flopping. “Incrediball” grows
means is, these can be cut back             to four to five feet.
severely in the spring to maintain size           “Grandiflora” has flowers
and they will still provide flowers.        similar to “Annabelle” only smaller.                   Ehab Nour
Also, if there is an exceptionally          Green buds open to white and they
                                                                                                                     Debbie Brooks Mark Joslyn                  Randy Carson Theo Leonard
                                                                                                 773-284-9000         773-487-0918         312-368-1008           312-368-1008         773-239-7800
hard winter and the stems are killed        back to green. This hydrangea                         6239 S Archer        738 E 87th St         55 W Monroe           55 W Monroe      10414 S Western Ave
back to the ground, the new stems           grows to four to five feet tall and is                 Chicago, IL          Chicago, IL           Ste 3150              Ste 3150            Chicago, IL
produced will be able to set flower         excellent for the shady shrub border.                                                             Chicago, IL           Chicago, IL
buds.                                             “In the Hydrangea macrophylla
      Hydrangea macraophylla types,         class, some dependable shrubs to
often called lace cap hydrangea have        look for that bloom on both old and
flower heads composed of tiny disk          new stems include some of these
shaped fertile flowers in the center        introductions,” he said.
surrounded by much larger sterile                 “Blushing Bride” grows to
male flowers in the outer ring. This        two to three feet tall and produces
creates quite a different look out in       six-inch blooms that start out pure                    Gwen Shaw            Bill Malak         Artis Simpson Robert Sweiss Leo Maldonado
the garden.                                 white and then mature to a soft pink.                 773-487-0918         773-284-9000         773-487-0918         773-284-5603          773-254-5810
      “These hydrangeas were often          This plant needs a moist soil to do                    738 E 87th St      6239 S Archer Ave      738 E 87th St        6239 S Archer       3458 S Halsted St
difficult to get to re-bloom in cold        best and will grow in part to full                      Chicago, IL          Chicago, IL          Chicago, IL          Chicago, IL           Chicago, IL
climates because they produced              shade.
flower buds on last year’s stems or               “Twist and Shout” grows to
the old stems,” he said. “If they           three feet and produces flowers with
experienced severe winter injury and        lacy deep pink centers surrounded
were killed to the ground, the new          by either pink flowers in alkaline soil
stems produced during the season            or blue flowers I acidic soils. Stems
were unable to produce flowers.             are red with glossy green foliage that
That has since changed with new             changes to red in the fall.                             Martha            Tawfiq Farraj          Kristyn Dunn             Gregory           Kimlianne
introductions of macrophylla types                “Wedding Gown” is a compact                      Dominguez           312-368-1008         773-363-6416             Teague            Washington
that bloom on both old and new              plant growing to two to three feet.                   773-254-5810          55 W Monroe           5309 S Hyde         773-363-6416         773-363-6416
stems. This now gives gardeners a           This lace cap type is early to bloom                 3458 S Halsted St       Ste 3150               Park Blvd           5309 S Hyde          5309 S Hyde
                                                                                                    Chicago, IL          Chicago, IL           Chicago, IL            Park Blvd            Park Blvd
chance of bloom even if stems get           and offers pure white double blooms
                                                                                                                                                                     Chicago, IL          Chicago, IL
killed to the ground.”                      set against dark green foliage.
      One of the most adaptable and               “So, have I peaked your
urban tolerant hydrangeas are the           interest in hydrangeas,” Stack said.
Hydrangea paniculata types. These           “These are only a few of the newer
plants prefer a well prepared, moist        introductions that have helped take
soil in either full sun or partial shade.   the common white hydrangea to a
      Within the paniculata types           different level. Look for these and
some that would make good garden            others in the garden center and                     Jose Martinez          Miguel Flores
additions include:                          when you are looking for a good                      773-284-9000           773-284-5836
      “Fire and Ice” is a large             flowering shrub to fill that ‘hole’ in                6239 S Archer        6239 S Archer Ave
                                                                                                   Chicago, IL            Chicago, IL
shrub growing 6 to 10 feet tall             the landscape, consider hydrangeas.”
with attractive green/red foliage.                                                                  A U T O | H O M E | C O M M E R C I A L | L I F E | H E A LT H | D I S A B I L I T Y I N C O M E
Flowers start out creamy white in           Greg Stack (708) 720-7520
                                            gstack@illinois.edu<mailto:gstack@illinois.edu      0710-532HO
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early summer, turn dark pink in
Co-Operator March 2011                                                                                 9                                                                         Cook County Farm Bureau




         PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
             Newly Elected Legislators Join 97th General Assembly
     January 12th marked
an important date for the
following individuals; they
joined an elite group of
individuals as members of
                                     Rep. Daniel Biss        Rep. William Cunningham          Rep. Thaddeus Jones          Rep. Michelle Mussman            Rep. Ann Williams       Senator Ronald Sandack
the 97th General Assembly.
                                     (D) 17th District            (D) 35th District             (D) 29th District             (D) 56th District              (D) 11th District          (R) 21st District
These individuals will                (847) 568-1250               (773) 445-8128                (708) 933-6018                (847) 923-9104                 (773) 880-9082            (630) 792-0040
be asked to demonstrate
the leadership needed to
guide our state through
a fiscally difficult time.
Cook County’s newest
elected General Assembly
                                     Rep. Kelly Burke            Rep. David Harris           Rep. Thomas Morrison         Representative Chris Nybo     Senator Steven Landek
members include:                     (D) 36th District            (R) 66th District             (R) 54th District              (R) 41st District           (D) 11th District
                                      (708) 425-0571               (224) 635-2010                (224) 210-6959                (630) 519-3652               (708) 430-2510

        ?     ?      ?     ?     ?      ?      ?         ?   ?     ?
  Policy Question of the Month
    What is Cook County Farm Bureau’s position on the repeal
      of the remaining portion of the 2008 Cook County sales                                                  Coming to Your Mailboxes Soon:
          tax increase, better known as the Stroger tax hike?
 Email the answer to bona@cookcfb.org or ccfb@cookcfb.org or call
 708-354-3276 and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.
        ?     ?      ?     ?     ?      ?      ?         ?   ?     ?
                                                                                         Viewpoint Surveys
                                                                                                                               in a New Format
Preckwinkle Delivers                                                                       Just as a reminder, voting
                                                                                      members will soon be receiving
                                                                                                                               Not only does this survey enable
                                                                                                                               us to get a “pulse” on voting
                                                                                                                                                                        City Council, national farm policy
                                                                                                                                                                        reform, the creation of a forest
                                                                                      the 2011 Viewpoint Survey. This          members’ positions on local,             preserve foundation, oversight
  FY 2011 Budget
     In her first-ever budget address, Cook County President Toni
                                                                                      year the voting members will be
                                                                                      receiving the Viewpoint Survey
                                                                                                                               state and federal issues but it
                                                                                                                               provides the basis for future
                                                                                                                                                                        of the U.S. Environmental
                                                                                                                                                                        Protection Agency, and state
Preckwinkle outlined a 16 percent across the board spending cut                       as part of the April edition of the      policy discussions, meetings and         finance reform.
intended to address an approximately $487 million deficit. The county’s               Cooperator.                              submittals.                                   Voting     members       are
budget is $3.1 billion.                                                                    This is an important tool in             Survey topics include:              encouraged to return their
     Many departments, including the President’s Office, will be laying               Cook CFB’s grassroots arsenal.           reducing the size of the Chicago         surveys as soon as possible.
off employees to balance the budget. Within the President’s Office,
Preckwinkle announced that 418 employees will be laid off and
Preckwinkle, herself, will take a ten percent pay cut. Additional cuts,
restructuring of county debt and further layoffs are expected to help close
                                                                                      Public Policy Team Internship
the budget deficit and prepare for the rollback of half of her predecessor’s
notorious sales tax increase. Cook County Farm Bureau supports the full
rollback of the 2008 sales tax increase.
                                                                                         Opportunity Available
     Despite the budget deficit, Preckwinkle plans to improve public                   College-aged students pursuing a degree in a field
service delivery through deliberate planning and an emphasis on                   of study related to public policy, local government,                  The individual selected for this program will
accountability and results; improve managerial and legislative decision-          political science, communications or legislative affairs         earn an hourly wage for a pre-determined time
making by the gathering of meaningful and objective performance                   are encouraged to apply for the Public Policy Team               period based on goals and needs of the organization.
information; and improving the public’s trust in the county. Cook                 Internship Program.                                              The tuition credit, based on college guidelines, will
County Farm Bureau is supporting Preckwinkle’s FY 2011 budget                                                                                      be approved by the college/university in which the
proposal.                                                                                The intern’s specific responsibilities may include:       student is attending. The student will be responsible
                                                                                  •      Assisting in compiling, editing and designing             for the tuition credit expenses charged by the college/
        FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:                                                    materials for elected officials.                          university.
             Bona Heinsohn, Director of Public Policy                             •      Assisting in writing and editing news releases                 Persons interested in applying for this internship
              6438 Joliet Rd., Countryside, Il 60525                                     regarding Cook CFB legislative activity.                  should call Cook CFB at 708-354-3276 for an
  bona@cookcfb.org    phone: 708.354.3276        fax: 708.579.6056                •      Assisting in writing and editing materials for the        application. Questions regarding the program or
                                                                                         Cook CFB Public Policy Team Facebook page.                application can be directed to Bona Heinsohn at
            Cook County Farm Bureau’s Public Policy Team is                       •      Assisting in compiling, editing and designing             bona@cookcfb.org.
     now on Facebook. We encourage every one to become a fan                             the Public Policy page for The Co-Operator.                    A video summary of Jesse Nosbaum’s, 2010
      of the Public Policy’s efforts to inform members and non-                   •      Assisting in compiling, editing and designing             intern, experience is available on the Public Policy
       members about agricultural issues, and updates on Cook                            the Legislative Publication, a bi-monthly                 Team’s facebook page. Also on the Illinois Farm
     County government. To become a fan, go to Facebook and                              publication of Cook CFB designed specifically             Bureau Website: http://www.ilfb.org/careers/
      search for Cook County Farm Bureau Public Policy Team.                             for Cook County elected officials.                        countyopps.html




                              Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure
                         Governor Quinn,            Assembly has to make.                                  a business roundtable to hear business             swear that you and the lame duck 96th
                             Two years ago,               In your fiscal year 2012 budget address,         leaders’ thoughts. Apparently the state            General Assembly just raised my income
                         I sat at this very         you propose restructuring the state’s nearly           failed to pay the Executive Mansion’s              tax. And now you want to review the
                         same      computer,        nine million dollars worth of overdue                  phone bill so you’ll meet in person instead.       Illinois tax code? Awesome. Shouldn’t
                         in this very same          bills. You argue that by borrowing to pay              Opps. Your plans include discussing the            you have done that before raising the
                         office and listened        overdue bills, the state would free up cash            attributes of a good and stable business           personal and corporate income tax rate?
                         to your first budget       to reduce procurement costs. Vendors are               environment.                                       I hope you’ll excuse me for being just a
     By Bona Heinsohn
                         address. Months            already bidding contacts with Illinois six                  If the billboards and radio                   tad resistant, especially when you offer no
 prior I silently cheered as former your            to ten percent higher than in neighboring              announcements are to be believed maybe             details or information as to what changes
 predecessor and two-time running mate,             states because they expect a six to eight              you should ask New Jersey Gov. Chris               you feels needs to be made. I’m a detail
 Rod Blagojevich, was ousted from office.           month delay in payment. As a result we                 Christie or Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.            kind of gal.
 I vowed not to assume that you, like him           pay nearly a billion dollars extra per year for        Gov. Christie is trying everything in his               As Illinois continues to hurl its way
 would pad your pockets as the state fell           basic services. You admit that borrowing               playbook to lure Illinois businesses to            into fiscal insolvency, you, Governor are
 further into debt, job loss and corruption.        for today’s bills won’t solve the state’s fiscal       New Jersey and the Indiana Economic                in a position to make history. History for
 In fact, I promised to give you a chance.          problem but it will provide an immediate               Development Corporation has billboards             making the tough decisions. For zeroing
 And I have.                                        influx of cash. Critics of your plan have              along Illinois tollways inviting businesses        out spending, eliminating programs, for
      I don’t envy the job before you. I don’t      already lashed out calling any additional or           just to step over the state line.                  further reforming employee pensions. Or
 envy the difficult decisions that you have         new borrowing “dead on arrival”.                            Continuing to be vague, you stated            history for sitting idle as we pass the buck
 to make. I don’t envy the difficult and                  Further missing the concept of budget            that Illinois needs a tax system that is fair,     to future generations. The choice is yours.
 long overdue decisions that the General            address, you announced that you’re hosting             reasonable and based on ability to pay. I
Co-Operator March 2011                                                                       10                                                                     Cook County Farm Bureau




               MEMBER RELATIONS
  CCFB Hosts 2-Day Boating Safety Course                                                                                     Cook County Financial
                         FREE for CCFB members (This class is for members only)
            When: Saturday, March 26, 2011 9am-3pm and Sunday, March 27, 2011 10am-4pm
                                       *break for lunch on both days
                                                                                                                      Representatives
What is it?
                    Where: Cook County Farm Bureau building in large conference room
                                                                                                                       of the Month
The Illinois Boating Education Course consists of a minimum eight hours of instruction. This                      The Financial Representative of the Month program is designed by Country
2-day course covers the basics of boating safety, equipment and requirements, navigation, motorboat,              Financial Agency Managers of Cook County to recognize overall Insurance
                                                                                                                  Leaders in Life, Disability, Auto, Home, and Health production during the
registration and titling, emergency measures and the Illinois boating laws. Persons completing the
                                                                                                                  month. The agent earns the award through efforts to provide quality service to
minimum eight hours of instruction and successfully completing the final examination will receive a State         existing and new clients. Listed below are the various agents honored by their
of Illinois Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch.                                                       agency manager with the Financial Representative of the Month designation.

Why take a boating safety education course?                                                                                  Brad Kanafani
Throughout the year, many people operate motor-driven watercraft on the Illinois waters and many operate                     Chicago North Agency, Vicki Nygren, Agency Manager
                                                                                                                             Alex McElroy has been named Chicago North Financial
for the first time. So, we encourage people of all ages - both beginner and experienced - to take the course.                Representative of the month for December 2010. His office is
Each of us has the responsibility to keep this lifetime leisure activity free from tragedy and personal loss to              located at 2303 N. Bosworth Ave. Chicago, IL 60614. His phone
ourselves and our fellow boaters. The Illinois Boating Education Course is offered with these objectives in                  number is 773-472-1820. Alex has been a Financial Representative
mind.                                                                                                                        since January 2008.
          Call the Cook County Farm Bureau at 708.354.3276 to make a reservation. Spots are limited!
                                                                                                                             Kirk Gregory
                                                                                                                             Chicago South Agency, Marc Rogala, Agency Manager
                                                                                                                             Kirk Gregory has been named Chicago South Financial
         Illinois Farm Bureau®                                                                                               Representative of the month for January 2011. His office is located
                                                                                                                             at 10414 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643. His phone number
                                                                                                                             is 773-239-7800. Kirk has been a Financial Representative since

          Adds Rebate Benefit                                                                                                November 2008.

                                                                                                                             Nick Zegar
                                                                                                                             Countryside/East Dupage Agency, Jeff Orman, Agency Manager

        To Case IH Partnership                                                                                               Nick Zegar has been named Career Financial Representative of the
                                                                                                                             month for January 2011. His office is located at 6438 Joliet Road,
                                                                                                                             Countryside, IL 60525. His phone number is 708-352-5555. Nick
     Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB®)                                                 “We’re excited about adding
                                                                                                                             has been a Financial Representative since May 1996. His email
members now have even more                                                  the Case IH Scout to our discount                address is nick.zegar@countryfinancial.com.
opportunities to save when                                                  program,” said Illinois Farm
purchasing from Case IH.                                                    Bureau Membership Director                       Mike Storrs
     That’s because IFB and Case                                            Melissa Rhode. “We’re proud to                   Countryside/East Dupage Agency, Jeff Orman, Agency Manager
IH have expanded their rebate                                               partner with Case IH, because                    Mike Storrs has been named Employee Financial Representative
                                                                                                                             of the month for January 2011. His office is located at 9630 S.
partnership program for 2011 to         Case IH Scout                       they offer quality products that
                                                                                                                             Roberts Road, Hickory Hills, IL 60457. His phone number is 708-
include the Case IH Scout utility                                           our members can trust,” she said.                430-2524. Mike has been a Financial Representative since January
vehicle. Members will be able                                                    Members can get a rebate                    2010. His email address is michael.storrs@countryfinancial.com.
to redeem a $300 rebate on the       Case IH Scout                          form from their local county
Scout, in addition to the existing                                          Farm Bureau office, or they can                  Bill Thompson
$500 rebates on 55-105 HP            Farmall A and Compact Tractors.        download it from the IFB website                 Orland Park Agency, Cary Tate, Agency Manager
                                                                                                                             Bill Thompson has been named Career Financial Representative of
Farmall Utility Tractors and 110-        Farm Bureau and Case IH            at http://www.ilfb.org/member/                   the month for January 2011. His office is located at 7230 W. 127th
139 HP Maxxum Series Tractors,       have partnered since 2006 to offer     caseih.html                                      St. Palos Heights, IL . His phone number is 708-361-1304. Bill has
and the $300 rebate on 31-60 HP      discounts to members.                                                                   been a Financial Representative since August 2000.

                                                                                                                             Rocky Dellamano
                                                                                                                             Orland Park Agency, Cary Tate, Agency Manager
   Workshop on Preparing Wills and Trusts                                                                                    Rocky Dellamano has been named Employee Financial
                                                                                                                             Representative of the month for January 2011. His office is located
    and Transferring Non-Titled Property                                                                                     at 9731 W. 165th St. Suite 36, Orland Park, IL. His phone number
                                                                                                                             is 708-2261111. Rocky has been a Financial Representative since
    Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial, U of I               understand what probate court is? This program                      July 2009.
Extension, and Cook County Farm Bureau                   will provide the advantages and disadvantages of
                                                         preparing a will and trust. The program will inform                 Kathy Spiewak
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 7-9 p.m.            you what types of information you will need to                      Schaumburg Agency, Jack Smith, Agency Manager
                                                         gather and decisions you will need make before                      Kathy Spiewak has been named Career Financial Representative
                                                                                                                             of the month for January 2011. Her office is located at 2435 W.
Where: JC Restoration building                           meeting with a lawyer to prepare a will or trust.                   Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194. Her phone number is
       3200 Squibb Ave.                                  Also, tips will be shared on what to look for in                    847-301-6609. Kathy has been a Financial Representative since
       Rolling Meadows, IL 60008                         choosing a lawyer and where to locate a lawyer for                  February 2007.
                                                         this task.
Cost:    No charge for Cook County Farm Bureau                                                                               Mark Krantz
                                                                                                                             Schaumburg Agency, Jack Smith, Agency Manager
         Members                                         Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? Transferring
                                                                                                                             Mark Krantz has been named Employee Financial Representative
         $10 per person for non-members                  Non-Titled Property!                                                of the month for January 2011. His office is located at 2435
                                                         Presented by Katherine Reuter, Consumer & Family                    W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Il. His phone number is
To Pre-register: Call Cook County Farm Bureau            Economics Educator, University of Illinois Extension                847-891-6388. Mark has been a Financial Representative since
at 708-354-3276                                          Distributing personal items such as wedding                         September 2009.
                                                         pictures, a vase, or even Grandma’s pie plate is an
                                                                                                                             Randall Cox
Register by:      Wednesday, April 6, 2011               issue that impacts almost all families. Attorneys say
                                                                                                                             South Holland Agency, Joe Gergely, Agency Manager
                                                         that personal property, not the more valuable titled                Randall Cox has been named Employee Financial Representative of
Speakers and Program Descriptions:                       property, causes the most problems when settling                    the month for January 2011. His office is located at 4749 Lincoln
What You Need to Know About Preparing Wills              an estate. This program will provide tips to help you               Highway, Matteson, IL . His phone number is 708-679-1870.
and Trusts. Are you aware of the new estate tax          distribute your own or others non-titled property                   Randall has been a Financial Representative since June 2008.
changes???                                               such as understanding the sensitivity of the issue;
Presented by Rick Morgan, Senior Financial Security      deciding what you want to accomplish; deciding
Consultant in the Financial Security Division of         what fair means in your family; identifying the
COUNTRY Financial                                        meaning of objects; recognizing distribution options
Do you need to update your will? Do you know             and consequences; and learning how to manage
what to do in preparing a will and a trust? Do you       conflicts, if they arise.                                 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                                                                                                              Katie Smith, Director of Membership
                                                 Cook County Farm Bureau will be hosting a                                   6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, Il 60525


                                               “Shred Day”
                                                                                                                     membershipkatie@cookcfb.org          phone: 708.354.3276
                                                                                                                                         fax:708.579.6056

                                             Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10 am to 12-noon                       Cook County Farm Bureau’s Member Service Center is now on
         at the Rolling Meadows Country Financial Building, 4190 W Euclid Ave., Rolling Meadows.                  Facebook. We will keep you up-to-date on all upcoming events, new
               Bring any old documents (up to 3 bankers boxes) that you would like have shredded.                 membership benefits and programs. Look us up by searching “Cook
            FREE OF CHARGE! Please call the CCFB at 708.354.3276 to make a reservation.                           County Farm Bureau Membership/Benefits”
                         Better than a burn barrel, Much easier than using scissors
Co-Operator March 2011                                                                                                   11                                                                                           Cook County Farm Bureau


                                                   Industrial air compressor 80 gal 5 HP 3           #389514 SST Prop 15 ¾ x 23, for 70-140 –          Gramp’s Little Log Cabin, Hayward, WI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wanted
    “506,000”                                      phase all hook ups $850. Tapco 10’6”
                                                   alum brake $850, 24’x12” alum plank $350.
                                                   84”x42” Beveledge mirror $75. Call 708-
                                                                                                     74 – 92 Evinrude $80; 141/4 x 19 alum prop
                                                                                                     for mercruiser I/O like new, $65; original
                                                                                                     alcohol stove, brand new, never used
                                                                                                                                                       area. Max 4 people, two bdr. One bath,
                                                                                                                                                       sitting on 400’ shoreline; non-smokers,
                                                                                                                                                       no pets, 62+ 10% discount. Weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wanted: Your old coins, any denomination;
        is the number of                           479-8109.
                                                                                                     model #1500 $125. Call 708-636-8965               $300, weekly $600, fishing boat included,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          better than dealer prices paid. Give it a try

    Cooperators sent to house-                                                                                                                         marine rentals available. Call for details         and call me before you sell to another;coin
                                                                                                                                                       715.766.2932. email: humbird42543@                 collections welcome. Please call The Coin
      holds in the last year!
                                                   Automotive and                                              For Rent                                hughes.net; www.vrbo.com/45158                     Collector – Ken – (630)-863-3648.
                                                                                                     2 bedroom apt for rent, $850 month,
    It’s no wonder the classified                   Accessories                                      everything included but electricity. Call 708-
                                                                                                     228-2618.
                                                                                                                                                       Cottage in South West Michigan for sale.
                                                                                                                                                       Great inland lake frontage with cottage
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wanted: Sales Representatives to sell

       ad section is so popular                    97 Mercury Grand Marquee LS 125,000                                                                 (needs some work). Negotiable terms, low
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gizzi’s 100% Grade “A” Arabica gourmet
                                                                                                                                                                                                          coffee. Highly profitable and easy to do
          with our members!                        miles, silver, one owner, great condition         One bedroom apt for rent around 127th             price. Call 708-448-7378.
                                                                                                     and Central Ave in Alsip. $675 month and                                                             as everyone loves the coffee, with repeat
                                                   $2100. call 847-652-5620.
                                                                                                     deposit includes heat, water and gas. Call        One acre vacant wooded land. Access to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          sales the norm. Checkout website www.
                                                   Truck bed cover, never painted, carpet            708-997-7307.                                     Lake Wisconsin in Merrimac Wisconsin
        Classifieds                                dark gray interior $350 or best offer, call                                                         near Baraboo, Devil’s Head Resort, Devils
                                                                                                                                                       Lake State Park. Call 847-824-2240.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          gizziscoffee.net or contact Manny Miyar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          president, at manny@gizziscoffee.net.
                                                   630-212-1097.
 All items listed are for the accommodation
 of the membership and without guarantee
                                                   2004 Ford Ranger tailgate, new never
                                                                                                           Vacation                                                                                       We buy original corning ware, blue
 of the publisher.
                                                   used, fits many years $125. Call 708-597-             Rentals/Sales                                    Land For Sale                                   cornflower pattern. Call 847-843-1911.
                                                   0130.
    Miscellaneous                                                                                    Come to Florida and stay in our lovely
                                                                                                     condo for $650 a week. Close to Disney!
                                                                                                                                                       Acre lot in Mokena I87 to Marley Hills, North to
                                                                                                                                                       Castle Way West Lot 20. Price $190,000. Call       Wanted: Bee Keeping Equipment. Call
 Side by Side Burial Sites Kankakee                1994 Mercedes S320 Silver, great
                                                                                                     Call 708-704-6239 for a color brochure.           708-599-7030 or 708-822-4958.                      815-568-8743.
 Memorial Gardens Garden of Gethsemane             condition, interior is immaculate only
 Area $475 for Both Call Brian 847-602-            98,000 miles $5,000 or best offer. Seat


                                                                                                                     FREE Classified Ads
 5626. email rocknrock@ameritech.net.              warmers, alloy wheels, dual climate control,
                                                   auto trans. Great Car. Call 847-559-1790.
 ION Disc DJ turn table, brand new, only
 used once. Bought for $100, asking $50 or
 best offer. Call 708-385-7266.
                                                   2006 Chevy Impala Blue 4 door, fully                                                      for Cook County Farm Bureau members
                                                   loaded $12,500 or best offer. Call 708-
 Oliveri, stainless steel, double basin,           636-1489.                                           All Cook County Farm Bureau members may run two non-commercial classified ads annually free in
 undermount kitchen sink, model 833U.                                                                  the Cooperator. Ads must be in our office by the 15th of each month.
 Retails over $700. Asking $100. New in box
 815-467-6603.
                                                      Tractors and                                     Category:                   For Sale                             For Rent                            Wanted
 Black Blazer Jacket Brass Buttons with
 matching lined shirt. Purchased at $300.              Farm Equip./
                                                                                                       Name ____________________________________________________________________________
 Will sell for $150 or less. Call 847-255-
 8499.                                                Snowblowers/
 Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera includes              Mowers                                        Phone ____________________________________________________________________________
 2 spare batteries, memory card, charger
                                                   Snow blowers, tractors, chainsaws,
 and cd to download pics. $50 firm. Call
                                                   generators, all power equipment. Repair,
                                                                                                       Address ___________________________________________________________________________
 815-685-0637.
                                                   parts service, pickup/delivery service.
 Brass door knobs (interior) make offer call       Lockport. Call 815-588-1200.                        _________________________________________________________________________________
 630-212-1097.
                                                   Craftsman 9 HP snowblower, electric start.
 Cemetery lots, Evergreen Pk, 4 plots                                                                  Ad _______________________________________________________________________________
                                                   26” wide, needs auger, $225 or best offer.
 together for sale, best offer. Call 630-212-
 1097.                                             Call Ron for more details. 708-687-2363.
                                                                                                       _________________________________________________________________________________
 ChicagoBlackhawks Jersey, never worn              Snowblower 5 hp/24” path. Runs good.
 Championship logo, Antii Niemi #31 on             $125. Call 708-479-0661.
                                                                                                       _________________________________________________________________________________
 back, 2XL. $100. Call 708-620-0932.
                                                   36” Gear Drive Bobcat commercial mower.
 10 Brand new Sterling 60in Oval Tubs,             14 HP Kohler engine, mulching attachment,           _________________________________________________________________________________
 some in boxes, some not. $75 each, or will        grass catcher, extra blades, oil filter,
 work a good price to take all. May deliver
 for fee depending on location. Link to
                                                   includes manuals. Approx 10 yrs old but                                   Complete the above form and mail to: Cook County Farm Bureau,
                                                   only used 1 or 2 days/wk during season.
 product manual with measurements http://
                                                   $1,000. Call 708-259-6917.
                                                                                                                                          6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525
 www.sterlingplumbing.com/onlinecatalog/
 pdf/oc_ov_60.pdf Located in Elgin. Call                                                                               or fax your ad in to the office at 708-579-6056 or email to: ccfb@cookcfb.org.
 630-518-5676 for details.                                                                                                          Non-member ad rate: $.75 per word; $15.00 minimum.
                                                                 Boats

                          Benefit of the Month                                                                                                        February’s edition of Foodie
                                                                                                                                                       News includes articles on:
                     Spot Light
  Each month, we will be highlighting one of our Cook County Farm Bureau benefits to help members better take advantage of the many
                                                                                                                                                         America’s Moms – What are they buying
                                                                                                                                                         Chef John Maxwell on local food life
                                                                                                                                                         Survey on how much will diners pay for “local”
                                                                                                                                                                       Read it all on localfarmproducts.org.
                                                                                                                                                          http://www.localfarmproducts.org/Foodie_News_2_2011.pdf
  opportunities and advantages offered to members of the organization. Should you have any questions regarding this or any other benefits,
                        please contact your Cook County Farm Bureau Member Service Center at 708-354-3276.

                Save Up to 65% off Prescriptions*                                                                                                       Income Tax Service Offered
     With Cook County Farm Bureau’s two                                does not provide insurance coverage. Discounts
prescription programs to choose from, you’re sure
to find one to meet your needs. You and your
                                                                       are available exclusively through participating
                                                                       pharmacies. You may cancel your registration
                                                                                                                                                           Through Farm Bureau
                                                                                                                                                           The Cook County Farm Bureau will again be offering income tax
immediate family can instantly save on both brand                      under this program within thirty (30) days from                                preparation services for members as a benefit in 2011. As members
name and generic drugs. Plus, there is no limit to                     the date your discount card is issued.                                         consider their income taxes, the Professional Tax Service available
how many times you can use the card. To get the                                                                                                       through the Cook County Farm Bureau is an attractive program that
most out of this member-only discount, get both                                                                                                       members will want to use.
prescription cards and ask your pharmacist which                                                                                                           The Cook County Farm Bureau has enlisted the expertise and
is the best deal for you!                                                                                                                             talents of our affiliated company, the Illinois Agricultural Auditing
                                                                                                                                                      Association (IAAA), to offer the service.
                                                                                                                                                           We have set up dates and times at three locations throughout Cook
                                                                       The Agelity Discount Prescription Drug Program                                 County. Please call Peggy at the Farm Bureau office at 708-354-3276
                                                                       boasts the largest pharmacy discount network in                                for pricing and to schedule your appointment at any of these locations.
                                                                       the country with well over 56,000 participating
                                                                       pharmacies including just about every major                                         Cook County Farm Bureau
Saving is easy. Simply present the ScriptSave®                         pharmacy chain from CVS to Wal-Mart. Visit                                          6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525
Prescription Drug Savings Card the next time                           www.agelity.com to learn more about:                                                March 8, 15 22, April 5
you or a family member fill or refill a prescription                       Program details
and receive instant savings. No paperwork or                               Frequently asked questions                                                      Schaumburg Country Financial
claim forms to fill out. To learn more, visit www.                         Savings tips                                                                    2435 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194
scriptsave.com and log in with your IFB Group #                            Pharmacy locator                                                                Mar 2, 16, 23, April 6
162W.                                                                      Drug pricing
     Enroll and print out a card                                           Print your own discount prescription card                                       South Holland/Oak Forest Country Financial
     Find a participating pharmacy near you                                                                                                                4845 167th Street, Oak Forest, IL 60452
     Look up the cost of your prescriptions                            This discount plan is NOT insurance or                                              March 3, 24, 31, April 7
     Print coupons for select over-the-counter                         a Medicare prescription drug plan. The plan
     medications                                                       provides prescription drug discounts to members
     Have questions? Call customer care                                at participating pharmacies only. Drug prices                                    The Cooperator, official publication of the Cook County
     at 1-800-700-3957                                                 fluctuate frequently and the plan’s pricing tool is                              Farm Bureau, does accept paid advertising. A copy of the
                                                                       for informational purposes only. No enrollment or                               rate card may be accessed at www.cookcfb.org in News and
DISCOUNT ONLY – NOT INSURANCE.                                         periodic fees apply.                                                           Views or call the CCFB office at 708.354.3276 for a copy. The
This program is not an insurance policy and
                                                                                                                                                      publication goes to more than 40,000 households each month.
Co-Operator March 2011                                                                         12                                                                              Cook County Farm Bureau



                                                                                             CCFB recognizes Country
                                                                                             Financial Representatives
                                                                                    Annually, the Cook County Farm Bureau                           John Doherty, Schaumburg
                                                                               recognizes Country Financial Representatives who excel               Joe Gergely, South Holland Agency Manager
                                                                               at certain parts of their craft. In recognition of 2010’s            Joe Guthrie, South Holland
                                                                               accomplishments, the CCFB salutes the following                      Tim Vanzuidam, South Holland
                                                                               individuals…                                                         Randall Cox, South Holland
                                                                                                                                                    Tim Perchinski, South Holland
                                                                               All-Americans – a corporate designation of
                                                                               accomplishment for agents achieving certain standards         Recruiters of the Year – A designation of
                                                                               by serving the broad needs of members.                        accomplishment by strengthening the CCFB through
                                                                                    Vicki Nygren, Agency Manager, Chicago North              membership recruitment for member access to a host of
                                                                                    Mike Basile, Chicago North                               benefit opportunities.
             Brand loyalty                                                          Ilir Numani, Chicago North
                                                                                    Marc Rogala, Agency Manager, Chicago South
                                                                                                                                             Congratulations to Tim Perchinski as the Top Recruiter of
                                                                                                                                             the Year!

             threaded into                                                          Ehab Nour, Chicago South
                                                                                    Bill Poulos, Countryside
                                                                                                                                                  Malgorzata Jura, Chicago North
                                                                                                                                                  Violetta Kaminskas, Chicago North
                                                                                    Cary Tate, Agency Manager, Orland Park                        Jake Karstens, Chicago North
             social circles                                                         Mike Cerf, Associate Manager, Orland Park
                                                                                    Bill Thompson, Orland Park
                                                                                                                                                  Kirk Gregory, Chicago South
                                                                                                                                                  Martha Dominguez, Chicago South
        I remember the moment            declares which color tastes better.
  our son lowered his face to the             The colors “compete” at               Karli Mayher, Orland Park                                     Leo Maldonado, Chicago South
  carpet and pushed a toy tractor        benefit auctions, when selling             Mike Spadoni, Orland Park                                     Barbara Bator, Rolling Meadows
  the length of his infant reach. No     toy tractors or farm memorabilia           Nick Burke, Orland Park                                       Kathy Spiewak, Schaumburg
  one had taught him how to farm         to brand-loyal buyers. Farmers             Tom Geraghty, Orland Park                                     Tim Perchinski, South Holland
  the carpet. The notion was as          market their favorite brand with           Jerry Anderson, Agency Manager, Rolling Meadows               Edwin Castillo, South Holland
  natural as his desire to gravitate     hats and jackets, signage for              Mark Coon, Rolling Meadows
  to toys with tires. Farmers do too,    the shed and paintings for their           Nader Mikhalil, Rolling Meadows                             Congratulations to each individual and Best
  though out of necessity for their      homes. Walk the parking lot at             Matt Powell, Rolling Meadows                             Wishes for 2011.
  business. The adults just add the      an antique tractor show and a              Joe Moran, Rolling Meadows
  element of brand loyalty, and they     pickup truck’s bumper sticker
  encourage the kids to play along.
        Before knowing the alphabet,
                                         may read, “Trucks are red, tractors
                                         are green.”
                                                                                                                              2011 Recipe Collection
  our kids knew the colors and                Since my childhood, one side                                                      Send in your favorite fresh fruit and vegetable recipes to be
  logos that identified John Deere       of the farm family gifted green                                                 published in this year’s recipe collection. We will choose 15-20
  and Case IH, agriculture’s biggest     toy tractors, while the other farm                                              different recipes. Send your favorite fresh fruit and vegetable recipe
  farm equipment rivals. As much         family gifted red. My husband                                                   along with your name to:
  as Cubs and Cardinals supporters       grew up green, and first worked                                                                Cook County Farm Bureau Attn: Peggy
  desire to increase their fan base,     for a John Deere dealership. My                                                                6438 Joliet Road, Countryside IL 60525
  farmers enjoy promoting their          parents run red on the farm and                                                  **All entries will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Jewel-Osco.
  preferred brand on the farm.           during my childhood painted my
  The equipment manufacturers            name on the fender of a Case IH
  play along with merchandise to
  support the cause. Even non-
                                         tractor. It seemed appropriate to
                                         place a combine of each color at
                                                                                   2011 Foundation Scholarship                                                                         Deadli
                                                                                                                                                                                              ne
  farmers can see John Deere’s           our wedding reception on the
                                                                                 Applications Now Being Accepted                                                                       Looms
  particular market influence in the     farm, as we were “just combined.”
  toy aisles at discount stores.         The red side now employs my                  The Cook County Farm              as the Howard Paarlberg Excellence          members in good standing with
        Rural kids and adults alike      husband, so we have a healthy toy       Bureau Foundation’s Scholarship        in     Agriculture    Scholarship           the Cook County Farm Bureau for
  become part of the Case IH red         collection of both brands in our        Program continues to grow each         recipient. The Foundation is proud          at least one year. (Except for the
  and John Deere green banter,           home.                                   year as the number of applicants       to announce the 13th Annual                 Conserv FS FFA Award)
  which often finds a 30-second               Adults especially find             increase. “Our members are             Agricultural Scholarship Program.           •    All applicants must be high
  excerpt in conversation among          short-lived thrills in an unbiased      realizing that an agricultural         The Foundation will award a                 school graduates accepted for
  families and agriculture circles.      toddler’s color choice of the           career provides broad and exciting     scholarship(s) to college students          enrollment by, or currently enrolled
  Comments develop at dinner             moment. At a local FFA alumni           possibilities” explains Jim Gutzmer,   pursuing agriculturally related             at, an    accredited        college,
  tables and agriculture gatherings,     meeting, our 2-year-old son             Foundation President.                  fields of study. The Conserv FS             university, or community college.
  with         smile-accompanied         sat down with a Ziploc bag of                And what is an agricultural       FFA Scholarship for $1,000 will             •    All applicants must be
  statements squeezed into the           transportation toys that included       career? It is a chosen pursuit or      also be offered a High School               pursuing a field of study in
  context. “The tractor could’ve         green tractors to entertain him         profession related to the broad        Senior in an approved FFA                   agriculture, agri-business, or an
  pulled that tillage tool more easily   during my meeting. “I don’t see         area of producing, marketing,          Program.                                    agriculturally related major with a
  if it were red.” Or, “You would’ve     any red in there,” a green farmer       manufacturing,         transporting,                                               focus on an ag-related career.
  yielded more with a green              said. A red farmer held up a red        studying, teaching, and developing                                                 •    Scholarships will be awarded
  combine.” The brand loyalty            helicopter from the bag. “He’s          food, fiber, fuel and pharmacy                                                     following application evaluation
  even surfaces with the bowl of         too young to understand brand           products originating from the                                                      for exceptional academic ability,
  Christmas M&Ms, as someone             loyalty,” he reassured.                 farm. Examples of agricultural                                                     financial need, demonstrated
                                                                                 careers include horticulturist,                                                    interest in agriculture, evidence of
                                                                                 food        scientist,       animal                                                self-help, and character.
                                                                                 nutritionist, genetic engineering,
 Bi-State Horse Workshop                                                         farmer, veterinarian, commodity                                                         There is no clear answer to
                                                                                 broker, dietitian, turf producer,                                                  the question we sometimes are
     offered April 2nd                                                           agricultural engineer and the list                                                 asked, “Is …..an agricultural
                             A full day program organized and sponsored          goes on and on. Perhaps you may                                                    career? The Foundation board
                         by Illinois and Wisconsin Cooperative Extension         wish to check out the broad and                                                    evaluates each application on its
                         Services for horse owners will be offered on            rewarding possibilities with one                                                   own merit and uses additional
                         Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 in Bristol, WI. This          out of every four jobs in the United                                               criteria of goals, past experience,
                         program will offer 3 tracts for participants to         States related to agriculture.                      Nutritionist                   and the agricultural connections to
                         choose from including a trail riding tract, senior                                                                                         the career to determine eligibility,”
                         horse tract and advanced horseman tract.                                                            The Foundation Board has               indicated Bob Rohrer, Foundation
                             An example of some of the session topics                                                   set the following criteria for the          Executive Director.
                         includes Nutrition for the Senior Horse, Managing                                              scholarship program…                             For more information or
                         Emergencies on the Trail, Advanced Nutrition in                                                •    Applications are available at          an application, please contact
                         Performance Horses and much more.                                                              the Cook County Farm Bureau                 the Cook County Farm Bureau
     The program begins at 8am on April 2nd and will continue until                                                     Foundation office located at 6438           Foundation at 708-354-3276 or
2:15pm. Lunch will be included with the program fees, which are                                                         Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois.       print an application out from
$35/person or $60/2 people and youth $15/person before March 28th.                                                      We will also send applications              the website www.cookcfb.org/
Registration fees increase $10 after the March 28th deadline.                             Forestry Management           upon request by calling 708-354-            scholarship.pdf.
     For general information on this program, please contact Liv Sandberg,                                              3276 or they can be printed out
University of Wisconsin Extension Equine Specialist at 608-263-4303 or                The Cook County Farm              on the Foundation page of www.
send e-mail to sandberg@ansci.wisc.edu                                           Bureau Foundation is offering          cookcfb.org.
     Questions regarding registration should be directed to University of        college students the opportunity       •    Applications      must       be
Illinois Extension, Lake County in Grayslake, IL at 847-223-8627. For            to start or continue his/her higher    completed and submitted to the
a copy of the brochure or to register online - please visit: http://web.         education with a scholarship. Last     CCFB Foundation by March 11th,
extension.uiuc.edu/lake/                                                         year, the Foundation provided          2011. Late applications will not be
     This program is being organized and sponsored by the University             nine scholarships ranging from         considered.
of Illinois and Wisconsin Extension Systems. University of Illinois              $1,000.00 - $2,500 a piece. The        •    All applicants must be
and Wisconsin Extension provide equal opportunities in programs and              Board will name the top applicant      members or dependents of                            Large Animal Veterinarian
employment.

				
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