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Vol. 87 No. 4 Countryside, IL 60525 CCFB Hosts 2-Day Boating Safety Course Last Chance to sign up! FREE for CCFB members (This class is for members only)

Saturday, April 6, 2013 9am - 3pm Sunday, April 7, 2013 9am - 3pm BRING A SACK LUNCH… beverages will be provided by CCFB

Cook County Farm Bureau 6438 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL What is it? The Illinois Boating Education Course consists of a minimum eight hours of instruction. This 2-day course covers the basics of boating safety, equipment and requirements, navigation, motorboat, registration and titling, emergency measures and the Illinois boating laws. Persons completing the minimum eight hours of instruction and successfully completing the final examination will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch.

Why take a boating safety education course? Throughout the year, many people operate motordriven watercraft on the Illinois waters and many operate for the first time. So, we encourage people of all ages - both beginner and experienced - to take the course. Each of us has the responsibility to keep this lifetime leisure activity free from tragedy and personal loss to ourselves and our fellow boaters. The Illinois Boating Education Course is offered with these objectives in mind.

Call the Cook County Farm Bureau at 708.354.3276 to make a reservation.

The BUZZ continues… join us for a 2-day Advanced Beekeeping Class!

The Cook DuPage Beekeepers Association and Cook County Farm Bureau have joined together to help get you started down the right path in keeping bees. Join us for a 2 week class in Advanced Beekeeping. The Cook DuPage Beekeepers Association and Cook County Farm Bureau have joined together to continue the instruction and information for beekeepers and enthusiasts who want to continue their learning. Date: Tuesday, April 9th & Tuesday, April 16th Time/Location: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Cook County Farm Bureau Meeting Room Registration: Call Debbie at 708-354-3276 or email Requirements: Previous beekeeping instruction plus hands on beekeeping experience; a membership with either the CCFB or CDBA Cost: $40.00

April 2013

Farming on Your Balcony & Backyard Gardening 2nd Workshop has been added from noon-12:30 pm. Saturday April 27, 2013

Join us for a workshop for members interested in raising vegetables and patio container gardening, no matter how much space you have! Today’s gardening techniques work for people with a patio, deck, porch, apartment, town home, condo, backyard and even those that farm! In today’s economy, stretching your food dollar makes sense. Producing one’s own food is rewarding in so many ways. Program highlights include: • Soil importance, Cook County Soils, soils for containers and raised beds • Seed and plant selection • Fertilization and Organics • Growing tips, cultural hints, and growing veggies from seed or transplants This workshop will be presented by Ms. Nancy Pollard, Horticulture Educator from the University of Illinois Extension. The 9am – 11:30 am session is already full. Spaces are only available for the noon-2:30 pm class. This class will take place at the Cook County Farm Bureau located at 6438 Joliet Rd in Countryside, Illinois. Please contact us to register for this class at (708)354-3276 or email

Electronic Recycling/Shred Day

Saturday, April 27th Turn to Page 12 for details!

Master Gardener Resource Center to open in April The Cook County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension will be partnering on a new project that will benefit local Farm Bureau members and the general public. Beginning April 15, master gardeners will be housed in the Farm Bureau office for regular business hours to answer questions from members and the general public related gardening and horticulture. The office hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 AM to 1:00 PM. This service is expected to continue through November 15. The master gardeners will be accessible by contacting the name telephone number of the Cook Farm Bureau leaders, volunteers and supporters transported over 500-pounds of food from the Streeterville Dominick’s to the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. In addition to generously donating $10,000 to the charity, Dominick’s matched the food generated by the sportscasters’ grudge match, which pitted CBS sportscaster Ryan Baker against ABC sportscaster Mark Giangreco. See Page 4 for a complete wrap up & photos covering our 2013 Food Checkout Day Program.

County Farm Bureau, 708-354-3276. The e-mail will be Master Gardeners will also be available in the Cook County Farm Bureau suite located in 6438 Joliet Rd., Countryside Illinois, 60525 during the office hours of 9 AM to 1:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. General topic areas that can be addressed include soil test recommendations, plant disease issues and treatments, horticulture related questions, pest identification and treatment, and more. Commercial related questions will be forwarded to University of Illinois Extension Professional Staff.

Question of the Month What are the names of the state soils of Alaska and Hawaii? (Extra credit if you know Illinois’ state soil) Call the Farm Bureau at (708)354-3276, email your answer to membershiplinda@ (please include Name, FB # and phone number) or fax to (708)579-6056 with the answer for a chance to enter a drawing for a $25.00 gas card.

February’s winner is Nancy Montana.

Last Months Question: How many pounds of fresh produce, through the CCFB Harvest Challenge, did the Sheriff’s Department donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository? Answer: Almost 12,000 pounds.

Cook County Farm Bureau Winner of the Power of ‘A’ 2012 Summit Award

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Wrigley’s a Brand Rooted in American History William Wrigley Jr. began his career peddling Wrigley’s soap. As an incentive, those merchants who sold Wrigley’s soap received free baking powder until the baking powder proved to be more popular than soap. Soon merchants who sold the baking powder were receiving chewing gum as an incentive. Eleven years later, Wrigley started making chewing gum through Zeno Manufacturing in Chicago. The site later became the home of Spearmint gum in 1913 and later Doublemint gum in 1914. In the midst of the Great Depression when so many families and businesses were struggling, Wrigley took a gamble and purchased $1.5 million worth of advertising. That gamble catapulted the brand into the national spotlight. Juicy Fruit, the oldest brand, is the gum of choice with kids and is now sold around the world. Spearmint, the second brand launched by Wrigley’s, quickly became one of the top selling gums in the United States and is now sold in Europe and Asia. Doublemint, famous for not only its taste but also for the Doublemint Twins, remains one of the largest-selling gum brands in the world. Despite the economy, Wrigley’s became a piece of

history and entered American’s homes through the first-ever direct marketing campaign. The company sent free samples of gum to every home listed in U.S. phone books. This campaign was later enhanced when Wrigley’s began sending two pieces of gum to each child on their second birthday. Wrigley’s also had a Mother Goose booklet created featuring “Sprightly Spearmint”, a mascot for Spearmint gum. The booklets were given to thousands of schools, mostly in the poorer regions of US. As a company, Wrigley’s became one of the first employers to have a health and welfare department for employees, to offer Saturdays and Sundays off, and to offer paid-in-full life insurance policies. The company was also one of the first to embrace President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs during the Great Depression and the National Recovery Administration, which created the country’s minimum wage laws. During World War II, because of wartime rationing the

company couldn’t make the same quality of product people expected and rather than compromising the product, Wrigley’s removed Spearmint, Doublemint, and Juicy Fruit from the civilian market and dedicated the entire output to US armed forces while concurrently running “Remember this Wrapper” ads. At the end of World War II, Wrigley’s was again able to purchase highquality ingredients and in 1946 re-introduced Spearmint and Juicy Fruit to the American market. Doublemint followed in 1947 and all three brands quickly regained and exceeded their prewar popularity. Over the year’s Wrigley’s product-line and bottom-line have continued to expand, perhaps most notably in fiscal year 2007 when the company exceeded $5 billion in sales and in 2008 when it joined forces with Mars, Incorporated. This move not only secured Wrigley’s as part of American’s candy repertoire, but also as part of Chicago’s food processing horizon where it remains today. This feature article is not intended to be an endorsement or advertisement for any one company. Instead it is intended to be an overview of a Cook County based agri-business. Wrigley’s website, www. provided the background information for this feature.

The Cook County Farm Bureau Board of Directors spent the last two days in Strategic Planning for the organization, setting focus in the areas of Ag Literacy, Membership Relations, Commodities/Marketing, Public Policy and Public Relations. The Directors also spent time looking at volunteerism as well as membership recruitment. From left clockwise around the table, President Jim Gutzmer, Pat Horcher, Harold Stuenkel, Janet McCabe, Mike Rauch, Mark Yunker, Jim Brandau, Gerald Kopping, and Facilitator, Eric Duchinsky.

Soil testing: greening your world Why should I test my soil? Soil in its natural state is rarely fertile enough for the best growth of plants. Usually, it is necessary to supplement the earth’s store of plant nutrients before we can obtain the most vigorous lawn, the most abundant and brilliant flowers, the most aesthetically satisfying trees/ shrubs and the greatest yield of tasty and nutritious vegetables or crops. Test your soil for pH, potassium, phosphorus and other key elements to begin the soil improvement process. When should I test my soil? Proper sampling is vitally important in order to obtain accurate soil test results. Soil samples can be taken any time during the warmer months. Each sample should be taken before soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees. If the soil is too wet to spade, rototill or hoe, it is also too wet to sample. Extremely dry soil

should not be sampled. How do I collect a sample? To take a sample, use a sampling tube, spade, trowel or long knife. Sample 6-8” deep from gardens, shrubs or trees and 3-4” for turf. Discard any surface residue, thatch or stones. Sample different areas of the turf, garden or landscape separately. From each distinct area take several cores or slices. Combine the cores or slices in a bucket and mix well. Transfer a portion of the mixed sample to a soil sample bag provided in the kit. Label and put your name

on the soil sample bag, place the sample (s) in the shipping box and attach pre-paid UPS shipping label on box. How do I get a soil test kit? Contact the Cook County Farm Bureau at (708)354-3276 to request your soil test kit. You can purchase your kit by using a credit over the phone or mailing in a check. Upon payment, your soil test kit will be sent to you. Pricing is as follows: One sample: $20.00 ($30 for non-members), Two samples: $35.00 ($45 for nonmembers). Lead testing is also available: $32.00 for members, $42.00 for non-members. The kit includes: soil sample bag (s), instructions on how to take a soil sample, questionnaire about your soil samples and a shipping box with a pre-paid ups label. You will receive your test results and basic recommendations within two-three weeks.

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Editor’s Note

Dear Reader, You receive the “Cooperator” because you or a family member is a Farm Bureau member. Our farm owners and operators, as members, benefit from a local, state and national organization committed to a strong and productive agricultural way of life. Members without direct ties to farming, help to promote a strong local and regional farming lifestyle, encourage wise use of our limited natural resources, and help preserve our farming heritage. In addition, members are provided the opportunity to enjoy our affiliated company, Country Financial and access to the many other benefits provided by Cook County Farm Bureau. Thank you for your membership and continued support. We welcome member input on content, including suggestions of farm, home, food, natural resource, renewable energy, agricultural heritage and farm history for future issues. Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Editor

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, Manager

The sound of farm silence…

I have heard people say that they want to move to the country for peace and quiet. In fact, I have said it myself. I do have to wonder if some of these individuals understand what they are seeking…especially the “quiet” part. In the city, there is a constant barrage of noise coming from car engines, trucks, construction, airplanes, and a host of other man-made decibels. After a while, the noise simply becomes a buzz in the background and one barely notices it. In the country, it’s the opposite phenomenon. The lack of people combined with the expansion of space leads one to believe in the concept of “quiet”. This “sound“ of silence has its own volume generated by the trees, moving water, wind, grass, animals, insects…the habitat known as the Great Outdoors. It is this “silent” volume has a way of growing in a way that does not seem proportional to its source on the farm. And I’ve experienced a bit of it! *** As an adolescent, I would head to my grandma’s farm for a week during summer vacation. My parents presented the trip to Grandma’s house as a vacation for me (Now I know my parents viewed it is a vacation for them from me). Grandma’s old farmstead was seemed quiet with a healthy dose of character. The structure was perched on a rise amongst some trees, out buildings, and sizeable countryside. The floors…painted wood planks, linoleum, and carpet remnants. The walls…faded wallpaper. Yes, full of character during the day and other “characters” at night. Sleep was difficult in that house. Strange bed; strange smells, and especially strange sounds. The ticking of the clock seemed to echo. The house seemed to creak endlessly in a windless night… was the house haunted? The scratch of tiny feet. And then one of the most intense sounds I never enjoyed. Insects surrounding the house awoke as darkness overtook the farm… their buzzing “song” would pulse with the swelling volume into the night, vibrating windows and walls. The sound swelled into an assault on the ears…How could any insects (cicadas, I’m guessing) be so loud…they were indeed, enough to wake the dead. *** One summer, on break from college, I decided I was much

too old and cool to be hanging out at Mom and Dad’s house. Unfortunately, I was a college kid (no money) so I decided to set up my own bachelor suite in our unfinished basement. There was a lot of junk in the basement but there was one room area that could be cleaned out for a bedroom. It seemed like a fine idea during the light of the day…my own space, plenty of room, and bonus; the basement was much cooler than the rest of the unairconditioned house. Perfect for the summer! Dresser, Lamp, Bed, Atari asteroids game, “Bob’s room, stay out” sign… Check. Yes, I was set up for great, private living and nearly parent free! That night, after a long day of work, I headed down to the “bachelor pad” for a well-deserved sleep. Thus began the night in which I nearly lost my mind. As I lay there in the dark, enjoying the silence, a chirping began somewhere in the basement. The chirping grew and multiplied. I was surrounded by crickets that apparently thought the unfinished basement was their habitat. I lay there trying to block out the sound. No luck…all I could focus on was their incessant chanting. I had to break up the cricket party. I turned the light on and the chirping stopped…a deafening silence. I turned the light off and the chirping began. I turned the light on and walked around, looking for crickets. None in sight. Back into the bed, I went. The light went out and a few minutes later, the concert began again. On went the light…off went the cricket chorus. I was not as amused by the game as the other participants… I could picture the crickets giggling about their great joke, their 4 front walking legs held up to their palps. Snicker, snicker, snicker! I do not recall how long I lasted in the basement… A week’s worth of sleepless nights? Eventually, back upstairs I moved with a greater appreciation for living at home in the comfort of the main floor…only Dad’s snoring to deal with then. *** In the mid-1970s, there was a period of time when the Rohrer family did not have a dog. Pogo, the “wonderguard” poodle had passed away and “we” children were clamoring for a new puppy. A summer miracle occurred, into the farmyard trotted a young Black and Tan Coonhound. It had no collar. A signal, the dog was free for the taking! We were so willing! An incredible day of playing and bonding with that delightful and gentle dog followed for the rest of the day. We dreamed of a future with our new best friend. And, of course, we were brainstorming names. This may shock some readers but on the farm, dogs are outside creatures! We begged Dad to let

“Blackie and Tanny” stay in the basement for the night…we were frightened “Blackie and Tanny” would leave us! Dad declined… perhaps he should not have. No one slept that night. “Blackie and Tanny” proceeded to spend the entire night circling the outside of the house, howling, yowling, and baying as if he had treed a raccoon on the roof. Excellent pitch to the dog’s voice…carried for miles. As a man who values his sleep, my Dad was not real friendly with “Blackie and Tanny” from that

point forward. I believe he called him a different name. We enjoyed a repeat performance the next night and the next. I’m not sure what the true story was from that point. Someone advertised for a missing dog on the local radio station perhaps (it could have been a missing Chihuahua ad and Dad would have called to say we found it!)? I just know that the coonhound left the Rohrer house for a new home immediately…the quiet returned and we were so sad.

It was a couple years before it was “legal” to verbally discuss getting a new dog in the Rohrer house. *** Of course, there are plenty of moments in the country in which the silence is true, genuine, and clear. The calm and serenity it can bring to the soul is so good…hold on to it…savor it…treasure it. It could evaporate instantly with a cicada, cricket, coonhound or even a story teller.

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Cook County Farm Bureau® and Partners Raise Food and Funds to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana through the

13th Annual Food Checkout Day Celebration Since 2001 the Cook County farmers have been celebrating Food Checkout Day. This past February, Farm Bureau members and partners raised nearly $18,000 dollars and donated over 10,500 pounds of food to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Through the work of over 30 volunteers, Farm Bureau members and partners were able to donate enough food to feed 982 people. Food Checkout Day partners include: Dominick’s, Chicago; Jewel-Osco®, Oak Lawn; Prairie Farms Dairy, St. Louis; IAA Credit Union, Bloomington; Illinois Corn Marketing Board®, Bloomington;

American Agricultural Insurance, Schaumburg; Potash Corp, Northbrook; and the South Holland Country Financial Agency, South Holland. “Cook County and Illinois farmers are committed to growing safe and nutritious food for our families and for others,” said James Gutzmer, President of Cook County Farm Bureau®. “Food Checkout Day allows us to recognize the importance of healthy, nutritious food while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to feed their families.” As part of Food Checkout Day, Cook County Farm Bureau® sponsored a scavenger hunt at

4-H Club members from Cook County recently prepared dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola Hospital. Although 4-H members do many community service projects throughout the year, numerous members expressed that they “really enjoyed this one because we got to cook”.

Dominick’s in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. In a sportscasters “grudge match” CBS sportscaster Ryan Baker edged out ABC sportscaster Marc Giangreco. All proceeds from the scavenger hunt benefitted the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s. Dominick’s, the site of the sportscaster’s “grudge match” generously donated $10,000 to RMCH® CNI as part of Cook County Farm Bureau®’s Food Checkout Day celebration. Also as part of Food Checkout Day, Farm Bureau sponsored a shopping spree at JEWELOSCO® on South Pulaski in Oak Lawn. Representatives from the local fire and police departments raced against each other to collect the most non-perishable food items. Additionally, members of the Cook County Farm Bureau®, Cook County 4-H programs, County Financial Agencies, and schools donated food, pop tabs, and money to RMHC® CNI, recognizing the need everyone has to find solutions to feeding families healthful foods on a tight budget. Chicago South Country Financial Agency won the annual “Tipping the Scale” Award for the 3rd consecutive year by collecting the most pounds of food among the 8 agencies in Cook County. “We really like to get the community involved with Food Checkout Day,” said Mike Rauch, Vice President of the Cook County Farm Bureau®. “This

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Doublemint Gum a Piece of History since 1914

Known for its iconic advertising campaign and its cool mint packing, Doublemint® became the third flavor of the Wrigley’s brand, joining Spearmint® and Juicy Fruit® in 1914. Named for its unique double distillation process, Doublemint® gum has since become one of the largest selling gums in the world and is available in 140 countries. Doublemint®’s fame is perhaps second only to its iconic advertising duo, the Doublemint Twins. Debuting in 1939, the Twins have been part of one of the most successful and long lasting adverting campaign ever created. Early campaigns featured double piano players, double violinists, and double comedians. As part of the campaign, billboards lining roadways secured the Doublemint twins as part of American’s heritage and rooted them in American’s imaginations. In the 1960’s the twins became part of the airways after debuting on television. Wrigley’s uses an unique double distillation process when making Doublemint® gum,

which is light years beyond the early 1800s when lumps of spruce gum were sold in the eastern United States. Modern gum products evolved from a chicle-based gum brought to the US in the early 1860s, which led to paraffin and eventually to man-made latex. Latex is further divided into two major categories, chewing and bubble. Modern gum, including Doublemint® is made through an eight step process that begins with the melting and purifying of the gum base. The gum base along with the ingredients, sweetners and flavors are then slowly mixed until the mixture is made into a “loaf ”. The loaf is then ran through a series of rollers that form it into a thin, wide ribbon. Each roller is set closer together

than the previous pair, gradually reducing the thickness of the gum ribbon. Sugar or a sugar substitute is added to the gum ribbon to keep it from sticking and to enhance the flavor. At the end of the rolling process the gum ribbon is scored then cooled. After cooling, the scored gum is broke into smaller pieces then fed into a spray drier that forms the crunchy coating around the gum center. The final step before sale is wrapping and packaging. Many gum connoisseurs may argue that the final step is actually enjoyment, but for the purposes of manufacturing the final step is packing and preparing the gum for transport to consumers in America and throughout the world. The Doublemint Twins fame is perhaps second to only Doublemint® gum, which is one of the widest sold gums in the world and has been an American favorite since 1914. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company’s website, www. provided the background information for this feature article.

CBS sportscaster Ryan Baker takes the shopping prize during Cook County Farm Bureau®’s Food Checkout Day scavenger hunt at the Dominick’s store in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. Baker edged out ABC sportscaster Mark Giangreco by six items. The entire shopping list, which was developed from the Ronald McDonald House® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana “wish list” was matched by Dominick’s in addition to their $10,000 Food Checkout Day donation. Pictured from left to right is: Doug Porter, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana; Dominick’s representative; Ronald McDonald, Mark Rauch, Cook CFB Vice-President; Mark Giangreco, ABC News Chicago; and Ryan Baker, CBS News Chicago. The event raised nearly $18,000 for the charity.

ABC sportscaster Mark Giangreco raced to the finish line ahead of CBS sportscaster Ryan Baker, but despite his quick feet Baker won the contest by six items.

year we’re fortunate to have dignitaries, local celebrities, fire and police departments, FFA members from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, American Agricultural Insurance Company®, Illinois Agricultural Association® Credit Union, Prairie Farms Dairy, Country Financial, and Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural women’s sorority, University of Illinois chapter involved in this year’s Food Checkout Day celebration.” Food donations were collected by Alain Locke Charter School, Chicago; St. Cletus School, LaGrange; Haugan Elementary School, Chicago; Langford Academy, Chicago; Proviso West Key Club, Hillside; St. Rita’s High School, Oak Lawn; Fairview School, Mount Prospect; John C. Dore School, Chicago; Robert B. Black, Chicago; (Robina) Lyle Elementary, Bridgeview; Marist High School, Chicago; Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park; Southwest School, Evergreen Park; and Concordia University Early Childhood Center, River Forest. Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow

while also drawing attention to those families who struggle to find solutions to feeding their families healthy food on a tight budget. Through Farm Bureau’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Farm Bureau members are able to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when their child is ill. In 2012, Cook County Farm Bureau®’s annual Food Checkout Day program was named a Summit Award winner by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The Summit Award recognizes the positive impact that associations have on their community. Ronald McDonald House® provides a “home-away-fromhome” for families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment in the Chicagoland area. The food will be used to help feed families staying at the house. For over a decade, the Cook County Farm Bureau® has held a benefit for the Ronald McDonald Houses® Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana to celebrate Food Checkout Day.

The Oak Lawn Fire Department again edged out the Oak Lawn Police during a fierce repeat of last year’s Food Checkout Day Shopping Spree at the Jewel-Osco® on Pulaski in Oak Lawn. Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann and newly elected State Senator Bill Cunningham joined Farm Bureau for the event, which benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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Flower & Garden Show 2013

Gerry Kopping, Chair of the Commodities/Marketing Team, talks to Karen Biernacki at Ted’s Greenhouse display at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show on March 13th. Kopping and Farm Bureau Manager Bob Rohrer, were checking out the show in consideration of future activities by the Team.

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Cookfresh® Community Garden Grant Recipients…

An assistance program designed for Community Gardens in Cook County to beautify their “places and palates.” The Cookfresh Community Urban Garden Grant program offered five $300.00 grants to support urban agriculturists seeking assistance with a community garden. The community gardens will receive $300 in the form of Cook County Farm Bureau “Cookfresh Funds”. Meet the recipients: • 65th & Woodlawn Community Garden: located in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, this community garden was founded in 2007. Conscious of working to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of vegetable gardening, by offering seasonal workshops in the garden to less experienced gardeners. The grant funds will be used for seed, seedlings for transplanting, cool &

warm weather plantings, hand tools and more. • The Sauk: located in Sauk Village and organized by the beautification committee of Sauk Village, this garden was founded in 2010. The garden offers a place where its residents and students gather to cultivate ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruit. The grant funds will be used for perennial seeds, vegetable and ornamental plants. • Roots Community Garden: located in Palatine, this garden is in its 2nd year! The garden is looking to expand and encourage others interested in the need for fresh vegetables, to volunteer and continue to learn and grow the within the community. The grant funds will be used to purchase soil, seeds, plantings, fertilizer, and additional supplies. • Back Yard Salad Bar: located in the Washington Heights community,

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this garden enters its 4th growing season. Located in a “food dessert” area, the garden and its community encourage daily physical activity and fresh vegetable consumption. The grant funds will be used to purchase seed, vegetable plantings, soil, and supplies. • Mercy Housing Lakefront Youth Urban Garden: located in the Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, this garden has a long history dating back to 1986. The garden program works to provide its youth an opportunity to learn the basics of horticulture (gardening and plant life), nutrition through healthy eating, environmental conservation, and entrepreneurship through handson experience. The grant funds will be used for soil, plants, seeds, fertilizer, tools and other supplies necessary to operate the garden.

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A “Painters Palate” was one of the displays of the show.

“From the Country” It’s Important To Keep Your Insurance Up To Date

Disaster can strike at any time. Without warning you could lose your home, your Cary Tate possessions Agency Manager and even your Orland Park life in a fire, Agency tornado or other disaster. It’s important to protect yourself and your family by having adequate insurance coverage. It’s best to review your insurance policies with an insurance representative every year or two to make sure you have adequate coverage for your home, auto or life. To help review property, periodically inventory your personal property so the insurance amounts are adequate. Being underinsured may result in a claim payment less than the loss sustained. Documentation is of the utmost importance, so it’s essential to have a complete inventory of valuable items you own. This will help you in filing a claim. Inventories and the resulting insurance amount should be reviewed especially whenever significant changes are made. If you suffer a major loss, such as a dwelling fire, an insurance company is going to ask you for a complete list of your lost personal property. It’s better to be prepared by

completing a list now, rather than having to construct a list after the loss. The most preferable way to inventory your personal property is by completing a written inventory. Photographs and videotapes of each room in your home may also help to establish an inventory. High value items such as antiques, jewelry, furs and collectibles should be appraised. Then discuss with your financial representative the merits of specifically insuring those items in your policy. It makes sense to review your insurance to see if you have adequate coverage. It also doesn’t hurt to look at ways to make your premium dollars work more efficiently. You can save money by increasing your deductibles and assuming more of the initial part of the loss. You should also review your life, health and disability income insurance policies to ensure that the futures of you, your spouse and your family are protected in case of an emergency. Read your policies carefully. If you don’t understand something, talk with an insurance representative and have the representative reevaluate your coverage. By investing a little time and effort, you can save yourself time, money and a lot of headaches.

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A U T O | H O M E | L I F E | H E AT H | D I S A B I L I T Y I N C O M E U N I V E R S A L L I F E | C O M P L E T E I N S U R A N C E S E RV I C E

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Cook County Farm Bureau

Agricultural Literacy & Public Relations

Ag Lit Bit By Diane Merrion

What’s for Lunch? First there was the food pyramid and now there is the USDA My Plate. Every time you watch TV or listen to the radio, you hear new things about what you should eat or shouldn’t even think about putting into your body. The “good” list and “bad” list seem to change regularly. We’re also hearing about childhood obesity and how it is skyrocketing. Everyone who can be blamed is being blamed: parents, schools, food companies, and farmers to name a few. I could fill this whole newspaper with theories on why this is happening and whose fault it is. New programs are created every day to solve this problem, yet the problem continues to grow. Much of the limelight has focused on schools and how schools can be the key to solving this problem. Funding for schools can now be tied to the food they serve in schools or the food they don’t serve in schools. Schools who join initiatives such as becoming “Healthy School Certified” (http:// Illinois.html) can even win medals. I was reading an article recently about brown bag school lunches and wanted to share it. To paraphrase: As sandwiches are usually considered the main stay of the school lunch, attention should be given to them. Often mothers overlook the varieties of bread that are available, other than plain white. Meats, fish, baked beans, eggs and cheese are good fillings for heavier sandwiches. Lighter fillings include peanut butter mixed with preserved fruit, honey, dates or raisins. A little covered jar can hold vegetable salad, a fruit mixture, pudding or sauce. Fresh fruits or green leafy vegetables should be included in the lunch every day if possible. In fact, every diet rule you observe for home meals should also be observed for the school lunch. In addition, care should be taken to offer ever-changing variety in the lunch. Was this an article in Good Housekeeping, OPRAH Magazine, Redbook or where you might ask? It comes from the October 1937 issue of Farm Journal. Yes, I actually have about a dozen old Farm Journals that I found in my parent’s basement many years ago. What fun it has

been to read these cover to cover and see the trends in the 1930’s. Was childhood obesity an issue back then? I’m guessing not! I think the key point that is as relevant today as back then is the statement about home meals mirroring school meals. The sad fact is dietary habits at school today do mimic the habits of home meals: more fast food, less fruits, less veggies. In another article from the December 1937 article titled, “Christmas Menu Once and Now” the topic of meat is discussed. Life then (this would most likely refer to way before 1937) demanded great muscular effort and the large amount of meat consumed built up muscle. Today we couldn’t afford so much meat. Besides that, it wouldn’t be healthy because most of us do not live strenuous lives which demand great muscular exertion; our houses are warmed when the cold weather comes and we have warm clothes to protect us. We only require enough meat to replenish the protein used up. Meat has been replaced by an astonishing amount of sugar. One hundred years ago sugar was an expensive luxury. The average person used 2 ½ teaspoons daily then as compared to a cupful average today. In this habit lies danger. There is evidence that we are improving as a race; on the whole the human family in our country is better developed, the span of life is longer and we believe that the improvement shown is directly due to our better understanding of the foods which we need to build healthy bodies. It’s hard to believe this was written 75 years ago and the debate continues. If they thought they didn’t lead strenuous lives back in 1937, imagine what they would think of us now. Few occupations required sitting 10 hours a day and few school children got dropped off in front of their school via car or bus and sat most of the day. Yes, some students still have gym or recess, but often the only break from sitting in the classroom is sitting during lunch. So, who is to blame or is anyone to blame? As the debate continues, we all hope for a healthier America and certainly healthier children. The debate has been going on for a long time and will continue long after we’re all gone. I guess we’re still stiving to gain a “ better understanding of the foods which we need to build healthy bodies.”

There’s still time to book your 4th Grade “In‐School” field trip.    Call 708‐354‐3276 to reserve a time slot! 

The generosity of schools shines during Food Checkout Week The school food drive portion of Food Checkout Week is always a proud moment for our Ag in the Classroom program. This year we were pleased to have 14 schools participate in the program. They jointly collected over5,500 pounds of food and pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses. These schools included: Haugan Elementary, Langford Academy, Robert A. Black Magnet School, John C. Dore Elementary, Marist High School and St. Rita High School all of Chicago. Additionally, St. Cletus School (LaGrange), Proviso West High School Key Club (Hillside), Fairview School-

4th Grade (Mt. Prospect), Concordia University Early Childhood Center (River Forest), Robina Lyle Elementary (Bridgeview), Most Holy Redeemer (Evergreen Park) and Southwest School (Evergreen Park). We wish thank everyone who helped collect and transport this food. The top donors received a box of agriculture themed fiction and non-fiction books, a certificate and a visit from Ronald McDonald himself during four elementary school assemblies. If your school would like to become a part of this program next year, contact Diane Merrion, Ag Literacy Coordinator.

Proviso High School Key Club students fill up our van with food that they collected for Food Checkout Day.

Robina Lyle School dropped off a truck load (literally) of food and donated 52 pounds of tabs.

Dairy, Meat, Vegetable Grant Each year, the Cook County Farm Bureau awards several middle and high schools a Dairy, Meat, Vegetable Grant. The purpose of this program is for teachers to purchase dairy, meat and/or vegetables to use in a classroom cooking project. Students are

For more information contact: Diane Merrion, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator 6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60526 Phone: 708-354-3276 fax: 708-579-6056

educated about where their foods come from, the importance of a well-balanced diet and the benefits of using of locally grown foods when possible. Projects approved for this year included the preparation of food from different cultures, the purchase of an indoor greenhouse

Alyssa Lehpamer and Justin Harling finish their preparation for Apple Cake from the Midwest Research in American and World Cuisine at Oak Forest High School in Mrs. Vogel’s class. A grant from Cook County Farm Bureau helped buy the supplies for the lab

Congratulations to Carole Scannell from Saint Germaine School in Oak Lawn for winning our $400 grant to attend the National Ag in the Classroom Conference this June. The grant will cover

Bookmark Contest

Teachers: Have your students enter our bookmark contest! See details on Ag Adventures page (Page 8) of this issue. Students need to enter individually.


to grow vegetables, hosting of a ‘small bites’ party featuring fresh, local ingredients and the study of beef to understand cuts of beef, beef handling, cooking and pricing. Eleven schools received our grant. Congratulations to these fine teachers and students.

Mallory Lampasona, Alyssa Lehpamer, and Maribel Roman made a Midwest Apple Cake in Mrs. Vogel’s American and World Cuisine class at Oak forest High School, which was funded by a grant from the Cook County Farm Bureau

Carole’s registration fee for the program which will be held in Minneapolis, MN from June 26-28th. If you are interested in joining other teachers in Cook County attending

the conference, email aitc@ to learn more information or go to http:// w w w. a g c l a s s r o o m . o r g / conference2013/index.htm to register directly.

Summer Ag Institute Call 708-354-3276 to register SAI-1 Agriculture In Action June 17-21, 2013 SAI‐1 offers  a  week  long  comprehensive  training seminar for teachers in Cook County.  Spend two days in the farm bureau office and  three  days  touring  O’Hare  Customs,  Jewel  Distribution  Center,  and  Balmoral  Park  to  name a few.        

Earn 35 CPDU's or 3 Graduate Level Credits! 

SAI-2 Institute of Food, Fiber & Fuel July 9-12, 2013

SAI‐2 takes  us  “on  the  road”  to  dive  deeper  into  agriculture  by  spending  several  days  and  two  nights  traveling  in  central  Illinois.  Meet  farm  families,  tour  agribusinesses  and  walk  away  with  curriculum materials for classroom use.     Earn 24 CPDU's or 2 Graduate Level Credits! 

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Cook County Farm Bureau

AGRICULTURE ADVENTURES FOR FAMILIES    we A re e   y e t?   r e th

Non­Contiguous States 

                  Grow a Pineapple Top

                             Start by purchasing a pineapple with a deep orange                                        color and strong fragrance. If slicing to eat, cut off the top                                     with about one inch of the fruit attached. Then cut away the                                 meaty part, being careful not to injure the stem at the center.             Set the top aside for a couple days to dry. When dry, suspend in a glass                          of water or bowl so that one‐half of the water covers the base of the stem.                           In a few weeks roots will appear. As soon as roots appear, pot it into a                         container with a good potting mix just covering the base of the stem.                      Patience is the key to starting tropical fruits indoors.  If the first one doesn't                    work, try again. Grocery store produce is sometimes hard to propagate at home.                    Once the plant starts to grow, give it two years before trying to initiate flowers.                     Most people are happy just to get the pineapple top to root and grow. If you are                    adventuresome, try to get it to flower and produce fruit too. This takes some                    effort, as pineapples require ethylene gas to trigger flowering. The best way                      to achieve this at home is to place the plant in a plastic bag with two or three                       apples, which give off ethylene gas. Close the bag and set it aside in indirect                        light for a week. If the treatment worked, you should be able to see some                         red color in the center of the newest leaves. Small rows of buds will appear                            and grow into a pineapple.                 As you can probably guess, this plant needs very high light and                                  direct sun is best. The plant is somewhat cacti like and prefers                                    warm temperatures and dry soil.                                                       *Provided by the University of Illinois Extension  

Each month, you will find us traveling through our 50 great states.    We’ll explore each region of our country and share Ag facts with you!   Sit back...relax...and enjoy the ride!  

Hawaii Agriculture    • The  number  one  agricultural  commodity  in  Hawaii,  according  to  a  recent  USDA report, was seed crops.    • The  island  of  Hawaii  has  several  large  cattle  ranches.    Cattle  &  calves  are  the fourth most important commodity in the state.  • Other top commodities include: sugarcane, macadamia nuts, and coffee.  • Pineapple is an important crop for the island of Maui.  • The islands of Maui and Kauai also raise cattle and hogs.  • Hawaii has 152 certified organic farm operations.    Alaska Agriculture    • Summer days of nearly constant daylight allow some crops to be  nurtured  to enormous size.  Jumbo crops include a world‐record 19 lb carrot, a 76 lb.  rutabaga, and a 127 lb cabbage!  • Greenhouse and nursery crops are the fastest‐growing segment of Alaska’s  agricultural industry.  • Alaskans rely on the sale of cattle, pigs, sheep, reindeer, milk, wool, antlers  and velvet, bison, yak and elk.  • Alaska  is  the  largest  state  (365  million  acres),  but  fewer  than  1  million  acres are farmed.    Information provided by 

Did you know  that each state  has its own soil?     

2013 Cook County Farm Bureau Bookmark Contest Pick up an Ag book this summer and…Travel into the world of agriculture!  Design  a  bookmark showing  how agriculture  is  a  part  of  your  life,  every    day.    Whether  it’s milk  from  a cow,  ethanol to fill your gas tank, cereal made with wheat, corn fresh from the field or soy ink on your newspaper, we  want to see how Ag is a part of your life!    Enter our bookmark contest and have people all over Cook County using it during their summer reading.      First and Second Place prizes will be awarded in two age groups: 6‐8 year olds; 9‐12 year olds.  First Place win‐ ners  will  receive  a  $25  Amazon  gift  card,  Second Place  winners  will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.  All four will receive an  ag  themed book.  The winning bookmarks will be duplicated for distribution this summer at local libraries and at the Cook County  Farm Bureau.    Entries must be received by 5/15/13 via email or mail.  Judging will be completed by 6/1/13.      For contest details, entry form and bookmark template please visit our website at:‐literacy

Alaska-Hawaii Word Search

You could win an ag basket   & movie tickets! 

Complete the  Word  Search  puzzle  and  your  name will be entered into a drawing for 4 movie  tickets!  Deadline is the 17th of each month.       Mail to: Cook Co. Farm Bureau  Ag Adventures Word Search  6438 Joliet Rd  Countryside, IL 60525  Fax to: (708)579‐6056  Email to:     Complete  and  send  the  puzzle  all  12  months  and your name is automatically entered into an  “End of Year” drawing for an Agricultural   Products Basket. 


Last month’s winner of four movie  tickets was Katherine Moran   from Brookfield, IL.   

Could you be the next winner?     

The soil of Alaska is called tanana  soil.  It was named after the Tanana  River, whose name was derived from  the Athabaskan word for ‘mountain  river’.    The soil of Hawaii is hilo.  Hilo soil  has historically been used for sugar‐ cane crops.  The Hawaiian definition  of the word ‘hilo’ is ‘first night of the  full moon’.    Find your state soil by visiting: state_soils/ 













































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Cook County Farm Bureau

Farm foremost in certain seasons Planting and harvest seasons improve our son’s odds of eating red licorice. We credit that to our farm’s eldest generation. Great Grandma often packs a baggie of the “pull-n-peel” goodness in Great Grandpa’s lunch cooler for a day in the tractor. For our son, a chance to hang out in the tractor before or after preschool is pretty cool. And it’s pretty much mandatory if the kids want to see Dad and the rest of our family during spring and fall. A young farmer recently told me his kids know the farm comes first at certain times of the year. I shared that sentiment, and that of his wife: Most of us who farm or grew up on one feel that innate devotion to the farm and its lifestyle.

Weekend roadtrip in May? Unavailable. Supper out in October? Pencil us for the next rainy day. You need help moving in June? Great timing! Soybeans should be planted by then. We hope. We take family vacations in timeframes that avoid spring planting and fall harvest. We color Easter eggs and carve pumpkins on rainy evenings. I remember the abnormal 2009 harvest (which ended in 2010) that made for an interesting Thanksgiving feast between field and farmhouse. I keep old calendars -- scribbled with our meetings, events and family plans -- for a couple years before tossing them. I flipped to planting time in 2011. I penned

only an Easter egg hunt for the Saturdays between mid-April and Memorial Day. The weekends appeared similarly blank for the weeks preceding, following and including October. The only notations: An annual church turkey supper (great carry-outs for the field) and our daughter’s birthday party. Cake in the field proves expected for our family’s fall-time birthdays. In fact, our daughter, now 7, begs for party balloons and ice cream in that setting to celebrate her late September birth. I’m so pleased. I’m not dragging our kids through anything except the occasional prodding with chicken chores. They generally love farm life and its obligations so far. They want to picnic in the field.

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Take snacks to the guys. Ride in the tractor. Play in the soil. Maybe search for native plants or peruse the farm timber with fieldwork nearby. During those busy weeks, they miss Dad at bedtime. And all of us certainly enjoy when the planting and harvest jobs finish and the schedule loosens. At the same time, we expect and respect the farm’s seasonal demands, support its purpose and work as a family toward the same goal. And we know that as soon as planting season ends, family fishing season begins. Joanie Stiers writes from Western Illinois.

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Pete Paso

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Paul Choi

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Cook County Farm Bureau


Policy Question of the Month How many hay or row crop sites did the Forest Preserve open for farming in Cook County?

Email the answer to or or call 708-354-3276 and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. MArch’s winner for the Public Policy Question of the Month was Loretta Dormann. Congratulations! March’s question: Name one elected official Cook CFB leaders met with this past month. Possible Answers: State Representatives Renee Kosel, Will Davis, and Tom Morison and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale. Cook CFB actively works with these commissioners on issues related to land in nutrient management as well as monitoring their actions as they impact our members.

State Representative Elizabeth Hernandez (pictured left) met with Cook CFB leaders Don Bettenhausen and Gerry Kopping during the 2013 Statewide Legislative Reception held in conjunction with Farm Bureau’s Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference in Springfield, Illinois.

Forest Preserve opens Acres for Farming At the end of February, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County opened over 1,000-acres and 12 sites for hay mowing and over 680-acres and four sites for row crop production, which is up from 2008 when the District opened five sites for hay mowing and one site for row crop production. Bids for the parcels were due in March and opened during a public bid opening. In 2008, Cook County Farm Bureau drafted a resolution supporting the continued use of hay mowing as a management technique for unrestored, conducive Forest Preserve sites. The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Liz Gorman was unanimously approved by the Board. The District’s decision to open additional, appropriate acres is applauded by the Farm Bureau and is in line with existing Farm Bureau policy. The expansion of farming in the Forest Preserve remains a priority of Cook CFB.

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Bona Heinsohn, Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Relations 6438 Joliet Rd., Countryside, Il 60525 phone: 708.354.3276 fax: 708.579.6056 Please visit us on Facebook at IL to be updated on agricultural issues and Cook County Government.

State Representative Tom Morrisson (pictured left) discusses current State issues and Farm Bureau policy with Cook County Farm Bureau leaders Don Bettenhausen and Mike Rauch during the 2013 Statewide Legislative Reception.

Farm Bureau Launches Speakers Bureau

Cook County Farm Bureau members interested in sharing their experiences in farming or a farm-related field are encouraged to apply to become a member of Cook CFB’s Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau an initiative of the Public Relations Team is designed to connect groups, organizations, and clubs with experts in the field of modern farming, roadside marketing, greenhouse production, and farm management. As additional speakers join the Speakers Bureau the list of topics will expand. Individuals interested in joining the Speakers Bureau are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276 or via email at bona@cookcfb. org to discuss the opportunity. Speakers will receive presentation assistance and valuable training.

In March, Governor Pat Quinn delivered his annual budget address or what he dubbed an “honest budget that reflects our fiscal challenges, pays down the backlog of bills and addresses funds that have been underappropriated for too long.” Pension funding has been and continues to be the most significant issue for the state budget. According to estimates, the pension system is costing taxpayers an additional $17 million per day. According to the Governor, his proposal fully funds the state’s pension liability at the expense of core priorities, including general state aid for public education. A second focus of the Governor’s address was the backlog of bills. He is proposing a complete review of tax loopholes, including the foreign dividend corporate loophole, the federal production activities loophole, and the non-combination rule. Farm Bureau will remain diligent to ensure that the agricultural sales tax exemption and other tax incentives are not viewed as “unnecessary” by the Quinn Administration and State Legislators. The Governor’s speech also focused on economic growth. He outlined the addition of 167,000 private sector jobs as well as the recent $700 million in road and bridges investments. In regards to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, under the Governor’s proposal the Department is expected to see a five percent or nearly five million dollar increase in funding. Within the Department of Agriculture, the Cook County Extension’s Fiscal Year 2014 is anticipated to remain at 2013 levels, $2,449,200 unlike Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which will see a $515,000 increase. The Governor’s budget address is the first step in the budget process for Fiscal Year 2014. His plan spends $35.6 billion; however, earlier in March the House of Representatives passed a resolution establishing $35.08 as the total budget amount, which is a $500 million difference. Senate and House committees will not begin budget discussions with the goal of approving a budget before the end of May.

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Welcome to Illinois, the Land of Lincoln. Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, who is now (as my grandma would put By Bona Heinsohn it) rolling in his grave out of embarrassment. Only in Illinois, would voters in the Second Congressional District consider replacing one felon with another felon. Republican voters (yes, they do exist in the heavily Democratic Second Congressional District) in February chose ex-convict Paul McKinley over Eric Wallace to represent them in the race to replace now former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is awaiting sentencing on multiple

criminal counts. With the Primary Election now a distant memory, Wallace, a multimedia executive from Flossmoor fell twenty plus votes shy of McKinley who has spent over twenty years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery. In 1978, McKinley was sentenced to concurrent three- and four-year sentences for burglary and armed robbery; in 1981 he was sentenced to four years for burglary; in 1985 he was sentenced to five years for two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm; and 30 years for armed robbery. McKinley was paroled in 1997 according to the state Department of Corrections. In addition to over twenty years behind bars, McKinley has notched over a dozen additional arrests for protests gone badly.

He’s carried his protesting fury over to the Second Congressional District where his campaign mantra is “rage against the machine.” Ironically, the past three Congressmen from the Second District have left office amidst scandal. Most recently, Jackson plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statements. His wife, Sandy, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. Jackson may face up to 57 months in prison and $100,000 in fines. Jackson rose to power after then Congressman Mel Reynolds was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice, et al. Reynolds in the midst of the allegation easily won re-election and was then forced to step down.

In 1992, Reynolds beat then Congressmen Gus Savage in a hotly contest race in the newly redrawn Second District. In the coup de grace, Reynolds accused Savage of participating in a drive by shooting that injured him. Savage too left office bathed in controversy. Needless to say, given the political leanings of the Second Congressional District combined with Republican Party leaders’ dismay, it will be up to McKinley and his supporters to squeak out a win in the heavy-Democratic district. However, who the Second Congressional District representative will be is solely and completely up to the voters, who are charged with the monumental task of choosing their representative in Congress.

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Cook County Farm Bureau

MEMBER RELATIONS Cook County Financial

Representatives of the Month

Friday, May 17th from 9 am—4 pm CCFB building 6438 Joliet Rd., Countryside

Alex McElroy Chicago North Agency, Vicki Nygren, Agency Manager Alex McElroy has been named Chicago North Employee Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. His office is located at 1426 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago, IL. His phone number is (773) 472-1820. Alex has been a Financial Representative since January 2008.

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Phil Seroczynski Chicago South Agency, Marc Rogala, Agency Manager Phil Seroczynski has been named Employee Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. His office is located at 5309 S. Hyde Park in Chicago, IL. His phone number is (773) 363-6416. Phil has been a Financial Representative since May 2012.

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See page 8 for Stroke Detection in Schaumbu rg on Thursd ay May 16th


Each month, we highlight one of our member to member benefits to help members better take advantage of the many opportunities and advantages offered by the organization. Should you have any questions regarding this or any other benefit, please contact your Cook County Farm Bureau Member Service Center at 708-354-3276. To view the entire list of special offers, go to

Beverly Construction

2301 Spruce Road, Homewood, IL 60430 708.843.3966 24 hour emergency service.

The Financial Representative of the Month program is designed by Country Financial Agency Managers of Cook County to recognize overall Insurance Leaders in Life, Disability, Auto, Home, and Health production during the month. The agent earns the award through efforts to provide quality service to existing and new clients. Listed below are the various agents honored by their agency manager with the Financial Representative of the Month designation.

Licensed, bonded, insured. Residential and Commercial. Specializing in repairs, remodels, lighting, service upgrades. Free estimates - 10% discount to Farm Bureau members ($100 max value). Also Senior Discounts. Look for is on Facebook Search Beverly Construction.

Bill Asimakopoulos Countryside Agency, Mike Flynn, Agency Manager Bill Asimakopoulos has been named Career Financial Representative of the month for January 2013. His office is located at 737 Plainfield Rd in Darien, IL. His phone number is (630) 887-7788. Bill has been a Financial Representative since March 1999. His email address is bill.asimakopoulos@countryfinancial. com. Tony Munno Countryside Agency, Mike Flynn, Agency Manager Tony Munno has been named Employee Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. Tony’s office is located at 6438 Joliet Rd. in Countryside, IL. His phone number is (708) 352-5555. Tony has been a Financial Representative since September 2012. His email address is Robert Sitkiewicz Northshore Agency, Mike Cerf, Agency Manager Robert Sitkiewicz has been named Career Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. His office is located at 25 S. Prospect Ave in Park Ridge, IL. His phone number is (847) 696-9484. Robert has been a Rep since February 2005. Grant Hoerr Northshore Agency, Mike Cerf, Agency Manager Grant Hoerr has been named Employee Rep of the Month for February 2013. His office is located at 25 S. Prospect Ave in Park Ridge, IL. His phone number is (847) 696-9484. Grant Hoerr has been an agent since March 2012. Tom Geraghty Orland Park Agency, Cary Tate, Agency Manager Tom Geraghty has been named Career Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. His office is located at 5003 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn, IL. His phone number is (708) 425-9700. Tom has been an agent since December 1982. Troy Vidovic Orland Park Agency, Cary Tate, Agency Manager Troy Vidovic has been named Employee Representative of the Month for February 2013. His office is located at 12130 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights, IL. His phone number is (708) 361-3665. Troy has been an agent since February 2010. Nader Mikhaeil Rolling Meadows, Jerry Anderson, Agency Manager Nader Mikhaeil has been named Career Financial Representative of the Month for February, 2013. Nader’s office is located at 4200 W. Euclid Avenue, Suite E, in Rolling Meadows, IL. His phone number is (847)963-8874. Nader has been an agent since March, 2006. Nader was also named Career Financial Representative of the Month for December 2012. Tim Hranka Rolling Meadows, Jerry Anderson, Agency Manager Tim Hranka was been named Employee Agent of the Month for January 2013. His office is located at 4190 W. Euclid Ave in Rolling Meadows, IL. His phone number is (847) 963-1540. Tim has been a Financial Representative since January 2011. Kathy Spiewak Schaumburg Agency, Jack Smith, Agency Manager Kathy Spiewak has been named Career Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. Kathy’s office is located at 2435 W. Schaumburg Rd. in Schaumburg, IL. Her phone number is (847) 301-6609. Kathy has been a Financial Representative with COUNTRY® Financial since February 2007.



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| 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL For more information contact: Katie Smith, Director of Membership

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phone: 708.354.3276


*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other ticket offer

Cook County Farm Bureau’s Member Service Center is now on Facebook. We will keep you up-to-date on all upcoming events, new membership benefits and programs. Look us up by searching “Cook County Farm Bureau Membership/Benefits”

Nikhil Mullik Schaumburg Agency, Jack Smith, Agency Manager Nikhil Mullik has been named Employee Financial Representative of the month for February 2013. Nikhil’s office is located at 2435 W. Schaumburg Rd. in Schaumburg, IL. His phone number is (847) 891-6660. Nikhil has been a Financial Representative with COUNTRY® Financial since November 2012. Jim Verduin South Holland Agency, Jeff Orman, Agency Manager Jim Verduin has been named Career Financial Representative of the Month for February 2013. Jim’s office is located at 17080 S. Park Ave in South Holland, IL. His phone number is (708) 596-0008. Jim has been a Financial Representative since March 1982. Ted Parks South Holland Agency, Jeff Orman, Agency Manager Ted Parks has been named Employee Financial Representative of the Month for November 2012. Ted’s office is located at 4845 W. 167th St, Unit 101 in Oak Forest, IL. His phone number is (708) 560-7777. Ted has been a Financial Representative since June 2012.

Co-Operator April 2013


is the number of Cooperators sent to households in the last year! It’s no wonder the classified ad section is so popular with our members!

Classifieds All items listed are for the accommodation of the membership and without guarantee of the publisher.

Miscellaneous Black lacquer entertainment center, made in Italy, three separate pieces with center cabinet measuring 30” wide and two side curved glass (lighted) curio cabinets each 16.25” wide. Use individually or attach together for a total width of 62.5”, height is 73.25”, and 16.5” deep. $80 cash & carry. Located in Tinley Park. Call 708-268-6080. Quantum rehab 600 series power wheelchair. Power tilt, power recline, attendant control. Call for info: 708-654-2010. Craftman’s table saw w/assorted blades $100. Player piano w/many music rolls, electric, great rec-room item $500. Call 708-687-8366. White cabinet, 2-door $150. 4’ wide, 6’ tall, 6 lg shelves. Located in Lansing, IL area. Call 708-418-5869. Plumbers Rigid 2” kitchen sink sewer rod. Paid $500 new. Used 3 times, asking $335. Call 630-674-2638. 4 pc nice matching love seat, sofa bed (mattress innerspring) w/recliner, corner pc. 5 pc kitchen set, red mahogany all wood, table and 4 chairs – high back $195 OBO. Please call 847-514-6099. Water purifier – Steel Tec whole house & under sink reverse osmosis. ST-848, most popular residential unit. Equipped with Steel Tec’s finest features and is guaranteed to last a lifetime! $450 OBO, www.steeltecwater. com, Call 630-533-9485. Portable jet bath tub bubble bath spa, adjustable bubble & shut off, hangs off your tub. Conair brand $30. 2 gallon humidifier for baby’s room, adjustable shut off $30. Call 708-562-2785. Antiques; from year 1900, flat topped trunk $25, bookcase w/glass door, 2’ wide x 4’ tall $20. Round lamp table, decorative scroll work $20. 3 piece girl’s bedroom set includes nightstand, chest of drawers, dresser with mirror $100. Call 708-4487891.


Buffet table, 47” long – 1 long drawer, 2 drawers for storage, total of 4 drawers $50. Oak table w/leaf, will seat 10-12 $100. Microwave w/turntable, 1500 watts $35. Antique book case, maple $60 OBO. Animal carrier, small, like-new $20. Call 708-534-3635. Free condominium size spa in working condition, needs hot water heater. Call 847296-1067. 3 piece Thomasville w/storage $450 OBO. Oak Lawn area. Call 708-598-8515. For sale, complete contemporary living room set includes: sofa, loveseat, table lamp, designer mirror, with two designer wall paintings. Asking $495.00 for everything; willing to sell sofa and loveseat together for $350; all in excellent condition, located in south suburbs. If interested please call 708-497-8718.

Automotives and Accessories 1966 Thunderbird parts (rust free) right, left fenders, right, left doors with glass, rear valence. Call 708-469-9216. 1983 El Camino –restored 74,000 original pearl white exterior, brown interior, many extras! $9,500 OBO. Call 708-469-9216. Sharp 2010 Honda Fit Sport, 1 owner, 5 speed, blue tooth, no accidents, lite blue, low miles $14,000 OBO. Please call 773407-4031. 2010 Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide custom silver pearl w/only 400 mi, 1584 cc, 6 speed, 2 seats, solo and dual, chrome battery box, rear pegs, h.d. bike cover $10,000 – SW Burbs. Call Tom at 630728-0133.

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Real Estate For Sale/Rent Crystal River, FL (80 mi. N Tampa Bay). 3 bedroom, 2 full bath manufactured home built 2003 w garden tub in Master. 1284

sq. ft. living space. Large kitchen w many cabinets and new flooring. All appliances are included.

Laundry room w washer/

dryer included. Features 8 x 8 storage shed, large covered carport, 12 X 12 screened lanai.

Includes new HDTV, Blu-Ray

player, soundbar. Excellent clean move-in condition, quiet area on cul-de-sac, backs to

undeveloped area. New A/C & heat pump in Fall 2010. Meets all building code standards

for hurricanes. In gated age 55+ community w large clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness

Phoenix, AZ – 1 bedroom ground floor, furnished gated Co-op ownership apartment. Includes pool, patio and situated near church, school, mall, lite rail with easy freeway access. Asking $20,000. Please call 708-821-6120 or 773-581-1435. Hunting club – owner/membership. 250 AC +/- 6 month pheasant club also available. Turkey-deer-ducks, working man’s club. 25 members, 4 birds per day per member, guest permitted E-Z drive Burlington, Wis. $12,000. For more info call Jim at 847942-5307. Historic rowhouse, brick & stone remodeled, 4 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, new plumbing, new furnace, new roof. Oak floors, fireplace, great location, downtown Oak Park. Zoned for business, new kitchen, granite, ss appliances. Great investment! Call 708660-9406

owner at (630)-277-7004 (cell) or (630)-554-

Vacation Rentals/Sales

House for rent in Charleston, IL for students

SW Michigan cottage on beautiful inland lake property; price reduced. All offers considered. Please call 708-448-7378.

room, & other amenities. $39,900 or Best Offer.


For details contact

0852 (home).

of EIU, 5 bedrooms, 2 bath, new appliances,

$320 per student. For more info or to see inside contact Kim Lee (manager) at 217273-0675.

Vacation house for rent in New Buffalo, Michigan. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 6, kid friendly/toys. Walk to beach. Please call 708-291-0214.

Silverleaf Presidential level timeshare for sale. Deeded at Fox River resort in Norway, IL. Choose any Silverleaf or RCI destinations. The week is over July 4th. Due to family circumstances we need to sell the unit. Asking $13,400. Call Dwayne at 708-906-6443. Enjoy EPCOT’s Flower Festival and rent this lovely 3 bedroom villa for $650/wk. Call 708704-6239 for color brochure. 5 Star Resort – 3 br/2 ba Condo 2 miles from Disney World Orlando. Call 630-853-7669 or go to


Schwinn Stingray bicycles and other banana seat bikes. Also, Honda mini-trail bikes. Please call 708-361-8230. Farm machinery, 5-6 ft disk, 1 btm plow-pull type, 1 section harrow. Call Kolze’s Corner Gardens at 815-338-1475 and ask for Bob. Wanted: Your Lincoln pennies. Up to 10% paid for your loose change. Sell your batch and make some cash. Call Ken the Coin Collector at 630-863-3648. Wanted: Used fishermans kayak, 10-12 ft. Call Mark at 708-532-5231.

FREE Classified Ads for Cook County Farm Bureau members

All Cook County Farm Bureau members may run two non-commercial classified ads annually free in the Cooperator. Ads must be in our office by the 15th of each month. Category:

l For Sale

l For Rent

l Wanted

1950 Cadillac Coupe, white, automatic, orig. wire rims, orig. interior, Chicago Police captain’s car (with 2 spotlights). Call 312738-0113.

Name ____________________________________________________________________________

2003 GMC Yukon SLT. 4 WD, 98K miles. One owner, well mainted. 5.3L, V8. Loaded, towing package (never used), newer tires, running boards, all power, leather, premium Bose sound, 6 CD changer, rear DVD, remote start, 3rd row seats. $10,500 OBO. Call 708-579-1995.

Address ___________________________________________________________________________

Pristine 2002 Jaguar XKR Convertible; 400 hp, supercharged limited edition, only $17,000 miles. Every available option including Cabrolet seats, Brembo brake system, and special ltd edition interior, wood, wheels and paint, with new tires. One of only 1,000 made. Purchased for $110,000; asking $35,900 OBO. Must see! 2009 Volkswagen touareg – every available option, low mileage, excellent condition, new tires, brakes and warranty! 29,500 OBO. Also 1999 volvo S80T6 – fully loaded, low mileage, exc. cond! $5,750 OBO. Please call Jim at 312-493-4810 or 708-429-4810.


Phone ____________________________________________________________________________

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_________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Complete the above form and mail to: Cook County Farm Bureau, 6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525 or fax your ad in to the office at 708-579-6056 or email to: Non-member ad rate: $.75 per word; $15.00 minimum.

Our Facebook Pages Have Merged On January 1st, all of our Facebook pages merged into one Facebook page for convenient access to everything Farm Bureau related. Any information relating to Membership Services, Public Policy, Ag in the Classroom and Farmed & Fed can now be found at: Farm.Bureau.IL If you were a “fan” of any of our other pages, please be sure to re-“Like” us at the new page or “Like” us for the very first time if you haven’t already done so!


2013 FORD F-150


$500 Bonus For Illinois Farm Bureau Members Illinois Farm Bureau members get $500 Bonus Cash* toward the purchase or lease of any eligible 2012/2013/2014 Ford vehicle. Enjoy valuable savings on your choice of vehicles from our comfortable and capable lineup of cars and trucks – like the 2013 Ford F-150 with best-in-class max trailer tow and payload capability, and 4 engines to choose from, including the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 Engine.

Take advantage of this exclusive special offer today.


AMC has bumped the rate for their Gold Tickets 50¢. We now offer the Gold Tickets for $8.50. AMC Gold Tickets have no restrictions and can be used the same day a movie is released, any day of the week and have no expiration date. AMC Gold Tickets offer a savings of $2.00. In addition, we also sell AMC Silver Tickets for $6.50 each (10-day restriction). Please contact us at (708) 354-3276 to purchase your movie tickets over the phone using a Visa/MC/Discover and we will be glad to mail your tickets out to you!

The Cooperator, official publication of the Cook County Farm Bureau, does accept paid advertising. A copy of the rate card may be accessed at in News and Views or call the CCFB office at 708.354.3276 for a copy. The publication goes to more than 40,000 households each month. *Program #34216: $500 Bonus Cash offer exclusively for active Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. Offer is valid from 1/03/2013 through 1/2/2014 for the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2012/2013/2014 model year Ford or Lincoln vehicle. Not available on Mustang Shelby GT/GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Focus EV, Focus S, Fiesta S, Focus ST, Edge SE AWD (12MY), F-150 Raptor, Taurus SE and 13MY MKZ including Hybrid. This offer may not be used in conjunction with other Ford Motor Company private incentives or AXZDPlans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. You must be an eligible Association member for at least 60 consecutive days and must show proof of membership. Limit one $500 Bonus Cash offer per vehicle purchase or lease. Limit of five new eligible vehicle purchases or leases per Farm Bureau member during program period. See your Ford or Lincoln Dealer for complete details and qualifications.

Co-Operator April 2013


Wagner Farm to Host First-Ever NorthShore Baconfest on April 27

CCFB Electronics Recycling/Shred Day Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:00 am — 12:00 noon Country Financial Building 4190 W. Euclid Ave in Rolling Meadows Don’t let your old electronics end up in a land-fill!

Thinking about replacing any of  your electronics this spring?     Items that CAN be dropped              off for recycling: 

   Items that CANNOT be dropped                   off for recycling:             Microwaves    Washers/Dryers     Refrigerators   Air Conditioners     T.V.’s      Freezers                 Food Processing Equipment 

Bring any old documents (up to 3 bankers boxes) that you would like to be shredded FREE OF CHARGE for our members!

Computers     Speakers     Servers     Laptop    Batteries/UPS  Copiers   

Stereo Equipment    Printers/Faxes    Circuit Boards     Phones (All Types)   Networking Equipment  Cables 



*Computer Monitors*   Because of environmental  protection rules, we need  to charge $10 per com‐ puter monitor to cover the  costs of proper recycling  and disposal. 

“Better than a burn barrel Much easier than using scissors”

Call the CCFB at 708.354.3276 to make a reservation. 

Tree & Pond Stocking Sale

Our friends at the Will/Cook Soil and water Conservation District asked us to help promote an upcoming program. The Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District is currently taking orders for the Spring 2013 Tree and Fish Sale. Order forms are available on the District Website and can be picked up at the Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District office during business hours.   U.S. Mail, email and fax copies can also be requested by calling (815) 462-3106 x 3. The District has a wide variety of plants, shrubs, and trees available this fall.  Stock ranges in size from 8 inches to 6-foot linear stock, and one, two and three gallon potted stock. Fish varieties for sale include Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Redear, Hybrid

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Sunfish, Hybrid Redear, Fathead Minnows, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Triploid Grass Carp and Albino Catfish (new). Grass Carp must be ordered by April 19th. All other orders must be received by Monday, April 29th.  Orders are pre-paid only. Tree orders will be available for pickup on Friday, May 3rd 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th at 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Will/South Cook SWCD building located at 1201 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox, Illinois. Fish stock will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 4th, at 7 a.m. only, at the above location. Rain Barrels, Composters, Water Test Kits, Soil Test Kits and Logo T’s and baseball caps will also be available for purchase.  Call (815) 462-3106 ext. 3 for more info.

2013 Paint the Yard Contest

Wagner Farm, one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County, is teaming up with Cook County Farm Bureau, Kraft, First Farm Credit Services, Catered by Design, and the Lloyd & Kathryn Bettis Foundation to host the first-ever Northshore Baconfest the evening of April 27. Bacon is generously being provided by Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods brand.  Proceeds from the event will

benefit the Friends of Wagner Farm, a 501(c)(3) organization, which exists to support Wagner Farm in its mission to provide visitors with memorable educational experiences about farming and its history. The evening will feature chefs serving up tastings of imaginative bacon creations.  Tickets are available at: http://

West Virginia Autumn Foliage featuring the New River Train

5 DAYS • 8 MEALS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  5 Day Motorcoach and Scenic Train Holiday  Free home or local pickup and return  8 Meals (2 dinners, 2 lunches and 4 breakfasts)  Ride West Virginia’s New River Train through the beautiful New River Gorge and see such landmarks as Hawks Nest Dam and Bridge, Stretcher Neck Tunnel and Sandstone Falls  Visit the Railroad Days Festival, an annual street fair featuring local food, arts & crafts in Hinton, West Virginia  Enter the “Bunker,” a top-secret underground bunker built to house members of the U.S. Government during the Cold War  Enjoy lunch at The Greenbrier Resort  Enjoy the charm of Charleston, West Virginia’s state capital, nestled along the Kanawha River in the Appalachian Mountains  $25 in Mayflower Money DAY ONE – Travel to West Virginia We set off today across the state of Indiana to Kentucky and a welcome dinner hosted by our Tour Manager. Dinner DAY TWO – West Virginia’s New River Train This morning we board the New River Train at the Huntington C&O depot for a journey through some of West Virginia’s most beautiful autumn foliage scenery. The world-renowned New River Train

Autumn Foliage in West Virginia

only operates four times a year and follows the Kanawha River through the beautiful New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. One of the newest national parklands, the “Grand Canyon of the East” along the New River, is aglow in autumn colors and offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Landmarks and scenic locations along the tracks include Hawks Nest Dam and Bridge, Stretcher Neck Tunnel and Sandstone Falls. Upon arrival in Hinton, enjoy Railroad Days, the annual street fair featuring local food and arts & crafts. Breakfast and box lunch DAY THREE – The Bunker During the Cold War the United States government maintained a top-secret underground bunker in the mountains of West Virginia. Built beneath The Greenbrier, a luxurious Southern resort, the facility was designed to house the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate in case of nuclear attack. Compromised by an investigative reporter in 1993, the bunker is now open to the public. With the code name “Project Greek Island,” it remains a sobering reminder of how America lived with and prepared for the possibility of a Soviet nuclear attack. Enter the bunker for an interesting view of life during the Cold

War era. You will also enjoy lunch at The Greenbrier. Breakfast and lunch DAY FOUR – Charming Charleston Nestled amid the beautiful rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains is West Virginia’s capital city, Charleston. Set along the Kanawha River, Charleston’s charm is a true delight. Later, we continue to Ohio and a farewell dinner hosted by our Tour Manager. Breakfast and dinner DAY FIVE – Home Traveling back across Ohio we arrive home with wonderful memories of our journey aboard West Virginia’s New River Train. Breakfast

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Day One – Hampton Inn, Ashland, KY Days Two and Three – Country Inn & Suites, Beckley, WV Day Four – Clarion Inn, Hudson, OH




Single Triple

add $359 deduct $8

New River Train

24 | West Virginia Autumn Foliage

Contact Debbie at 708-354-3276 or membershipdebbie@ for reservation information.

This tour is very popular with the travelers! They will ride West Virginia’s New River Train through the beautiful New River Gorge and see such landmarks as Hawks Nest Dam and Bridge, Stretcher Neck Tunnel and Sandstone Falls. The New River Train only operates two weekends in the fall so the travelers can experience the beautiful fall foliage! At the Greenbrier Resort, travelers will visit the Bunker which was built to house the members of the House of Representatives and Senate incase of a nuclear attack during the Cold War.

Container Garden Category Added!

Calling all member and non-member gardeners: Paint your Yard this season and join the contest. Go to a participating local Cook County Farm Bureau Garden Center/Greenhouse, purchase market flowers, obtain your entry form, enter the contest and plant your garden. Buy it, plant it, and photograph

it…hurry entry forms are due by June 17th 2013. Take a before and after photograph of the yard or container garden and email the photo by July 22nd to membershipdebbie@ Win the popular vote or the judges’ choice and be awarded a gift certificate (on us!) to your Garden Center: 3 - 1st Prizes $300.00 each

Popular Vote, Judge’s choice Yard & Container Garden 3 - 2nd Prizes$200.00 each Popular Vote, Judge’s choice Yard & Container Garden It’s as easy as that. Go to or call 708-354-3276 to find a participating Garden Center near you.

® COOKFRESH PRIDE… We are looking for your favorite Recipe that you proudly cook using fresh, locally

grown and raised ingredients for our: Cook County Farm Bureau 2013 Recipe Collection All entries will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to a county member Farm Stand or grocery retailer near you. Email or mail your recipe along with your name and phone number to: Cook County Farm Bureau Attn: Debbie Voltz 6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525 708-354-3276 Or email to

April 2013 Cooperator  

The official publication of the Cook County Farm Bureau.