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Ag Days @ Mooseheart
For a quarter of a century, the Kane County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee has sponsored the Annual Ag Days Expo at Mooseheart in March.
As many as 2,000 4th grade students and their teachers from Kane County elementary schools attend this agricultural exhibit in celebration of National Agriculture Week. The exhibit includes presenters from many facets of the agriculture industry, an indoor farm zoo and an outdoor farm equipment showcase.
The students travel through 16 different stations learning about the many facets of agriculture in Kane County. They learn about ethanol, soy diesel, how plants have made adaptations to their environments, the egg and poultry industry, the ZIP (zinc, iron and protein) of beef, that pigs not only give us food, but also valuable byproducts, how to understand the new food pyramid, the many different careers in the green industry, the fun of 4-H, the 1800’s way of life, the various types of fiber, the use of GPS systems in farming today, and finally get to see and touch various types of modern farm machinery.
AgDays takes place annually at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse on Mooseheart Road near Batavia. If you would like to volunteer to chaperone groups of students through this worthwhile educational program, please let us know.
Ag Days presenters and topics include:
Agriflight, Kleins produce farm, Kane DuPage Soil and Water, Kane County Health Department, Illinois Beef Producers, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Producers, Master Gardeners, U of I Extension, Careers in agriculture, 4-H Ambassadors, Gehrke Family Farm, Garfield Farm Museum, Kuiper’s Farm, Primrose Farm, Green Pastures Coop, Bees, Monsanto, Nutrients for Life, GPS/soil testing, Modern day farm equipment and farm animals.
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Touch A Tractor
If you would like to get “up close and personal” with farm machinery, come to the Kane County Farm Bureau’s community event, Touch-A-Tractor. Touch-A-Tractor is held every year on the front lawn at the Farm Bureau, Randall Road and Oak Street in St. Charles.
This program was named a national award winner in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) “County Activities of Excellence” recognition program. The program was selected as one of 10 most outstanding programs in the nation by AFBF in the category of Education and Ag Promotion.
The concept is simple: We use the association’s property on Randall Road to bring a bit of the farm to the city. Displayed on the lawn is a variety of farm equipment, from modern combines and tillage equipment, to antique tractors.
There is no cost for admission, and children are allowed to see equipment up close, touch it, and talk to farmers to gain a better understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the role that farmers play in our area.
In addition to farm machinery are attractions, food, kids games, a farm animal zoo and agricultural demonstrations to entertain our guests. The Farm Bureau’s educational Foundation also holds a raffle, drawing a winning ticket for the grand prize at the conclusion of the event. Click here to see this year's grand prize and for details on how to get your chance to win!
The goal of Touch-A-Tractor is to educate students and their families about the variety of farm equipment and its purposes in food production. But, it is more than an educational program as it provides a tremendous opportunity for interaction between Kane County farmers and the general public. Click here for an interview about the program with KCFB's Suzi Myers, on Agribusiness This Week. Area farmers who would like to display antique tractors for the event are asked to contact the Farm Bureau at 630-584-8660.
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AITC Volunteer Sandy Gould of Maple Park reads the book Heartland to students in Mrs. Bowers’ third grade class at Corron Elementary School in South Elgin during SPROUTS.
Each year, an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Kane County Farm Bureau brings insights into agriculture to third graders in area classrooms through SPROUTS, or Spring Program of Reading and Outreach to Urban Teachers and Students. Volunteers read a book about agriculture to the kids and then answer questions about the book and life on a farm.
“In Kane County we have a distinctive setting, because we are at the edge of suburban areas and farm country,” said KCFB Ag Literacy Coordinator Suzi Myers. “We hope these short visits get students asking questions about agriculture and that they’ll continue to learn about how their food gets from the field to the dinner table.” The goal of the program is to increase the number of agriculture related books in the classroom libraries as well as supply ag related lessons that teachers can use.
Because the activity tends to pique the students’ interest in agriculture, each classroom receives a copy of an ag-themed book. Teachers can use the book for additional lessons to extend the impact of the Farm Bureau’s efforts.
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|Kane County Fair (Zoo, Games, Raffles, Country Store, & more!)
Kane County Farm Bureau use the Kane County Fair to raise funds…and friends, for Foundation Scholarship and Agricultural Literacy programs. Some of the activities you will find include:
- Farm Zoo
Each year farm animals are brought in for children to see and pet. In the past this has included cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, goats and chicks. There are interesting facts about each animal posted on the outside of each corral so that children can learn more about each one. Kids can get up close and personal with farm animals! Free ice cream cones at 6:00 daily for the first 100 kids (12 & under) to take the Farm Zoo Quiz.
- Bucket Raffles
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation provides $15,000 - $25,000 per year in tuition assistance to deserving students from Kane County who are pursuing careers in agriculture and food related industries. To raise money to help fund these scholarships, the Farm Bureau sets up a “Bucket Raffle” at the Kane County Fair each year. Items are donated by local businesses and individuals, and then fair attendees can come in and look at the items offered in the raffle, purchase tickets for $1 each, and place their raffle tickets inside each bucket of the items they would like to win. Drawings are done at the conclusion of the fair, and winners not in attendance are then notified.
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- Gas Grill Raffle
Each year one lucky member of the Farm Bureau wins a stainless steel gas grillat the Kane County Fair! Farm Bureau is your source for quality beef. pork and chicken and offers monthly specials to member through our publication, Kane County Farmer.
- Meat Raffles
Each day of the Kane County Fair, members can stop by and enter to win a 5 lb. box of meat at the Farm Bureau booth. Winners are chosen at the close of the fair each day.
- Foundation Raffle
To advance agricultural education for students of all ages, the KCFB Foundation hosts an annual “Winner’s Choice” Raffle. The 2013 Grand Prize is winner's choice of a 1921 Ford Model T "Huckster" Produce Truck, or a John Deere X500 riding lawn mower, or $5,000 in cash. Click here for more details on the 2013 Winner's Choice Raffle.
The Grand Prize in 2007 was an IH SuperH antique farm tractor, and in 2008 it was a 1952 John Deere B. Winners could also choose a new lawn tractor or cash. For 2009 the grand prize was a Chevrolet Silverado E85 Truck, or $20,000 cash. The 2010 Grand Prize was a John Deere Gator TS 4x2 or $5,000 in cash. These raffles boost the value of tuition assistance the Foundation offers. Raffles are kicked-off each year at the Kane County Fair with the announcement of the grand prize for the raffle.
- Country Store
Choose from agriculture books for children, farm themed crafts, reproduction farm toys, unique Illinois commodity products, Teeple Barn collectibles, Farm Bureau logo wear, giant agriculture coloring books, pork barbeque spices, and JD & Case IH farm toys
- Jurassic Pork
Every kid imagines being Indiana Jones and going on an archeological dig. Let your kids do the same at the Farm Zoo during the Kane County Fair. Children can dip their fingers and toes into a sandbox filled with corn and search for their pig or cow eraser. A real treasure!
- The Barn Loft
Almost every farm kid remembers spending days in the hayloft with their friends. Kane County Farm Bureau is recreating this experience for your kids. There will be a display of straw bales set up for your kids (ages 4-8) to play in and make some of their own memories.
Ag in the Classroom activities
John Buck Memorial Golf Outing
Agriculture and golf were John Buck’s passions. So it was only fitting that after his death from cancer in 2001, that his family and friends would keep his legacy alive by offering educational scholarships in those fields. Buck was the founder of Buck Brothers, Inc. and J.W. Turf, both of Hampshire, dealers and distributors of John Deere farm equipment and golf course maintenance equipment, respectively.
An Annual John Buck Memorial Golf Outing is held each year. The outing is sponsored by Buck Bros. Inc and J.W. Turf . Proceeds from this event are split between the Midwest Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation for scholarship programs. Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation administers the John Buck Memorial Scholarship Fund and selects on recipient annually for tuition assistance provided by the Fund.
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|IAITC Golf Outing
The Fourteenth Annual IAITC Golf Outing will be held on August 5, 2010 at the Wolf Creek Golf Club and the Elks Country Club in Pontiac, IL. The outing continues to be the largest, and by all accounts most popular golf outing benefiting agriculture in the state of Illinois.
The 2008 Golf Outing saw 225 golfers take to the links to support the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program. The 2009 IAITC Golf Outing raised $42,500 for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.
For additional information, contact the IAA Foundation, at 309-557-2230.
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IAITC Sporting Clays
The Perry County Farm Bureau and the Randolph County Farm Bureau will host the fourth annual "Pull for Agriculture Education," on July 17, 2010 to support Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom. The “Pull” will host shooting enthusiasts from Illinois and surrounding states to compete for cash and prizes! The Pull is held at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL.
Shooters participate in a 100 target competition, Sporting Clays and/or Trap, as well as other shooting events. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Perry County and Randolph County Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom programs.
For additional information, contact the Perry County Farm Bureau at 618-357-9355, or the Randolph County Farm Bureau at 618-443-4511 or visit www.rcfb.org/home.html.
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