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
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
March 21.....pg 5 Pre-register by April 6th, by calling the Cook County
Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276
Boating Safety Class
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
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
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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
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
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
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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
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we are being hauled down in our was identified as the Head of the
area. Chicago Office. I’ve heard that
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
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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…
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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
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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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
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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
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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 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.
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rule would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or
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Co-Operator March 2011 6 Cook County Farm Bureau
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 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Haley Loy, Director Ag Literacy/Public Relations
6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, Il 60525
email@example.com 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
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
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Not Your Grandmother’s
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call
708-354-3276 and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 708.354.3276
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
“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-
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Tractors and Category: For Sale For Rent Wanted
Black Blazer Jacket Brass Buttons with
matching lined shirt. Purchased at $300. Farm Equip./
Will sell for $150 or less. Call 847-255-
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,
parts service, pickup/delivery service.
Brass door knobs (interior) make offer call Lockport. Call 815-588-1200. _________________________________________________________________________________
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
pdf/oc_ov_60.pdf Located in Elgin. Call or fax your ad in to the office at 708-579-6056 or email to: email@example.com.
630-518-5676 for details. Non-member ad rate: $.75 per word; $15.00 minimum.
Benefit of the Month February’s edition of Foodie
News includes articles on:
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.
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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