Farm Bureau earns national recognition

By on March 19, 2009

Kane County Farm Bureau (KCFB) has been recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for its “Discover the Bounty of Kane” program, which was a part of the Federation’s “County Activities of Excellence” program.

KCFB worked with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), area farmer’s markets and direct farm marketers to develop a website,, where consumers can find local farm products. The website includes an interactive map that takes visitors to the website or e-mail of each producer with just a click of the mouse.

KCFB also printed and distributed 50,000 post cards with the website address and a list of farmer’s market dates and locations. A brochure that lists the farmer’s markets, along with 36 different producers in Kane County, is also available, and includes a map and list of product offerings.

“This award is an honor, not only for Kane County, but for Illinois agriculture as a whole,” IDOA Director Tom Jennings said. “It proves once again, that our great state is setting the pace in innovation and forward thinking in this rapidly changing industry.”

The project was supported by the Illinois Farmers’ Market Advertising Grant Program, which provides farmers markets up to $7,500 to help with advertising and promotional expenses. The funds are awarded to the Illinois Department of Agriculture through the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

The Farm Bureau shared its successful effort in an exhibit at American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 90th Annual Meeting in San Antonio in January. KCFB’s project was recognized along with 14 others submitted by county farm bureaus across the nation. This year marks the third consecutive year the local group was singled out for national recognition for its program efforts.

“These programs represent the best and the brightest ideas of Farm Bureau,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Annual meeting is a great time for county Farm Bureau leaders to learn about programs that really shine in education, member services, policy implementation and public relations.”

The Discover the Bounty of Kane postcards and brochures are available at the Kane County Farm Bureau at 2N710 Randall Road in St. Charles or online at